Shop Hop: The Downtown Retail Roundup

The CBD-focused shop Blis is opening next month near the corner of Eighth and Olive streets.

Blissful Shopping: The legalization of cannabis has seen a number of shops sprout up in Downtown selling all sorts of strains of marijuana. One of Downtown’s incoming shops isn’t interested in cannabis, but rather CBD, the oil derived from the plant that lacks the psychotropic elements found in pot. Blis is set to open at the increasingly busy intersection of Eighth and Olive streets on July 7. The company’s first retail spot is a 1,200-square-foot space on Olive Street, near a barre workout studio and a Dunkin’ Donuts. The store’s full range of products, and their prices, hasn’t been announced, but expect it to carry a variety of CBD goods, from droplets to edible snacks such as CBD-infused chocolates and kombucha. 

Coming to 752 S. Olive St. or blisbrand.com.

Get Your Prescription Filled: Downtown has a number of outposts of major nationwide drug store chains, but now it’s getting a spinoff of a local Los Angeles County one. The South Park Pharmacy will open by the end of the year on the ground floor of Aven at 12th Street and Grand Avenue. The new space comes from the owners of the Pasadena Pharmacy to the north, and is similarly expected to be half convenience store, half full pharmacy. The 4,000-square-foot space will carry prescription medicine, over-the-counter items and household basics.

Coming to 1120 S. Grand Ave.

Yet More Fitness: Downtown Los Angeles really can’t get enough gyms its seems. Also coming to the ground floor of Aven is Orangetheory Fitness. The 3,500-square-foot space is expected to open before the end of the year, and like other branches of the chain is focused on group training. Classes mix cycling with weight circuits in 60-minute workouts. As part of each session, participants get heart rate monitors to use in order to measure their performance. Monthly memberships to the fitness center start at $59. The Aven branch of Orangetheory is the second Orangetheory in Downtown and the first in South Park; one opened in the Fashion District in December 2017.

Coming to 1120 S. Grand Ave. or orangetheoryfitness.com.

Marketplace: The storefront at the southwest corner of Fifth Street and Broadway is active again, after it sat empty for several months. The space was formerly the home of a 7-11 convenience store, and the newcomer is sticking to that field. Trimana Fresh Foods Market took over the space in May. If the name sounds familiar, the chain has a few locations around Los Angeles County, including in Union Station. Expect the usual mix of refrigerators full of sports drinks and beer, bagged snacks and candy, and packs of batteries and other knick-knacks. The market also offers a selection of cold foods, like packaged salads and sandwiches and hot foods, including pizza.

At 501 S. Broadway.

Face-Focused Facility: For those looking to make aesthetic changes to their bodies, there’s a new practice in Downtown for that. MedBeautyL.A. opened on June 6 at 11th and Hope streets in South Park, specializing in skin treatments and anti-aging injections such as Botox. Run by Dr. Lori Aliksanian, who has a background in wound care, the focus here is non-surgical beauty enhancements. Services include dermal filler injections, facials, chemical peels and other procedures that will theoretically produce healthier and younger looking skin. Prices vary based on individual plans.

At 1100 S. Hope St. Ste. 101, (213) 640-4008 or medbeautyla.com

Paws Gone By: Downtown loves its dogs, but maybe the industry of pet friendly stores and spas that have sprung up around those four-legged friends over the past few years is nearing a saturation point. A South Park grooming spot shuttered last month after just recently joining the wave of stores catering to pet owners. Duke’s South Paw was originally announced in 2017, but only opened in February this year at 1243 S. Olive St. The 9,632-square-foot space offered daycare and overnight boarding services, as well as grooming.

Have any retail tips? Send them to Shop Hop at nicholas@downtownnews.com.