A Look at the Bicycle Kitchen’s New Digs

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Back in February, the Bicycle Kitchen announced it was seeking a new home after outgrowing its Hel-Mel location after some seven years (In fact, it was both Bicycle Kitchen cook Somerset Waters and I who coined the name “Hel-Mel” in the Fall of 2005 after we did some brainstorming for identifying that part of the […]

Synchronicity Space To Move Into The Hel-Mel ‘Shack’

Just heard from an anonymous reputable source today (okay, it was Tai Kim, owner of Scoops) that the Synchronicity Space art gallery will be moving into the small stand-alone storefront “shack” at 713 N. Heliotrope Drive currently operated by The Fixx Carlton, a business that specializes in building custom fixed-gear bicycle frames. Synchronicity had […]

Cafecito Organico in Hel-Mel – Now Open!

East Hollywood’s newest coffeehouse, Cafecito Organico, is now open! The new Hel-Mel cafe, in the former City College Cafe (and previously Night In Tunisia) space on 710 N. Heliotrope opened for business today.

The establishment, which also operates a Silver Lake location just barely a mile east (on Hoover and Bellevue), specializes in self-roasted […]

A Neighborhood On Watch - Hel-Mel Businesses, Police Working Together

Following up on the January 21 meeting of Hel-Mel businesses following the 1/18 drive-by shooting on the corner, I organized a meeting that took place on Tuesday at Scoops between LAPD Rampart Division Senior Lead Officer Matt Zeigler (who was in training during the initial meeting) and the businesses,  to get them to voice […]

All's Not Well in Hel-Mel?

About two dozen businessowners, residents and other stakeholders of the Hel-Mel Bicycle District (a.k.a. the corner of Heliotrope Drive and Melrose Avenue) got together on Thursday morning at Scoops to discuss ways to deal with the drive-by shooting that shook up the corner on Monday afternoon.

According to witnesses, sometime after 4:30 p.m. on […]