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Changes in store for Valerie’s | Behind the scenes at Botanica in Silver Lake | P.F. Candle Co. lights up Echo Park

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BY CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

Valerie’s is changing up its Echo Park cafe and Historic Filipinotown sweets shop. Find out what it’s like to run a Silver Lake restaurant. And, a new designer candle shop and home accessories shop is coming to Echo Park

Read on for Shopper & Diner news.

There’s a few changes happening at Valerie Confections, Eater LA reports. Plans are set for adding dinner to the menu at the Echo Park location and expanding the Boutique in Historic Filipinotown. Plus, both locations with be sweetened up with the offering of the crunch coffee cake. The changes stem from owner Valerie Gordon’s reorganization plan, which included the November 26 closure of the location at the historic Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, which opened in 2013. The Boutique is at 3364 W. First St. in Historic Filipinotown. Valerie Echo Park is at 1665 Echo Park Ave.

Get a behind-the-scenes look into what it’s like to run Botanica in Silver Lake from the owners’ perspective, Bon Appétit reports. From dealing with emergencies such as a black out on New Year’s Eve to remembering if the matcha was ordered, owners Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling discuss their experiences transitioning from food writers to restaurant owners and everything in between. Botanica is at 1620 Silver Lake Blvd. in Silver Lake.

Blue Bottle Coffee Shop is going dark in Echo Park, The Eastsider reports. The store, located in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center, is closing on Dec. 5 after only three years in the neighborhood. “We’re putting our focus on our other LA cafes,” said a company spokeswoman. Those other cafes include outlets in Downtown, the Arts District and Los Feliz. No word on what will replace the former Blue Bottle space.

Echo Park maybe losing a coffee house but it’s gaining a candle shop.  P.F. Candle Co. has opened a store inside a former boutique at 2213 Sunset. The company’s apothecary-styled candles, sold in signature amber glass jars, have been available at big chains like West Elm and Urban Outfitters. In Echo Park, expect to find the firm’s candles, reed diffusers, room sprays, incense, and unisex perfume as well as home accessories, kitchenware and merchandise from other makers. DIY classes are also planned.

Congratulations to Stories Books & Café  for celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Stories  is at 1716 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park.

That’s it for this week’s Shopper & Diner Report!

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999.

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