Shop Hop: The Downtown Retail Roundup

Think Tank Gallery returned to Downtown Los Angeles after leaving the Fashion District. The art gallery is now located in Skidrokyo. 

Arts District Return: The menswear boutique Apolis: Common Gallery opened in the Arts District in 2011 and closed six years later when the building it was in began being converted to creative office space. Now, developer RYDA’s work on the three-story edifice is almost done, and Apolis plans to return to its original home this summer. The store will again carry a range of casual and semi-formal outfits, with options including chinos for $98 and a bomber jacket that sells for $298. Although the shop had shut down, there have been occasional pop-up Apolis outlets in the area.

Returning to 806 E. Third St. or

Another Return: Another Downtown mainstay is back after time in the wilderness. Think Tank Gallery left its Fashion District home last year but has reopened on Fourth Street, on the northeast edge of Skid Row in a space previously used for film shoots. Think Tank returned last month with the exhibit L.A. Is Trying to Kill Me, featuring more than 60 artists and immersive installations. Gallery leaders plan to have some immersive elements and ticketed art events.

At 516 E. Fourth St. or

Yet More Art: Over in the Row DTLA complex, another art space recently opened. The experimental bitforms gallery started in New York City in 2001 with a focus on new media, and has now expanded to Downtown Los Angeles. The gallery is actually split between two spaces in Row DTLA’s Building 2, in suites 158 and 162. The gallery opened Feb. 12, and the inaugural exhibition runs through March 17. The show, with works from a dozen artists, is built around immersive, time-based pieces. Currently the space is open Thursdays-Sundays or by appointment.

At 787 S. Alameda St. or

Health Depot: Downtown’s gym options keep growing. One of the latest is Depot Crossfit, which opened in December in the Olive Street space formerly occupied by The Well. This is the gym’s third outpost in Los Angeles County, and customers can find traditional crossfit options such as Olympic lifting, high-intensity circuits and rowing machines. The gym offers classes in monthly packages or punch cards (with $239 buying unlimited classes for a month, or a 10-class pass for $220). Individual classes are $25.

At 1006 S. Olive St., (213) 220-0076 or

Drink Up: Good news for home bar connoisseurs: You’ll soon be able to stock up from a high-end liquor store. Culver City-based Hi-Lo Liquor is opening a location in the Arts District, inside the Aliso residential complex on Third Street. The store, just under 2,500 square feet according to filings with the Department of City Planning, will include a 360-square-foot patio and a beer and wine tasting area inside the shop. No opening date has been set, but if it is like the original Culver City location, expect a strong selection of craft spirits, amaros, bitters and local craft beer and wine.

Coming to 950 E. Third St. or

Doggie Day Care: Downtown Los Angeles just cannot seem to get enough pet services. The latest arrival is the puntastically named Duke’s South Paw in South Park. Originally announced in 2017, the Olive Street business opened in late February, and offers grooming and boarding services for cats and dogs. The 9,632-square-foot facility features multiple rooms for daycare and overnight boarding, plus private suites for pets who don’t mix well with other animals. Grooming services depend on the size and breed of the pet, while boarding rates go from $60 per night.

At 1243 S. Olive St., (213) 743-3853 or

See What Condition Your Condition Is In: With all of the gyms opening in Downtown, people will likely be super buff by the end of the year. South Park got another option in January, when Metcon Method Fitness debuted in the Axis on 12th apartment building. The space focuses on high-intensity conditioning workouts, such as boxing. Classes range from straight fighting techniques to endurance-specific offerings that utilize vertical climbing machines, fan bikes and other cardio equipment. Packages include a monthly unlimited pass for $115, and a single class is $26.

At 1200 S. Broadway or

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