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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The revolution being experienced in Mexican cuisine is that our stomachs are no longer relegated to only street tacos; elevated Mexican food is taking the cuisine to new heights and DTLA’s Mezcalero is continuing that tradition with its recent opening near the up-and-coming intersection of 5th and Broadway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!