Spring Street’s indie streak is now officially over. Starbucks becomes the first international corporate chain to open on a street dominated by independently owned businesses. Starbucks will replace, Stereoline, a music store at the corner of 6th/Spring on the ground floor of the Hayward Hotel. The music store, which sold a variety of musical instruments like guitars and drums, will still be in the area as it relocates to 518 S Broadway. Starbucks joins a crowded list of other cafes along Spring Street including Groundfloor Cafe, Spring for Coffee, Coffee Bar, Syrup Desserts, and newcomer Tierra Mia Coffee.
Once considered the “Wall Street of the West Coast” in the early 1900s, Spring Street has evolved into the most densely populated residential neighborhood in Downtown LA. Historic buildings lining Spring Street, once housing early-American corporate offices, have been converted to thousands of new residential lofts.
Indie businesses of all kinds have popped up over the last several years along Spring Street in response to the large population growth. Businesses ranging from galleries and pet stores, restaurants to bars, computer repair shops to clothing stores, psychics to nail salons have contributed to a unique and vibrant urban neighborhood unlike anywhere else in Los Angeles.
Starbucks’ arrival into indie-rich Spring Street is definitely another sign of constant change and evolution as Downtown LA continues to revitalize. Whether it’s viewed as good or bad for this particular neighborhood is up for debate.
Spring Street residents and business owners sound off:
“I’m actually happy [about Starbucks coming to Spring Street]. People will continue to support their places, but the ones who live on Spring Street and who like Starbucks will just go there now. Plus, it’s open later, makes the area feel safer, prettier facade. etc.” — Joshua Levi, Resident
“The paint on Tierra Mia isn’t even dry yet, and here comes the big gun. In any other scenario, I would celebrate a new Starbucks. But at 6th & Spring, I have mixed emotions. What’s next? A Gap at 7th & Spring? Also, what do you think the Spring St. locals will think about this?” — Jeff, Resident
“I feel sad for the 5 coffee places within 1 block from there. A new one just opened where Night Toast was last week. How much coffee, cocktails and food do we need here? Still not enough retail.” — Caryn Hofberg, Owner of Flea Store