Shopper & Diner Report: A curious sample sale in Echo Park; Yogala says “Namaste” to Highland Park; and Atwater & Eagle Rock get fired up for BBQ

Natural Curiosities sample sale/Natural Curiosities

By Marni Epstein

Let your imagination run wild this weekend at Echo Park art house, Natural Curiosities. Natural Curiosities, the brainchild of art champion and former antiquarian book dealer, Christopher Wilcox, is located on the ground floor of iconic Jensen’s Recreations Center building on Sunset. This studio and retailer will be hosting their first-ever sample sale Friday and Saturday. The event will feature framed and unframed studio samples, creative treasures, and curiosities at deep discounts. There’s no telling what you might find at this one-of-a-kind bohemian wonderland.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Echo Park yoga studio and destination for yoga gear and handmade crafts, Yogala, will be opening a second location in Highland Park on York Boulevard. Doors open this Saturday November 9 with a weekend of free classes this Saturday and Sunday.
  • The former Atwater Village eatery, Atwater Crossing has re-opened as The Crossing, or ATX for all your text messaging shorthand needs. That shorthand might just come in handy to gather some friends because Eating LA reports that with Texas smoked BBQ pizza, BBQ ribs and brisket now on the menu, the reboot has quite the zing!
  • Not to be outdone, Eagle rock readies for its own BBQ joint. Max City BBQ is primed to take over the home of a former medical marijuana dispensary on Eagle Rock Boulevard. Eagle Rock Patch says, the current family-owned-and-operated catering business has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of their upcoming storefront.
  • What will replace Barragan’s?  Eater L.A. says the longtime Echo Park Mexican restaurant  will become  a place called The Lost Knight. No other details except the new restaurant will be controlled by Alan Moore.

Marni Epstein is a freelance writer and music journalist who has also worked in both the film and digital media industries.


  1. The Lost Knight… Sounds hipstery. Maybe it’ll be like cat n’ fiddle, or village idiot? But I hope It’s a sports bar with decent, not overpriced food, and a lot of games on TVs.

    • Echo Park resident

      Sports bar with TVs? I’m sorry, but Hollywood has plenty of those. Keep that garbage out of Echo Park.

      • that’s the point. many of us sports loving people could WALK instead of trudge to hollywood. it would actually bring a lot of people from different walks together into one place. sorry you’re such an elitist. you don’t have to go anywhere you don’t want to. suggesting it’s mere existence will ruin echo park is laughable.

        • This is the Eastsider people – could somebody please turn this generic update into a tirade about gentrification please!!!!! We are already 4 comments and honestly I am beginning to feel the readership is slipping….

          I do love sports bars – they contain all the messy noise in one place so I can enjoy my 7 – 12 lunchtime whiskeys in peace.

          Maybe Jack & Brawndo (The Thirst Mutilator) can be their happy hour special – It does have electrolytes!

  2. Keep the televisions at home! The proliferation of televisions at bars and restaurants is the end of civilization. Yuk.

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