New on Larchmont: bakery, stores

| January 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

NEW WINE BUYER Jesse Mangiagli at Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese with a recent wine-of-the-month.

New wine buyer also made wines

Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese has found a new wine buyer: Jesse Mangiagli.

Since 2014, Mangiagli has been travelling the world making wine in such places as Oregon, Central California, Napa Valley, South Africa and New Zealand. This is the wine aficionado’s first foray into the retail side of the wine business.

Said Mangiagli, “I became passionate about wine through tasting. I was interested in viticulture and farming… [and] originally went to Napa Valley College to get into grape farming.”

When asked what some of his favorite wines are, Mangiagli replied, “I like most things. I really love natural sparkling wine and cool-climate single vineyard wines, generally.”

The new wine buyer said Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese is known for carrying products that people can’t get in other stores. He likes to bring attention to wines that have a sense of place and wants to continue the shop’s tradition of carrying wines from high-quality, small family producers. Said Mangiagli, “Larchmont Village is great. I like this whole area and would love to stay here for a long time and help share wine with the community.”

Clark Street

PILES OF PASTRIES at Clark Street bakery.

Another welcome new store is Clark Street (139 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.). As the bakery opens in the morning, piles of fresh pastries tempt customers to take a step inside.

More at Mercantile

Across the street in the Larchmont Mercantile (formerly Lipson) building, retailer Top Drawer (140 N. Larchmont Blvd.) opened in time for the holidays with many gift options.

Larchmont is Top Drawer’s third shop in Los Angeles. The brand is known for  “Tools for nomads.” There are bags, journals, footwear, eyewear, pens and on-the-go gear that also support sustainability.

Holey Grail

Donut lovers will be pleased to know that Holey Grail Donuts (148 N. Larchmont Blvd.) is moving forward with a mid-February opening. And because the store’s donuts are made from taro and fried in fair-trade coconut oil, even customers who have made healthy new year’s resolutions can say, “Yes! I’d love to buy a donut!”

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