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It's been a hot minute since our last visit to Downtown's intersection of cool in the Arts District. To toast everyone's favorite zillion-digit mathematical constant and our favorite afternoon activities, we're revisiting the stylish block for a very special Pi Day edition of Perfect Saturday.
Up ahead, see your grubbing and shopping itinerary, which starts with a slice at The Pie Hole (of course) and ends with interior design inspo at newly-renovated antiques haven Hammer and Spear. Where will you be on 3/14/15 9:26:53?
Embark on your adventure at sweet and savory eatery The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave.), a frequent Eater stop thanks to its "riffs on American classics that set [it] apart." In addition to its regular "swoon-worthy" menu (we're fans of the Veggie Breakfast Hand Pie and the Mac 'n' Cheese), the pie and coffee shop is whipping up a Thai Iced Tea pie specifically for mathematical-inspired occasion. LA Weekly notes that the cafe is also unveiling a few new seasonal offerings, including a gluten-free Almond Joy pie and strawberry rhubarb pie.
Next, follow the day's numerical theme and walk up the street to minimalist-luxe boutique 12345 Clothing (811 Traction Ave.). There, find cult-cool labels like MM6, Henrik Vibskov, Timo Weiland, and much more for your avant-garde-leaning closet. Bonus: the shop is also having a major sale right now.
Continue your retail therapy down Third Street and head over to essential indie shop Alchemy Works (826 E. Third St.), a gallery-like space that stocks LA talents like bag maven Clare Vivier, luxe leather label Parabellum, textile designer Rachel Craven, globally-conscious brand Apolis (which boasts an equally cool flagship next door), and many others. While you're there, peep the latest styles at Warby Parker's showroom, then grab pick-me-up sips next door at Black Top Coffee; you'll need a caffeinated cold brew to cool off in the expected high temps.
Next, walk east on Third Street and head north on Garey Street to charming lifestyle boutique Woo (209 S. Garey St.), which stocks founder/designer Staci Woo's clothing and accessories alongside cute giftables. Find the local talent's Cali-cool apparel and "underwoos" for women and kids, plus eco-friendly bath products by Level Naturals, vintage Moroccan pillows, wooden children's toys, and more.
Finally, end your day at essential home decor haven Hammer & Spear (255 S Santa Fe Ave., #101). The cool interiors shop recently expanded its digs and plans on throwing a grand reopening bash soon, but its renovated shop is open for business right this minute. In addition to tons of antique and vintage finds fit for an industrial-modern abode, find luxe stationery by Bliss and Bone, apothecary products by Grown Alchemist, accessories by Spark and Pepper, and more.