Author: Brigham Yen

Le Box Blanc is a new indie women's boutique now open at 11th and Hope in Downtown LA

Le Box Blanc Opens First Brick and Mortar in Downtown LA

The intersection of 11th and Hope has become the center of South Park’s growing residential community. Ever since a 7-story parking structure was transformed into a retail center (with an eye-catching mural) a couple of years ago, the immediate surrounding area has become increasingly active, helping to spawn even more creative urban ideas that strengthen South Park’s identity (like this awesome new parklet). It’s truly amazing how sometimes big positive changes come from something as simple as rethinking a lifeless, run-of-the-mill parking structure. Now another great new retailer, online boutique Le Box Blanc, has just opened its first retail location at 11th and Hope contributing to South Park’s growth and revival.

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The first A.L.C. store is planning to open next to the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown LA

OMG: Theory and A.L.C. Stores Opening at 9th/Broadway in Downtown LA

Last week, we found out that an exciting new Vans flagship store is planning to open in spring 2018 at 8th and Broadway next to the historic Tower Theatre. Now, I’m so excited to learn that another two new stores have signed on to open near 9th and Broadway just about a block south from the future Vans store. Theory and A.L.C., both upscale fashion brands, will be coming to Downtown LA.

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A new Vans flagship store is slated to open near 8th and Broadway in Downtown LA at the historic Singer Sewing Machine Building

Massive Vans Flagship Store Coming to Broadway in Downtown LA

Broadway still has a long way to go before it reaches its full potential as the most amazing street in all of Los Angeles. What makes Broadway inherently special is the unique history and architecture that define the street. However, in order to fully appreciate its grandeur, Angelenos must be able to interact with the street in various practical ways including shopping, dining, and entertainment. That’s why I’m always excited when I learn of a new store that will draw more people to the street, creating relevancy that’s been missing for decades. The dream of fully activating Broadway will be getting another step closer as everyone’s favorite Vans store is planning to open here near 8th and Broadway.

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Erewhon Market plans to open a new Downtown LA store in the historic May Company Garage built in 1927

Erewhon Market Plans to Open New Downtown LA Store

As Downtown LA continues to create more housing bringing in thousands of new residents, it becomes increasingly important to support that growing residential population with a wide variety of amenities and services that make living in downtown convenient and dynamic. That’s why I’m very excited to learn that a new grocery store is looking to open on the southern fringe of the Historic Core in Downtown LA.

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In a move that reaffirms DTLA's rising momentum, famed designer 3.1 Phillip Lim is relocating his LA flagship store from Weho to Downtown LA Arts District

Holy Shit! 3.1 Phillip Lim Opening New LA Flagship in Downtown LA

At first I thought it must be a leftover prank from an April Fool’s joke or something. Walking by the former space once occupied by NOLA (the long-shuttered New Orleans restaurant) on 3rd Street in this burgeoning section of the Arts District, I saw the simple white sign announcing “3.1 Phillip Lim Opening April 2017.” I couldn’t believe it, but after checking Lim’s website, it confirmed that it wasn’t a joke after all. Indeed, the coveted and world-renowned designer is opening his new Los Angeles flagship store here in the heart of Downtown LA’s Arts District.

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New retail kiosks added early Feb create more dynamic experience for visitors to Union Station

New Retail Kiosks Added to Union Station in Downtown LA

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.

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The new Metro pedestrian tunnel opened today linking the 7th/Metro Center subway station to The Bloc shopping center across the street

New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel Opens in Downtown LA’s Busiest Subway Station

Today was a very exciting day for urban advocates in Los Angeles! Transit accessibility and convenience went up a great notch with the opening of Metro’s first pedestrian tunnel that links the busy 7th/Metro Center subway station — actually the busiest station in Los Angeles — directly into a private commercial property, and in this case, the shopping center known as The Bloc.

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The popular off-price Nordstrom Rack will open a new 27,000 square foot location at FIGat7th in Downtown LA

Breaking: Nordstrom Rack Coming to Downtown LA’s FIGat7th

Super exciting news for Downtown LA’s growing retail scene! One of the biggest names in fashion retail has committed to opening a new store in Downtown LA, which has been experiencing an explosion of new development not seen since the 1920s construction boom. I am so excited to announce that the very popular Nordstrom Rack has just finalized a lease to open their first downtown store at the FIGat7th shopping center located in the heart of the Financial District.

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Brigade LA has opened a new 3,000 square foot store at LA Live's Courtyard by Marriott in South Park, Downtown LA

New Brigade LA Store Brings Fashion Trends to LA Live in Downtown LA

Back in June 2016, we announced that one of Downtown LA’s most successful independent retailers — the purveyor of fashion’s hottest trends and accessories, Brigade LA — was opening a brand new and exciting flagship location at LA Live in Downtown LA’s burgeoning South Park district. About a half a year later, Brigade LA has opened its new store adding to a growing mix of businesses coalescing around LA Live and the Staples Center.

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Ranked America's most popular fast food chain, Chick-Fil-A, will be opening at the Figueroa Tower at 7th and Figueroa

Chick-Fil-A to Open First Downtown LA Location on 7th Street

DTLA is about to “eat mor chikin.” America’s most lucrative fast food restaurant chain is finally coming to Downtown LA opening in the heart of the Financial District. According to Business Insider, Chick-Fil-A generates the highest revenue per restaurant over any other fast food chain in the country. It’s also apparently the most popular fast food chain in the country, even surprisingly, besting the venerated In-N-Out Burger in recent customer survey rankings.

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Blue Bottle opens its second DTLA location (outside Arts District) inside the historic 1893 Bradbury Building at 3rd and Broadway

Blue Bottle Coffee Opens in Downtown LA’s Historic Bradbury Building

Back in June 2015, we reported the exciting news that Blue Bottle Coffee was coming to the Bradbury Building in Downtown LA, which would become its second DTLA location after the Arts District. Well fast forward a year and half later, and the popular third-wave coffee chain has finally opened at the corner of 3rd and Broadway signaling yet another strong sign that Broadway is actually, really turning a corner in its long-awaited revitalization.

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The new Footaction store near 8th and Broadway is another retail win for the rising historic thoroughfare

New Footaction and Kicks Lounge Open on Broadway in Downtown LA

Sneakerheads rejoice! The brand new Footaction with Nike Kicks Lounge opened today December 18 on Broadway in Downtown LA. The store coming to Downtown LA’s most significant historical street was announced this past summer in July while the store took only about 5 months to complete build out just in time for the holidays. What was previously a lower-end discount clothing store that still sadly defines much of Broadway today, has been transformed into a polished storefront that stands in complete contrast to most of its immediate surroundings near 8th and Broadway.

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The busiest station in Los Angeles' growing rail network, 7th/Metro Center, will be connected directly into The Bloc by a new pedestrian tunnel

New Metro Pedestrian Tunnel in Downtown LA Opening Jan 2017

Not all exciting developments have to be large-scale mega projects (although what DTLA fan isn’t absolutely thrilled by all the recent high-rise proposals from South Park to the Civic Center to the Arts District?). For me, I am often just as excited by the smaller-scale urban developments happening on the ground level that’s focused on enhancing the pedestrian experience, and in this case, what’s happening underground. After speaking to two different Metro contractors onsite, they both have told me that the new Metro pedestrian tunnel linking the 7th/Metro Center subway station to The Bloc shopping center will be completed early next month!

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The new 5,000 square foot Petco store opened in Downtown LA's South Park district on Dec 5, 2016

New Petco Store Opens in South Park in Downtown LA

Pet lovers rejoice! And since Downtown LA is chock-full of residents with their furry pets, there should be quite a few downtowners happy to see that Petco has finally opened their doors for business this past week selling everything a pet owner could possibly need. It’s also another sign that large chains, who once shunned downtown, are finally beginning to see Downtown LA as a viable and desirable location to open their stores in.

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One of the most popular sandwich chains in America, Earl of Sandwich, has signed a lease to open a new store in Downtown LA

OMG: Earl of Sandwich Coming to Bunker Hill in Downtown LA

One of the most popular sandwich chains in America is FINALLY planning to open one here in Downtown LA! Ever since I tried Earl of Sandwich for the first time back in 2012 while visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, I’ve been a huge fan of their delicious Full Montagu packed with juicy and tender slices of roast beef and turkey on toasted wheat bread. Unfortunately, those Earl-sandwich cravings meant I’d have to drive all the way out to Downtown Disney in Anaheim just to get one (that’s been the only one in the LA metro area so far, although a brand new one just opened at Tom Bradley at LAX).

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