Though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for about 20 years, I still don’t consider myself local. I even lived downtown in 1992 – but back then, people escaped the city when work ended.
To my kids, it’s the smoggy spot where their uncle works and home to modern miracles like LA Live or the Staples Center. Their only tie to LA history is through The Original Pantry and USC. Overall, they share the sterotypical LA sentiment that doesn’t appreciate old things setting the course for facelifts or being torn down.
Now, renewed energy of confident black and white business transactions blending with colorful artistic visions reflects off the skyscrapers drawing people downtown. I wanted the kids to feel this vibe.
Next we headed to the HIVE GALLERY for a friend’s exhibit! What an amazing collection of photography, ballpoint, graphic design, mixed media! I was so excited to see her work in Dollmination! after having just reunited with her and meeting the co-creator – her husband – days before.
She suggested we visit CLIFTON’S CAFETERIA – what a gift! We entered on the low-hanging ceiling first floor cafeteria. The expansive eating area mimics a forest allowing Angeleno’s an outdoor escape since freeways are never a great option – then or now.
After eating, we explored upstairs. The 2nd floor boasts an expansive bar and plush seating inviting people to lean in, spilling their truths or to find comfort in someone else’s tales.
Climbing another level, a gorgeous waiting area flanked the powder rooms. Perfect for guests cordially courting after spilling out from the lively music hall.
We finished at THE LAST BOOKSTORE. Entering on the ground floor, fellow hipster bibliophiles mingle, while escaping into the pages of great books.
Upstairs, my son rested…
…while my daughter and I explored.
We spent less time on books and more time on whimsical exhibits.
It was rushed adventure this time, and we’re already eagerly throwing an itinerary together for our next walking tour! Hope we’ll see you wandering around town too!
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