Culver Public Market Construction Begins with Culver Theatre Neon Sign Restoration

Culver Theatre neon sign restoration. Photos: Courtesy.

From Construction has begun on a public market development in Culver City being billed as the Westside’s answer to Downtown’s Grand Central Market and a project that will see the restoration of the Culver Theatre’s iconic neon sign.

This month protective fencing and k-rail barriers were placed around two vacant lots at the intersection of Centinela Avenue Washington Boulevard where the 26,000-square-foot Culver Public Market will open in a little over a year.

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Commissioners vote to declare Silver Lake’s former Tokio Florist a city historic landmark


From the Eastsider: Silver Lake – An effort to have a century-old home that once housed a long-time Japanese florist declared a historic landmark has taken a big step forward as supporters fear the property could be demolished or developed.

The Cultural Heritage Commission voted 4-0 last week to have the Hyperion Avenue property added to the city’s list of historic-cultural monuments, which would make it harder for any demolition or major changes to take place.

The Tudor Revival-style home surrounded by a Trader Joe’s and other shops and restaurants served for decades as home to Tokio Florist, which had been run by a Japanese-American family since the late 1920s.  The half-acre site was put up for sale late last year after an estate sale was held to clear out belongings of Sumi and Frank Kozawa.

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Earl Carroll Theatre restoration slated to open in late 2020

Inside the Earl Carroll. Mike Hume, courtesy the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

From Curbed Los Angeles: The long-anticipated restoration of the 1930s-era Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard is picking up steam, and is set to reopen as a 38,000-square-foot entertainment venue.

One of the former owners of the nearby music venue The Fonda Theater, announced today that he and his business partner have signed a 10-year lease with options to renew to “take over and revitalize” the landmarked Streamline Moderne theater in Hollywood.

The theater is expected to host an array of events, including stage shows, concerts, movie premieres, and special events. The theater will also be available for community meetings.

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On the Road: Duffy’s Diner

From KATC: Duffy’s Diner has been a staple in New Iberia for nearly 35 years.

But it all started when Brent Migues was in high school working as a cook at Freezo’s snowball. After working at Freezo he decided to open his own snowball stand in 1984.

Migues snowball stand was thriving to the point where he opened a second location on Center Street at an old drive-in.

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Hi-Way Bakery’s 70-year-old neon sign debuts its new look

Just in time for National Bakery Day, the Hi-Way Bakery neon sign debuted its new look.

From ABC7 Chicago: SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (WLS) — Hi-Way Bakery’s antique neon sign is back in its, near, original condition. The sign depicts a female baker wearing a chef’s hat and was made during a time that female chefs were less recognized.

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