Hooray! You've found the last post in our Walk Around the Block series where we'll take a stroll around one block of DTLA and see what it has to offer. If you missed previous desinations, you can find them here: 1 - 4 5 - 7 8 - 11. Today we'll hit destinations 12 - 15. Stay tuned for our next block...but in the meantime, put on your comfy shoes and let's go!
224 W 8th St | I remember when these three tiny storefronts cleared out in 2014. I was amazed when seemingly overnight the interiors had been painted a stark white and art was installed. I love the feeling of gazing into these small interiors and checking out the new exhibits. Even more, I love how subversive the art can be - the previous featured work by artist William Crawford made me stop in my tracks more than once. Definitely NSFW, but wonderful and hilarious to me that it's a few feet away from pedestrian traffic.
316 W 8th St | For whatever reason, getting keys duplicated can feel like an insurmountable task. Considering they're used so frequently, I'm not sure what my problem is. Sometimes the complaining takes the place of the actual doing, I guess. So that happened for waaaaaaay too long until I finally opened my eyes and realized this place was right around the corner. I'm such a sucker for hole-in-the-wall places, and this tiny shop is a dictionary definition. The gentleman who owns it is lovely and actually owns the hat shop two doors east.
200 W 8th St | Skate and street wear dominate this last stop on our walk around the block. I bought a pair of Converse high tops here, and C jr loves the tshirt and sweatshirt selection. They've got classic dark blue jeans, fun socks, and a cool hat collection. The guys who work here are super-nice, and will usually give you a good deal, even if the item isn't on sale.
I think I may need this t shirt in my life. Because there are many times this city feels upside down. Or, as Corey says, you can just look down if you forget where you are.
Thanks for joining us on our first Walk Around the Block! The next block is coming soon....