Storefront Report: Echo Park nonprofit to expand Sunset Boulevard frontage

Workers have been gutting the interior of the former Alamar jewelry store, one of the many Cuban businesses  that once thrived in Echo Park.  Is there a new store or cafe coming to the 1800 block of Sunset Boulevard that is home to Masa restaurant and The Echo nightclub? Nope.  The former Alamar store and an adjacent storefront will be filled by the social services agency El Centro Del Pueblo, which owns the building and is headquartered around the block on Lemoyne Street.

El Centro had already been using one of the Sunset Boulevard spaces and now looks to double the space.  “We are renovating our office space for clinical mental health and family preservation services currently provided by El Centro,” said Executive Director Sandra Figueroa.


  1. This is awesome! Can’t wait to see what the new place looks like.

  2. El Carmelo`s was Something. Miss the old Spanish crowd to. Nice to see some Social input on the Hispanic Side of the Street. If Echo Park was ever meant to become another Venice Beach, or Melrose Blvd, you wouldnt know it from walking around the neighborhood back in the Old Pioneer Market Days ~

  3. I would add that there are a few other remnants of the old Cuban community in the area. Gigi’s on Temple just east of Alvarado is a community gathering spot and El Cochinito on Sunset in Silver Lake serves great Cuban food. They have a waitress from El Carmelo working there!

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