A few weeks ago, Ted and Angie of Poketo finally fulfilled a dream and opened up their first brick and mortar store. The store is an absolute triumph and is a happy and well designed space that most definitely is going to become a Downtown institution. With all the hardest work behind them, it was time to party and celebrate their labor. Thus, last night they invited some of their closest friends and supporters to celebrate the store. And, boy, was it a fun gathering of familiar LA creative faces!
The event started at 6PM but we ended up rolling up to the 3rd Street store around 8PM. The sun was just setting and there was a very large congregation of people inside and outside of the store, everyone sipping some dranks and eating some bites. We walked in and immediately saw about forty people we knew, all of whom have been celebrated and shared on this website: Jon Setzen hung out by the plates and kitchen products while Gary Baseman was a few feet away near the jewelry; Kyle Ng of Farm Tactics and who ran the fabulous Field Study was the most stylish there while Kevin Hockin of Boxed Water very much rivaled him; and, of course, friends of the site like Justin Sullivan, Julie Wolfson, and more were there to celebrate the opening, popping in and out of coversations.
To compliment their fantastic wares, there was a fine selection of food from Downtown’s Starry Kitchen which–unfortunately–were all gone by the time we had arrived. That being said, people were spinning long yarns about how great the food was. Beyond that, there was a great assortment of drinkables: Greenbar produced Art In The Age was up for the tasting along with the cute packaged, stiff to the taste Hudson Whiskey. Moreover, for those not into liquor there was a table of wine and–more importantly–a little pop-up of coffee brought to us from the local coffee celebrities at Handsome Coffee.
The party carried on until 9PM, most visitors sneaking away around 8:40PM. The event was proof that, yes, this community of artists, designers, makers, and supporters is very much in Los Angeles and very easily can be assembled. And, of course, the Poketo space is very much going to become a center for this community to congregate. Thank heavens!
If you haven’t been to the Poketo store, you seriously are missing out and need to get down there as soon as possible. The store is located at 820 East 3rd Street in the Arts District Downtown. They’re open Monday through Friday from noon to 7PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM to 7PM. Be sure to stop in…and tell them we sent you!