What makes an excellent neighborhood walk-and-shop day out?
Some really interesting merchants are key. A good crowd that includes a swirl of neighbors and other locals wanting to get acquainted with the area is important. A few dogs on leashes is pretty sweet.
And a storied area that is on the up-and-up? That only adds to the character of the event.
Shop Walk Downtown LA will be about all of those things on the afternoon of Sunday, June 9. The afternoon-long to-do is designed to get people out and about in the Historic Core, a section that is growing on the clothing shop-restaurant-nightlife front.
Examples? Nicholas Bowes and Suburban Riot both are found in the Core, and Bark Avenue's Pet Project, too. (We don't want to pit downtown residents against other Angelenos, but, seriously: Do you ever see a downtowner without his or her dog, either on a leash or in a stylish bag? They're bringing it on the cool-pet front.)
"Light refreshments" will be served at several shops, alongside sales and special events and such. Call it a major neighborhood mixer with a consumer twist o' lemon and a garnish of local history.
And, again, no pitting-of-neighborhoods-against-other-neighborhoods, but we're loving these past few years, when downtown's distinct sections, such as the Historic Core, shine on their own.
Remember a day when it was simply referred to as "downtown"? True, it still is, but more and more specific districts and streets get the spotlight.
Because, like everywhere else in Southern California, in downtown all one needs to do is walk a few blocks for a distinctly new experience. If a deal and a light refreshment is awaiting you there, so much the better.