This progressive and picturesque area has witnessed a huge boom in recent years, inspiring filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, along with all of the artists and entrepreneurs who are setting up shop next to mom-and-pop operations and historic institutions
Owner of Iron Curtain Press and Shorthand
It’s easy for Rosanna Kvernmo to spend all of her time in Highland Park. “The two main streets [Figueroa and York] have so much to see and do,” she says. “Several weeks will pass and I’ll realise I haven’t even left the neighbourhood!”
Kvernmo launched her own stationery manufacturing business, Iron Curtain Press, in 2010, after which came the opening of Shorthand, an aesthetically mesmerising office supplies shop located on the same site as Iron Curtain Press.
Once you’ve stocked up here, head over to design firm and home boutique Matters of Space. Owned by PJ Roden and Katerina Gabbro, also Highland Park residents, the store is full of conversation-starting pieces made by artists and craftspeople from around the world. “It offers an interesting selection of beautiful items for your home,” Kvernmo says. “The owners have put so much heart into what they’re creating.”
Overall, Kvernmo feels like she’s nestled into a neighbourhood with good company. “I am thrilled to be on a block with so many other women-owned businesses selling awesome products [such as Dotter, Matters of Space, Big Bud Press and Crush],” she says. And if all that shopping leaves you hungry, she suggests hitting up Joy for delicious Taiwanese food and Kitchen Mouse for vegetarian-friendly meals.