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.
"Free Market will be a consolidation of food and beverage and best in class retail, featuring different operators in an open market format."— The Bloc (@TheBlocLA) June 14, 2016
"There will be different design elements for each space, like a gallery or installation of each operator and the selection of their brands."— The Bloc (@TheBlocLA) June 14, 2016
"Being able to have that hospitality cornerstone in the middle of retail is going to be the first of its kind for the area."— The Bloc (@TheBlocLA) June 14, 2016