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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Storefront Report: Where did the stores go? *

Last week The Eastsider posted a link to a new H&M fashion video (pictured at right) that features several Echo Park designers and stores, including the vintage clothing and accessory store called The Clinic of Echo Park. The Clinic, which opened in late 2008, was one of several small shops that have brought some youthful energy and entrepreneurs into the large apartment and commercial building that rises on the south side of Sunset Boulevard where it crosses over Glendale Boulevard. But, as of Monday, The Clinic was gone (top photo), its space stripped bare along with the adjoining framing shop. What happened to these Sunset Boulevard shops? The Eastsider has placed some calls and sent emails asking what’s up with these former Echo Park shops *. In February, a feature in Echo Park Now described The Clinic as a “a living space for several artists and a space in which they’ve set up shop or studios.” Many of those spaces are now up for lease.

* Update: The owners of the Clinic and Ballard’s Artwork Framing said they left following a dispute with the landlord. Andrew Selna of the Clinic said he was going to be opening online stores at matsonialane.com and on etsy at matsonialane.etsy.com to sell vintage apparel and items he made. Andrew Ballard said he plans to reopen a new framing shop in the neighborhood. “I am moving back to Echo Park in a couple months with a larger space that will incorporate an art gallery and an area to promote Fair Trade products.”



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