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As part of the Federal Government's Coronavirus Guidance for America, transportation infrastructure is considered "Essential Critical Infrastructure". Additionally, transit capital projects are not subject to the state of California's Stay At Home order, therefore Metro project construction activities continue to progress. 

This year has been very challenging for our communities especially our small, mom and pop, and locally owned businesses that have done everything possible to continue providing specialty foods, goods, and essential services to loyal customers. Our EAT SHOP PLAY team has been highlighting local eateries and shops through our newsletters and our social media.

As local businesses continue to serve our community we encourage you to support local shops and eateries while you maintain safe distancing and wear face coverings.

Free virtual festival this weekend

The Leimert Park Jazz Festival is one of LA’s premier summertime events, serving our culturally diverse and family-friendly community. Enjoy summer vibes and great music from the comforts of home as the Leimert Park Jazz Festival goes virtual. There is an exciting lineup this year. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram as they provide updates leading up to the day. Visit for all the details.

Join Saturday, August 29th at 12pm on Facebook Live @LeimertParkJazzFestival
You can also RSVP

Leimert Park's bicycle repair collective

Ride On! Bike Co-Op is a bicycle repair collective. They provide space, tools, and equipment in order to effectively teach people how to fix their bikes. Ride On is more than bike sales and repairs, it is a hub for community cycling education.

It is located in Leimert Park, in the heart of Crenshaw. Ride On! founder Adé Neff was recently featured in the magazine Bicycling, speaking out about the challenges of being a Black bicyclist. Read the article.

Visit Ride On! Online

Books and gifts with a positive impact

Malik Books is an independent African American bookstore that specializes in books, calendars, and gifts full of cultural diversity. Their selection of products has helped create a positive impact on self-reflection, self-esteem, and self-awareness. Malik Books is dedicated to serving the interest of their customers. They recently received a “We Love Bookstores” award from Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated to empowering women crime writers.

Though the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall may be closed, Malik Books is still open with online shopping and shipping. They have carefully curated Summer reading lists for all ages. Malik’s has also launched an audiobook service so that you can also purchase and listen to your favorite books.

Shop from Malik Books online

Coffee and community
Hot & Cool Cafe serves coffee, juice, smoothies, and food and is now available for personal local delivery and pick-up. Owner and Chief Brewer, Anthony Jolly, has a goal to provide crop to cup coffee experiences to coffee lovers and novices alike, within a creative space that feels like a home away from home.

Last month the Leimert Community Fridge, a free-for-fall neighborhood community-run fridge, was established in front of Hot & Cool Cafe. Anyone is welcome to stop by, take what they need, or contribute something for others in need.

View Hot & Cool's online menu

A local specialty of California comfort with a southern twist

A legendary, local, black-owned Crenshaw restaurant, Post & Beam was established in 2012. The comfort of soul food is fused with California seasonality at this mid-century modern dining restaurant in the heart of Baldwin Hills. Post & Beam, offers California cuisine with a touch of soul to the surrounding neighborhood and beyond.

Post & Beam received this year’s LA Times Food Bowl Gold Award and recently had an interview on KCRW. The Gold Award is given annually “with the idea of honoring culinary excellence and expanding the notion of what Southern California cooking might be. The award celebrates intelligence and innovation, brilliance and sensitivity to aesthetics, culture and the environment.”

Listen to the interview on KCRW
View Post & Beam's online menu
Metro reminds you that local businesses remain open during the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. To support local project-area businesses find them all at or go directly to ESP Crenshaw or ESP Inglewood. Local businesses can participate for free! Sign Up!

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