Monday, January 17, 2011

Sho'nuff: I AM the Shogun of Harlem!

I find myself downtown many times during the week, whether it's the old Bank District, Little Tokyo or Bunker Hill, I know I can always find amazing places to shop and eat. I think most of Los Angeles residents don't realize how many great things there are to do downtown.

Head up Broadway and you'll find yourself in the heart of Chinatown. Packed with shops and more restaurants than you can imagine, there's lots to see.

True, like many places it could use some fixing up, but things are improving and if you even go further down Broadway at the intersection of Broadway and College - you'll be taken back to the old days, at the East Gate in 'Old Chinatown'.

This place is popular with tourists due brightly painted Chinese architecture and the fact that many things were filmed here, most remember the Chinatown and the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker Rush Hour movie. At night the neon is lit up and the courtyard looks just like a movie set.

But off in the corner behind Wonder Bakery, you'll find the coolest little indie store filled with some of the best artists in L.A.

Flock Shop has been in historic Chinatown since 2007 and they are big supporters of indie artists. Here you can find jewelry, stationery, clothes and my weakness: up and coming artist's prints.

The walls are lined with gorgeous art prints of all sizes and are surprisingly affordable for indie work.

The store is small but filled with fantastic items that seem to change every time you look around, there's so many fun things to see! They do a great job of finding unique artists and items that are truly one of a kind.

And there miiiight be an artist or two that you may recognize. Maybe.

You can't leave Chinatown (at least the Kid can't) without buying a box of 'poppers' - little firecrackers that pop when you thrown them or stomp them.

Seems like they should be illegal, based on the annoying noise alone - but at just $1 for a box of 5, you can't go wrong.

Most people thrown them, pop them, then leave the trash in the street, that's just the way it is. But not my ever green-conscious child, nope. He'd rather die than litter.

He'll pop one, then pick up the tiny trash after each and every one. Keepin' L.A. clean one little cheapy firecracker at a time. Someday that Kid will be Mayor.

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Anonymous Connie said...

thanks for this. i grew up in a suburb outside of los angeles, and i never fully appreciated what downtown has to offer (and i even worked there for a time!).

Monday, January 17, 2011 11:03:00 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Perhaps the Kid will become Mayor. You've certainly instilled a love of downtown LA in him. Good job. 8-]

Monday, January 17, 2011 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Party store said...

Keep it up! Good luck for the future success of this blog.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 1:34:00 AM  

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