Shop Hop, The Downtown Retail Roundup: Vintage Goods, A Movie Theater Debut Date and More

Sunbeam Vintage recently opened in Downtown Los Angeles, carrying retro and antique home furnishings. 

Downward Facing Dog: The former Animal Museum space on Colyton Street lives again, and while you’ll no longer find exhibits about dogs, you just may do the downward dog. That’s because Jivamukti Yoga, an offshoot of a yoga studio in New York City, has opened a location in the Arts District. The studio, which debuted this month, offers classes in hatha yoga, including fundamentals, advanced and private classes, as well as guided meditation. Group yoga sessions last 30-60 minutes. Single classes are $20, while monthly unlimited class passes are $155.

At 421 S. Colyton St. or

Retro Style: The residential boom in Downtown has been followed by a growing number of home furnishing spots. The latest addition to the scene is Sunbeam Vintage, which opened in the Fashion District on March 16. It’s a spinoff of the store’s Highland Park location, and carries a selection of retro, vintage and chic tables, couches, lighting and other furniture. Items for sale at the new location include an Art Deco-style gold star chandelier for $650, a restored wooden Danish credenza table for $2,200 and an ornate green decanter and shot glass set for $125. According to the shop’s website, Sunbeam also offers rentals, and is open to accepting trades for credit.

At 814 S. Main St. or

Movie Time: After many delays, it looks like the long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse at The Bloc shopping center is finally nearing a debut. In a letter that went out to neighboring businesses on March 12, the Texas-based cinema chain confirmed a summer opening, and offered more details about the design. The complex’s 11 theaters will have approximately 80 seats per screen and a full capacity of only 600 people. In addition to Alamo Drafthouse’s selection of mainstream and independent films, there will be food and beverage services, including a full bar. There will also be a store including, oddly enough in the 21st century, rentable VHS tapes. Plans for opening an Alamo in Downtown Los Angeles were first revealed in 2014.

Coming to 700 S. Flower St. or

Come Together and Bring Your Laptop: Downtown is currently seeing a co-working boom, with businesses opening up shared spots in old buildings, fancy skyscrapers and other locations. Now a new option is coming to the Arts District: Union Cowork will arrive on Palmetto Street this summer, on a stretch of the street that is quickly filling with new retail tenants. The 30,000-square-foot space is the company’s seventh location, and membership with Union Cowork guarantees access to every spot. Rates start at $300 per month, for desk space in Union Cowork’s open office, with one hour of the conference room available per week. In addition to office space, the facility offers business services such as printers, fax machines and other supplies.

Coming to 1325 Palmetto St. or

Hands Off: The Bloc may be getting a theater, but it has lost another tenant. After about 18 months on the lower level of the Financial District shopping complex, Handcrafted LA has closed. The store debuted in September 2017, offering a rotating selection of goods from different designers, including clothes, ceramics, home furnishings, jewelry and accessories. The store closed earlier this month, with a notice on its website.

No More Skin in the Game: Longtime Downtown shop Skingraft has left the neighborhood. The store closed at the end of March, ending a 10-year run in the community. Skingraft, which specialized in leather goods, carried a modern line of pants, coats, bags and more. Originally located on Fourth Street in the Historic Core, Skingraft relocated to the Fashion District at Eighth and Spring streets in 2014. But fans need not fret, as goods are still available online at The owners also plan to launch a new multi-brand store in Los Angeles later this year.

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