When we hear San Pedro, oil refineries and old-school punk rock spring to mind. But this port city at the terminus of the Harbor Freeway is getting a fresh reputation for creativity due to a new operation called Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
Crafted comprises a couple of former naval warehouses that have been cleaned up and parceled out to craftspeople as work-sales spaces. It?s the brainchild of Wayne Blank, the developer who turned an old rail yard into the Santa Monica arts mecca Bergamot Station.
Walking through the airy space is like browsing Etsy--except more fun, since you can actually try on the sophisticated hats from Pooka Queen (from $120) and cool ombré friendship bracelets ($14) from It?s Me, Mary. Also, you can learn to make crafts of your own: In the past six weeks, demonstrations have included metal crafting, pie making and nautical knot tying.
Our favorite recent purchases include Paradise Preserves? Malibu Strawberry jam and Meyer lemon preserves, 2 Market Street?s mother-daughter aprons (from $22) and Branch of Life?s dynamic succulent plants and terrariums (from $8).
Crafted is open Friday through Sunday, with free admission and $5 parking. A morning of browsing could totally give us a jump on holiday shopping.
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro; craftedportla.com