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From Porn to Pot: Silver Lake’s Circus of Books to be replaced by marijuana store


SILVER LAKE
—  The former home of Circus of Books, which closed on Monday after more than 30 years in operation, won’t be staying vacant for long. The shop, which specialized in gay porn, will be replaced by a medical marijuana store, according to the owners.

Karen Mason, whose family owns the store as well as the building at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue, told Curbed L.A. that a pot store called Mota, which is Spanish slang for marijuana, will be moving into the Sunset Junction space in November.

Mason, in an interview with LAist, said that the time had come to close the store that she and her husband opened in the mid-1980s:

“Everything has its hour and time. And this store has had its 31 years,” said Mason. “The time’s finally run out.” Mason added that, even though the store is closing after today, the doors will remain open tomorrow for whoever wants to drop by and buy some of the leftover items.”

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16 comments

  1. This would have been funnier if it was “From Poppers to Pot…”

  2. YES YES YES YES !
    Finally !
    Best news ever !
    Poppers to pot -ha!
    Silver Lake used to be so cool – sigh

  3. Bummer. We need a pot store like we need another check cashing place. Total bummer.

  4. If the new owners were smart, they’d just change two letters of the former store’s name. Voila: Circus of Books becomes Circus of Bongs.

  5. Complete missed opportunity. I didn’t necessarily want another upscale store where a t-shirt costs $200, but of all things, another pot dispensary? I can see that the Masons continue to keep it classy. Ugh.

  6. Karen Mason and family, you are no neighbors of mine.

  7. Bruce Brook Pfeiffer

    A pot shop? Really? Frankly that reeks of the old Silver Lake, not of who we are today and in the future.

  8. Is this the kind of development that the SLNC is welcoming? Marijuana dispensaries often bring crime and other unsavory activity. And yet Frost/Chaddock receives negative community feedback for wanting to build their upscale condo/hotel across the street – a development that will bring restaurants, shops, foot-traffic and economic activity to the neighborhood.

    Pathetic.

    All of these “Save Silver Lake” hyperventilators are trying to “save” an intersection that will now include a fast-food chicken restaurant chain (Pollo Loco), a pot-shop, and a Jiffy Lube.

    You can’t make this stuff up. No wonder Sunset Blvd. looks like shit in Silver Lake. Any developer who could actually build anything worthwhile is way too smart to get themselves into a pissing match with the hordes of reactionary residents who live here.

  9. Hello my name is Mr. Snrub and I come from some place far away. Yes, that will do. Anyway I say we invest that money back in the nuclear plant!

  10. It’s too bad that they can’t continue to sell newspapers and magazines (and videos, perhaps) along with their marijuana. Most pot shops seem very closed-off to the neighborhood, with no view of the interior from the outside, and this location is so prominent – right on the corner – that it’s a shame to use it for such a purpose.

    • I agree with James, I don’t have a problem with pot as a business per se. It’s not ideal in terms of a product for me personally, but whatever. What I hate about pot shops is they have zero street appeal. Totally closed off and may as well not be on the street at all, they’d be better of in an office building or upstairs in a strip mall.

      • Exactly the point. Because they deal in an all-cash business, they have to become fortresses. No exposed glass, security gates, etc. Between this and the oversized condos that they plan on building across the street, my old Silver Lake is clearly having an identity crisis. I know the old Silver Lake is gone, no question, but I don’t think the new one really knows what it wants to be – the developers are too busy eating the carcass of the old one. Anyway, this wasn’t the kind of change that I wanted to see.

        • From what I understand, because pot still hasn’t been legalized by the feds, banks aren’t able to set up business relationships with marijuana dispensaries, so they end up having to deal all in cash. As a result, they’re incredibly dangerous (in my opinion). A few years ago, a dispensary worker was shot to death in Echo Park during a robbery, and I’ve read about a handful of similar robberies of dispensaries over the past few years. A pot dispensary is a lousy choice of business for that corner.

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