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New on Miracle Mile

Susan Sorensen
Edition: 3/1/2002

When Walgreens opens this summer in the former long-time home of Zachary All, 5467 Wilshire Blvd., it won't be the only drug store in Miracle Mile. It will, however, be the only one with a drive-through window, which will allow customers to place an order from home and pick it up without leaving their car.

"Walgreens will be a good addition to the neighborhood," said Wally Marks, president of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition, who was part of a group of residents who met in February with a representative from Evergreen Devo, Walgreens' development company.

Among the concerns expressed at the meeting were keeping the building's art deco appearance intact and making sure the property was properly landscaped.

"The representative from the development company seemed receptive to what we had to say," said Marks, who is also sending a letter directly to Walgreens, outlining what was discussed at the meeting.

But the soon-to-open 15,000-square foot store isn't the only new addition to Miracle Mile.

Greines, Martin, Stein and Richland, a law firm with 26 attorneys, leased more than 20,000-square feet in Wilshire Courtyard, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., in December. The firm left Beverly Hills because it "couldn't expand the office space to meet our growth specifications," said Marty Stein, the firm's managing partner.

"We also got a good deal; much better than we would have gotten for the same amount of space in Beverly Hills," Stein says. And, he adds, the offices "are absolutely gorgeous. When I look out my window at the sunset, the view is a cross between Maui and Palm Desert."

Several blocks east, at 4929 Wilshire Blvd., is Sylmark, a consumer product and direct response company that. occupies about 10,000-square feet and has 60 full-time employees. Only three years old, the company moved to Miracle Mile because "the neighborhood is a good, central location, and we like the proximity to many of the companies that are nearby," said Larry Tchamkertenian, Sylmark's chief operating officer.

Also new to the neighborhood is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which leases about 9,000-square feet at 5455 Wilshire Blvd.

To accommodate the lunch-time needs of all those new workers, Johnnie's New York Pizzeria & Cafe recently opened at 5757 Wilshire Blvd. in Museum Square.

A casual Italian restaurant, Johnnie's is best-known for its award-winning "authentic" New York pizza. but its menu is also rife with pastas, sandwiches and salads. The restaurant's hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Another neighborhood establishment that specializes in food is Whole Foods Market, Third St. and Fairfax Ave., which has found a new home in the vacant Albertson's Supermarket building.

Whole Foods will feature fresh fish delivered six days a week, hormone-free and free-range poultry, ready-to-eat prepared foods and additive-free frozen foods. Daily fresh-baked bread and fresh-roasted coffee, as well as a variety of international cuisine, wine and cheese will be available too.

When it comes to living in Miracle Mile, the new Monaco on Wilshire offers senior citizens a high-rise community that is within walking distance of museums, stores and restaurants.

The 18-story building will feature 240 units and 80 assisted living units on three acres on the south side of Wilshire Blvd., bordered by Hauser Blvd. and Ridgeley and 8th streets.

Residences will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging in price from $399,000 to $649,000.

Another living option is The Villas at Park Labrea, which offers 750 new units in the second of its three apartment complexes, located on Third St., immediately west of the Park Labrea apartments.

And once you've unpacked the moving boxes, you can walk to The Grove at Farmer's Market, which will be open for business on Fri., March 15.

Twenty-four stores, a 14-screen movie theater complex and five restaurants will throw out the welcome mat at the 20-acre, $150 million "shopping resort."

Among the stores and restaurants at The Grove are Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Apple Computers, FAO Schwartz, The Gap, Madame Wu's, Nike Goddess, Maggiano's and Pottery Barn Kids.

Sur La Table, Cost Plus and Party America are among the new shops that will be opening at the original 68-year-old Farmers Market, just west of The Grove.