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Suffering from York Boulevard burnout? How about Glassell Park?

Habitat opens Friday | Jose Gomez

Los Angeles artist Axis painted mural on the exterior of Habitat | Jose Gomez

Storefront ReportGLASSELL PARK –  When it came time to expand  into Northeast L.A.,  Jenna Turner, who operates Chango Coffee in Echo Park and owns Sunset Junction Coffee Shop in Silver Lake,  skipped over York Boulevard, already brimming with new cafes and shops. That’s how she ended up in Glassell Park, where she plans to open the doors to a new coffee shop, Habitat Coffee Shop, on Eagle Rock Boulevard near Verdugo Road on Friday.

The coffee shop will feature a variety of sandwiches, salads and to-go meals – for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans – in addition to coffee. “We are going to  have a little bit for everybody,” said Turner, whose Glassell Park coffee shop will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Glassell Park has several commercial strips but none has managed to attract a critical mass of new shops and restaurants like York Boulevard. Habitat,  now covered with a mural, stands out in a decidedly scene-free stretch of small commercial buildings and cluster of new townhomes. But nearby on Verdugo Road is the popular Verdugo Bar and Lemon Poppy Kitchen.  Also, Turner said the nearby commercial buildings are filling up with designers and entertainment-related production companies.

While York Boulevard may already be “saturated” with dining and shopping options,  Turner says there’s still a lot of opportunity in Glassell Park. “There is so much untapped potential here,” she said.



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13 comments

  1. right down the street from me. I’ll be there!

  2. Can’t wait! Hopefully the beginning of more cool shops and restaurant in GP…

  3. definitely pent up demand here. i anticipate this spot will be wildly successful. looking forward to more complementary businesses to follow!

  4. Bless these people. This will start the domino train on eagle rock blvd all the way to San fernando

  5. A coffee shop is much needed in this area. When does it open?

  6. Bought my Dulex in GP 8 months ago, this is a wiser neighborhood for investment than HP, ER or MW.

  7. Everyone! Did you know there’s a Glassell Park Improvement Association? Come to the next meeting on 3/12 and talk with your neighbors about what we can do to improve Glassell Park! We’ll have a presentation from the developers who want to build in Walnut Canyon among other issues of interest to the community.

    • glassellparkwriter

      thank you for that–wanted to be involved ore. –thanks

    • GPIANews, why is your website not updated more often? It seems the last newsletter was March 2014…are you needing volunteers? It would be nice to have your site as the flagship of what’s going on in our neighborhood!

  8. GPIANews, why is your website not updated more often? It seems the last newsletter was March 2014…are you needing volunteers? It would be nice to have your site as the flagship of what’s going on in our neighborhood!

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