Friday, April 11, 2008

Minding Western’s Business: Shops Come and Go

New businesses are opening on Western Avenue and long-time establishments are closing their doors. Here are some recent developments:

Tobacco Leaf smoke shop has opened near the Starbucks at 25th Street.

Work continues to redevelop Granny’s Donuts at Summerland Avenue. Signs just went up for the two neighboring businesses, a check cashing house and a beauty and gift shop.

Granny and her new neighbors

Artista’s Nutrition has closed. The business was located in the Park Plaza center near Peck Park, down from Henry’s.

A “for lease” sign is posted outside Marie Callender’s. Still open for business on Western, the restaurant is in negotiations to move to downtown San Pedro.

Hillside Florist has relocated from the Taxco plaza to the WorldPort Business Center on North Gaffey Street.

Peninsula Golf has opened in the Taxco plaza, in the space Curves gym previously occupied. (Curves moved down the road near Albertson’s and Rite Aid in the Garden Village center.) The shop moved to Western Avenue from Rolling Hills Estates.

Joanne’s Closet, a fashionable women’s clothing and accessories boutique, is moving from the Taxco plaza to downtown Sixth Street. According to owner Joanne Eide, the boutique will move into its new and bigger location near Niko’s Pizzeria by next month’s First Thursday, if not sooner.

Planet Kids is closing. A clearance sale is underway now in the 15-year-old shop.

Planet Kids

The Terraces, home to the new Marshalls, has been repainted in sandy earthtones.

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