Lily and Hopie Stockman, co-owners of Block Shop textiles, share their insider tips on where to eat, drink, and shop in this colorful enclave near the L.A. River

Spoke Bicycle Cafe
Courtesy of Spoke Bicycle Cafe

Sisters and business partners Lily and Hopie Stockman have taken the design world (and their Atwater headquarters) by storm with their brightly colored, ethically made textiles—and their equally bright personalities. 


Courtesy of Proof Bakery

Hail Mary is the sisters’ usual Friday-night hang. “We can’t get enough of the grilled peach, ricotta, and walnut salad, and spicy Pep Pep pizza with local honey,” says Lily. They are also fans of the ham and cheese croissants at famed bakery and cafe Proof. “Absolutely worth waiting in line for,” Hopie promises. 


Courtesy of Salazar

“The best prickly pear margaritas can be found at Salazar, just across the Los Angeles River,” says Hopie. The cocktails and homemade flour tortillas make the alfresco restaurant a Stockman must-do on the east side. 


Lily suggests renting a bike at Spoke Bicycle Cafe in nearby Frogtown and exploring the hood’s charming alleys. Top stops include sandwiches named after NPR personalities at cult-fave Wax Paper; the deKor warehouse for eclectic furniture; and, again, margaritas at Salazar. 


Courtesy of Individual Medley

The sisters suggest making a beeline to the well-curated Individual Medley. “For all your shopping needs,” says Hopie, “from the freshest new designers you’ll hear about next year to a divine apothecary of natural skin-care and makeup.” 


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Sally Breer’s interiors at Hotel Covell in nearby Los Feliz make the spot a top pick for both Stockman sisters. “And the east side will finally get its own medium-size boutique hotel at the soon-to-open Silver Lake Pool & Inn,” says Hopie. “We designed custom woodblock prints for each room.”