New Gym, salon, boutique planned for 22nd Street S
The owners of a new gym, hair salon and boutique on 22nd Street S hope their ventures will spark interest in the effort to revitalize the community. "We've always heard stories about how thriving 22nd Street was,'' said Damon Reio, owner of Physiques by Damon Reio. "We're hoping it's coming back to those times again." His gym, which will focus on personal training, is at 1025 22nd St. S, in the corridor that was a center of African-American culture and business from the 1920s to the '60s. His wife, Ramona, is opening Natural Vanity in half of the 1,000-square-foot building. She will offer hair, nail and makeup services, as well as vintage apparel and natural hair products. The businesses will open June 15.
Chocolate shop, art gallery opens Sept. 1
A chocolate shop and art gallery are opening on Fourth Avenue right off Beach Drive. Sweet Divas Chocolate will open Sept. 1 in the space that housed Daniel's clothing. It will feature fine chocolate, gourmet cupcakes and other temptations.
C2 Fine Art will open July 1 in what was CoCo Brazil. It will sell contemporary art such as large-scale acrylics on canvas, works on paper and mixed-media pieces.
New eatery serves up a meal and music
Westy Grille and Pub at 7220 Central Ave. is open. Favorites at the new neighborhood joint include a pork sandwich, citrus-marinated flank steak and a pork loin stuffed with apples, spinach and brie. Often there is live acoustic guitar music on the weekends.
Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer