Shopper & Diner Report: New Echo Park Avenue bakery & cafe opens today; New look for Dusty’s Bistro; pricey vintage street fashion

The owners of Valerie Confections  were scheduled to have opened the doors of Valerie Echo Park late this morning. Valerie Gordon, pictured above in the middle of the Echo Park kitchen, was busy this morning preparing for the “soft opening” of the  Echo Park cafe, which will serve a variety of sweet and savory pastries, salads, sandwiches, teas and coffee in the former Delilah Bakery building.   The new cafe will initially be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Dusty’s Bistro in Silver Lake has reopened with a newly remodeled “faux rustic bistro” interior and some new menu items, says Eater L.A.
  • L.A. Weekly pays a visit to Fatty’s & Co. in Eagle Rock and gives it high marks for service, ambiance and, of course, the vegan cuisine, including a gluten-free Salisbury quinoa steak.
  • Where can you buy a vintage $40 t-shirt or a $1,400 Givenchy Silk Zip Jacket? Head to streetwear fashion store Fruition Las Vegas, which opened a Los Angeles outlet next to American Apparel in Echo Park.


  1. Stan and Valerie, we would like to say Congratulations and hope a lot of success in your new entrepreneur.

    Welcome to Echo Park.

    From one of your neighbors

  2. Popped into Valerie Confections yesterday. In addition to the deliciousness therein, the space is stylish, clean, and inviting. I wish them the best of luck. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  3. Yay.. “Break a muffin” 🙂 hope you’re in the area for many many years.. looking forward to tasting everything…

  4. Great to have someone in that spot again

    … just a thought: closing before all of the people who actually have money to spend get home from work may be a bad idea 🙂

  5. Went yesterday. The food was pretty good, but everything on the menu was about $2-3 more than it should haven been. Good preserves!

  6. The new Dusty’s is not really an improvement.
    I like the old rustic look with the old Mexican sign inside.

    The food is not better and the selection has gotten less.
    Not an upgrade after my 2 visits.

    The Park rules!

  7. Dusty’s lost what made it unique, The lighting.
    I get it that the Edison light bulb fad is cool, but not so much for me.

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