Shopper & Diner: Artisan cheese shop headed for Eagle Rock; Highland Park forecasts ‘Snow’; Atwater tavern now serving BBQ tacos

By Marni Epstein

A manager of The Cheese Store of Silver Lake will be opening Milkfarm,  an artisan cheese store in Eagle Rock that is taking over a former office space in the 2100 block of Colorado Boulevard. Leah Park Fierro said her store, which she plans to open by late February or early March, will be centered around a communal table where customers can enjoy cheese plates, quick bites, sandwiches, pastries as well as local beer and wine. Milkfarm will also host wine and cheese classes and “meet the maker” nights.

“l’m so excited to open my first small business venture in downtown Eagle Rock,” says Fierro in a press release. I hope Milkfarm can serve the needs of local residents beyond just providing artisan cheese, beer and wine, but additionally expose the community to other local hidden gems.”

In other Shopper and Diner news:

  • Also in Eagle Rock, home and garden boutique Acorn recently opened its doors. The LA Times notes Acorn is looking to capitalize on the neighborhood’s friendly and local-minded clientele. Offering an array of terrariums, small garden center, and a host of other wallet-friendly natural curiosities, the store is located on at 1611 Colorado Boulevard.

  • Eater LA reports that Highland Park will be welcoming a storefront location of shaved ice purveyor, Carol Banh’s, New York Snow. Previously Bahn offered her Taiwanese-style flavored ice and fresh fruit at a location inside District BBQ in the Arts District.

  • Atwater Village Tavern is keeping new hours says the Los Feliz Ledger. A recently added lunch service is dishing up new  eats from chef Marcel Farrohkhi. Highlights include slow-cooked BBQ Brisket Tacos as well as 12 beers on tap.

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


  1. Will someone PLEASE open a cheese shop in Highland Park? There is a real need for stores like this on Figueroa, not just York. I don’t understand why more folks aren’t pioneering Fig yet. There’s a real need. Come on out wherever you are! There’s some hungry folks in HP that could use a healthy cafe, some fine cheeses, an amazing espresso!

  2. FIgueroa is a tough street to make a living on as a retailer. Car speeds and street noise keep anyone out who isn’t stuck there due to lack of options. Those who lack options also lack money. Figueroa is too easy to pass by with streets designed for speeding between lights and 4 (or 5?) 110 freeway access points to GTFO and go shop somewhere else. I have owned a business on Figueroa since 2008. The corner of Avenue 56 and Figueroa is the one exception – but only barely. If there was something that removed a travel lane or two, got cars cruising through closer to their average speeds and made crossing the street, and talking with a neighbor or peacefully window shopping, easier and safer I don’t think there would be much holding this area back from having a retail revival. Well, there are some terrible property owners but they will move on once they see their commercial property values go up and buyers come a-knocking (hopefully – our worst property owners on Figueroa didn’t budge during the boom and are letting their buildings rot in some cases).

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