The alley sign

Last month we had two fantastic events that showed how designers can turn forgotten spaces into smart, sustainable, economically viable real estate in very different corners of the city. First we visited East Cahuenga Alley, a reclaimed alleyway that runs behind several restaurants and businesses in Hollywood.

Sarah and Jose talk about the space

We were welcomed to the beautiful back lounge at Saint Felix by Hollywood BID’s Sarah MacPherson, property owner Jose Malagon, and Saint Felix owner Johnny Arakaki, who told us about the alley’s transformation.

Before photos

Sarah showed some pretty amazing “before” photos!

Awesome landscaping

Then we headed out for a tour of the alley, including a peek at the brand new landscaping by Troy Silva of Urban Nature.
  Sun setting
It was a great night and a pretty inspiring example of how businesses and the city can work together to create a brand new public space in the most surprising of places.

The alley

Check out more awesome photos of the evening from Andy Hurvitz. Thanks to everyone who made it out and a big thanks to Saint Felix for hosting us!


Our next event headed to the new downtown headquarters of Greenbar Collective, the maker of organic, craft spirits, and the first distillery in the city since Prohibition!

Loading dock

We got a great tour of the space with founder Melkon Khosrovian and architect Sanjiv Bajaj, learning not only about the green design of the space, but the green methods that Greenbar uses to produce their exceptional vodkas, gins, rums and more.

Litty and Melkon

And of course we also got to taste the fruits of their labor, including a “bitters bar” where we could add a bit of herbal and floral seasonings to our drinks. But you don’t have to take our word for it: Read this awesome recap by Sandi Hemmerlein of the event. Thanks Sandi!