Category: Faces of the Historic Core

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Meet the Face behind some of the most creative art installations in the Historic Core: S.C. MeRo

MeRo’s art pieces have evoked laughter, curiosity, and they have paid homage to some of the most historic events in DTLA. Learn all about her passion for mosaics, how her district inspires her, and much more.

Meet the Face behind Yuko Kitchen and Yuko Soup Bar, two local gems, both owned by one powerhouse of a woman. Yuko’s comfort Japanese food is some of the best in the district. Learn all about her early beginnings in Japan, her favorite thing to do in the Historic Core, and how she pivoted to become a restaurant/nursery owner in the pandemic.

Yuko Kitchen

101 W 5th

Yuko Soup Bar

125 W 5th

Tucked in the beautiful Eastern Columbia Building il caffé has been a fan favorite since opening its doors alongside Acne Studios. Recently, Michael and his team have doubled down on their sidewalk space and teamed up with food trucks Thursdays – Saturdays to bring an Al Fresco experience to locals. Learn more about how Michael and il caffé bring a sweet Swedish touch to the neighborhood.

il caffè

855 S Broadway

Meet the newest face of the Historic Core: Nubia Stephens, who recently opened numaade cafe, offering a wide variety of breakfast/lunch options for all diets. Nubia made it big in Dallas but decided home is where the heart is. Find out all about Nubia’s journey from a cook to a baker and proud #DTLA business owner. The Historic Core is lucky to have yet another black woman-owned business. 

Numaade Cafe

548 S Spring St. #114

Meet one of the Faces of the Historic Core: Benjamin Westley. Benjamin’s first brick and mortar opened up in October and they have been serving the Historic Core community with some of the best quality brews and well-ness teas. They also give back by selling products made by local designers and artists.

Boketto Cold Brews

743 S Broadway

Meet one of the Faces of the Historic Core: Vee Sanderson. Vee is the mighty force behind some of the most popular nightlife venues in the neighborhood. As a pioneer of the Historic Core, she’s gone from one venue to a row of them on the same block.

The Down & Out

501 S Spring

The Little Easy

216 W 5th St.

Adelita’s Cantina

210 W 5th St.

Bang Bang Room

221 W 7th St.

Meet one of the Faces of the Historic Core: Uli Nasibova from Gelateria Uli inside the Spring Arcade. Uli’s assortment of flavors is inspired by the neighborhood itself, plus she shops for ingredients at local farmers market!

Gelateria Uli

541 S Spring St

Meet one of the Faces of the Historic Core Rachel Long from your dog’s favorite place on earth. Pet Project LA is the number one stop for all Downtown LA pet necessities! Learn more about how Rachel came to own Pet Project and where in the neighborhood she likes to go with her pups, Shakespeare and Angus!

Pet Project LA

528 S Spring St

Meet two more Faces of the Historic Core: Kristen Trattner and Monica May, the owners of the best diner in town. The Nickel Diner is a treasure amongst Main St in the Historic Core. Chef Monica’s satisfying menu has everything from her iconic pop tarts to a Hangover Helper that might have saved some lives. Check out this video interview with Monica and Kristen and learn more about how they were destined to run the Nickel and why they’re local superheroes serving up a true piece of Americano.

Nickel Diner

524 S Main St.

Meet one of the Faces of the Historic Core: Chip Brown, a local baker that established his roots 10 years ago in the Historic Core. Big Man Bakes is a staple in our community and even Oprah knows it. Chip’s cupcakes alongside his big smile and personality, tie together an unforgettable experience. In fact, the only things that aren’t big are the mini-sized cupcakes. Check out this video with Chip and learn more about how this New Yorker turned Angeleno came to charm the pants off anyone with a sweet tooth.

Big Man Bakes

413 S Main St.