American designers outpost opens a York Boulevard brick-and-mortar store

Courtesy MiA Project

The MiA Project now open on York Boulevard | Courtesy The Mia Project

Storefront ReportGLASSELL PARK — After  operating online for the past year, The MiA Project, which showcases U.S. designers and manufacturers, has opened its first store on the west end of York Boulevard. Located in the former home of Gimme Gimme Records, The MiA (Made in America) Project shop will feature everything from homewares and art to lingerie and apothecary.

In addition to year-around merchandise, the line up of designers will evolve during the year, and owner Micha Thomas plans to host several special events, including trunk shows and art exhibits. Thomas said she selected York Boulevard for her company’s first store because of the sense of community.

“On my first day looking for available commercial spaces in the area I came across the Gimme Gimme Records spot, and the rest happened quickly,” said Thomas, who plans to open more stores.


  1. Glassell Park? More like Highland Park, no?
    And by the way, Gimme Gimme Record reopened on Figueroa in a much larger and nicer space.

  2. It’s actually Eagle Rock – 90041.

    • Correct, I was thinking this was located where the book store was on York. As there is no address in the article.

  3. This is a real poke in the eye to the Latino community. Made in America appeals to the patriotic xenophobes. Businesses like this thrive on divisiveness and conflict. They should be careful what they wish for. Blowback can be brutal.

    • I really hope you’re being sarcastic.

    • i no, rite? iz like, why pay so much for a pear of pants dat wuz maid by someone that gets paid a decent amount when i could juz buy something maid by a 5 year old kid in china. ouch! my eye. soplale!

    • Martin Arredondo

      Oh no. Where are you and Proper Dos/Mr Chicano going to buy your Dickies?

    • Reintegration continues to accelerate at a pace faster than anyone could have predicted. It’s hard to believe that there are people like Jim around. I think they just like to complain about this non-existent white vs. brown fight.

      We have white and asian people moving into traditional brown territories, because the whites and asians feel no animosity toward other cultures or subcultures. People like Jim like to stoke the flame of racial division, while allowing him and people like him wear some imaginary badge of goodness. He is one of the good white people folks. Just ask him.

  4. Can’t wait to see what merchandise they offer aside from the year-around items!

  5. Highland Park, but barely. If it were on the north side of York at the same intersection, it would be in Eagle Rock.


  6. And just think, if only they didn’t have the lyrics to Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re and American Band” painted on the side of the building, I’d almost think about going in there!

  7. Jim's Cousin Jeb

    Why does the Eastsider not publish address’s

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