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Storefronting: Homeless Good for Kitson's Business

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WEST HOLLYWOOD - This is probably one of the most tasteless, tackiest things we've seen at Kitson, so that's saying a lot. John Wesley Jermyn (pictured), the semi-famous "Robertson Dancer," a homeless man on rollerskates, and a fixture on the retail strip, now has a clothing label named after him. According to the Wall Street Journal, "The Crazy Robertson" T-shirts and sweatshirts feature stylized images of Mr. Jermyn, "including one design -- available on a $98 hoodie -- that has a graphic of him dancing and the phrase 'No Money, No Problems' on the back." The label founders agreed to give Mr. Jermyn (who suffers from schizophrenia) 5% of net profits, but he prefers "to be paid in food, liquor and paper for his art projects." That gives us an idea - we're going to start a brand of puppy accessories named after Michael Vick. [Wall Street Journal]

BEVERLYGROVE - Blackburn & Sweetzer noticed that 3rd Street, already overrun with New York imports, is getting a San Francisco import in the form of Benefit Cosmetics. The store is located just east of Orlando on 3rd Street, and bears a banner stating "Opening in early November," so just a few more days until you can buy the 'realness of concealness' without trekking to Sephora at the Beverly Center. [Blackburn & Sweetzer]

CULVER CITY - Fresh produce purveyor Farm Boy comes to Culver City. A reader sends in this report: "The new Farm Boy store on Overland and National just opened [on Nov 9th]. The mini mall was originally a stand-alone Blockbuster, which later gave way to a (temporary) Haunted House over Halloween. The smaller wing of the mall now houses the Farm Boy, flanked by the Woodmere Apartments, a Jiffy Lube, the 10 freeway, and a mysterious empty lot fenced in with movie posters. Patrons [at Farm Boy] were mostly older couples chatting about weekend plans and plans to go organic amidst stacks of fruit licorice."