There’s a lot of changes underway along Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, with several stores announcing they are closing up or moving. This weekend, for example, Echo Park’s oldest antique shops, Minnette’s Antiques Etcetera, will be moving after nearly 50 years in the same spot in the 2200 block of Sunset Boulevard. The store is not moving far: just next door into a space about half as big, prompting a moving sale all weekend-long.
About half the inventory – which ranges from chandeliers and vases to jewelery and vintage artwork – as well as display cases have to go, said Victoria Thor, who manages the store for 97-year-old owner Minnette King.
The move and downsizing was prompted by a rent increase, said King during a phone interview. Minnette said she never gave any thought to closing despite being three years shy of her 100th birthday.
“I still love to buy and sell,” King said. “There’s no reason for me to retire.”
In other Echo Park retail news:
- Echo Park Independent Coop, which features indie clothing designers, is also holding sale as it prepares to close its store in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center building. The store, according to its Facebook page, is now open limited hours as it prepares to close down in December after four years in business.
- Another Echo Park shop closing in December is Villainy General Store, according to Echo Park Patch. However, the owners of the Sunset Boulevard store, which opened about two years ago, will keep selling items online.
- Kelly Green Home, a green housewares store, has also decided to give up its brick-and-mortar location on Sunset Boulevard. Instead, it will be focusing on a mobile shop housed in an Airstream trailer.
- Small plates restaurant Cortez is not closing but it may look like it. After opening a year ago on Allison Street just off Sunset, the restaurant will be closed until Nov. 13 as owner Marta Teegan and Robert Stelzner takes a vacation.