Welcome to the Neighborhood: January Roundup
As we wrap up another year here in the creative city, we’re excited that these new businesses have decided to set up shop here in West Hollywood. From Paris to New York, and sister cities right here in Los Angeles, all of these businesses have decided that West Hollywood is important to their brand evolution. Eat, drink, shop and be merry!
Cha Cha Matcha
I love you so Matcha. I know, this pun is too cute and if you want more of them – visit the West Coast outpost of the NYC chain for a matcha tea blend (Lavender CBD with coconut milk anyone?) This matcha hot spot just opened earlier this December and features a California #merch collab with artist Virgil Abloh. With a pink and green color palette, pop art and palm trees, this West Coast beauty is just begging to be Instagrammed. Some are calling it the new Paul Smith wall, just sayin’.
West Hollywood is often home to the latest hot spots (this is a new business round up after all), but the City also features a very rich tradition of historic businesses especially along the Sunset Strip. Trish Langer brings the best of both worlds to the mix as she offers her take on the Jewish deli legacy started by her grandfather and her father after him. With items like the Nana Sandwich (an ode to her grandmother featuring grilled rye and hot corned beef), we’re excited to see what comes out of Daughter’s Deli.
Blackship opened this month at the busy corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica next to the first LA Shake Shack. Helmed by Keiichi Kurobe (formerly of Hinoki + The Bird), the pasta-forward restaurant melds Japanese and Italian influences in Kurobe’s much-anticipated menu debut. Jamaican-born designer Sean Knibb has created a dreamy, indoor/outdoor space that features a second-floor cocktail patio perfect for taking in the ambiance of the bustling boulevard.
La Tropezienne Bakery
Once upon a time, I lived next door to a boulangerie in Paris. So, how excited was I that upscale, traditional La Tropezienne Bakery opened its second location right here in WeHo? Everything is made from scratch daily by Chef J. Breter and his team. The menu features award-winning croissants, macarons and of course, Saint Tropez inspired les tropeziennes. For those who need a little savory before their sweet, the charming Eastside location even offers brunch as well as tartines and salads.
Tis the season to celebrate, and last month I dropped by a fete hosted in the West Hollywood Design District by new showroom Luminaire featuring Poltrona Frau. This marks the third location for upscale, modern showroom Luminaire. The 21,000 foot design gem features two stories, an open and airy concept, glazed walls and a sculptural black staircase that is a nod to its Miami roots. Shoppers can find a range of pieces from designers around the world including kitchens, floor coverings, lighting, bathrooms, window coverings and a a curated collection of objets d’art by noted designers.