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STREET LEVEL

Mini-mall, mega crowd

July 15, 2007|Greg Braxton

CAN a mini-mall be too good for its own good? That's the question facing the Key Center, on the crammed corner of Hyperion Avenue and Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake. Parking at the mini-mall, which only has 20 spaces, has always been sticky. The lineup of businesses is unusually strong: always-packed Bonsoir Nails, a popular tanning salon, a trendy shoe store, a bustling pet-supply store and an optometrist. Only the Chinese restaurant in the airy corner space seemed slow -- thankfully, as far as patrons of the other businesses were concerned. It's an unwritten L.A. law: Every mini-mall needs one, and preferably two, duds.

Then, last month, a Pinkberry opened where the restaurant was. And now, on weekend afternoons, drivers seeking a spot need a real chill pill. The center has valet parking Saturdays, but even the valets seem frustrated.

"It's crazy bad," said Rania Olayan, who owns the Catts & Doggs pet store.

-- Greg Braxton

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday July 18, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 24 words Type of Material: Correction
Mini-mall location: Sunday Calendar's Street Level column placed the Key Center mini-mall at Hyperion Avenue and Glendale Boulevard. It's at Hyperion and Rowena Avenue.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday July 22, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction
Mini-mall location: The July 15 Calendar Street Level column placed the Key Center mini-mall at Hyperion Avenue and Glendale Boulevard. It's at Hyperion and Rowena Avenue.

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