In the column of disheartening news, the economy has taken away yet another of my favorite spots to visit while on the go during my daily routine. First, the Famima in Downtown Los Angeles on Figueroa shut down just before Christmas. And now the Hows Market in the NoHo Commons has started clearing their shelves in order to close. It’s depressing in a very striking way. In times like these, the little things are what get us by. This was one of my little things.
I know that many people, my closest friends included, felt that Hows was an expensive place to shop. It was also often very quiet. I am most likely in a minority when it comes to those who mourn its passing. But it was convenient to my travel patterns. I liked the fact that it wasn’t crowded. It was open until 1 am so I could swing by after a late night of work. And I could find exotic items without much trouble.
In trying to find a silver lining, I have high hopes for what will take its place. If it has to be a huge chain grocery store… let it be a Vons Pavilions or a Whole Foods.