Friday, October 16, 2015

Third Thursdays on Pico

Third Thursdays on Pico

I almost NEVER miss my Thursday night WeHo SnB (West Hollywood Stitch 'n Bitch) at the Original Farmers Market. HOWEVER, last night the Yarnover Truck was scheduled to be at Third Thursdays on Pico, which is my neighborhood's stroll night at the local shops and restaurants. 
The Third Thursdays on Pico event has been going on for about a year and I'd never been. I did feel a bit guilty for not attending. I do like to support my 'hood. The Yarnover Truck lured me. 
When I drove home from work, before turning into our street, I drove down Pico. The event was supposed to be between Cochran and Fairfax.  NOT. Most of the food trucks and open shops were in the two blocks between Hauser and Burnside. There were two food trucks and a shaved-ice truck. There was a live band, street vendors and many of the shops on the south side of Pico were open. I didn't notice any shops or restaurants open on the north side of the street. We didn't get there until around 7:15 and it was sparsely populated. I'm thinking that this event would be better in the summer when it stays light later in the evening. 
Brenda at the Yarnover Truck

The Yarnover Truck was right in front of 5352 W. Pico Blvd. which was the home office of Aladdin Records at one time. This is a nice courtyard-style building with several offices, designed by architect Gregory Ain. It would be great to see this building restored to it's post WW II design. I'm still waiting for more gentrification and less car repair spots along my Pico Blvd.
5352 W. Pico Blvd., the home of Aladdin Records!

I met up with Brenda and we visited with the ladies at the Yarnover Truck. Yes, I bought some yarn that I do not need. My West Adams Knitters buddy, Dommy and her husband Patrick were coming down the block as we left the Yarnover Truck. 
Brenda and Ellen inside the Yarnover Truck

Patrick and Dommy on Pico

We also ran into our neighbors, Kim and Don at one of the many retro furniture shops on Pico. Larry and I ventured west and checked out a few more shops. We ended up having dinner at Sky's Tacos.

The organizers of this event need to up their game and involve more shop owners in Third Thursdays on Pico. It would be nice if there were a few art galleries along this stretch of Pico.
I'll wait for summer to visit again.

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At 3:52 PM PDT, Blogger RossK said...

Seems to me that, if they can't hold your attention Ellen...

They're not trying hard enough.

Long live the Velvatones!


At 3:55 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

EXACTLY, Ross! I'll be back during the summer when this event should be a bit more festive!

At 6:12 PM PDT, Blogger Leah said...

Nice idea, but it takes a long time for something like this to catch on. It might be a good idea for them to take a break until next spring as well. We missed you last night, Brenda did show up, but I understand - a nice dinner with Larry is always worth your while.


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