People think of Downtown LA as a place for either professionals who work in suits in big skyscrapers or the creative set living in cool hip lofts above funky bars perhaps on Spring Street or in the Arts District. Singles and couples attracted to urban living, the usual suspects you know? But something you don’t expect to see downtown is a growing number of parents with kids living in those cool hip lofts. Many parents have decided to continue living in the urban center even though it seems most downtown residents who decide to have children usually end up moving out to the suburbs. Seeing more and more parents pushing their strollers down the sidewalks of Downtown LA says a lot about the changing demographics and what it means for the future. And now that group of urban-loving parents reluctant to move to suburbia are taking matters into their own hands by creating services and amenities geared for families. A perfect example is the amazing new K-2nd Metro Charter School in South Park that was started by a dedicated group of downtown parents who wanted a high quality education for their downtown-based children. And now that’s why I’m so excited to see a new children’s retail store called, “Around the Globe Kid’s Center,” opening on Broadway just south of Olympic Blvd.
The owner, Andrea Sillas, who has been an Eastern Columbia resident since 2007, has two of her own young children. Originally from Michigan, she and her native Angeleno husband were yearning for more spots in Downtown LA dedicated to families and their children. The only place they really take their kids to is Grand Hope Park by FIDM, but having more variety is the spice of life right?
So Sillas took matters into her own hands and decided to create a new retail boutique that parents could take their children to. After searching since December 2013, Sillas found a space at 1001 S Broadway just a few doors down from ultra-hip designer Daniel Patrick’s flagship retail store. The new 2,300 square foot shop is not only retail selling children’s apparel, shoes, toys, books and other fun accessories (focusing mostly on children 7 and under), but also has an indoor playground where Sillas hopes will become a gathering spot for downtown parents looking to connect with other parents to help form that stronger community bond.
Shops like Around the Globe Kid’s Center are important in the grand scheme of things in Downtown LA redevelopment. Providing an urban environment where families can still thrive living here will add to the long-term stability of the downtown community benefiting the overall growth of our future urban center.
Around the Globe Kid’s Center is located at 1001 S Broadway and grand opens today on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 11 am to 7 pm. They will be holding raffles today for the parents and kids where the main prize will be a child’s bike and helmet donated by downtown-based Just Ride LA.