Some more local Holiday shopping opportunities for you – check out fair trade goods by Raven and Lilly, and get some great deals while you nibble on cupcakes and holiday treats.

Check out the other neighborhood spots offering deals today:

  • Stories Books & Cafe: Free cookie with beverage purchase
  • Echo Park Independent Co-op: 15% discount on select items
  • 826 LA: 25% off time travel posters

Ballard’s Artwork Framing & Gallery is located at 1568 W. Sunset Blvd.

Today’s Groupon deal gets you $15 for $30 of shoes and other store goodies at Warehouse Shoe Sale (WSS) locations for its 25th anniversary. This is a chain store but we happen to have one right here in Echo Park!

Click here to view the Groupon details – you have until midnight tonight to purchase the deal!

WSS is located at 1389 W. Sunset Blvd.

Shop this weekend at the semi-annual Echo Park Craft Fair, organized by leather shoe crafter Beatrice Valenzuela. There will be jewelry, organic beauty products, belts, handbags, and other locally made goodies. Pick up your holiday gifts and even some homemade granola to snack on!

Echo Park Craft Fair
Saturday, December 4
1719 Sargent Place

  1. Bird lovers have identified over 70 species of birds at Echo Park Lake.
  2. The only Chinese food place in Echo Park, Chinatown Express, has finally reopened after a fire in the mini-mall last year.
  3. In the Northeast Division (north of Sunset Blvd), there were four homicides in 2010 compared to 38 in 2001.
  4. Mitchell Frank is our Chamber of Commerce President – and a busy man! He owns The Echo and Echoplex, along with El Prado. He is looking for a new space after parting ways with the owners of Spaceland in Silver Lake.
  5. A lot of people do not consider Echo Park technically part of “the eastside.”
  6. The Jensen’s Recreation building sign has been unlit for about five years (but we are working on it!).
  7. Echo Park Lake is famous for the lotus flowers, but it’s been at least two years since they’ve sprouted (hey, some newbs out there don’t know about it).
  8. Don’t tell anyone: I’ve heard rumors of super-secret underground/after hours/speakeasy activities – one I would love to join if I wasn’t always in bed by 10.
  9. They filmed scenes of Gilligan’s Island in Echo Park at the Lake.
  10. Echo Park has a long history of activism, and parts of it even nicknamed “Red Hill” for the high concentration of political activists living there.

Instead of a regular town hall meeting tomorrow, the Echo Park Improvement Association will hold its holiday potluck! It’s a great chance to meet people in your community, have some delicious food (the last one we went to was soooo good!) and mingle. We will be making chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Rolo’s, so make sure you come try some of those.

‘Tis the season for giving! Help out the Union Rescue Mission and the LA Food Bank this weekend – the FYF Fest is sponsoring the annual LA Scavenger Hunt to help beneft those organizations.

The Scavenger Hunt is an all day event that covers the greater Los Angeles area. It’s only $10 to be a part of, and you will help gather the goods needed for the benefitting charities. There are also prizes involved, including a grand prize of $2,500 flight credit to Barcelona, Dodgers tickets, record shopping with Keith Morris, and more.

In past years the event has had over 1,000 participants bringing together over $10,000 worth of material goods for the mission. This year they expect 5,000 participants – but don’t let that keep you from signing up!

Sign up in advance at Origami Vinyl here in Echo Park, Headline Records, Family Bookstore, Fingerprints and Vacation Vinyl. You can also sign up online through or the day of between 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Stadium.

For more info visit

LA Scavenger Hunt
December 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Meet in the Dodger Stadium parking lot 1000 Elysian Park Ave.