After being open 2-1/2 years at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue in Silver Lake, Driftwood, an apparel and housewares shop, closed last year after the adjacent Cafe Stella expanded and took over the Sunset Junction space. Owner David Browne looked at several locations before deciding to set up shop in a small, box-like building with a big picture window at the corner of Echo Park and Scott avenues. Browne was familiar with the space. He had opened his own gallery and art studio – Berdhouse – in the same spot about five years ago and had held on to the lease, subleasing the space to other tenants. Earlier this month, after renovating the building, Browne reopened a much smaller version of Driftwood on Echo Park Avenue. Instead of occupying about 1,000 square-feet of space within a few feet of Intelligentsia Coffee, Driftwood now displays its ware in a living-room sized space a few steps from the Dash bu stop.
“I was apprehensive at first,” Browne said of squeezing the store into the smaller space, which measures about 15 feet by 12 feet, not including a dressing room. But the limited space forced Browne to focus on higher-quality items and has been easier to manage than the larger store. Inside, Browne has stocked Driftwood with a variety of items, including vintage sunglasses, books, dishware, leather goods and apparel – new and vintage – for men and women. “I want to supply stuff and products that the neighborhood needs,” said Browne, whose store is open from 12 pm to 6 pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
Browne is still adding more merchandise and as well as finishing touches to Driftwood, which includes making a sign for the new store.