Ninth and Broadway is on fire! I have confirmed with ANJAC, the downtown-based entity that owns the gorgeous art deco Ninth and Broadway historic edifice, that the two corner retail spaces on the ground floor (next door to UMAMIcatessen) have been successfully leased out to two very exciting retailers. The space directly at the corner of 9th and Broadway, where a check cashing center used to be, will become a beautiful new Aésop cosmetics store. The space adjacent to Aésop will become Tanner Goods, which is a high-end apparel store from Portland, Oregon. Both spaces are just over 1,000 square feet each.
Even more exciting is the fact that neither Aésop nor Tanner Goods have corporate retail locations anywhere in Los Angeles. For both retailers, the new Downtown LA flagship stores will be their debut into the LA market. For Tanner Goods’ case, this will be their first store outside Portland. And although Aésop cosmetics, originally from Melbourne, is sold in high-end department stores like Barney’s New York and other select stores around the country, there are only three cities in the U.S. that actually have a their “Signature Store” retail presence: New York, Boston, and San Francisco.
Aésop and Tanner Goods, both slated to open in early 2014, join a strong growing list of other amazing businesses opening near 9th and Broadway, making this intersection the epicenter of the Broadway revitalization effort. This list includes: Ace Hotel, Acne Studios, Urban Outfitters, Sparkle Factory, angelo:HOME, UMAMIcatessen, Two Boots, Om Nom Organics, and Kinfolk Studios.