Melrose Milestones

The Melrose BID commenced operations in April, 2014. In the last year we have accomplished a great deal. Following is a list of our top achievements to date: Street Cleaning: Initiated streetscape clean-up: street sweeping, trash collection, installed decorative receptacles, alley clean-up, sidewalk pressure washing, graffiti and sticker removal, weed abatement. We removed more than […]

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The Matrix Theatre : The Mind-Opener On Melrose

In 1977, the lot across from the building about to house a theatre was just a dirt trucking company lot. At that time, Melrose Avenue was occupied by craftspeople and antique shops, but not resembling the vibrant scene it would soon offer. Consequently, property was affordable.  Joseph Stern, who was born just two blocks away, […]

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Manic Panic – Coloring The World, One Head At A Time

Melrose Avenue is home to the west coast headquarters of the internationally-revered Manic Panic. Since 1977, Manic Panic has been adding color and personality to the heads of the bold and the famous, and supporting the creative and fanciful on Melrose since 2012. Tish and Snooky are two sisters who, in the mid-1970s, were living […]

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Headline Records: D.I.Y. Depuis 1995

For people that remember Melrose Avenue in the 1980s and 1990s, Headline Records is a capture of that time when mohawked punkers with spiked wristbands were the in-crowd. For those that don’t remember, the shop is easily the best place in Los Angeles to find punk, garage, ska, and hardcore music and gear. But everyone […]

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Rise and Shine With Melrose Umbrella Co. Craft Coffee Bar

When owners Zach Patterson, Austin Melrose and Christine Solomon were building Melrose Umbrella Co., they envisioned a well-crafted and comfortable location to enjoy espresso, coffee and tea. This sentiment was continually echoed and affirmed by the neighborhood. After a year and a half of operating their cocktail program, they have now officially launched their long-awaited […]

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Forgotten Saints: Where Individuality Meets Gritty-Glam

Forgotten Saints, owned and operated by designer Cody Varona, offers one of a kind rock-wear pieces that she both designs and custom-makes by hand. Open for close to fifteen years at 7569 Melrose Ave, Cody has created something more than a clothing store. When entering Forgotten Saints, you’re walking into a living, breathing experience that […]

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L’Assiette Steak Frites: Unexpected

Melrose Avenue is the place to go when you want to experience something eclectic, something original or something you didn’t know you wanted until you discovered it. In fact, sometimes you come across food that you start to crave as soon as you taste it. At L’Assiette (“the dish” in French), this experience can be had every time […]

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Generation 8 Tattoo: Ink Individuality

Southern California is world-recognized for tattoo art and innovation. Melrose Avenue has been at the center of that attention for decades as the place for boundary-pushing, quality work. Generation 8 Tattoo continues the tradition as the place to celebrate ink individuality and piercing creativity (See store on this site). Dave Hatton broke ground on his […]

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Antonio’s: The Heart and Soul of Melrose

In the heart of the Melrose Business Improvement District you’ll find Antonio’s, one of the oldest businesses on the street. Antonio’s has been serving delicious authentic Mexican food for over 30 years. With signature posada and mole dishes, the flavors under their roof are as tasty as they are timeless. Owner, Antonio Gutiérrez, delivers authentic […]

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Get Old Fashioned at the Melrose Umbrella Co.

There are bars and there are drink experiences. Melrose Umbrella Co. is the latter. You may think that the incredibly appropriate name comes from the street you’ll find it on, however Melrose Umbrella Co. Is named for former Lord Mayor of England, James Melrose. The logo is a silhouette of a photo of him and if you search around the bar/restaurant, you can find the original portrait of Melrose looking dapper with his ever-present umbrella cane.

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