The Los Feliz Village Business Spotlight: Spitfire Girl!


The Los Feliz Village Business Spotlight: Spitfire Girl!

4550 HOLLYWOOD BL
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027 View Map
323.660.9262

A delightful “Everything” store located here in Los Feliz, Spitfire Girl offers gifts for children and adults, Home accessories, Jewelry, Unique and Unusual items, (Need an anatomically correct heart paperweight or a shiny banana bud vase?) Apparel and Holiday items like snowglobes!

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Here is an interview from ModCloth with the owner:

ModCloth: How did Spitfire Girl begin?
Kristin: Years ago, when I was the “perfect” housewife, I did a ton of entertaining and hand made all my event invitations. For my daughter Suki’s third birthday party, I created a reptile theme “Box Card” invite. When you opened the tiny box, it revealed a reptile toy and tiny invitation. This Box Card unexpectedly affected the children in a big way. They carried these boxes around for weeks; some were even sleeping with them. The parents were blown away at the concept. I knew I had something at that point.
Not that much later in a time of desperation when I was feeling scared out of my wits, I started Spitfire Girl. I was a mother of two small children and had to divorce my husband. I decided I couldn’t work for anyone else but myself- I’m too headstrong.
That drive, with a little bit of obsession, is what has made Spitfire Girl succeed.

MC: Do you design many of the pieces?

Kristin: Yes, for sure. Where would I be if I couldn’t get my creative on? A funny story: I drew the top selling design, The Robot, in divorce court. Out of such a terrible event came a great-selling image. My other designs include the Bedtime Story, Girl At The Window, and many more.

MC: It seems like many Spitfire Girl products give a nod to the West. Is this because you’re originally from Texas?

Kristin: I’m a BIG Texas girl and a BIG Daddy’s girl. I live in Los Angeles now, but I go back to my home state every four to five months, so my heart is definitely in Texas. My father tells me that I’m an “original” Texan, because my great great great grandfather was one of the original 300 settlers in Texas, and his brother supplied the blue silk to sew the first Texas flag. So that being said, my blood runs deep with the state of Texas!

MC: Why did you decide to print your postcards on cherry wood?

Kristin: I love, love, love wood- totally obsessed with it. It just gives the artwork such a unique look. The grain of cherry wood is also so rich and ages beautifully with time.

MC: We love how your pieces look so whimsical and vintage-inspired. How does this happen?

Kristin: I am definitely attracted to vintage artwork and design. So naturally, whoever I pick to join the Spitfire Team is on the same boat artistically. There are five artists, including myself, designing for Spitty. Two artists (my husband Jason Schroder and Adrian Sanchez) are tattoo artists. Two of us (Liz Young and I) are museum-shown artists. Last but not least, my daughter Sidney Sekula, age 12, designed one of the top selling postcards, Food Groups.
My husband Jay, who I met 2 ½ years ago, is a big part of Spitfire Girl. It was a mere two weeks after we met that we were designing stuff together. It’s just so much fun to have an idea and follow it through with someone you love, and see it sold in stores across America.
I also always have both eyes open, ready to be inspired.

MC: Where do you find inspiration for your pieces and life in general?

Kristin: I find it when I take time off and get out of town- that’s when product ideas comes to me. When my husband and I are traveling, we hit a bunch of thrifts stores and antique shops. Whether we are in Texas or Europe, we can sniff them out.

MC: Since we like fashion here at ModCloth, I have to ask: Does your creativity spill over into your wardrobe, too?

Kristin: Oh gawd, yes! At the moment I’m really into the vintage 70s dresses. What’s even worse for some reason I’m intrigued with the whole “Dallas” T.V. look. I think now that I’m getting older my whole look is changing. I also enjoy reconstructing vintage pieces on the fly before I head out to a party. I’m a bit of a crazy bird.

MC: Does each Spitfire Girl season have a theme?

Kristin: Yes. Spring’s theme is “Out With the Old, in With the New.” I will be discontinuing product that I no longer feel passionate about and replacing them with a super-rad doll line! We said ‘forget about recession- let’s hunker down and make new fun product.’ Some of the new dolls include The Gnome Doll and The Yeti Doll.

Posted on November 20, 2014 by losfeliz

SAVE THE DATE! A Village Affaire: A Holiday Celebration!

SAVE THE DATE!
“A Village Affaire: A Holiday Celebration” will be held Saturday, 12-06-14 from 4-9pm and is open to all businesses in Los Feliz!

People will stroll thru our local businesses and pick up some free samples or discounted items, and possibly coupons for their next visit if that’s what the businesses wish to offer.

If you are a business with a location in Los Feliz and would like to participate, please contact info@losfeliz.biz.

Details coming soon!!!

Posted on November 18, 2014 by losfeliz

Thanks and STAY TUNED!

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the “A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration!”

Here are some pictures from the event:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.982473315101767.1073741827.137950112887429&type=1

Stay tuned for details regarding our upcoming Holiday event!!!

Posted on November 17, 2014 by losfeliz

Homeless Coalition Meeting November 20th, 2014!

The East Hollywood & Los Feliz Homeless Coalition is having a meeting to see how we can address the homeless issue in East Hollywood and Los Feliz.
They hope for the homeless be connected to services so that they may have a home for the holiday!
You are invited to attend the meeting November 20th!

Posted on November 14, 2014 by losfeliz

Tonight’s updated list of Participating businesses of “A Village Affaire!”

Here is Tonight’s updated list of Participating businesses of “A Village Affaire,” as well as the map of the trolley stops!

Feel free to print it out and bring it with you!

The trolley drivers and businesses will have some for distribution, but bringing your own print out will be easy for you and you won’t have to look for one!

Posted on November 12, 2014 by losfeliz

OFFICIAL TROLLEY STOPS ANNOUNCED for “A Village Affaire!”

OFFICIAL TROLLEY STOPS ANNOUNCED for “A Village Affaire!”

A map of the trolley route to pick you up and drop you off at participating restaurants for Wednesday, November 12th’s “A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration!”

 

Posted on November 10, 2014 by losfeliz

A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration is THIS WEDNESDAY! 11-12-14

 

 

 

 

 

“A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration!” Wednesday, November 12th from 6-9pm!

 

Participating restaurants and non-restaurants and what they are offering so far:

 

Café Los Feliz – mini croissants

2118 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – $5 gift cards to the first 100 attendees, first 150-free mini pastry and free small mini coffee

2081 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Messhall Kitchen – Happy Hour drinks from $5 to $8

4500 Los Feliz Blvd

 

Yuca’s (Hollywood Blvd) – mini pibil taco and small watermelon drink

4666 Hollywood Blvd.

 

Desert Rose – mini skewers of beef, veggie or chicken kabobs

1700 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Palermo – small pasta dish

1858 N Vermont Ave.

 

Cheech’s – small slice pizza

2116 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Co op 28 – 10% off everything in the store. Also pick up a coupon for more discounts good through November 21

1728 N Vermont Ave.

 

Jasmine’s Garden – Hot cider and cookies.  20 % discount on fresh flowers and 10% discount on gift items for Wednesday, November 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm when customers mention “A Village Affaire”

2030 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Alcove- Brownie Bites in a variety of flavors

1929 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Rockwell-Truffle Grilled Cheese with Havarti and Tomato Bisque Dipping Sauce

1714 N Vermont Ave.

 

Bar Covell- Tater Tots

4628 Hollywood Blvd.

 

Il Capriccio- Pasta Antonio & Pasta Norcina

1757 N. Vermont Ave.

 

Liza Shtromberg Jewelry- 20% off in stock merchandise

2120 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Spitz- “Street Cart Pita Strip” – Fried pita strips with garlic aioli, feta cheese, green pepper and red onion

1725 Hillhurst Ave.

 

Macho’s Tacos- Chicken Mole Tamales

1670 N Vermont Ave.

 

 

 **BE SURE TO TELL EACH PARTICIPATING RESTAURANT THAT YOU ARE THERE FOR “A VILLAGE AFFAIRE” TO RECEIVE THEIR SAMPLE BITES!**

 

 Restaurants will continue to be added to the list!

 

 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

 

The AMPS will be playing from 6:30pm-7:00pm in front of the Coldwell banker building adjacent to Alcove. They are a modern rock band that play covers and their own material. The AMPS and have been playing together the past 4 years, when they all attended Ivanhoe Elementary school, and are now 14 year old 9th graders!

 Also, Desert Rose will feature a jazz trio from 6-10pm!!!

The same night, be sure to stop by Skylight Books to see Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey signing and reading from their book: 50 years of Peter, Paul and Mary!

 

There will be trolley stops to take you from venue to venue on Wednesday, November 12th from 6-9pm!

 

If you are a restaurant based in Los Feliz and would like to participate, please contact info@losfeliz.biz

 

Sure to be a great time!

 

Posted on November 10, 2014 by losfeliz

Today’s Los Feliz VIllage Business Spotlight: Spitz Los Feliz!

Today’s Los Feliz VIllage Business Spotlight: Spitz Los Feliz!

1725 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 522-3309

Hours:
11am – 10pm, Sun, Mon, Tues
11am – 11pm, Wed & Thurs
11am – Midnight, Fri & Sat
* Curbside Pickup Available!
* Delivery Available

http://www.eatatspitz.com/

The Story
Founders Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund laid the groundwork for Spitz while studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Discovered while on a semester abroad in Spain, Rademan fell in love with Döner Kebab. It was sold on virtually every street corner and he was hooked. Upon arriving back in the US, Rademan immediately became infatuated with the idea of bringing Döner Kebab to L.A. In the spring of 2005 he teamed up with Wicklund and they ultimately opened their first location a mile from Occidental six months after graduating.
Together Rademan and Wicklund have pioneered a restaurant concept that has transformed a Mediterranean street food into a California-fresh, flavorful and healthy culinary sensation. This means that everything is made in-house from fresh ingredients and unique recipes. The ambiance, from music to art, is inspirational yet comfortable. And customer service, from greeting to goodbye, is sincere. We look forward to serving you soon – and as always – rock the kebab!
What’s a Döner Kebab?
Döner Kebab (pronounced du-ner-keh-bob) is a Turkish phrase that literally translates as “rotating meat”, not to be confused with “shish kebab” which means “skewered meat.”
Spitz’s Döner Kebabs are made with freshly minced lamb and beef or chicken which is then cooked on a rotating vertical broiler to allow its juices to drip down and caramelize on the surface. The meat is shaved off into paper-thin strips and stuffed into sandwiches, wraps or salads with house-made sauces, toppings and sides. The result is a delicious yet healthy cuisine loved the world over and finally brought to you here in the US by Spitz.

Support Los Feliz Businesses!
Spitz will be participating in the Los Feliz Event “A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration” on Wednesday, November 12th from 6-9pm!

Posted on November 07, 2014 by losfeliz

Los Feliz Village Business Spotlight: Il Capriccio!

Los Feliz Village Business Spotlight: Il Capriccio!

1757 N. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323 662 5900

http://ilcapriccioonvermont.com/

mail@ilcapriccioonvermont.com

At il Capriccio we serve traditional Italian dishes of old world Napoli right in the heart of Los Feliz Village.

LUNCH
11 am – 3 pm Mon – Fri
12 pm – 3 pm Sat & Sun
DINNER
5 pm – 10 pm Sun – Thu
5 pm – 11 pm Fri & Sat

Support Los Feliz Businesses!

Il Capriccio will be participating in the Los Feliz Event: “A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration” on November 12th from 6-9pm!

Posted on November 06, 2014 by losfeliz

Map and some participating Businesses of November 12ths “A VIllage Affaire: A Culinary Exploration” Event!

More businesses have added- see main post for updates!

Posted on November 05, 2014 by losfeliz

Los Feliz Village Business Spotlight: Messhall!

Los Feliz Village Business Spotlight: Messhall!

4500 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323-660-MESS (6377)

http://messhallkitchen.com/

HOURS
[BRUNCH] Saturday & Sunday | 10am-3pm
[LUNCH] Monday – Fridays | 11:30am – 3pm
[DINNER]
Monday – Thursday | 5pm – 11pm
Friday & Saturday | 5pm – 12am
Sunday | 4pm – 11pm

ABOUT
Located in the heart of Los Feliz, LA’s newest eatery, MessHall, re-interprets regional American dining that founder & CEO Rob Serritella refer’s to as a classic “Gastro Tavern”. Menu’s to include – breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, late-night and fresh raw oyster bar. Our culinary team re-conceptualizes American favorites using local, sustainable, organic and seasonal ingredients. The bar program will feature top barsmiths with a heavy emphasis on classics, small batch new American spirits, and craft beers. MessHall provides a relaxed atmosphere of social/communal dining and a spacious outdoor patio. Open spaces with a neo-industrial feel incorporate elements of the location’s history such as the reveil of the architectural dome ceiling, including its past as Cecil B. DeMille’s Willard’s Chicken Inn and later The Brown Derby.
HISTORY
MessHall stands in the storied walls of what was once Willard’s Chicken Inn, and later The Brown Derby. During the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille opened Willard’s Chicken Inn, a country-colonial chicken restaurant that quickly became the place to be for Hollywood’s elite. The building’s unique dome-shaped roof allowed for a water pumping system that made it one of the first air conditioned restaurants. The structure was designed by influential architect Wayne McAllister, credited with creating some of the most popular mid-century drive-ins and car hops. After Willard’s closed in 1940, the Los Feliz Brown Derby Restaurant opened on the site as a 24-hour Drive-in Car Cafe, and remained popular till the ‘60s. MessHall now moves into one of architect McAllister’s only original designs still standing.

Posted on November 05, 2014 by losfeliz

11-6-14 UPDATE with Restaurants and Offers for “A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration!” 11-12-14

“A Village Affaire: A Culinary Exploration!” Wednesday, November 12th from 6-9pm!

Participating restaurants and non-restaurants and what they are offering so far:

1. Café Los Feliz – mini croissant
2. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – $5 gift cards to the first 100 attendees, up to 150 free mini pastry, and free small mini coffee
3. Messhall Kitchen – Happy Hour drinks from $5 to $8
4. Yuca (Hollywood Blvd) – mini pibil taco and small watermelon drink
5. Desert Rose – mini skewers of beef, vege or chicken kabobs
6. Palermo – small pasta dish
7. Cheeches – small slice pizza
8. Co op 28 – 10% off everything in the store. Also pick up a coupon for more discounts good through November 21
9. Jasmine Florist – Hot cider and cookies 20 % discount on fresh flowers and 10% discount on gift items for Wednesday, November 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm when customers mention “A Village Affaire”
10. Alcove- Brownie Bites in a variety of flavors
11. Rockwell- Truffle Grilled Cheese with Havarti and a tomato bisque dipping sauce
12. Bar Covell- Tater Tots
13. Il Capricio- Pasta Antonio & Pasta Norcina
14. Side Walk Grill bites to be announced!

15. Jewelry by Liza Shtromberg will offer 20% off in stock merchandise.

16. Spitz Restaurant- a “Street Cart Pita Strip” -Fried pita strips with garlic aioli, feta cheese, green pepper and red onion.

17- Macho’s Tacos- bites to be announced!

More restaurants will continue to be added to the list!

Three of the above are Non-Restaurants that are participating:
Co-Op 28 will be offering 10% off store merchandise, and Jasmine’s Garden with a 20 % discount on fresh flowers and a 10% discount on gift items for Wednesday, November 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm when customers mention ” A Village Affaire,” with hot cider and cookies as refreshments. Jewelry by Liza Shtromberg will offer 20% off in stock merchandise.

JUST ADDED! Live Entertainment!

The AMPS will be playing from 6:30pm-7:00pm in front of the Coldwell banker building adjacent to Alcove.

They are a modern rock band that play covers and their own material.

The AMPS and have been playing together the past 4 years, when they all attended Ivanhoe Elementary school, and are now 14 year old 9th graders!

The same night, be sure to stop by Skylight Books to see Peter Yarrow and Noel “Paul” Stookey signing and reading from their book: 50 years of Peter, Paul and Mary!

There will be trolley stops to take you from venue to venue on Wednesday, November 12th from 6-9pm!

If you are a restaurant based in Los Feliz and would like to participate, please contact info@losfeliz.biz.

Sure to be a great time!

Posted on November 04, 2014 by losfeliz