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Famima!! Open on 6th

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2007, at 09:37AM
Famima!! on 6th Eric Richardson [Flickr]

6th street's retail took a big step forward today as Famima!! opened its second location Downtown in the Pacific Center. The first store opened at 8th & Figueroa on October 31st. I stopped by the new location this morning to pick up my daily needs (Mountain Dew and Pocky), and was very pleased with how the store has turned out.

One thing that fascinates me about these two Downtown locations is that they each have entrances both onto the street and into the building. At 8th/Fig that interior entrance is discouraged, with a sign asking people to use the main door. On 6th the interior door is embraced and I saw people stopping in to pick items up on their way to work in the building.

The 6th street approach is much better at breaking down the walls so many buildings put up and encouraging pedestrian flow. It would be interesting to know whether layout or building management determined the differing stances.

More important than doors and entrances, though, is the Pocky. The girl working at the register this morning saw my box of the regular variety at insisted that I had to try the cookies and creme-ish "Chocolate Crush" instead. I did, and I have to say that it's very good.

The Starbucks at the corner of 6th/Grand is also coming along well. I haven't heard anything firm on an opening date, but any time soon wouldn't surprise me.

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