As the daughter of an entrepreneur and now a business owner myself, I love hearing stories of how people start and sustain their businesses. Since our family business didn’t survive beyond my father’s retirement due to other career interests of me and my siblings, I especially...

Happy to share this "a-MUSE-ing" video by The Skinny Gorillas of me talking about my photography. This video was produced for my exhibition as the "February 2014 Featured Artist" for the Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk. Special thanks to Qathryn Brehm and Jeremy Quant of the Los Angeles Downtown Art Walk plus...

If you’ve been to Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles, you’ve probably attended an art opening on Chung King Road near Hill or eaten “slippery shrimp” at Yang Chow on Broadway. However, if you haven’t trekked beyond these, you’re missing what’s emerging on the neighborhood’s south...

Just in time for weekend reading: a collection of stories about Arts District and by or featuring its residents and businesses -- some old, some new. Got anything to share? ~ #MRB Lowe Enterprises and Megatoys Start Construction of Apartment Development in Los Angeles' Arts District by...

EightyTwo founders Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe at Missile Command. © Photo by Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com

The Arts District will soon be the home to a classic arcade bar with a contemporary flair founded by Downtown residents and native Angelenos Scott Davids and Noah Sutcliffe. Expected to open later this year, EightyTwo will feature a curated selection of over 40 fully restored (and playable) arcade and pinball machines from the 1960s to the 1990s (many rare and unique - SEE FULL LIST BELOW). Paying homage to the gaming culture of decades past, EightyTwo celebrates the "Golden Age of the Arcade." [caption id="attachment_42124324179" align="alignleft" width="240"]Reflections of a neighborhood - past, present, future - from window of forthcoming EightyTwo. © Photo by Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com Reflections of a neighborhood - past, present, future - from window of forthcoming EightyTwo. © Photo by Melissa Richardson Banks www.downtownmuse.com[/caption]

Featured Photo: Atomic Nancy (dublab) [caption id="attachment_421243" align="alignleft" width="187"] TOP: Atomic Cafe (1982) William Reagh. Courtesy of LAPL and BOTTOM: Senor Fish (2005) @viewfromlaoft[/caption] The corner of 1st and Alameda streets in Downtown Los Angeles is an important place in local history -- one rich in the L.A....