That Voodoo That You Do: The Fashion District is home not only to a deep roster of clothing manufacturers and suppliers, but also an increasing number of clothing shops. The latest is Voodoo, a high-end Ninth Street spot carrying items for men and women from brands such as Sage and Rick Owens, as well as its own collection. The store opened on Dec. 15 and the brick building has the modern boutique look — think a minimalist display, with clothing on standalone racks and other items such as art books carefully placed on tables around the store (yes, the books are for sale). Much like the late Prince, the store favors the color purple. Expect to see the hue on its sign and on a number of apparel pieces.
At 124 W. Ninth St. or voodoola.com.
Modern Styles: In the latest sign of the residential boom underway in Downtown Los Angeles, there is yet another new furniture store. A Modern Life opened on Palmetto Street in the Arts District in November, around the corner from the At Mateo office campus and near the Fourth Street Bridge. The shop, which is conveniently in the vicinity of a number of apartment complexes, features furniture and wall art, all modern in style, so expect sleek couches and streamlined tables and chairs. A Modern Life also carries lighting and some vintage items.
At 1327 Palmetto St., (424) 372-7840 or amodernlifeinc.com.
Glowing Faces: Downtown is slowly building a collection of hair and beauty salons, and another is about to arrive. The skincare bar and beauty store The Things We Do is coming to the 30-acre Row DTLA campus, and will share a space with the existing Nova Arts Salon. The Industrial District destination founded by Vanessa Lee has its soft opening scheduled for this week. The Things We Do offers holistic treatments and modern practices, and customers can take advantage of facial treatments, acupuncture, cryotherapy, Botox injections and even cupping.
At 787 S. Alameda St. or thethingswedo.com.
Smile Big, Part One: After a holiday season full of sweets and rich foods, it’s probably time to get your teeth cleaned. Downtown has a number of dental offices, and just gained a new one. Tooth Shop Dentistry opened this month on the ground floor of the Ten50 residential building in South Park. It has four dentists on staff and offers one-hour exams for first-time patients, along with cleanings, cavity filling and teeth whitening. It also provides services you may not want but sometimes need, such as tooth extraction, root canals and periodontics. According to Tooth Shop’s website, the office accepts most insurances.
At 1050 S. Grand Ave., (213) 568-0008 or toothshopla.com.
Smile Big, Part Two: Apparently the residential boom is creating a dental boom. Along with Tooth Shop Dentistry, Downtown has another new practice in Pearlique Advanced Dentistry. The office opened on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Ninth and Figueroa streets. Run by Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, it offers cleanings, checkups, periodontic treatment and oral surgery, as well as cosmetic dentistry options such as Invisalign, and bondings. Pearlique accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare.
At 888 S. Figueroa St., (213) 340-3355 or pearlique.dental.
Get Fit in the New Year: One of the surest ways to know that the Downtown Los Angeles residential population continues to grow is to look at the roster of gyms, which also continues to expand. One of the next additions will be an outpost of the chain EōS Fitness, which has 30 locations and is soon moving into Los Angeles. The chain will open a facility at 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue near Union Station. It will have weights and cardio equipment, as well as an Astroturf area where strong men and women can pull weighted sleds and work with ropes. The gym will also include a basketball court, kids’ activities and an indoor pool. No opening date has been set, but a fall arrival is anticipated.
Coming to 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Ave. or eosfitness.com.
Fitness Goes and Comes: There’s two-pronged action on the Downtown fitness front. First, the laser tag-focused parkour gym Lazrfit on Pico Boulevard and Grand Avenue has closed. The high-intensity workout space in which participants jumped over barriers and shot beams of light at each other had opened in April 2017. However, it won’t be empty for long. Hardcore Fitness, a chain based in San Diego, will take over the facility and is expected to open in the coming weeks. The gym will have the requisite squat racks and free weights, though Hardcore Fitness is built around boot camp classes where groups do a variety of high-intensity movements in a short period of time. Unfortunately, none involve laser tag.
Coming to 400 Pico Blvd., (213) 476-2122 or hcfdowntownla.com.