Kinetescape was a short-lived, but fondly remembered shop that recently vacated its home on 7th and Spring in downtown. For years, the A.G. Bartlett building retail spaces have been occupied by lowbrow discount shops, so it was incredibly exciting when the paper came off the windows to reveal the handsome corner shop in 2013.
Titled after its owner, Don Hundredmark, the Don Hotel was completed in 1929 in Wilmington, CA. Built to cater to tourists ferrying to and from Catalina Island, the 135 room hotel had a suite reserved full-time for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.
The building became derelict by the 80s, and in the late 90s the city allowed it to be converted into senior care housing. The original sign bearing “DON HOTEL” was taken down and replaced with “THE DON” in 2000.
Over on Fairfax, between 3rd and Wilshire, awaits a treasure box called Tini. Short for ‘This Is Not Ikea,” the massive two-story space is overflowing with unique, vintage home decor items handpicked by the ever-tasteful owner, Alexis Hadjopulos, from a multitude of eras that are anything but mass-produced and flat packed in a box.
With everything from Midcentury credenzas, 1940s TV sets, fur coats, chandeliers, superhero lunch pails and 80’s grunge wall posters, and so. so. so. much more, TINI doubles as a museum of the evolutional styles of the American home. You could spend an hour passing through the multiple (and usually themed) back rooms without realizing that your parking meter has been blinking EXPIRED for the last 18 minutes before you even reach the upstairs.