Hex Marks Its Spot: The accessories and travel store Hex opened in the Tower Theater in 2017. It closed a few months ago, as did other adjacent tenants, ahead of Apple taking over the building for its coming store. Now Hex is back on Broadway, with a spot at the base of the 939 Lofts next to the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The 700-square-foot shop was scheduled to open on Saturday May 4 (after Los Angeles Downtown News went to press), and carries the Hex brand’s collections of cell phone cases and bags. There’s a patterned black duffel bag for $99.95, as well as gray and khaki fanny packs for $29.95. For phone cases, the store carries options for almost all types of iPhones, with leather backing and embossed wallet cases. There are even Star Wars-themed selections, including a $59.95 Darth Vader case, for those whose calls turn to the Dark Side.
At 939 S. Broadway or hexbrand.com.
Hit the Iron: Downtown Los Angeles honestly cannot get enough fitness. Gyms keep sprouting up for the growing population. Maybe it’s to work off all of the ice cream available, well, everywhere. The latest addition is Iron L.A. The Santa Monica-based gym is expanding to a 13,000-square-foot location on Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street in the heart of the Financial District. No opening date has been announced, but the space will feature a sleek, modern aesthetic with free weights, barbell racks, machines and group classes for yoga and strength conditioning. Membership provides access to Iron L.A.’s other location.
Coming to 626 Wilshire Blvd. or ironla.com.
Private Commons: Just like gyms and pet stores, coworking spaces continue to invade Downtown Los Angeles. The latest announced addition is CommonGrounds Workspace, which is taking approximately 46,000 square feet in an office building at 915 Wilshire Blvd.; the company has inked a 13-year lease, though no opening date has been announced. As with most coworking spaces, customers can expect an open-office floor plan with long benches, a coffee bar and amenities such as printers and fax machines. There will also be private spaces that can be reserved. Membership starts at $250 per month. The San Diego-based company is in the process of expanding into Los Angeles County, having already opened a location in Long Beach. Two additional spots are in the works.
Coming to 915 Wilshire Blvd. or cgworkspace.com.
Oh, Deer!: Broadway’s Gentle Monster has one of the most distinctive store interiors in Downtown. Actually, make that one of the most distinctive in the entire city. Ostensibly and officially a sunglasses store, the Broadway shop has detailed art projects in its showroom that double as displays for its wares. The Korean store recently unveiled its latest exhibition, dubbed Harvest in the 13th Month. Walk into Gentle Monster and you’ll see a kind of cross between 1970s kitsch and a re-created forest, with grass, ferns and a number of mechanical deer. The display is for the store’s Collection 13 line, a menagerie of futuristic and colorful sunglasses that feel like something from The Matrix or a video game. Prices run around $200-$300. Please don’t feed the deer.
At 816 S. Broadway, (213) 935-8114 or gentlemonster.com.
On the Hunt: Downtown Los Angeles has lost a few vintage home furnishing shops in recent months. Now the trend is being reversed. The Hunt Vintage relocated from a spot on York Boulevard in hip Highland Park to the also-hip Arts District. The store carries a wide selection of items from the mid-20th century, including a custom desk for $1,300, a gaudy golden cloud chandelier for $3,000, and rare posters from the 1960s and 1970s. There are even sets of vintage cocktail glasses, including six highball glasses for $75. The Hunt is on a busy stretch of Mateo Street, so look for the large painting of a chair pierced by an arrow on the outer wall.
At 812 Mateo St. or thehuntvintage.com.
Tread on Me: Broadway has a plethora of cool and trendy shoe stores. Now there’s one more, though it is only temporary. Tread by Everlane launched at the end of April across the street from the Ace Hotel. The pop-up shop carries environmentally friendly sneakers for men and women; the shoes use less than 50% new plastic and are made in a carbon-neutral process. The basic Trainer edition is $98. The 800-square-foot store has a minimalist set-up, with white walls filled in by displays of the footwear. The Downtown pop-up runs only through May 17. It comes ahead of Everlane opening a store in Venice; the Broadway location is open every Wednesday-Sunday.