On the seventh day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me… Beard Buddy’s Survival Kit.
Some of you may know this but we wanted to give a heads up: we have been sharing weekly articles on Los Angeles Magazine’s website! The content is totally different than what we’ve been sharing here (i.e. unique articles) and they are a lot of fun. Check out new articles every Friday! Links our latest after the jump.
On the sixth day of Holiday, my LA friend gave to me… Knock Knock’s Hide & Eek.
The little neighborhood tucked between Hancock Park and Koreatown known as Larchmont is the closest thing Mid-City will ever get to a suburb. Walking the main strip feels very similar to spending an afternoon in South Pasadena or Toluca Lake. The small shops and cafes are packed with young families and the farmers market, full of fresh cheese, endless vegetables, and kale for days is about as LA as a grocery trip can get. Larchmont Boulevard gets a lot of attention between 3rd Street and Beverly, but the foot traffic instantly stops north of that. Forgoing Larchmont Wine and Cheese is hard to do, but going north of Beverly, towards Melrose reveals an entirely new offering of unique shops Larchmont is known for.
Colby Poster Printing Company is now a Los Angeles myth. The iconic local printer closed its doors at the end of 2012, quietly ending a long era of creating custom posters and typographic, artistic works for the city. The shop helped people spread news and advertised different causes. They helped artists make. They inspired a unique visual culture that employed DayGlo and tri-color blends. The work of the company is still seen around Los Angeles, many posters outliving its own producer.
Colby Poster Printing Company now lives on in words and stories people tell about it. One of those stories is a new documentary called 3 Union Shop and it debuted on MOCAtv this morning. The film is directed by Felipe Lima with C.R. Stecyk III (Who also narrates the film.) and it is a love letter to the bygone literary, typographic LA institution. It’s quite a moving documentary that provides both a historical context for the company and a peek behind the neon scrim that covered Colby. Since this project is very special to us and to its maker, Felipe—Who you may remember from.—shared some words on the project and the place, giving a little director’s commentary of sorts on the film. We’re very lucky to share this, considering he mentioned this project has been in the work for months and months and months. We remember him telling us about it last year! Thus, we’ll let Felipe take it away…