This year has been a tough one, but Los Angelenos are doing their best to stay safe and help each other through it. If you’re ready to get out and take advantage of some of the city’s shopping and dining options, head to The Bloc, a three-level open-air center located on the 7th Street corridor in Downtown Los Angeles. (If you’re driving, enter from Flower Street for socially distanced parking on valet level or self-parking on levels 4 and 5.)
As the name suggests, this outdoor retail oasis takes up a full city block, and you’ll find plenty of ways to relax and unwind while following social distancing guidelines. For your safety they have installed social distancing protocols and require facial coverings. Forgot yours? Disposable facial coverings and mini hand sanitizers are available at their Concierge located on plaza level outside Macy’s.
Now that we know safety comes first, here are a few of our go to self-care recommendations:
Take Advantage of the Spacious Patio at JOEY DTLA
JOEY DTLA is proud to offer the largest street-level patio in Downtown Los Angeles, and you’ll appreciate the restaurant’s extensive food and drink offerings, too. Savory options range from the Korean Fried Cauliflower Bowl to the Steak & Lobster Ravioli; if you’re craving something sweet, try the Individually Baked Apple Pie or Molten Chocolate Cake. Cocktails include the Mezcal Drink and The Watermelon Drink, perfect for our sunny summer days.
Grab a Cool Treat at CoffeeWalk YogurtTalk
Seeing a friend for the first time in a while? Whether you want to take a stroll together or sit and chat, enjoy a refreshing snack from CoffeeWalk YogurtTalk at the same time. Located near a relaxing grassy area with plenty of outdoor seating options, this café serves tasty frozen yogurt with assorted toppings, coffee, boba drinks, and more.
Strike a Pose for a Self-Esteem Boost
Lift your spirits (and your mood) with the inspiring mural, located at 8th and Hope Street. A collaboration between WRDSMITH, an LA based street artist who often uses typewriter-style lettering in his work, and Colette Miller, famous for her paintings of angel wings, this artwork marks one of The Bloc’s social media hot spots. #theblocla
Get More Out of Your Online Shopping with Nordstrom Local
Shopping online has its benefits — especially if you’re shopping on the Nordstrom website. Nordstrom Local was created to make life easier for online shoppers. In addition to next-day online order pick-up, you can try on your new purchases in a private fitting room to determine if you need a different size or just a little tailoring. Services include easy returns, express alterations, and free styling help. The team at the DTLA location will bring your purchases out curbside, just call 213.995.5606.
Update Your ‘Do at the Drybar Shop
Drybar is best known for their blowouts, but they also offer a growing product line so that customers can give themselves the perfect blowout at home. From dry shampoos to styling tools, you’ll find everything you need to keep your hair looking shiny and smooth. All Drybar products are paraben, sulfate, phthalate, and cruelty free.
Protect Your Vision in Style at Eyes on The Bloc
In Los Angeles, sunglasses aren’t just an accessory — they’re an essential. The eye doctors and staff at Eyes on The Bloc will help you find a designer pair from such brands as Alain Mikli Patis, Celine, Chloé, Masunaga, Oliver Peoples, Prada Eyewear, Ray-Ban, and Tom Ford Eyewear.
Stay Strong and Energized with GNC
GNC wants to help you live well, whether you’re an athlete or just trying to make better nutrition choices. At The Bloc location, you’ll find everything from Vital Proteins’ collagen powders to Quest chocolate sprinkled donut protein bars to assorted CBD oils and balms. Stop by to give your body the boost it needs.
Subscribe to Living Healthy, the LA Fitness Podcast
When you’re spending a lot of time at home, it can be hard to stay active. The LA Fitness podcast Living Healthy offers insights on slimming down, bulking up, and all sorts of related topics in between. Bring your headphones to The Bloc and listen to health tips as you shop!
Stretch, relax, and namaste with lululemon
Where the #sweatlife comes to life, shop safely through curbside pick-up, fast and contact free, or in-store with social distancing guidelines. In-store facial coverings will be worn, but the lululemon team will be smiling behind theirs. This lululemon location offers the latest in womens, mens and accessories for all fitness lifestyles. Sport your new gear on the grassy area at The Bloc for socially distanced stretching, yoga or whatever your fitness heart desires.
Need Some New Technology? Head to T-Mobile
Staying connected with loved ones from a distance is hard, but a new phone might make it a little easier. Get your hands on a new device at The Bloc’s T-Mobile store, and find out how to get unlimited, nationwide 5G access for your whole family.
Now through August 31, 2020 you can enter-to-win a $1,000 shopping spree to The Bloc. Yes, you heard us right! Stop by, safely capture your fave cocktail, street art, culinary or fashion experience and post on IG with #bestofdtla and @theblocla for a chance to win. Full contest rules, theblocla.com.
The Bloc has increased sanitation of public spaces throughout the property and encourages all members of the community to follow steps consistent with the latest advice from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) and local health officials to assist in mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
Questions? Connect with The Bloc Concierge at 213-454-4926 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Spread Love. Not Germs.