The skincare line L’Occitane en Provence is opening at FIGat7th in early 2014
The rumor from last month is now confirmed. The “all natural skincare products line” L’Occitane en Provence (pronounced LOX-EE-TAN) has signed a lease at FIGat7th joining a roster of other solid mainstream retailers — especially the massive Zara and H&M flagship stores — that are really helping to put Downtown LA back on the shopping map in the hyper-competitive Los Angeles market.
TimeLAX has produced a short time-lapse video showcasing the beauty of Downtown LA
Not much has to be stated about this video except it’s absolutely stunning. The makers of the video, Ralph & Randy of TimeLAX — a time-lapse photography company based here in Los Angeles — submitted their eye candy spectacle to DTLA Rising showcasing the beauty of urban form and light that is our glittering downtown. Please enjoy the 4:43 video and check out the rest of their website for even more visual bliss.
Two more high-end retailers are planning to join the retail explosion at 9th/Broadway in Downtown LA: OAK NYC and A.P.C. (Photo: OAK NYC and APC)
Okay, we all know that 9th/Broadway is totally on fire! The once desolate intersection at the cusp of the Historic Core and Fashion District is quickly becoming the hub of some serious retail activity in Downtown LA as both Acne Studios and Urban Outfitters prepare for an opening later this month and Aesop and Tanner Goods are planning a Jan 2014 opening. Don’t forget Ace Hotel is also opening on Jan 15, 2014 and Tarina Tarantino’s Sparkle Factory opening summer 2014. So could this get any better? The answer is a resounding yes! Add two more high-end retailers to the growing list: indie store OAK NYC and global French fashion line A.P.C.
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The beautiful historic Rialto Theatre neon marquee was relit tonight as Urban Outfitters prepares for a grand opening on Dec 19, 2013 (Photo: Hunter Kerhart)
Behold! The most beautiful sight to see in all of Downtown LA: The historic 1917 Rialto Theatre neon marquee — dark for numerous decades due to sad urban decay — was relit tonight after successful restoration work by Urban Outfitters as the clothing retailer prepares for a grand opening on December 19, 2013. Readers of DTLA Rising sent in numerous photos from various angles showing the amazing restoration of the historic theater signage now brightly lit with neon tubes illuminating the block near 8th and Broadway. Truly a beacon of hope for the future of Broadway and the growing strength of Downtown LA urban revitalization.
More cool shots below!
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This historic courtyard, which was covered since WWII, was created in 1921 when the original PacMutual built in 1908 expanded with a new building
An artist rendering of what the new courtyard will look like when it is fully rehabbed (Photo: Rising Realty Partner)
This past February, we discovered that an actual historic courtyard was “hidden” at the PacMutual building since post-WWII when it was covered up with a one-story building that was most recently a Verizon authorized retailer. The courtyard was created when the original 1908 PacMutual at 6th/Olive expanded with the addition of a much larger 1921 structure that most people now associate as being the main building (there are a total of three historic buildings that comprise the PacMutual). After the PacMutual was purchased by Rising Realty Partners back in April 2012, the urban-conscious developers have been actively repositioning the building with the goal of activating the community surrounding it.
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Workers add the finishing touches on the newly restored Rialto Theatre historic marquee in preparation for Urban Outfitters opening soon
One of the most exciting retail developments to happen in Downtown LA in recent memory was last year’s announcement that Urban Outfitters was planning to open at 8th and Broadway. Exciting not only because of a new popular store coming downtown but what it means for the rest of Broadway’s future. The deep pockets that a mainstream retailer like Urban Outfitters have definitely benefit the efforts behind Broadway’s revitalization. Mainly, the complete restoration of the historic Rialto Theatre’s beautiful marquee as well as the rehab of the interior theater space activating it with a viable economic purpose that becomes catalytic (read: attracting other businesses to open along Broadway).
Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works will be opening brand new stores at FIGat7th (relocating from Macy’s Plaza down the street)
A lot of women (and some men) will be happy to learn that their favorite lingerie line, Victoria’s Secret, and bath products store, Bath & Body Works, will be opening brand new stores at FIGat7th by early spring 2014 (so the rumors were right!). The two stores, both owned by Columbus, OH-based Limited Brands, will close their current locations in The Bloc (aka Macy’s Plaza) and relocate to FIGat7th just down the street.
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Seared Tuna Nicoise just one of many delicious dishes served at the new 643 North in Chinatown (Photo: Brigham Yen)
Although largely ignored during the Downtown LA redevelopment boom of the mid 2000’s, Chinatown has begun to show new signs of life. The recent opening of Chef Roy Choi’s Chego at Far East Plaza, the near completion of Jia Apartments (Chinatown’s first market rate rentals), and the groundbreaking of Blossom Plaza, a new mixed-use “gateway” to the historic neighborhood for transit riders, have all instilled a new sense of optimism in Chinatown’s future.
A rendering of 1000 Grand at the SE corner of Olympic/Grand in Downtown LA (Photo: TCA)
So the Hilton rumor at Olympic and Grand in South Park is now officially debunked — well sorta. It’s not that it wasn’t true that Hilton was eyeing the surface parking lot for development, it’s just that Hanover eventually won the battle in the next hottest section of South Park. Apparently, Hanover secured the deal early on and Hilton tried to “interject” but to no avail. Now Texas-based Hanover is planning to develop another 7-story mixed-user called “1000 Grand” at the SE corner of Olympic Blvd and Grand Ave (they’re currently building another mixed-user at Olympic and Hill), which is currently an ugly surface parking lot surrounded by the most cracked, tow up sidewalks you’ve ever seen in a developed nation. Shameful.
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What: Fun and delicious Truck-It-Fest gourmet food truck dinner event
When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6 to 10 pm (Every 3rd Thursday)
Where: APEX at 9th/Figueroa, Downtown LA
Downtown LA snags two new office leases including the SEC and the new West Coast anchor office for engineering consulting firm Buro Happold
Downtown LA scores two new office leases including the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and engineering consulting firm Buro Happold. That’s good news as we all know the more companies and jobs that move to Downtown LA, the stronger the Downtown LA economy will be overall. For instance, downtown office workers play a significant economic part when they spend their earned dollars locally at restaurants and retail stores, or even better, decide to rent/buy real estate downtown becoming actual residents and fulfilling the “live, work, and play” motto.
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A new 15,000 square foot CVS Pharmacy is coming to 7th/Spring in Downtown LA
So it’s official! A brand new CVS Pharmacy is coming downtown soon. Slated for a late 2014 opening, the new CVS will be taking over a
15,000 13,800 square foot corner space on the ground floor of the beautiful historic Van Nuys building on the SW corner of 7th/Spring. According to the listing agent Derrick Moore, a commercial broker with Avison Young who represented the building owner, the lease was just fully executed and finalized. Initial demolition work has already begun inside the space clearing the way for CVS to begin construction once plans and permits are approved by the city.
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The new Aesop pop-up shop is now open on 9th Street near Broadway while the permanent Aesop store is under construction next door
The exciting evolution of Downtown LA’s retail scene continues with the opening of Aesop’s new chic pop-up shop on 9th Street located next door to their future permanent store currently under construction on the corner of 9th/Broadway. The pop-up, which just opened last Thursday, takes over a vacant space once occupied by Connie’s Cut ‘n Style hair salon and will be open through the holidays until the permanent store debuts in Jan 2014.
Pret A Manger currently has U.S. locations in NYC, DC, Boston, and Chicago as seen above their Michigan Ave location
So while I was in Chicago last week for the ULI conference panel, I just had to stop by Pret A Manger for lunch, which is a healthy fast food concept (originally from the United Kingdom) offering delicious freshly made sandwiches including their own branded kettle chips and yummy fizzy carbonated drinks. While I was there, I asked the manager if Pret A Manger was ever coming to Los Angeles (because I want you guys so bad!). The manager provided some interesting tidbits that could be good news for Pret fans like myself.
Downtown Chicago is bustling and filled with a variety of commercial activities and is a great model for Downtown LA to follow
I spent last week in one of the country’s best downtowns — Chicago. I was invited by Downtown LA-based architect firm, TCA, to join the founder Thomas Cox on an Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference panel discussing Gen Y (a demographic group I belong to) and our shifting preference toward multifamily housing in urban centers away from the default auto-centric suburbia that the Baby Boomers — our parents — once salivated for. The panel discussion was held at the Langham Hotel in the heart of Downtown Chicago across from the brand new stunning Trump Int’l Hotel and Tower. Lodging nearby at TheWit (highly recommended), I was in the perfect central location to explore all the amazing urban attributes that Downtown Chicago has to offer.
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