Discover Magnolia Park in Burbank
I recently discovered a most charming neighborhood in Burbank known as Magnolia Park. When I had some guests mention that they wanted to explore Movie Costume shops for their upcoming private tour, a little research told me that a nice concentration of them could be found in Burbank. And they all happened to be in a few blocks walking distance of each other. So I headed there to check Magnolia Park out! I had the most fun in Junk for Joy and It’s a Wrap, where I even scored a pair of jeans for $12 that had been purchased for characters on a TV sitcom. The clothing from each TV show or movie was displayed on its own round rack. In addition to clothing, shoes and accessories there were movie posters and displays. I loved this place! Another interesting shop was at Previously On, which consisted mostly of recycled furniture and furnishings from various TV shows. I’m going to save a visit to Halloween Town Costumes for closer to Halloween when things cool down a bit.
I also discovered a few other interesting places, like Rocket Fizz, a retro-style candy and soda-pop shop which is a feast for the senses. Lots of fun photo opportunities as well as nostalgic food items to enjoy. I especially love the saltwater taffy display. There is also the Train Shack. Numerous gift shops and thrift shops. AND for this foodie, plenty of places to enjoy food and drink. Although I was tempted by the charming names like Romancing the Bean and Simply Coffee, my heart took me to Porto’s Bakery and Cafe, which I visit any chance I get. A thirst for iced coffee turned into lunch with a Cubano sandwich and of course a few sweet pastries to finish it off. On my next visit, I’m definitely going to visit Quenelle dessert shop and World Empanadas.
Burbank’s Magnolia Park actually boosts a Merchant’s District which primarily covers merchants along Magnolia Boulevard from Victory to Clybourn and a few blocks on Hollywood Way from Clark to Chandler. This very walkable area is where you’ll find the businesses mentioned above and then some! There is free parking on Magnolia Boulevard as well as the side streets. This is a very warm part of Los Angeles, so if you plan to explore the neighborhood for a few hours be sure to bring water and wear a hat.
Magnolia Park’s motto includes five ideas for welcoming visitors to their unique neighborhood: shop, walk, eat, ride, live. Which says to me that this is a vibrant neighborhood for locals, and judging by the always long lines at Porto’s Bakery, the neighbors are keeping this family-owned business alive and well. I saw lots of families biking and pushing strollers through the neighborhood. The Magnolia Park merchants host a variety of events throughout the year including Ladies and Gents Night Out, Holiday in the Park, and Magnolia Park Movie Nights. Magnolia Park also has bragging rights in the area of conserving the environment. They are Burbank’s first Green District, with the highest number of merchants who reuse, repair and recycle! If that isn’t enough to bring you to Burbank’s Magnolia Park neighborhood, perhaps one of the businesses listed above will get you there! Remember Magnolia Park where you can shop, walk, eat, ride, live.
By Trish Procetto