friends & neighbors

Wilding Cran

Wilding Cran Gallery, founded by Anthony Cran and Naomi Wilding, launched in April 2014, and represents international contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums. The gallery also hosts special events ranging from live music to art performances. Their next door space, Unit B, is used as an independent project space. In addition to Wilding Cran’s mission to promote and place the work of represented artists, the gallery also serves as a platform to support local and universal social causes through arts education programming and philanthropic work. Gallery hours: Wed - Fri, 11 - 6, Saturday, 12 - 7, Closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday.

August Uncommon

Gina Zupsich and Aaron Shinn are newcomers to the culinary scene. Their travels around the world made them realize that tea in America had lost its luster, and badly needed a facelift. They use their expertise in design, ethnography, and education to reinvent tea as a vibrant part of American gastronomy. August Uncommon tea offers culinary blends, small seasonal batches, and a modern brewing system. Like their neighbors Genevieve and Ori, Gina and Aaron are a couple who love working together to bring novelty and excitement to the fast-paced world of food and beverage. August Uncommon Tea is their response to the challenge of elevating tea to a modern experience that is about flavor, pleasure and beauty.

Studio Unltd

Greg Bleier, Designer and Founder of Studio Unltd, brings over a decade of commercial & residential design experience from a broad spectrum of projects. Holding a degree in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati, Greg has worked in major architectural & design offices in New York, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He thrives at taking on new design challenges and holds a belief that a having a diverse portfolio brings value and uniqueness to every new design endeavor. Greg sees every design as a reflection of his clients and his design style in allows for their personalities to shine. This was certainly the case in working with good friends Genevieve & Ori on Bestia. In addition to providing interior design for restaurants, such as MessHall (Los Feliz) and Bier Beisl (Beverly Hills), Studio Unltd has built up a client base of Corporate Banks, Dental Offices, Mid to High-end Residential, Hospitality, Retail and Hair Salons.

BlueCut Aprons

BlueCut is the creation of several talents, Chachi Prasad and Karam Kim, a husband and wife design team who live and work in the Arts District in Los Angeles since 2007. They are the founders and creative directors of the premium denim line Bishop. The New York City natives cut their teeth on Fashion Avenue, working for Calvin Klein, John Varvatos, Yigal Azrouel and Oscar by Oscar de La Renta. Chachi and Karam enjoy the culmination of the energy and people around this unique piece of Los Angeles. They partnered with longtime friend and entrepreneur Chris Miale, founder of Intox Productions, a creative boutique in New York specializing in brand design and development, whose clients have included Saatchi & Saatchi, Deutsche Bank, Benihana and Litton Entertainment. BlueCut's American made goods, is bringing a fresh approach to chef wear with handcrafted aprons and chef’s coats. Established in 2014, BlueCut utilizes the finest materials to create cutting edge and practical culinary wear for both men and women. Like your favorite dish at Bestia our apron recipe is simple, we hand pick from the finest mills, design with meticulous attention to detail, and handcraft each piece for a unique experience. In 2012 they were honored to be commissioned by Genevieve and Ori to design custom aprons for Bestia utilizing fine Italian denim. Since then we have cultivated an ongoing relationship allowing us craft and test new products with Ori. Designed for chefs, home cooks and others, BlueCut's designer aprons are bringing a unique approach to culinary apparel.

Bridge Mind Body Movement

This is a staff and owner favorite, whether it's to work off all the calories we eat all day or to clear our minds. There are so many places in the Arts District to choose from, but for some reason Pam and her team have created an incredible vibe and space unlike any other. The Bridge Mind Body Movement, founded by Pamela Johnson, is a Holistic Health and Wellness Studio. Classes range from Vinyasa, Buti, and Suspended Yoga, Mat and Springboard Pilates, Suspended Dance, Meditation, and Reiki. For a more personal approach, private sessions with any of the instructors can be arranged to help cater to specific needs or goals. To further the wellness journey, Massage, Myofascial Release Therapy, Acupuncture, and HaloTherapy (Salt Therapy) are also available. With a degree in Dance and certifications in Pilates, GYROTONIC, massage, biomechanics, and over 20 years of experience, Pamela created this mindful, judgment free sanctuary for people to come in to connect The Bridge to their Mind, Body and spirit through Movement.