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One of our favorite vintage shops in Echo Park is celebrating its one year anniversary! Though owner Justin Warwick isn’t new to the store ownership thing in Echo Park (his first establishment was called Warwick Vintage at a couple of different locations on Sunset Boulevard), he and his team have done a fabulous job turning an empty warehouse into a thriving vintage store called, appropriately, The Warehouse. They also opened The Classroom LA down the street this year, where you can take classes on sewing, jewelry, terrariums, and more crafty things.

And what would be a one year anniversary without a celebration?

Drop by The Warehouse on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Starting at 7:00 pm, there will be live music, beverages, and Delilah’s Bakery cupcakes (uhm… YES!)

The Warehouse is located at 1197 West Sunset Boulevard. Contact events@thewarehousela.com for more information.

Also be sure to check out the store’s monthly events, including Movie Nights every third Tuesday, Comedy Night every third Wednesday, and the Echo Park Art & Design Fair every third Saturday. Click here for details on events!

The closure of the Save-A-Lot at the end of March prompted a decent-sized online debate about what entity should take over the former historic Pioneer Market location. It’s not clear whether or not the Save-A-Lot will actually return, but a letter posted on the front door doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the chain:

“It has come to the Landlord’s attention that Subtenant has ceased operating from the Premises. In order to protect the integrity of the Premisess and Landlord’s interest therein, Landlord has changed the locks and entered the Premises to inspect name.”

So what’s next?

Well, pretty much every time this location is open for a new tenant, someone mentions wanting a Trader Joe’s. Or perhaps a Fresh and Easy? The Sunset Blvd. storefront is a great location for any retailer or grocer, but so far no announcements have been made.

There’s even a Facebook page called “Bring Trader Joe’s to Echo Park” (with 200+ fans) for neighbors pushing for a Trader Joe’s to take over the location, even amongst speculation that the chain would never open in such a “low income” neighborhood.

It’s a nice thought – the nearest locations are Eagle Rock and Silver Lake, and it would be great to avoid the drive (ever try to park in the Silver Lake one at 5:00 on a Friday? Or any day of the week for that matter). But the downside to bringing a Trader Joe’s to Echo Park in that location is exactly the same issue – parking, traffic due to backed up parking, lack of employee parking, and all-around traffic/parking problems. Frankly, it would be a kind of a nightmare. But would you give up parking convenience that for Trader Joe’s convenience?

A comment on an Eastsider LA article (which, by the way, has nearly 60 comments!) mentioned they’d like to see a second Figueroa Produce location – truly my number one choice and probably a better fit for this neighborhood than another grocery chain. I mean, the fresh salsa and guacamole are really the best!

No offense to the Trader Joe’s fans, but here’s my official call to action: Bring on Figueroa Produce!

Feeding Birds is celebrating their second anniversary on Saturday, February 5 with a few special treats, including the “release” of a three-color screen printed tees. Here’s what’s going down:

  • Mimosas and mini brunch throughout the day
  • Live music provide by Miles Moore
  • Bring $5 and a light colored shirt for while-you-wait screen printing of their “Echo Park” logo
  • $5 off original (one color) organic print tees in stock

I actually have one of their Echo Park tees, and I really like it! The owners are super friendly, and I’ve gotten a few gifts from the store without hurting my wallet. If you haven’t been there, go check it out!

Feeding Birds is located at 1825 Echo Park Ave.

Now through Saturday, May 8, you can shop at Tavin and receive 10% off store-wide.

Tavin is located at 1543 Echo Park Avenue

Know something going on for Mother’s Day in Echo Park? Let us know!

The ETSY LA Street Team is hosting an event called an “Un-Common Pop-Up Shop” at Echo Park’s DIY Gallery on Sunday, May 2, 2010.

Shop for vintage clothing, accessories, handmade jewelry, and much more from LA based designers and brands, including: La Vintage Exchange, Vintique La, Confection Jewels, Mixed Hearts, Haus Of Price, Momo Fuchi, Vintage La Home, Birds Of A Feather, Peacocktaco, and Strim Vintage.

Music by Bop Hard, Jason The Mason, Richard Ray, and special guests.

Shopping and booze from 11:00 am-6:00 pm

BBQ, booze and music from 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

FREE all day

DIY Gallery is located at 1549 W Sunset Blvd.

Swing by Tavin today for 15% off your purchase of anything in the store. Located at 1543 Echo Park Ave, Tavin is open until 7:00 pm today.

There are a bunch of business in Echo Park that offer eco-friendly goods and services. Here are just a few:

  • E.P.I.C (Echo Park Independent Co-op) sells locally-made fashions and one of it’s co-founders, Rhianon Jones, is a huge supporter of eco-fashion.
  • Warwick on Sunset is all about recycling household items and re-styling vintage clothing.
  • Tavin boutique offers vintage collectibles and new local eco-designs. And through the end of the month, they’re offering free shipping on all Etsy orders.
  • Feeding Birds Boutique is a vintage store in Echo Park that carries unique clothing (including organic tees), accessories and decorative objects.
  • This week at Vons, they’ll deliver your groceries for free if you buy five earth-friendly products online.
  • Masa uses lots of organic, local produce in their foods, and they’ve started to use eco-friendly packaging and doing away with plastic bags for take out (unless you’re desperate).
  • The Echo Park Time Bank conserves energy in a very unique way: by getting rid of the middle man and the use of currency.
  • Aisling Walsh is the Maid on a Moped. She’s got both an online local vintage store and she offers eco-friendly cleaning services.
  • The Echo Park Film Center has an eco-friendly option for film education – the Echo Park Film Mobile is an old school bus transformed into an eco-friendly mobile cinema and educational facility, providing free documentary film screenings and filmmaking workshops in non-traditional venues.
  • Delilah’s Bakery recycles all of their food waste through a Los Angeles-based company called Athens Waste Management. The company also supplies Delilah’s with its compostable packaging for take-away orders, and offers an oil waste collection service as well.
  • The Green Beacon Foundation, located in Elysian Heights, focuses on environmental educational, teaching you how to lead more sustainable lives through workshops and lectures. The next workshop called “Intro to Urban/Suburban Ecoliteracy” is in May, visit the website for more info.

Greetings From Echo Park by Dale Dreiling. 18 x 24 Screen print on paper.
Signed & numbered edition of 55. Printed by 2 Rabbits Studios. Sold at Echo Country Outpost. $35.

Elysian Park No. 2 by AmandaEFriedman. 9″ x 12″ photo print. $40.

A Shady Retreat in Echo Park. All Posters. Giclee print. Various sizes, $34.99 – $64.99.

Pampas and palms. All Posters. 18″ x 12″ art print. $19.99.

Echo Park in mid winter. All Posters. 18″ x 12″ art print. $19.99.

Sunset in Echo Park. All Posters. Giclee print. Various sizes, $34.99 – $64.99.

Once Aisling Walsh gets some paint on the walls of her store and puts a sign up, she’s going to call it Caban (her business partner’s last name). But the lack of interior design isn’t stopping her from keeping her doors open every day from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in case anyone would like to stop in and browse her treasures.

And she does, in fact, sell treasures. There was one piece that caught my eye as soon as I walked in: a hefty, old leather chair with dials on the arm rests. She sat me down in it and turned the dials and it began to vibrate. An early version of a “massaging chair” from the 40’s. Awesome. These are the types of items that Walsh spends all of her free time hunting down: unique vintage and second-hand furniture, vinyl, clothes and costume jewelry.

Helping her out is Javier Flores, who will be re-upholstering Walsh’s furniture-finds. He is also creating clothes that are simple in design but feature funky patterns and textures. Each piece is one-of-a-kind but will be priced somewhere between $20 and $30 each. Walsh wants to offer items that are unique and beautiful but accessible and priced for the average Echo Park resident. And she wants to revive the east side of Echo Park while she’s at it. Join the movement and go check her stuff out at 1218 W. Sunset (Sunset and Marion).

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One of my favorite new stores/spaces in Echo Park is one of my neighbors, The Echo Country Outpost. Aside from scheduling monthly art exhibitions and weekly/monthly music nights, they stock their store with new and vintage curiosities that speak to the appreciators of handmade quality and out-of-the-ordinary gift giving opportunities. The store is arranged with the care and attention to detail of a finely curated historical or natural history museum, and each piece has a unique story. On a recent visit, I inquired as to the stories behind a few pieces.

1) Employee Picks – Favorite Book/Publication:
The Satanists: Devil worship as chilling as Rosemary’s Baby.
Salty Sayings: He who goes with wolves will learn to howl.
Peyote: A compelling study of the sacramental use of the Native American hallucinogen.
The Legends and Myths of Hawaii – The Fables & Folklore of a Strange People: A book of Hawaiian mythology & legends. Written by Hawaiian King David Kalakaua.

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Echo Park businesses declare December 12th 2009: Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop. Come to Echo Park for a day of holiday cheer with shopping specials, performances, and workshops throughout the neighborhood. Don’t miss this fun-filled day of events in Echo Park- you can do your holiday shopping, enjoy great food, drink and entertainment, and support local businesses!

The Echo Park Holiday Parade begins at noon, but other festivities start as early as 10 a.m., with happenings all day and night until 2 a.m.! All girl doo wop group, the Damselles, will be caroling at each establishment throughout the day.

In addition to the festivities, businesses participating in the Echo Park Holiday Shop Hop will be collecting donations for the following local charities (corresponding numbers are next to the supporting business name):

[1] Central City Action Committee http://centralcityaction.com: Toys (new, packaged)
[2] Echo Park Animal Alliance http://echoparkanimalalliance.org: Make a $ donation and get a dog cookie stocking
[3] Good Shepherd Center-Languille Emergency Shelter for Women and Children http://gschomeless.org: New/gently used Clothing and Toiletries
[4] 826LA http://826la.org: Make a $5 donation and get a book written by Echo Park kids

Participating businesses:

826LA/Echo Park Time Travel Mart [3][4]

1714 W Sunset Blvd. 213 413 3388.

  • Hours: 12PM-10PM
  • Free gift with a purchase of $25 or more, Purchase $100 or more and get a signed copy of Dave Eggers’ The Wild Things (while supplies last) for $10.
  • 3-3:30PM: A Guy Walks Into an 826LA…A stand up comedy performance by 826LA students.
  • 8PM: Dead Author Reading with Charles Dickens

Allston Yacht Club

1320 Echo Park Ave 213-481-0454

  • Hours: 11-3 and 5:30-11
  • 11AM-3PM Get a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of soup for $7.
  • Free Christmas Cookies for Children of All Ages!

City Sip LA

2150 W. Sunset Blvd 213-483-9463

  • Hours: 5PM-Midnight
  • Holiday Wine Tasting! 3 wine flight for $12 per person and
  • 10% OFF retail purchases

Future [3][4]

1814 W Sunset Blvd. 213-568-3002

  • Hours: 12PM-1AM
  • Finger Painting/face painting
  • Photo Exhibit

Masa of Echo Park [1][2]

1800 W Sunset Blvd. 213-989-1558

  • Hours: 8AM-MIDNIGHT
  • Toy Drive for Central City Action Committee
  • Dog Cookie Stockings to Benefit the Echo Park Animal Alliance
  • 15% off (Dine In Only) with your Program from the Echo Park Holiday Parade

Origami Vinyl [4]

1816 W Sunset Blvd. 213-413-3030

  • Noon-2AM
  • 1-4PM: Learn How to Fold Origami
  • 7PM: Correatown Live In-Store Performance

Out of the Closet

1724 W Sunset Blvd

  • Hours: 10AM-7PM
  • TIME TBD: Toy give-away
  • Visit from Santa

Rec Center Studio

1161 Logan St

  • Hours: 8:30PM-2AM
  • 8:30PM-2AM “lover” presents…”golden eyes” fashion + art extravaganza
  • Tickets $20 at the door Special Deal (TBA) for Shop Hop attendees.

Stories Books & Café [2][3][4]

1716 W Sunset Blvd.

  • 10AM-10PM
  • Free cup of regular coffee with any book or card purchase over $10
  • $1 off any sandwich
  • $ 1 drip coffee
  • 4PM: The Damselles Live In-Store Performance
  • Time TBD: Visit and photos with Santa

The Clinic of Echo Park

1832 W Sunset Blvd.

The Echo & Echoplex

1822 W Sunset Blvd

  • 10AM-6PM Bust Magazine Craft Fair

For more information contact: Christina at 826LA.org