Monday, May 07, 2018

MaryJo's Birthday

Mama's Shelter, formerly Hotel Wilcox (1926)

We celebrated MaryJo's birthday belatedly this past Sunday at brunch. We met in the heart of Hollywood at Mama's Shelter, which was recently made into a youth-oriented hotel, rooftop bar and restaurant. Originally, the building housed the Hotel Wilcox, built in 1926. 
Apparently, being a fireproof building was a coveted feature in 1926!

The designers did a great job in transforming this old building into a hipster magnet. It's decorated in lively colors, with casual furniture and has a carefree vibe.
We convened for brunch in the downstairs dining area which doubles as the front desk and lobby for the hotel. Foosball is featured.
Restaurant at Mama's Shelter

Brunch with Natalie, MaryJo, Brit and Darcy

They have a nice variety on their brunch menu.
Breakfast sandwiches, Chilaquiles, Lox 'n Eggs, Waffles and more

MaryJo spoiled us with party favors! She made each of us a darling little pouch with our initials on the front, in customized fabric, partially quilted. Inside was a lucky coin and a fancy bar of soap! Thanks, MJ! We love our gifties!
Adult beverages with monogrammed pouches!
The most important event of the afternoon was the opening of the gifts. MaryJo is so adorable and gracious. She's the most fun person to give gifts to
MJ's new kitty and hand-crocheted shawl
Natalie made this pouch. It's very reminiscent of the Beverly Hills Hotel!
Darcy's customized Shrinky-Dink Knitting Markers
Of course, there were MANY more gifts, above are just a few.  After brunch we rode the elevator to the roof to check out the scene. Whoa! The place was full of millennials eating brunch, drinking and gazing at the 360 degree view. I must say, the views from the rooftop are enchanting.
You can see the Hollywood Sign in the distance
The Cinerama Dome is a few blocks away. DTLA in the distance
There are all kinds of lounging areas on the roof, along with restaurant seating, a bar and the requisite d.j, providing a thumping soundtrack.

Darcy was delighted by the serape lounging possibilities
The Gilbert Hotel, across the street. Ripe for re-development
We ALWAYS have a grand time when we're together! I love my girlfriends!
Up On The Roof!

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