A starring role in a hit music video fails to perk up sales at an Echo Park coffeehouse

The song “Hey, Soul Sister” by the group Train hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart this week while the music video has been viewed more than 2.5 million times on YouTube. But while the song has generated plenty of customer traffic for iTunes and YouTube, it has not drawn much business to Chango, the Echo Park coffeehouse that features prominently in the video that debuted last November. “It caused a bit of a stir among the locals,” said Billie Stone, who works at the cafe Echo Park Avenue and Delta Street. But few of those Train fans – who have purchased more than 2 million “Hey, Soul Sister” downloads – have come wandering in to check out the place and buy some coffee while they are at it. If Train fans do arrive at Chango, they better bring an iPod to listen to their favorite music. “We don’t play the song,” said Stone, whose cafe is usually crowded with the hipster-indie set. “Not a lot of Train here.”

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