Shop Near Eighth & Grand
If you've paid any attention at all to the amazing revitalization of Los Angeles' Downtown, then you know that investment in the area has given it a veritable second life. Development is moving ahead, the district has become more hip, and the coolness has attracted droves of newcomers into the area. In few places is that more evident than in the amazing shopping choices that dot the apartments around DTLA. It's become so impressive, that even Santa Monica residents can't resist dropping by to check out some of their favorite hotspots. And what hotspots are those, you wonder? The list is long, but we'll try to hit some of the most notable offerings that lay in the vicinity.
DTLA: The Shopping Mecca
If you can conceive of it, chances are you'll find it somewhere within the confines of DTLA. From retailers to markets to specialty shops, there's plenty of choice to fulfill your deepest shopping desires. What might you stumble upon when you venture out into the wilds of Downtown? Here are few of the most prominent establishments you'll definitely want to keep an eye on.
The Santee Alley
Let's tackle the vaunted clothing & fashion selection first. Head to East Olympic Boulevard, and you'll come across The Santee Alley, a fabled flea market with tons of amazing, fashion-related goods. The alley is, as they proudly proclaim, open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Even holidays. In the alley, you'll find more than 150 stores catering to all different kinds of tastes. A peek at the Shopping Directory reveals that they've got a wealth of choice to rival any other location in the city. Menswear, womenswear, beauty products, cosmetics, accessories, sunglasses—if you want to look fresh and fabulous, this should be one of the first choices on your list.
Grand Central Market
Perhaps you're on the prowl for some food or fine ingredients? Grand Central Market provides the perfect place to hunt out what you need. This DTLA staple has a long history dating back to 1917, and has been in continuous operation since that year. As their mission states:
"The Market provides Los Angeles with a national-caliber eating experience that showcases California's best ingredients, chefs, and entrepreneurs."
Aiding them in that is a 30,000 square foot space with some of the best food the city has to offer from a long list of chefs and retailers. Grab a quick bite to eat, or snag some produce and supplies to head back to your abode and try to whip up a home cooked meal to rival what you'll find at the market.
If you're more the shopping center type of soul, you'll want to head to FIGat7th to check out the mall-style atmosphere and collection of big box and retail stores. You'll find the usual brands, names like Victoria's Secret, H&M, Target, etc. The mall is also well known for having their share of special promotions, like the FIGat7th happy hour and various deals at eateries around the establishment. Speaking of which, when you're done shopping, there's a wide selection of various restaurants and quick-fix food joints to sate your hunger. Maybe a burger from Five Guys, or a pie from California Pizza Kitchen? The choice is yours.
The Last Bookstore
Book nerds, rejoice! The Last Bookstore has what you need, probably. They are, as they like to point out, one of the largest independent bookstores in the world that's still standing. They are dedicated to providing readers of all ages with the thing they want most—physical books. They haven't quite gone out of fashion yet, and this space has over 22,000 square feet, located on 5th & Spring Street, for you to explore. In addition to all the awesome popular books, they an "Arts & Rare Book Annex," a vinyl records collection, and a growing number of graphic novels to boot. You won't be starved for media here. In fact, you may well drown in it if you don't pace yourself.
Nice Kicks L.A.
Clothing is one thing, but shoes, as any sneaker head worth their salt will tell you, are a fashion category all their own. Nice Kicks understands this, which is why they pack their location with great footwear from across many popular and up-and-coming brands. Positioned on South Main Street, you'll find men and women's shoes from across the style spectrum among their offerings, along with the big names like Adidas, Puma, Nike, and more. Your days of wearing every pair of shoes you have out before you get a new pair are over, since the prices here are reasonable enough for you to load up on several options and keep your footwear looking its very best.
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market
What's so special about this flower market? Well, it is The Original. This location has been "serving Southern California since 1921," and they've got the flower game down to a science. As you might expect from a store of this nature, you can indeed purchase a variety of flower supplies, including vases, decorations, and more. You can also pre-order specific types of flowers beforehand, then pick up your order when its ready. Ordering flowers couldn't get much easier than that.
All This And More Near The Apartments In DTLA
Prime rental residences like Eighth & Grand makes for the perfect place to set up shop, then head out to shop when you need something good. You're already well aware that the location puts you in the mix of all the DTLA action, but, what other benefits does this amazing complex hold? For starters, the floor plans here are designed for maximum comfort and convenience, with perfectly crafted living spaces, bathrooms, and kitchens to facilitate your day to day activities. In addition to that, the building itself is home to numerous modern amenities that makes every day a great day to head to the fitness center, relax in the rooftop pool, check out the private screening room, and much more. Interested? Find out more about Eighth & Grand, and consider this your new place to live in DTLA.