2Bad! Vintage hand made plexi signs
Tucked around the corner from Echo Park’s man-made lake on Temple, next door to the Tribal Café is an explosion of color and eclectic charm. The name is 2Bad! Vintage and it’s a curio shop with an artistic heart. The owner and man with the plan is Robert Martinez, an Echo Park local who moved his shop from 7th Street about a year ago, to its current location on Temple in Echo Park. If you need something, Robert has it. If he doesn’t, he will convince you that you need something else and you won’t even remember what it was you originally came in looking for. He’s taken the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” to heart and crammed every nook and overflowing cranny of his vintage shop with eye popping, colorful items. From vintage clothes your grandma might have worn, to that couch you swore was in your bank waiting area in 1978. You won’t be able to walk out without taking something home with you. The shop is so full of bright shiny things that it spills out onto the street like a colorful river. Which just adds to the fun, funky vibe of 2Bad! Vintage.
2Bad! Vintage in Echo Park
The owner is a charming, personable guy with the soul of an artist. A community motivator who takes the time to get to know his customers, their needs and to demonstrate his value to them. He loves Echo Park and it shows. Shopping at 2Bad! Vintage is not so much shopping, as a full on neighborhood experience. You won’t walk out of there not excited about the place you live, a little more knowledgeable about community events and maybe with a new chandelier for your living room. One you didn’t know you needed until just that day. Robert’s love of his community is infectious.
Robert Martinez Owner of 2Bad! Vintage
2Bad! Vintage has been hosting “Harvest Festival” a couple times a month. It’s a community event that showcases local bands, vendors and local artists. The next Harvest Festival is scheduled for December 13th and the line up of local bands and vendors is starting to take shape. It promises to be a great way to meet others in Echo Park interested in art and music. There’s also great tasting food available next door at the Tribal Café. What’s not to love about that!
From the Harvest Festival website:
“Our eclectic background and community spirit are on show more than anything at the Harvest Festival. Hosted by 2-BAD! Vintage, this event has grown from a backyard music event into an expressive and cultural celebration of art in all forms. Drawing in people from Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, and all of Los Angeles, the Harvest Festival never falls short of bringing fun and great memories to all those who attend.”
You can visit 2Bad! Vintage's Myspace but stopping in is so much more fun. They are open late every night until midnight and even have free popcorn on Mondays. Myspace:www.myspace.com/2badvintage
1651 W. Temple, Los Angeles CA, 90026
Next door to Tribal Café, Go around back!
2Bad Vintage Hours: Mon-Sun 9am to12 midnight (323) 605-8004