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Shinola and Salt & Straw Flagship Stores Open in DTLA Arts District

Shinola Detroit, known for their watches, bikes, and leather goods, has just opened their largest West Coast flagship store here in Downtown LA's Arts District

The Arts District in DTLA is really starting to fill in very nicely now, picking up speed as a critical mass is finally beginning to form connecting a sprawling community that stretches from the 101 freeway in the north all the way down to almost the 10 freeway to the south. What was once mostly an industrial warehouse district has been transforming before our very eyes within the last few years into a vibrant urban neighborhood filled with new restaurants, stores, art galleries, and even office space with Warner Brothers and Hyperloop making their headquarters here. Over at 3rd and Garey, two new exciting stores have just recently opened that continue to help attract more people into one of DTLA’s hottest districts. Detroit’s Shinola and Portland’s Salt & Straw Ice Cream are now open for business!

Shinola just opened this past Friday, Nov 11, after almost a year since DTLA Rising first broke the news that they were coming to the Arts District. The Detroit-based company is known for their luxury products including watches, bikes, and leather goods. At 5,000 square feet, the upscale retailer opened their largest West Coast store here in Downtown LA within the 1930 art deco 3rd & Garey building owned by Parallel Acquisitions. Customers enter from the 3rd Street entrance into a cavernous space with ultra-high, beautifully-arched warehouse ceilings supported by a dynamic array of multiple trusses.

What’s interesting about this specific Shinola flagship store isn’t that it’s just entirely a Shinola store. Within the 5,000 square foot space, the store will be divided into two other very exciting concepts: 1) Saved Tattoo will have a space in the back of Shinola helmed by renowned NYC tattoo artist Scott Campbell (whose clients include Howard Stern, Robert Downey Jr, Courtney Love, Orlando Bloom, and Marc Jacobs), and 2) The Smile, a Mediterranean and American cafe from New York as well, will have a storefront facing 3rd Street connected by an interior doorway into Shinola for increased brand synergy.

Next door to Shinola and The Smile is Salt & Straw. The very popular ice cream shop from Portland opened about a month ago. Again, like Shinola, this is their newest and largest flagship location on the West Coast taking up a very-large-for-an-ice-cream-shop 3,000 square foot space. Not only does the store serve up their delicious variety of creamy ice cream, but also includes a flexible event space in the back of the store as well as an area in the front of the store for live music performances scheduled for most weekends throughout the year.

You’re really starting to see a strong connection forming along 3rd Street from Alameda on the cusp of Little Tokyo all the way to One Santa Fe to the east as more businesses continue to open along the street. It’s amazing to see the amount of pedestrians now walking on what was once a desolate and empty stretch of road. Located synergestically next door to the massive Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery (click here to check out the amazing gallery inside), both Shinola and Salt & Straw do such a fantastic job at activating this block. I can’t wait to see what else will open here at 3rd & Garey as more retailers sign on.

Shinola Detroit – Downtown LA Flagship Store

Shinola's new flagship store is now open in Downtown LA

Shinola’s new flagship store is now open in Downtown LA

Shinola is known for their watches

Shinola is known for their watches

Shinola is known for their very fancy bikes (this brass one apparently costs about $8,000)

Shinola is known for their very fancy bikes (this brass one apparently costs a whopping $8,000)

Shinola is known for their leather goods including wallets and handbags

Shinola is known for their leather goods including wallets and handbags

You can build your own Shinola watch

You can build your own Shinola watch

Or get a limited edition Maya Angelou watch

Or get a limited edition Maya Angelou watch

The lightning bolt is Shinola's logo symbolizing Detroit's come back strength

The lightning bolt is Shinola’s logo symbolizing Detroit’s come back strength

A doorway in the back of the store will lead to Saved Tattoo opening soon

A doorway in the back of the store will lead to Saved Tattoo opening soon

This large doorway will be opened up when The Smile cafe opens in a couple of weeks

This large doorway within Shinola will be opened up when The Smile cafe opens in a couple of weeks

Salt & Straw Ice Cream – Downtown LA Flagship Store

Salt & Straw and Shinola have both chosen to open their flagship stores here in Downtown LA

Salt & Straw and Shinola have both chosen to open their flagship stores here in Downtown LA

This front area of Salt & Straw will be used as a performance space for live music on most weekends throughout the year

This front area of Salt & Straw will be used as a performance space for live music on most weekends throughout the year

This is Salt & Straw's largest flagship store on the West Coast at 3,000 square feet

This is Salt & Straw’s largest flagship store on the West Coast at 3,000 square feet

Salt & Straw and Shinola have helped activate this block with new pedestrian energy contributing to an increasingly vibrant Arts District

Salt & Straw and Shinola have helped activate this block with new pedestrian energy contributing to an increasingly vibrant Arts District

12 Comments

  1. Now if that small triangle parking lot at 3rd and Traction could just be converted to some sort of gateway/park/sculpture area this neighborhood would finally feel complete. Is this a city or private lot? It’s a real tragedy and has so much potential to be used in a better way.

    • Decentralize Skid Row says

      I agree. We need to reuse that piece of land for something better. Also, since we’re on this topic they should redevelop that DWP site next door to Angel City Brewery. I can totally see a nice mixed use project there.

  2. David says

    Hey Brigham, what’s happening with the old Olympic Theater space? I thought COS was going in but there’s no sign of any activity. Is that still on?

  3. South Park Resident says

    I’m glad to see all this happening in the Arts District. I still prefer to live in South Park where there is a movie theater and Target!

    • Mike Chen says

      I want to see the Arts District get those stores as well. Maybe also a nice Gold’s Gym or Equinox can’t hurt.

    • I think the Arts District could use some more “regular” businesses as well in addition to all these great retailers currently coming in. I’m thinking a gym, a few banks, perhaps yes, even another movie theater like Landmark or Laemmle that show both indie and Hollywood films. As a resident, you want access to a variety of amenities that make urban living convenient and dynamic.

  4. Does anyone know if the red and purple line subway will be extended into the Arts District still? Now that Measure M has passed I’m hoping there’s money to make that happen…

    • The last time anyone really talked about it was over a year ago apparently.

      http://urbanize.la/post/arts-district-subway-extension-still-alive

      “Service could then extend to Sixth Street via an existing rail spur within the maintenance yard. The memo also hints at the possibility of future extensions south beyond the Arts District.”

      In addition to having a station at One Santa Fe, it could also head down to Sixth Street servicing the Warner Brothers headquarters, which I see is much needed to support future economic growth.

  5. Am I the only one who thinks this is TERRIBLE for the “Arts” District? People are goo-goo gah-gahing over these new fancy stores, but what about the actual artists who have been forced out by ridiculous high rents?? Calling the “arts district” is a misnomer now. It should be called “hipster coffee shopping district.”

    • Yes, you’re the only one. This is how the world works. When the demand for something increases why shouldn’t it be more expensive to live there?

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