Business Spotlight



(Photo via Steven H. on Yelp)


Eso Won bookstore is an independent bookstore found in Leimert Park Village. It is Los Angeles’ only  black-owned independent bookstore, and has stood the test of time, having been in operation for 28 years.Eso Won has played host to President Clinton and President Obama, and is the go-to purveyor of African American literature. The store hosts many readings and book signings.

The store is owned by James Fugate and Tom Hamiltion. Eso Won has faced the risk of closing in the past. The last move was into Leimert Park Village in 2006. With raising rents in LPV, Eso Won has one again been faced with the possibility of closing shop. However,  recently Fugate and Hamilton received financial backing from Los Angeles based artist Mark Bradford. This has solidified the security of the store in the community, representing a place to celebrate and partake in the sharing and preservation of African American history and culture.

As found on the Eso Won bookstore website, “Eso Won (African for Water over Rocks) is a living proverb as it provides fluid, safe, stirring opportunities that flow to a reservoir of knowledge for all people to experience.”

If you have the chance, take advantage of this gem! Show Eso Won books some love, and support Leimert Park Village!



Eso Won Bookstore
4327 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90038
(323) 290-1048

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Spread the word! LPV 20|20 is officially accepting applications for the Leimert Tank event. Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity!!

Poster by Olivia!


Busy at Work


Here’s a look at the Business Development team in action! The team is busy putting together materials for the Leimert Tank application. As we move into the second half of our term, we are gearing up for community visioning efforts. These include vision statements, and setting timelines for reaching identified objectives.

In addition, we are looking into business vision plans for the community. Although the team is starting to feel the pinch of time, we are hustling to draft a framework that can be passed onto the LPV 20|20 initiative, assisting their ongoing efforts.




2015 in review

Settling into 2016, the new year presents our group with opportunities of growth. As we embark on the second phase of our partnership with the LPV 20|20 Vision Initiative, we highlight efforts undertaken in 2015.

Our group was given the task of creating a business directory for Leimert Park Village.  Over 70 businesses are located in Leimert Park Village. In forming the directory, we compiled past information, and updated any inaccurate information, including changes in business type and ownership, filling in gaps in the process. After, we were able to categorize the businesses into nine types, including a section highlighting anchor/featured businesses. With this information, we created a mock template of what the directory and featured business could look like on the LPV 20|20 site.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 12.15.41 AMmock template of the featured business page

Once completed, the directory will be placed on the LPV 20|20 Vision Initiative website. As we move into 2016, we hope to pick up where we left off, and see our template go live.