Sweet Lady Jane joining Boulevard businesses

| June 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

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SWEET LADY JANE cakes and more are coming to Larchmont

A retail take-out location, just south of the Larchmont clock and surface parking lot, has been leased, and it soon will be another location for Sweet Lady Jane, a decadent dessert bakery. The lease for Sweet Lady Jane’s newest location at 203 N. Larchmont Blvd. has been signed, and construction has already begun. Look for the shop to open in the fall or winter of this year. The former tenant at that location, Tacos Tu Madre, is moving to 660 N. Larchmont Blvd., on the corner of Melrose Avenue, where it will be a sit-down restaurant.

BEYOND YOGA’S grand opening was well attended.

Another new Boulevard shop opened — with a party — on May 12. Beyond Yoga, a female founded and led company selling activewear and athleisure (owned by Levi Strauss & Co.) has its newest home at 152 N. Larchmont Blvd. (the site of the missed-by-many former real hardware store). Beyond Yoga is committed to manufacturing locally, and the company prides itself on selling soft, comfortable, inclusively sized clothes for men and women.

Niccole Ferraro, retail operations manager, told us, “It’s going great! We’re excited to be part of the community.” Ferraro added that having representation in a community area in Los Angeles was something store owners were looking for. Beyond Yoga’s other locations are mainly in malls. “This seemed like the perfect spot,” she said.

Bacio di Latte was scheduled to open right as this June issue was being distributed. The gelato store is between clothing and accessories stores Corridor and Res Ipsa at 141 1/2 N. Larchmont Blvd.

PUTTING THE final touches on the interior of Bacio di Latte.

A new jewelry store will grace the Boulevard this fall when Larchmont Jewelers opens for business at 119 N. Larchmont, the former home of Coldwell Banker’s south office. The new retailer will be the latest in the Hing Wa Lee Jewelers family of stores. Read the story here.

Another store coming to Larchmont, this one located in the Larchmont Mercantile (formerly Lipson) building, is Sua, another Boulevard take-out food store. We recently spoke with Chef Jing Gao, founder of the Fly By Jing condiment brand. She and her partner, Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth, a lifestyle content creator and entrepreneur, plan to open Sua at the end of July or beginning of August. The store at 144 N. Larchmont Blvd. will offer pre-packaged meals, pantry items, beverages and some artfully crafted home goods.

As reported previously, Terroni is coming to Larchmont, taking over the original Girasole space expanded and developed by Steve and Joanna Vernetti, who ran their popular restaurant at 225 N. Larchmont Blvd. for nearly 10 years, until Vernetti closed at the end of May. Joanna Vernetti recently applied to the City of Los Angeles for permission to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages for onsite consumption, and she announced at the restaurant’s May 25 closing party that the city had approved. The Vernetti application was under the city’s newly adopted restaurant beverage program that allows for expedited issuance of such licenses without neighborhood review. This will be the first time in memory for any Larchmont restaurant to be licensed to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages, and the license presumably was obtained to benefit Terroni and its operator, Hancock Park resident Shereen Arazm.

One of the other stores to open recently on the Boulevard is Thirteen Lune. It opened May 9, and assistant store manager Khepri De Walt told us business has been booming. “We’re so happy and so lucky to be here,” said De Walt.

Patrons can find more than skin care and makeup at the 90 percent BIPOC founded store. Damone Roberts’ eyebrow studio is located in the back and enables customers to get their brows done by celebrity eyebrow artist Sarah Abikzer or by Roberts himself. The store is at 120 N. Larchmont Blvd.

As to the still vacant storefront at 129 N. Larchmont Blvd., between Le Petit Creek and Village Pizzeria, which briefly was the shop Pola, the space has been leased. Broker Ryan Gurman, who specializes in commercial real estate, told us that the space has been taken by an international retail brand that has another location in Los Angeles. The name of the brand is, as of yet, a mystery. We shall update readers as soon as more information becomes available.

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