If you’ve ever been to Grand Central Terminal in NYC or Union Station in Washington DC, you’ll see that they’re not just homogeneous train stations but a dynamic destination filled with a wide range of shops and restaurants that attract both locals and tourists. (Have you experienced the beautiful Apple flagship store inside Grand Central Terminal before?) In fact, both stations are considered top tourist destinations in their respective cities. Over here in LA, it’s good to see that we’re finally starting to add businesses into our beautiful Union Station, which has been improving and becoming better and better almost every year.
Earlier this month on Feb 7, four new retail kiosks were added to Union Station’s architecturally stunning grand waiting room. The four new kiosks replaced a newsstand adjacent to the also-new Cafe Crepe, which just opened late last year in October. These new businesses feature local LA vendors and artisans selling a variety of items including hats, wallets, cell phone cases, jewelry, and snacks.
What I really appreciate is the attention to detail Metro is putting into the new upgrades at Union Station, which lets people know Los Angeles is becoming a proud city once again. Instead of going with any ordinary looking kiosk, Metro had them specifically designed to complement the Art Deco-Mission Revival style of Union Station. Each 28 square foot kiosk is made of premium grade walnut with Grigio soapstone trim and harvest gold finish.
The current vendors include:
- Artsy & Co – Selling contemporary jewelry for women
- Chico Hats – Fashionable hats for men and women
- Dardimans California – Dehydrated fruit from California
- United Streets of Art – Iconic and urban artwork on leather and cellular goods
Each kiosk is on a 3-month lease, so if you’re interested in selling your wares at Union Station in the future, contact Deborah Kravitz.