Updated opening dates for Blvd. stores
By Casey Russell There is a bit of an update from last month’s news on projected opening dates at Larchmont Mercantile (the former Lipson Building on the east side of the Boulevard). The Scent Room (thescentroom.com), one of the 14 stores in the complex, will open in early October. Owner Sam Clark, who founded the company with his mother, Deborah Turner, says, “We want to be a part of the community as soon as possible. Anyone that lives or visits here will know that the area is radiant — a pocket of sunshine in a sea of gray.” Clark reports that he just returned from a perfume show in Milan, Italy, and he has a couple dozen brands on his radar that haven’t yet been introduced to the U.S. market. He’s excited to share the recently found perfumes with Larchmont shoppers as they peruse the new store with “as little or as much help as (they) please.” Also in the Larchmont Mercantile complex is Skin Laundry (skinlaundry.com), which opened for appointments in July. On the west side of the Boulevard, Faherty brand clothing
NEW SIGNAGE at Clark Street Bread, 139 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.
recently signed a lease at 219 N. Larchmont Blvd. between Burger Lounge and Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese. David Aschkenasy, who handled the lease and grew up in the neighborhood, says the new tenants plan to start construction in January and will most likely open in the spring of 2023 (fahertybrand.com). Further south at 139 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd., between new stores Wittmore and Corridor, signage went up on July 12 for Clark Street Bread. Carb lovers can look forward to trying the results of founder Zack Hall’s passion for making traditional European hearth breads in the next
couple of weeks (clarkstreetbakery.com).
Open House at The Ebell is September 18
Mark your calendar: The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., will hold its annual Open House on Sun., Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free celebration of arts and community is an opportunity to tour the historic campus, discover its programs and learn about membership and how to get involved. It’s the first time since 2019 that the women’s club has held its open house showcase because of the pandemic. Visit ebellofla.org.
Larchmont plays a role in short film, ‘Hurricane’
An emerging filmmaker — with four generations of Larchmontians in his family tree — chose his hometown for two of the locations in his short film, “Hurricane.” The 19-minute movie will be featured at the New Filmmakers Los Angeles Festival on Sat., Aug. 27. The film, which tells of friendship and overcoming life’s challenges, has portions shot locally on Norton Avenue and Irving Boulevard, producer-writer Mitchell Graham Colley told us. “It was made in my last semester at the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, which I attended after many years of working in programming at The Music Center,” Colley told us via email. “The film has gone through an incredible journey — finishing principal photography just days before we shut down because of the pandemic, and garnering success around the country and world, most recently as a part of the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival,” he added. The New Filmmakers Los Angeles will feature the film as a part of its two-day festival
LOCAL FILMMAKER Mitchell Graham Colley, right, looks at an image from director JLee MacKenzie at the location on Irving Boulevard.
Photo by Sara Oliver
taking place Aug. 26-27 at the South Park Center at 1139 S. Hill St. in Downtown Los Angeles. “Hurricane” plays in the second block of films on Aug. 27, from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. An all-access pass (all three blocks and an open bar) is $30. A ticket to Made in California is $10. Visit newfilmmakersla.com