SHOP! There are so many great places to shop nowadays in the Arts District, and this time of year offers EVEN MORE for gift-seekers. A multitude of seasonal events, pop-up shops, and community gatherings abound that supplement retail storefronts. Meet up with me on Saturday at the Arts District Co-Op (one block west of Urth Caffé) and walk over to several other nearby holiday markets! For a full list of year-round shopping in the Arts District, click HERE and see what else is in store during the holidays. Be sure to check out my “Where to Park” suggestions HERE!
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & ART SALE
SAT 12/19 @ 4 PM to 8 PM
Arts District Co-Op @ 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 223-6717 • www.ADcoopLA.com
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EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
Shop FRI 12/18 thru WED 12/23 @ 11 AM to 8 PM
Open THU 12/24 @ 11 AM to 5 PM
The Arts District Co-op is ALL decked out for the holidays! Pop-up shops this holiday season include Knight Owl Coffee, Moveable Boutique, Panik Ryder, Soul Fashioned, Wolf & Man, and others. Year round, Arts District Co-Op has locally owned retail shops, including The Fenix LA, Open Market, Lala Dudley, Downtown Muse, Minnigurumi, The Conservatore, and Westside Couture. Visit the 10,000 sq. ft. cooperative marketplace daily for giveaways and door prizes!
Check out my latest Arts District photography and other merchandise, including serigraph prints, metal maps, greeting cards, and coasters. Sip on champagne mimosas compliments of Arts District Co-op. Enjoy a local brew from Boomtown Brewery. Munch on sweets and savories from The Pie Hole and Cerveteca DTLA. Make your own greeting cards at Artist & Craftsman Supply‘s craftmaking station! Take a photo with one of Santa’s sexy elves and maybe even the jolly fellow himself! Enjoy FREE samples of Fair Trade Certified dark snacking chocolate compliments of barkTHINS! Taste and buy homemade holiday goodies from local One & Stuffed baker Sarah Lauer.
Here’s more info on the year-round retailers at Arts District Co-op:
THE FENIX LA: This luxury collection includes Jack Frysztak’s signature candles, along with his line of bath and body care products, designer sunglasses, and jewelry. I highly recommend buying his natural wood-wick candles, which are hand-poured with coconut and soy oils scented with one or more of his 200 fragrances — they seemingly last forever, too!
OPEN MARKET: This Americana-inspired menswear line features Kevin Chen’s signature 6-pocket jeans made of premium Japanese and Italian Selvedge raw denim. The collection also includes uniquely oil-stained carpenters, henleys, tees, chunky-knit sweaters, leather and denim jackets, blazers, hooded/non-hooded sweatshirts in a multitude of fabrics. All of the designs reflect a deconstructed approach to vintage work wear, re-engineered with a modern appeal.
LALA DUDLEY: This local designer makes one-of-a-kind custom sweater vests, dresses, hand-painted tees, handbags, and jewelry.
DOWNTOWN MUSE: My Arts District photographic archives are the most expansive of its kind (follow me on Instagram!). At Arts District Co-Op, I have framed prints displayed on the walls, along with unframed prints on paper (only $25!), ready-to-hang prints printed on metal, images hand-transferred on wood, art books, greeting cards, calendars, coaster sets, and limited-edition serigraph Arts District maps.
MINNIGURUMI: This handmade Amigurumi line by Minny Chen features crocheted stuffed animals, hats, and capes just for kids, but adored and collected by adults, too!
THE CONSERVATORE: This boutique is for the contemporary woman who is classic AND bold with a high fashion sensibility. The Conservatore offers rare and unique hand-picked new, gently worn, vintage and designer clothing, shoes, and accessories from all over the world.
WESTSIDE COUTURE: This local fashion shop offers organic and imported cotton dresses plus handmade leather belts from Morocco, too.
HUGHES DECEMBER SHOWROOM SALE
FRI 12/18 thru SUN 12/20 @ 10 AM to 4 PM
458 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90013
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Deco delights, Spanish-style furnishings, American junk, and more gleaned from multiple estate sales are for sale just in time for the holidays at this monthly 3-day shopping event!
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE by CITYNIGHTSHIFT
SUN 12/20 @ 12-6 PM
Rotelli Cyclery @ 1133 E. 5th St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 621-7922 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate an unwrapped new children’s toy and receive a raffle ticket to win prizes during this special event hosted by DTLA’s weekly ride Citynightshift at Rotelli Cyclery. Want to win a Leader Bike USA frame? Enter the Alley Cat Race ($5 entry) and you might be taking one home. There will also be food, drinks, music, and even a silent auction.
Based in the Arts District, Rotelli Cyclery repurposes quality vintage steel frames to create custom-built and ready-to-ride bicycles. The bike shop also offers fine leather goods, dry goods, hardware, and accessories for the cycling enthusiast.
SHREEBSxCOMMON HOLIDAY MARKET
SUN 12/20 @ 11 AM to 4 PM
Arts District Container Park @ 527 Colyton St., Los Angeles 90013
FREE – RSVP required on Eventbrite
Shreebs Coffee is hosting a selection of local artists and makers: Because the Wind, Boyce Studio, Kellee Creative, LATIN POSH, Meadow at Dusk, Priscilla Witte and Spoken Glass. (Psst! While it is not a “holiday event,” you can also RSVP using the same link above to a free yoga event hosted by Shreebs Coffee on Saturday.)
OTHER HAPPENINGS IN ADLA THIS WEEKEND!
END-OF-YEAR ART SALE & HOLIDAY PARTY
FRI 12/18 @ 5-11 PM
Art Share L.A. @ 801 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013
(213) 687-4278 • www.ArtShareLA.org
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Support a local nonprofit that supports local artists. Stop by and pick up that last-minute holiday gift for a friend or treat yourself to a work of art. Art Share’s Hallway Gallery will be filled with local artwork for sale ranging in price from $250 to $700. There will also be a “Best Offer” wall for pieces under $200. Proceeds benefit this vital community center. The art sale runs during public hours thru December 23.
POP-UP XMAS SHOPPING PARTY
SAT 12/19 @ 8:30 PM until Santa Comes
The Downtown Playground @1720 E. 14th St., Los Angeles 90021 (behind the dispensary)
Local artists, craft beer, games, live music, and late-night tarot readings are the focus of this holiday shindig “South of Seventh” in the Arts District. BYOB is encouraged, but hosts plan to share liquid goods from their holiday stockings with lucky attendees. When there, pick up a copy of my friend’s latest book “10 West: A Collection of Art & Poetry by Joe Wright” as a gift for a friend (it’s also available online at Amazon!).
HOLIDAY WEEKEND MARKETPLACE
SAT 12/19 and SUN 12/20
Artists & Fleas @ 647 Mateo St., Los Angeles 90021
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This artist, designer and vintage market happens every third weekend in the Arts District. This special holiday weekend marketplace is expected to have almost 100 local vendors.