ECHO PARK: Book-starved Echo Park residents, rejoice--in about six months, a new & used book store/cafe will open at 1716 W. Sunset Blvd (pictured), right next to 826LA. One of the owners fills us in: "We'll have an emphasis on literature / fiction, local interest, pop culture, design, eco / green living related, some architecture....Also, best coffee in the area and good assortment of teas, simple lunch fare (salads, sandwiches, baked goods), and a big selection of greeting cards and paper goods. That's our plan as of now...could change between today and August."
DOWNTOWN - Angelenic gives us more book news, providing detail on the 1,000 sq foot retail space opening in the ground floor of the Toy Factory Lofts. Expect high-end art books, lithographs and prints, midcentury mod furniture by Eames, Knoll and Miller, and artist-designed skateboards. The retail space, known as Untitled, will be open in April. [Angelenic]
BRENTWOOD - Forbes reports Brentwood has a new upscale clothing boutique, Edit. Owner navin Megji is eschewing the usual LA casual clothes to focus on "a selection of emerging and established designers known for pushing the envelope, including New Zealander Karen Walker, Carla Knapp's New York-based Mischen and jeweler Erickson Beamon." [Forbes]
HOLLYWOOD - Blackburn & Sweetzer breaks that news that two clothing boutiques on La Brea are shuttering. Sugar boutique (which apparently supplied its shoppers with cupcakes every day) shut down a few weeks ago. And closing today, Yellow, on La Brea between Melrose and Clinton, is having a 50% off sale. Apparently, the owner got married, had a kid and just got tired of running a boutique. [B & S]