First market to open in the Los Angeles Arts District

The eastside neighborhood of Los Angeles known as the Arts District will soon receive its first community market containing fresh produce, meats, seafood, dairy and daily necessities. Urban Radish is slated to open in the first quarter of 2013, and will be located in an 8,200-square-foot repurposed metal shed on Mateo Street.

Urbanites have been gravitating toward smaller, locally-owned grocery stores instead of major grocery chains in search of a personal shopping experience focused on sustainable living. According to Business on Main, adding a small market to the mix of real estate in Los Angeles may improve the local economy by stimulating growth, which would add value to properties in the Arts District.

Urban Radish owners Keri Aivazis and Carolyn Paxton are strong proponents of the farm-to-fork movement, and believe organic fruits and vegetables are more healthy and flavorful than produce originating from large distribution systems.

“As residents of Los Angeles we are surrounded by one of the most diverse and fertile agricultural regions the world, and we are committed to bringing the pick of the crop to residents of Downtown L.A.,” Paxton said. Unlike most real estate in Los Angeles located in densely populated areas, the market will have its own customer parking lot.