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Unleashed by Petco will be opening a new 5,000 square foot urban store in CIM Group's new 888 S Hope development

Unleashed by Petco will be opening a new 5,000 square foot urban store in CIM Group's new 888 S Hope development

Petco Unleashed Store Coming to South Park in Downtown LA

With literally thousands of pets living in DTLA, it’s kind of surprising there aren’t more pet stores scattered all around downtown, especially in the South Park and Financial District neighborhoods where a large concentration of residents live. Well, that’s about to change. Soon downtown residents will have a new place to shop catering to their furry friends when Unleashed by Petco opens later this year in South Park.

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Brigham Yen on Los Angeles' FOX 11 noon show discussing DTLA's exciting revitalization

Brigham Yen on Los Angeles' FOX 11 noon show discussing DTLA's exciting revitalization

Brigham Yen on FOX 11: Eighth Street is Downtown LA’s Next Hot Spot

Last week was so much fun! I was invited by local TV affiliate FOX 11 to come on their noon show to discuss my favorite subject, DTLA of course, and to share with viewers Downtown LA’s growing stature as the country’s most exciting up-and-coming urban center.

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FIGat7th has become an important shopping destination in Downtown LA, so it's an important question to ask what should replace Sport Chalet when it closes this year?

FIGat7th has become an important shopping destination in Downtown LA, so it's an important question to ask what should replace Sport Chalet when it closes this year?

What Should Replace Shuttering Sport Chalet in Downtown LA?

I can’t believe it’s been almost 4 years since we reported that Sport Chalet signed on as one of the first major retailers to join what was then a newly remodeled FIGat7th shopping center. Now with the sporting goods chain announcing last week that it will be closing all 47 stores, including the Downtown LA flagship, this gives us an opportunity to fill in the gap that will be left behind with something else really great for the downtown community!

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Luxury fashion retailer Guerilla Atelier will be opening a permanent new 5,000 SF flagship store on the trendy Third Street corridor in the DTLA Arts District

Luxury fashion retailer Guerilla Atelier will be opening a permanent new 5,000 SF flagship store on the trendy Third Street corridor in the DTLA Arts District

Luxe Retailer Guerilla Atelier Opening New Flagship Store in Downtown LA 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.

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Hoke Poke will be opening a 1,200 square foot store along 8th Street between Philz Coffee and Jersey Mike's in Downtown LA

Hoke Poke will be opening a 1,200 square foot store along 8th Street between Philz Coffee and Jersey Mike's in Downtown LA

Hoke Poke to Join Philz Coffee at 8th/Hope in Downtown LA

With the huge poke (pronounced “PO-keh”) craze going on right now all across LA — you know, those yummy Hawaiian-inspired sashimi bowls usually served with rice or salad — you’d think downtown’s hot South Park district would’ve gotten its own dedicated poke shop a whole lot sooner. Well, one is finally opening later this year under the posh apartment tower at 8th and Hope. As a huge poke fan, this will be a very welcome addition to the neighborhood adding to a much needed diversity of food options that’s slowly coming together here in downtown.

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Holland Partner Group has converted this 8-story medical office building in Downtown LA's City West into 42 new loft-style luxury apartments called The Mint (Photo: The Mint)

Holland Partner Group has converted this 8-story medical office building in Downtown LA's City West into 42 new loft-style luxury apartments called The Mint (Photo: The Mint)

Historic Medical Building Converted to 42 Lofts in Downtown LA City West

City West is one of Downtown LA’s least talked about community districts — sorta like the red-headed stepchild of the DTLA family! But that’s only because it hasn’t hit a critical mass yet (not enough restaurants, stores, residential developments, etc.), and there’s still that inconvenient chasm known as the 110 Freeway that divides it from the rest of the Financial District core. Nevertheless, things are slowly changing as more mixed-use projects are added (like the 210-unit 1111 Wilshire that opened in 2013), which will help usher in a new urban energy that will create the stronger pedestrian cross-flow between City West and the Financial District. And part of that exciting change is the addition of a new adaptive-reuse project called The Mint that is filling up with new residents who now call City West home.

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The historic Foreman & Clark at 7th and Hill was just sold for $52 million to a Vancouver developer

The historic Foreman & Clark at 7th and Hill was just sold for $52 million to a Vancouver developer

Downtown LA’s Foreman & Clark Sold to Vancouver Developer for $52 Million

Onni Group is the first thing I think of when I hear “Vancouver developer” in the Downtown LA development scene (especially after they just added their beautiful 33-story Level tower at 9th and Olive to our growing DTLA skyline). However, a new Canadian player is coming into town. Bonnis Properties, also Vancouver-based, has just completed the acquisition of the historic Foreman & Clark building at 7th and Hill for a whopping $52 million ($353 a square foot) according to broker Derrick Moore of Avison Young who represented Bonnis Properties.

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Garçons de Café is a new French wine bar and retail store now open in the Broadway Spring Arcade in Downtown LA

Garçons de Café is a new French wine bar and retail store now open in the Broadway Spring Arcade in Downtown LA

Garçons de Café Opens Beautiful Wine Bar in Downtown LA’s Spring Arcade

The Historic Core’s Broadway Spring Arcade, once lined with a hodgepodge of swap meet vendors, is now finally beginning to shape up nicely as more artisanal eateries slowly begin to open inside this historic linear corridor that acts as a pedestrian cut-through between Broadway and Spring Street. Over the last almost three years, it seems like only one or two eateries have opened per a year starting with Crepes Sans Frontieres, but it’s finally starting to turn a corner (i.e., heading toward a critical mass akin to Grand Central Market’s amazing success). Earlier this month, Garçons de Café opened on the side closer to Broadway in the arcade bringing to the Historic Core a novel French retail-wine-bar concept.

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EJ's Bites has brought tasty and affordable Mediterranean food in a casual setting to South Park in Downtown LA (Photo: Brigham Yen)

EJ's Bites has brought tasty and affordable Mediterranean food in a casual setting to South Park in Downtown LA (Photo: Brigham Yen)

EJ’s Bites Brings Tasty, Affordable Mediterranean to Downtown LA’s South Park

When La Gran Cucina Restaurant at Figueroa and Olympic quietly shuttered in late 2014, I assumed it was the end of the stout Downtown LA Car Wash building, which had been sold a few months prior for a record price of $25 million. After a short period of dormancy, however, a green banner cheerfully announcing the arrival of a new restaurant concept appeared. Fast forward to January of this year and EJ’s Bites made its debut serving up some of the tastiest Mediterranean fare in Downtown LA.

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Hennessey and Ingalls has closed their Santa Monica and Hollywood locations and opened their only main store here in Downtown LA's Arts District

Hennessey and Ingalls has closed their Santa Monica and Hollywood locations and opened their only main store here in Downtown LA's Arts District

Hennessey and Ingalls Opens Beautiful Bookstore in Downtown LA Arts District

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.

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The new Dunkin' Donuts at 8th and Olive is now open helping to activate this once dreary corner

The new Dunkin' Donuts at 8th and Olive is now open helping to activate this once dreary corner

Downtown LA’s First Dunkin Donuts Opens at 8th/Olive

You probably smelled the subtle aroma of sweet donuts and coffee today if you were standing on the corner of 8th and Olive in Downtown LA. That’s because DTLA’s very first Dunkin’ Donuts (sometimes referred to as just “Dunkin” or “DD”) had its grand opening today opening its doors bright and early at 5 am with an outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony held at 9:30 am. Throughout the day, hundreds of people — most of them office workers and residents who live and work downtown — streamed into the new Dunkin’ happily carrying out boxes of donuts and cups of coffee.

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Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has opened its 116,000 square foot gallery in the Downtown LA Arts District

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel has opened its 116,000 square foot gallery in the Downtown LA Arts District

Huge Hauser Wirth & Schimmel Gallery Opens in Downtown LA

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.

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Cross Campus is opening a massive 33,000 square foot coworking space at the 800 Wilshire tower in Downtown LA's Financial District in April 2016

Cross Campus is opening a massive 33,000 square foot coworking space at the 800 Wilshire tower in Downtown LA's Financial District in April 2016

Cross Campus Opening 33,000 SF Coworking Space in Downtown LA

Cross Campus has become one of the most successful coworking spaces founded in Los Angeles. The first Cross Campus opened in Santa Monica in 2012 catering to the robust tech sector found in Silicon Beach with another location opening in Old Pasadena in late 2014. Now the biggest Cross Campus yet is slated to open in the next month in the heart of Downtown LA’s bustling Financial District, which is now surrounded by frenetic economic activity all around.

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A strong collection of high-end retailers have opened up around the beautiful Eastern Columbia building in Downtown LA, including the upcoming opening of MYKITA

A strong collection of high-end retailers have opened up around the beautiful Eastern Columbia building in Downtown LA, including the upcoming opening of MYKITA

German Eyewear Mykita Opening in Downtown LA’s Eastern Columbia

It’s been a little while since something big was announced at 9th and Broadway, which has become the epicenter of Downtown LA’s new high-end retail shopping hub in the making anchored by the catalytic Ace Hotel that opened in 2014. A trusted source has revealed the next exciting retailer to be added to this growing shopping mecca becoming akin to New York’s trendy SoHo district. Next up, opening on the ground floor of the stunning Eastern Columbia Art Deco masterpiece will be the upscale German eyewear brand Mykita opening only their second retail store in the country.

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LA's newest skyscraper is topping out in March with its crown "sail" feature and spire to be installed by Labor Day this year as well

LA's newest skyscraper is topping out in March with its crown "sail" feature and spire to be installed by Labor Day this year as well

Wow! Wilshire Grand Skyscraper Topping Out in March in Downtown LA

For those of us keeping track of Downtown LA’s urban revitalization progress, the new Wilshire Grand tower under construction has been one of the proudest and most exciting projects for Angelenos who dream of DTLA becoming the region’s crown jewel once again. What will become the West Coast’s new tallest skyscraper designed by LA-based AC Martin has been rising steadily since it broke the record for the world’s largest continuous concrete pour in early 2014. Now after two years of climbing higher and higher into the sky, the tower is beginning to reach its aspired height of 1,100 feet tall, which will dramatically enhance the growing DTLA skyline.

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