BY BARRY LANK

Silver Lake  — Some of the merchants along Silver Lake Boulevard have been referring to the small cluster of  boutiques and cafes south of the reservoir  as Silver Lake Village. Now, one shop owner wants to make the informal designation official.

Unlike the hubbub of Sunset Junction, the neighborhood’s main shopping and dining spot, Silver Lake Village has a more relaxed, low-key vibe with some high-end boutiques and cafes. Places like  Alimento Italian restaurant,  Yolk gift shop and The Satellite nightclub operate in the midst of homes and apartments at the base of narrow valley.  There’s also some less fancy but useful businesses, including auto repair shops and a 7-Eleven, which overlooks  the junction of Silver Lake Boulevard, West Silver Lake Drive and Effie Street — the defacto the hub of Silver Lake Village.

The owner of Hemingway & Sons, a menswear shop in the 1600 block of Silver Lake Boulevard,  is now seeking support for the Silver Lake Village designation from the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to so far agrees that it would be great to be more connected under one name and recognize the history,” said Toby Hemingway.

It may be a quaint idea for a city founded long after the era of villages, but Silver Lake Village would join several other “villages” — including  Atwater Village, Los Feliz Village, Verdugo Village, Virgil Village, Westwood Village — that adopted quaintly designated areas of  storefronts.

In Silver Lake’s case, the Village would run along Silver Lake Boulevard from Berkeley Avenue on the south to Swan Place  on the north – about a third of a mile.

“I’m really at the early stages of discussing it with residents, other businesses and community groups,” Hemingway said. But if it goes through, he envisions a ceremony in which the designation would be marked at each end of the Village.


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