30 December 2008

a mystery in the 'hood

near the maison21 atelier, there is a rather grimy little retail strip (you'd never know there is an adorable neighborhood right behind it). we've mentioned it before as it has a couple of junk shops we've hit from time to time, and if we liked ethiopian food a little more, we'd be in heaven, as there are approximately 300 ethiopian restaurants and coffee shops in a one block stretch. but generally we avoid our neighborhood business strip- it's not pretty enough to stroll along with mona, and we certainly try never to drive through it, as it contains one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in los angeles (if you live here, you know EXACTLY where we're talkin' about).

not so long ago, we noticed a store front had been leased, and we've been curious about it ever since, as through the plastic drop cloth initially covering the window, the outline of two bright yellow highback chairs could be seen. we thought perhaps the designer next door had expanded his office space, but his space is now up for lease, so we're thinking not...

when the drop cloth finally came down, the most little glamorous jewel of a shop was revealed- waaaaaay chic for the hood! how pretty are these windows? we still don't know exactly what the shop is about- there are pillows and trims visible inside the teeny-tiny space, as well as a few vintage lamps and furniture pieces- looks more like a beautifully decorated studio apartment than a shop, actually. no signage yet, and every time we've stopped by, it has been closed (our own fault probably- we only tend to think about it when walking mona in the evening hours- you'll note the pictures were taken at night).

whatever the purpose of this little shop, we couldn't be more excited- the unglamorous retail area of our neighborhood could certainly use a chic injection. we've even fantasized about our own little shop on the strip from time to time, but decided it was just bit too down market for us- glad it's movin' on up! maybe we should get in before the rents move on up too!
we will definitely keep you posted as we unravel the mystery of our local jewel box of a shop, and we will FOR SURE do a real post on it soon- any store opening in this economy needs all the publicity it can get- even if it just reaches the 3 local readers of our blog! better make that just one local reader- i think mona and richard just look at the pictures... ;-)

8 comments:

Things That Inspire said...

I love the mirror in the front window. It would be interesting to know the story behind who is opening up a decor and furniture shop in this economy!

One of my favorite furniture shops is in the DC area, and is owned by a trust fund guy who does not care at all whether he sells anything, he just likes to go on shopping expeditions to Europe and find pretty things that he can surround himself with. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

maison21 said...

inspire- isn't that mirror pretty?

and darn your friend! he is living my dream! too bad my parents forgot about the trust fund to enable it...

Linda Merrill said...

Love the red toile screen and you're absolutely right - anyone who has the courage to open up shop in this economic time needs all the support they can get!

Cote de Texas said...

i agree with you! sarah's shop owner sounds very lucky indeed.

the first window really sends me - it's so lovely - maybe it's a designer's office who will sell a few things here and there. there's a designer in Houston who has a wonderful small shop with not much to sell, but everything in it is so fine. what a mystery!!! can't wait to hear the results.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear about this one! Very interesting.

Anonymous said...

I know EXACTLY the stretch of which you speak! (Write?) That little gem will sparkle for miles next to everything else that's there....I could do a drive-by to check it out further but I think I'd rather wait for your post. You can count me as the 4th official LA reader.

Anonymous said...

Things That Inspire, what is the name of the store? I live in the DC area and I am always looking for cool new stores to check out.

Habitually Chic said...

That shop does look very chic! Can't wait to hear more about it when you find out. Hugs and kisses to you and Mona and Richard!