Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Shopper & Diner Report: Echo Park shifting retail scene

Moving sale at Minnette’s

There’s a lot of  changes underway along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, with several stores announcing they are closing up or moving. This weekend, for example, Echo Park’s oldest antique shops, Minnette’s Antiques Etcetera, will be moving after nearly 50 years in the same spot in the 2200 block of Sunset Boulevard. The store is not moving far: just next door into a space about half as big, prompting a moving sale all weekend-long.

About half the inventory – which ranges from chandeliers and vases to jewelery and vintage artwork – as well as display cases have to go, said Victoria Thor, who manages the store for 97-year-old owner Minnette King.

The move and downsizing was prompted by a rent increase, said King during a phone interview. Minnette said she never gave any thought to closing despite being three years shy of her 100th birthday.

“I still love to buy and sell,” King said. “There’s no reason for me to retire.”

In other Echo Park retail news:

  • Echo Park Independent Coop, which  features indie clothing designers, is also holding sale as it prepares to close its store in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center building.  The store, according to its Facebook page, is now open limited hours as it prepares to close down in December after four years in business.
  • Another Echo Park shop closing in December is Villainy General Store, according to Echo Park Patch. However, the owners of the Sunset Boulevard store, which  opened about two years ago, will keep selling items online.
  • Kelly Green Home, a green housewares store, has also decided to give up its brick-and-mortar location on Sunset Boulevard. Instead, it will be focusing on a mobile shop housed in an Airstream trailer.
  • Small plates restaurant Cortez is not closing but it may look like it. After opening a year ago on Allison Street just off Sunset, the restaurant will be closed  until Nov. 13 as owner Marta Teegan and Robert Stelzner takes a vacation.

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  1. Ms. King is such an inspiration. If I’m not mistaken she was one of the original Echo Park Ducks and relishes all Echo Park has to offer. Victoria, thanks for keeping us updated and I wish you and Ms. King the very best. eastsider la, may I suggest a feature on Ms. King?
    Sad to hear about Echo Park Independent Coop, Villainy General Store and Kelly Green Home – I hope you return soon. So important to support Echo Park businesses. Good luck to everyone.

  2. I just saw that you had mentioned that KellygreenHome was closing to focus on our mobile, airstream trailer “pop-up” store, BUT we also have everything online at http://www.KellygreenHome.com
    please include that important bit of info! Thank you so much.

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