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The Bloc Confirms The Stylish LA Retailers Joining Its Cool Concept Gallery

Photo: Carlos Hernandez/The Bloc

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More details have finally emerged on Free Market, that cool concept shop that's set to bring a gallery-like shopping experience to DTLA's The Bloc. In addition to unveiling its outdoor hangout The Square this Thursday, the much-delayed redevelopment has confirmed a few of the stylish tenants that’ll hold court at space — and they're all set to arrive in November.

As revealed via a Twitter Q&A with Raan Parton (the stylish co-founder of Alchemy Works and Apolis) this morning, the 10,000-square-foot boutique will house eight "personalities," including LA's Wittmore, Day’s Market, and Alchemy Works; New York’s Westerlind (a fashionable outdoor gear shop); a cafe that’ll be dreamed up by the folks behind Winsome and The Spare Room; and "the rest is a surprise."

Parton adds that the goal is to create "the future of what a department store will be [and] a sought-after meeting point of real, urban DTLA." (See more on the subject in the tweets below.) As mentioned previously, Free Market will be a retail collab from the creative geniuses at Otto Design Group and CNTRL Group, who’ve brought us events like Parachute Market and spots like Space 15 Twenty, to name a few.

Back to The Bloc's cool upgraded courtyard: see below for a few Instagram teasers of The Bloc’s revamped gathering center — part of the former Macy’s Plaza’s $180 million fashionable facelift — and swing by this Thursday from 5 to 7pm to toast its debut. There'll be Blues tunes, delish bites, and more; see more details here.


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The Bloc

700 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017