SILVER LAKE — Erik Schnakenberg and Sasha Koehn have attracted a following with their online store, Buck Mason, that sells a simple and casual line of t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, chinos and other menswear staples. Their online business even attracted a $300,000 offer when they appeared on Shark Tank (they turned it down.) But apparently even an online retailer needs a brick-and-mortar presence, with Buck Mason now preparing to come to Silver Lake after opening a Venice outlet on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Photos posted on Buck Mason’s Instagram and info from other real estate listings indicate that the company’s is moving into the former home of The Banks skate shop on Sunset Boulevard near Maltman Avenue. It’s part of a stretch of brick storefronts — which includes Millie’s Cafe — that is poised for more changes (more on that later).
The Eastsider has contacted Buck Mason for more details.
While the former skate shop is being gutted, one storefront away Purgatory Pizza at The Junction, an offshoot of Purgatory Pizza of Boyle Heights, is being remodeled only a year after it opened. When the renovation is done, the corner pizzeria will reopen with a new concept, according to a person involved in the project. Stay tuned for details.
Meanwhile, next door to Purgatory, the Botanic Don Bosco is up for rent at an undisclosed rate, according to a LoopNet.com.
Update on Feb. 29: Schnakenberg, who lives in Silver Lake, and Koehn, a residents of the Arts District, provided more details about their new Silver Lake store:
“The product assortment will be the same as Venice,” Schnakenberg said. “We manufacture everything within 15 miles of the Silver Lake store, so we should be able to react to the neighborhoods demand quickly. We’ll stock the space with indigo and black jeans, white and black t-shirts, some great woven shirting…and hope some people buy stuff.”
“The building is almost hundred years old with a 20 foot bow truss framed ceiling and 80 year old plaster on the walls, all of which was covered when we got the keys. we took down to the studs and exposed the plaster walls,” Koehn said. “Our look and feel will be consistent, but will have unique details that celebrate the original history of the space.”
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