I can’t believe that Marshall’s (the discount clothing store) is going in on State Street where Borders Bookstores is. Nothing against Marshall’s, or even Ross for that matter since I admit I do shop at both when no one is looking. But State street with its trendy fashion stores doesn’t seem like a suitable home for Marshall’s. I believe it’ll be right across the street from the high end retailer Pierre La Fond / Wendy Foster & Saks? It just doesn’t fit in for me, not to mention I like it when Borders has small bands playing out front. For me this is a bummer and another step for State Street turning toward “Anytown USA”. But…H&M going into Barnes & Nobles is less of a blow.
Another bummer is that the downtown Chino’s Rock & Tacos closed this week, so hopefully you had a chance to try them out with your 2-for-1 earlier in the year. Luckily, their Isla Vista location is still in business.
On the flip side, our friends who own the FisHouse, Boathouse and Shellfish Company are hoping to open their new Mexican restaurant this Spring. They’ve taken over the old furniture store One World Imports (not to be confused with Cost Plus World Imports!) on the corner of State & Haley, next to Beachbreak Cafe. The White family father son duo has a history of successful restaurants so look out for that opening in the months to come.
And another nice addition is the re-opening of Savoy Cafe on Figueroa. They’re not yet part of Axxess but we’re working on them.
That’s it for today and while I’m out and about all the time and pretty much hear all the news and rumors, I find the best place for all that on a daily basis is actually John Dickson’s blog.