Shop Hop: The Downtown Retail Roundup

DTLA Fitness opened last week on the ground floor of the Pacific Electric Lofts. It carries a selection of free weights and cardio equipment, and also operates group classes and personal training sessions. 

DTLA - Historic Core Fit: Stop us if we’ve said this a bunch of times in recent years, but Downtown Los Angeles has a new gym. DTLA Fitnessopened on Feb. 9 on the ground floor of the Pacific Electrics Lofts on Los Angeles Street. The 1,200-square-foot space is tidy, with free weights, weight racks, cardio equipment and medicine balls. There are a number of strength and yoga classes, generally clustered in the early morning, at noon and in the afternoon and evenings after 4 p.m. There are also personal training sessions starting at $75, as well as nutrition planning services. First-timers get a free initial consultation. DTLA Fitness was founded by Jodi Avalos, a teacher-turned-personal trainer.

At 605 S. Los Angeles St. or

Arts District Fit: You know that thing we just said about another new Downtown gym? Well, there’s one more, and it also employs a community-specific acronym. Row DTLA Athletic Club is scheduled to open in, you guessed it, the Row DTLA complex at Seventh and Alameda streets this month. The gym is laid out in a single large open space, and is divided into sections for weights and cardio equipment. The fitness center in the shopping, food and office complex is taking a cue from its industrial surroundings, with metal finishes and concrete walls. Services will include personal training and there will be locker rooms. Another fitness studio, the boxing gym Shadowbox, is expected to open in the 30-acre complex later in the spring.

At 777 S. Alameda St. or

One Market Closes…: Broadway has lost another convenience store. Several weeks after the 7-Eleven at Fifth Street and Broadway shut down, Mission Market has closed. The store opened on the western side of the Spring Arcade Building, at 544 S. Broadway, in the spring of 2016, offering convenience store goods, coffee and even fresh chicken wings. The 1,770-square-foot space is currently vacant, following a Jan. 30 shutdown. Owner Roland Foss said the chain, which has two stores in Orange County, is looking for a new Los Angeles location. Mission Market closes even as the Spring Arcade Building continues to expand, with a thick roster of shops and dining spots now operating.

…Another Market Opens: It’s not all bad news in the Downtown convenience store world. Black Rock Market Café opened on Jan. 11 on the ground floor of the SB Tower, next to Beelman’s Pub on Spring Street. Black Rock carries packaged food, sodas, tobacco products and household goods, along with some fresh fruit and vegetables. The space has the look and feel of a neighborhood corner store, albeit it one with sleek wood finishes. Other options include chilled deli meats, snacks and dairy items. Black Rock Market does not currently carry alcohol.

At 600 S. Spring St. or

Grocery Goods: City West, which has seen its residential population soar in recent years, is about to get its first big market. Grocery Outlet is scheduled to open on the ground floor of the Sofia apartment complex on Thursday, Feb. 15. The 16,500-square-foot space will carry fresh produce and packaged goods, though there’s a twist: Grocery Outlet has a rotating selection of items, rather than a set inventory, which helps keep costs low; the goods are taken from overstocked items from distributors. According to the company, customers can save around 40% on brand-name items, and the selection rotates weekly. The Emeryville, Calif.-based chain operates in the Western United States, as well as Pennsylvania. The store will be open every day, and fills a space that Sofia developer Holland Partner Group long intended to hold a market.

At 1120 W. Sixth St., (213) 372-5003 or

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