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Larchmont may be opening up a bit more as some stores start to offer curbside pick-up.

This story has been updated!

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti relaxed restrictions on business closures, allowing some retail businesses to reopen by offering online or phone orders and curbside pick-up ONLY. The order permitted florists,  toy stores, music stores, bookstores, clothing stores and sporting goods stores to offer curbside pick-up.

The order was timed to help local florists sell for Mother’s Day, this Sunday. But floral materials are hard to come by. Larchmont Village Florist isn’t able to handle any more orders,  manager Gina Kim told the Buzz. Lyn Hall at Floret Floral was concerned she might not be able to fill all her orders too. Rita Azar of Rita Flora is offering online orders through her website. But she said she can’t be more specific because she won’t know the inventory until it comes.

“I will have plenty of roses in mommy colors pinks and purple,” said Azar.

Once the Mother’s Day holiday is over, supplies are likely to be replenished, so you might think about getting flowers next week and supporting our local florists.

As for our other Larchmont Blvd. stores, we reported earlier this week many retailers see the new rules as a good start, but they’d rather invite shoppers into their stores. Everyone is scrambling to stay in business while being safe and complying with the law.

Starting today, Pickett Fences is open, offering a grab and go window from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for last minute gifts, perfect for Mother’s Day. Direct message them on Instagram, call (323) 467-2140  or email [email protected] to make arrangements.

Pickett Fences is open, making it super easy to grab a great gift for Mother’s Day! (photo from Pickett Fences Instagram)

Landis Labyrinth Toys. is testing the waters trying to reopen Saturday. “I am going to open my shop tomorrow from 12-5 for curbside pick up and see how business goes before I know what to do again,” Devony Wolfus told the Buzz today.

Chevalier’s Books will open for curbside pick up on May 15. “For everyone’s safety we’re not physically opening the bookstore for now,” staff at Chevalier’s Books told the Buzz.  “Meanwhile we’re very grateful to everyone who’s ordering via from our website. Also we’re taking orders by phone or email. If we have the book in stock we can deliver to zip codes 90004, 90020 and 90038.”

Buck Mason told us they would also be opening on May 15 with curbside pickup service.

“This is a new feature that will also allow online orders to be picked up at the store,” co-founder Sasha Koehn told the Buzz.  “We’ll be putting an extra emphasis on offering our face masks to our customers at this time as well.”

The company has produced over shifted their production to making non-medical facial coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. To date, they have produced over 470,000 non-medical masks.

Landis Stationery and Gifts and Village Heights are connecting with customers on social media and making local deliveries.

“We are not open this weekend, however people can message us on Instagram (villageheights_larchmont) or Facebook (Village Heights) to place orders for free local delivery or have things shipped,” owner Louis Eaffala told the Buzz. Eafalla is waiting to see what the City’s order means for gift shops. He’s hoping he will be allowed to offer curbside pickup on a limited schedule. In the meantime, he told us he’s been posting a lot on Instagram and Facebook updating merchandise and announcements.
Shopaholics Sample Sales told the Buzz they are offering free shipping within the US, have been dropping off boxes for clients.
“We curate the boxes for customers and they just pay for what they’d like to keep,” said Tina Hsuing, owner, who is hoping to open in early June, if permissible, for by-appointment shopping. In the meantime, you can check her Instagram for new items. 

International brand Diptyque told us they don’t have a tentative date to reopen for curbside pick-up, but they are working on a pilot project with a store in Chicago. LA-Based Trina Turk told us they would keep us posted on their reopening plans. Their Larchmont store remains closed for now but customers can shop their website.

We are still waiting to hear back from other shops on the street and will keep you posted with updates as we get them.




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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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