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.
Santa is blitzing the Arts District early this year! On Thursday, Dec. 8, The Shops at One Santa Fe will host the Odd Nights Holiday Market from 6pm – 10pm. The makers market of 25+ vendors and food trucks will transform the spacious retail corridor at One Santa Fe into a winter bazaar of boutique merchants, intriguing artisans, street food purveyors, and Santa Claus himself!
A brand new $1.6 million park is now open in the burgeoning Arts District in Downtown LA. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Saturday, Nov 5, celebrating the exciting grand opening of a much needed outdoor gathering space for a rapidly growing urban community that’s seeing unprecedented growth in both residential and commercial developments. Everywhere you look is something new coming to the next corner. With all that rapid change, there’s no doubt the new Arts District Park will play a significant role in supporting that future growth making the community more livable and inviting.
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!
The wonderfully bohemian night market returns on Thursday, November 10 at One Santa Fe, the district’s flagship apartment community and 15-shop retail destination. From 6pm – 10pm, 25+ vendors and food trucks will transform the spacious front lot of the Michael Maltzan-designed property into a bazaar scene of boutique merchants, intriguing artisans, and street food purveyors.
The underground international art phenomenon Secret Walls is preparing its first DTLA showdown for Thursday, October 27 at One Santa Fe in the Arts District. Created by UK’s Terry Guy and inspired by graphic artists, Marvel comics and graffiti, this 10-year fixture in the global art community is the world’s premier live art event.
Odd Nights have arrived in the Arts District. The wonderfully bohemian night market sets up on Thursday, October 13 at One Santa Fe, the district’s flagship apartment community and 15-shop retail destination. From 6pm – 10pm, 25+ vendors and food trucks will transform the spacious front lot of the Michael Maltzan-designed property into a bazaar scene of boutique merchants, intriguing artisans, and street food purveyors.
Philz Coffee opened its first Downtown LA location exactly a year ago with huge lines and lots of excitement from avid coffee drinkers. The location at 8th/Hope surrounded by tons of residents and office workers was an instant home run becoming one of the busiest cafes in DTLA. Their down-to-earth service and no-attitude vibe definitely doesn’t hurt on top of having great tasting coffee. Well, now get ready for another Philz Coffee to open downtown, this time on the fringe of the developing Arts District.
The Arts District in Downtown LA continues to gain momentum in its growing retail scene as the neighborhood is truly beginning to feel like the early stages of what Abbot Kinney went through in the mid-2000’s, especially along Third Street where various unique shops and restaurants are helping to create a critical mass of back-to-back businesses. I am so excited to learn that the upscale fashion house Guerilla Atelier will continue that much needed trend along Third Street by opening a new permanent flagship store after it relocates from its current location next to Urth Caffe just a few blocks away.
Aren’t pretty much all bookstores beautiful in some way? There’s nothing like walking into a store filled with books filled with all that wonderful knowledge to feed the mind. And what’s even more beautiful to me as a passionate urbanist is seeing another amazing bookstore like Hennessey and Ingalls open here in Downtown LA, continuing the trend of centralizing (or consolidating) some of the best LA has to offer into the region’s most walkable, transit-oriented urban center — the best antidote for LA’s insurmountable suburban sprawl.
This past Sunday, the highly anticipated art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened its doors to the public for the first time. The massive art complex that spans almost an entire city block bounded by 3rd, Garey, and 2nd Street, not only adds a highly prestigious blue chip gallery to Downtown LA’s Arts District (no doubt a huge win for Los Angeles overall), but also immediately becomes a neighborhood anchor that will grow into a community hub, helping to strengthen the residential and commercial developments that have defined the new very hot Arts District.
No surprise here! The Arts District in Downtown LA continues to attract the most trendsetting brands and stores becoming downtown’s answer to red hot Abbot Kinney. That’s why I am happy to announce that two more exciting stores will be opening here this year confirmed to be in the northern section of the sprawling Arts District (aka “NoArDi”): watchmaker Shinola and Salt & Straw ice cream.
From once predominately industrial warehouses to its current trajectory as a maturing residential enclave, the fascinating evolution of the Arts District in Downtown LA continues to amaze and excite me. This past weekend, local indie Grow Market soft opened for business inside the massive One Santa Fe mixed-use project adjacent to the popular vegan eatery Cafe Gratitude. The new grocer is only the second location to open for the Manhattan Beach market and signals the increasingly strong demand for more amenities catering to the growing population in the Arts District.
Close to a year since One Santa Fe started leasing its 438 apartment units situated on the eastern edge of the booming Arts District, the Michael Maltzan-designed mixed-use complex is now 90% leased according to development partner Canyon Partners Real Estate LLC. The rapid pace of filling up over 390 units in less than 12 months shows the demand to live downtown remains strong. At a quarter-mile long, the One Santa Fe complex has dramatically transformed this part of the Arts District into a destination when it was once just a desolate stretch of pretty much — nothing. Now, new sidewalks and trees along with new retail stores create a much more walkable environment that benefits the long-term goal to make all of Downtown LA a pedestrian-friendly urban center.
After years of delays and construction, it’s so good to see One Santa Fe filling up not only the 438 apartments upstairs with new residents but also the retail spaces downstairs on the ground level. The quarter-mile long Michael Maltzan-designed project sitting along the train tracks by the LA River on the eastern edge of Downtown LA’s Arts District is finally opening its first new businesses providing a glimpse into the exciting new shops and restaurants (a total of 25 stores) coming to this massive mixed-use project. In late March, the very first new business to open was popular vegan eatery Cafe Gratitude (you can read our review here). And now, upscale men’s boutique Wittmore soft opened just last Friday becoming One Santa Fe’s first new fashion retailer to open.