Newsy Items: Gossip and Facts
Thanks to Lou Kamer:
A resident contacted Circling the News today (April 12) and wrote, “Kudos to Lou [Kamer]. We now have a three-way Stop at Albright and Via de la Paz—and a new crosswalk. YAY!”
When westbound Sunset Boulevard is backed up, cars are routed off that street by WAZE and taken through the Alphabet Streets via Albright, ending up at that corner before turning left and going a block to go back on Sunset.
Before the new stop signs, it was hard to pull out on Via, with parked cars blocking the view in both directions. And people trying to cross at that intersection often had to dodge cars.
Now there are three Stop signs: north and south on Via and also on westbound Albright. The crosswalk is on Albright.
A big thank you to Lou Kamer for spotting a problem and working with the City to take care of it.
Business Block Building Rumors
About a year ago, when Altour travel agency left the pink Business Block Building (bounded by Antioch, Swarthmore and Sunset) it was rumored that the large space would become an all-services day spa. Topa Property Group has always been extremely efficient in renting its properties, so why is the Altour space still empty?
Circling the News contacted Topa Assistant Property Manager Kristina Shahidi, who responded by email on April 10. “We are continuing to own and manage our Pacific Palisades assets and have no plans for disposition,” she wrote, in reference to our question about the rumor that Caruso was interested in buying the entire building. “With respect to the vacant suite, Topa Property Group is currently utilizing the space for internal purposes and are not currently marketing the space.”
New Tenants for Norris Hardware?
In yoga class at YMCA on Wednesday, a member of the class said that a Ralphs clerk had told her that the Norris Hardware space is about to be leased to two different retail stores.
CTN contacted property owner Leland Ford, who responded on April 11, “No leases have been signed, yet.”
Specially-Designed Easter Baskets
A Little Lamma shop has popped up on the Caruso green. The employees are assembling Easter baskets that contain candy and little toys through this Sunday, April 14. This concierge service also offers curated children’s gifts for baby showers, birthdays and holidays. Visit: littlelamma.com.
Paliskates Offers kitson and RAGA Clothing
The kitson popup shop (visit: kitsonlosangeles.com) that is featured in a section of Paliskates,the clothing store on Swarthmore, has “fun” items, irreverent books, candles, home goods, comfortable sweats, tees and a variety of unique little gifts.
Store owner Erika Simpson also carries RAGA, a contemporary clothing line that embraces the intersection of East and West. She told CTN that the designers of the brand, Samir and Sahil Chaudry, used to come in the store when they were teens. “The Raga kids: they’re my boys,” Simpson said. “They literally grew up in here.”
Their father Krishan Chaudry arrived at Venice Beach in 1974 from India and introduced Indian prints and fabrics to Southern California. Five years later he opened a shop on Windward Avenue in Venice.
RAGA was co-founded in 2012 by Chaudry and his sons, Sahill and Samir. The line, which means “melody of color” in Sanskrit, is created to represent the intersection of east and west, spiritual and material, ancient and contemporary.
In 2018, a men’s line was introduced, and the collection pays tribute to its Indian and Venice beach roots. The fabric is soft and the prints unique. The fabrics, which come from the deserts of India’s Rajasthan, are washed with salt water near the beach. The hand-block techniques of the royal Rajasthani printers are used for the artwork.