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The Deal: Up to 70% off as Los Feliz store Show prepares to close

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The savings will be great, but the occasion is bittersweet. After nine years of bringing modern home decor to the eastern half of L.A., owner Brad Cook is, lamentably, closing his Los Feliz store Show. Markdowns on furniture, tabletop items, pillows and other decorative accessories run from 20% to 70%.

In this everything-must-go clearance, Cook is even taking offers on store fixtures, including the Jean Prouve-inspired orange wood shelving and the metal-and-string pendant lights by Hivemind Design. The sale is at the store only and not on Show's website, though it's offering free shipping on orders $100 or more. 

Show was an early champion of independent designers and craftsmen in the U.S., including Hivemind, Harry Allen, ceramists Klein Reid and the glass studio Esque. It also carries items from the Swedish manufacturer Design House Stockholm, the Mexican studio DF Casa and the Canadian firm Imm Living. The store also stocks popular contemporary designers such as Jonathan Adler and John Derian. 

IMG_3636 Quantities are limited on most items, but Cook has a large cache of Derian's decoupage plates, left. 

The round Hand and Happy dishes originally sold for $48 apiece, and the rectangular Dogs dish was $57. They are officially reduced by 20% for the sale, but Cook said shoppers who mention the Los Angeles Times will receive a 30% discount, bringing Hand and Happy to $33.60 each and Dogs to $39.90. Derian domed glass paperweights, once $59 each, will be $41.30. 

The sale runs through Aug. 1 at 1722 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 644-1960.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits: Show, David A. Keeps

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Alongside the recent announcement of Terried closing in West LA, the closure of SHOW is an equally sad farewell to hear about. Brad was one of the friendliest proprietors with a sharp eye for some of the best in home decor and accessories. It was my go-to spot for gifts for friends, and I rarely left without something that elicited a gleeful "where did you get that!". The only plus is if you get there now, there are some really fantastic deals...I know I came away with some beloved pieces.

Los Feliz is not in the eastern half of LA. Do people come from Mission Road to buy there?

This is because retail space lessees (shops, service providers, restaurants) get jacked by LA commercial real estate brokers and property owners.

A business like Show that may need to shift gears a few times to hit with evolving local tastes gets swamped. Frankly, I see plenty of stores on N. Vermont Ave. that leave me wondering: "are these guys moving enough merchandise at high enough margins to stay above water here?" And the answer is probably no.

So Vermont Ave. is left with Starbucks, the yogurt place, a few restaurants, a nail salon and that's about it. Same deal with Hillhurst.


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