It was only a matter of time before the strip of Hollywood Boulevard between Hillhurst and Vermont avenues -- where you'd go for a U-Haul rental or Goodwill duds -- would begin to reflect the gentrifying neighborhood. The storefronts once occupied by traffic schools and tax offices are giving way to urbane restaurants and boutiques, many of them specializing in vintage or vintage-inspired goods that look right at home on young Los Feliz residents fixing up their 1920s-era duplexes and bungalow courts. The grit remains (there's still a topless bar), but the credit card parking meters aren't the only shiny new faces.
1. Hotel de Ville Vintage Eyewear: The selection of dead-stock vintage frames includes Christian Lacroix, outsize Gucci, and Jackie O favorite Nina Ricci. The far-out collection of new eyewear takes its design cues from decades past.
Next time you are in Ho-Bo East (a.k.a. the Los Feliz Art + Design District), be sure to visit HDV, HDV Lifestyle next door, and our new neighbors at Bar Covell... we'll see you there!