Thursday, April 30, 2009

First Look: CB2 Comes to Los Angeles

Crate & Barrel's modern furnishings label CB2 opens its first Los Angeles store today -- its sixth location overall, following one in New York, two in Chicago and two in the Bay Area.

We got an advance look at the new store on Wednesday. CB2 is located at 8000 Sunset, the shopping center that once held the Virgin Megastore -- and pretty much seemed left for dead after that massive tenant closed its doors. The new 8000 Sunset also now houses a Trader Joe's, and seems to be making a comeback. CB2 only takes up a portion of the Virgin Megastore first floor (and it was a bit bittersweet to be walking the floors where I once flipped through import CDs) -- which means half of that floor, plus the second, is still open.

The CB2 space is bright and open, much more so than your traditional Crate & Barrel store. There are bright colors throughout, and some really interesting items. We also noticed that the price points seemed to be a bit more reasonable; it's a good place to go shopping for someone's housewarming party.

Some shots from the new CB2:

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