Boyle Heights’ coffeehouse stands its ground; native plant nursery takes root in El Sereno; Depop sets in on Silver Lake


The owners of Primera Taza Coffee House are not going down without a fight, Eater LA reports. Owners Chuy Tovar and Rosalinda Hernandez reported on Instagram that they have less than 10 days to keep the 10-year-old coffeehouse from shuttering. No telling what is transpiring behind the scenes, but we’ll find out whether Primera Taza stays or goes in the coming days. Primera Taza is at 1850 ½ 1st St. in Boyle Heights.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

Need to spruce up things with a few California native and succulent plants? Artemisia might have what you are looking for. Folks can find pottery, gardening tools, supplies and houseplants in addition to Artemisia’s Cali-native collection. It’s grand opening is this Saturday, March 24, the company website reports. Artemisia is at 5068 Valley Blvd. in El Sereno.

London-based app Depop has arrived in Silver Lake, the Los Angele Times reports. Depop’s estimated nine million users buy and sell vintage wear on the app. Now users have a 1,000 square foot space to shoot the clothes they are selling, participate in pop-ups or have events. It’s Depop’s first brick and mortar space in Los Angeles. Best of L.A. is hosting its retail pop-up at Depop from March 24 to April 15. Depop is at 3531 W. Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake.

The Cheeto-lote is now a permanent staple at Dodger Stadium, Eater LA reports. Comprised of an ear of corn smothered with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos crumbs and topped with spicy mayo, the dish was a fan favorite last year despite its occasional appearance. Dodger Stadium is further stepping up its food game with the coming of the torta, healthier food choices and appearances from Howlin’ Rays Johnny Ray Zone and Kogi’s Roy Choi.

Echo Park’s fancy new Starbucks Reserve has opened in the Mohawk Collective, 2110 Sunset Blvd. The new store will cater to coffee connoisseurs by offering an “immersive” coffee bar featuring a variety of brewing methods and equipment.

The new owners of The Lost Knight in Echo Park are planning a major makeover of the English pub-style bar (formerly home to Barragan’s Mexican restaurant). Plans are still being worked out, but expect the restaurant at 1538 Sunset to eventually close for a few months to create a lighter and brighter interior.

Less than a year after moving into Echo Park, “kink-gear” and sex toy shop The Stockroom is leaving its Sunset Boulevard location. But you won’t have to go far for your latex catsuits. The store is moving to a new spot at 1769 Glendale Blvd. and is scheduled to open Friday, March 23.

The Ten Bells, a New York-based wine and tapas bar, and Gra Pizza, a “sourdough pizza concept” popular in Britain, have been added to the growing roster of tenants that will be moving into Echo Park Village, reports The Eastsider.

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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