I’m going to be completely honest here. I’m thrilled as punch that Babies “R” Us has set up shop in the Los Feliz/Glendale/Atwater Village area (2901 Los Feliz Blvd. or store # 5667 for those keeping score at home).
I used to have to drive nearly 18 miles from Los Feliz to Van Nuys to get decent prices on formula, wipes, and silicone nipples. But now whenever I want to get my hands on burp cloths or piddle pads, I just hop in the car, take a quick jaunt down Glendale Boulevard, turn on Revere, and there I am at Los Feliz Boulevard, happy as a newborn sucking on mummy’s teat.
So, what’s the catch? Well, the location where it opened is already a parking nightmare. In that lot there’s currently a Best Buy, Costco, Toys “R” Us (which I predict Babies “R” Us will envelop), New Hope Chapel, Starbucks, Verizon Wireless, Mimi’s Cafe, Togo’s, Panda Express, Baja Fresh, and Jamba Juice.
Does the neighborhood really need another major shopping destination along Los Feliz Boulevard? And what about the poor locals trying to get to the Americana at Brand? What’s their recourse?
The biggest victim of all may be the Tam O’Shanter Inn across the street. That old girl is 86 years old and still serving up delicious meals to well-dressed customers. But she used to be an oasis in a desert. Now she’s difficult to spot amid the generic strip-mall buildings.
Ahh, who am I kidding? There’s really no catch to this. I’m loving it. I’ll just make sure I buy Seventh Generation diapers, and all will be forgiven. Alright?
Image: Panoramic shot of the parking lot by Mike Winder. Click to gammarayify.