Monday, December 03, 2007

It's historic L.A. food sites day -- an early Silver Lake market

The Mixville Market, located near Fletcher and Glendale Blvd.
Before Trader Joe's and even the Hub, before Ralph's and Hughes, Gelson's and Mayfair, Von's and Safeway, there was Silver Lake's Mixville Market. Does anyone know exactly where this was? I think it was on the site of Ralph's, but I'm not sure. In any case, the parking lot looks like a big improvement on Trader Joe's.
(From now through the end of the year, EatingLA is going to be a mite busy with holidays and finishing up various projects. Of course, we all gotta eat, so reviews will continue, but we're also introducing some historic food-related shots from the L.A. Public Library photo archive, just for fun.)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think it may have been on the corner of W Silver Lake/Glendale, kitty-corner from the B of A.

Aubrey said...

What a great idea Pat! I look forward to seeing the shots ;)

csonsini said...

I don't think that's where the Ralphs is for this reason:

I live on Silver Lake Blvd directly behind Ralphs and one of my neighbors (who has lived on this
street for 50-60 years) told me that the land where Ralphs is used to be a trailer park.

Ellen Bloom said...

L*O*V*E those historic photos!

tlm said...

There was a Huell Howser episode recently where he was at the Ralphs parking lot and noted that it was part of Mixville studios so very likely.

Oakjoan said...

Having grown up on Cove Avenue in Silverlake, I remember the Mixville Market. It was on the Northeast corner of Glendale Blvd. and Silverlake Blvd. Right down the street on Glendale was Darlunds, a restaurant our father took us to when our mother was out of town...also right up the street was the Thistle Inn.

Great fun to see this photo!

melibe1013 said...

Growing up in the 1950s on Ivanhoe Dr, my mother and grandmother continued to go shopping at "Mixville Market," even though what they were referring to was actually Hub market, located on the north east corner and Silver Lake. From the photo, I have to disagree with "kitty-corner from B of A" because the cut into the hill was not far enough into the hill at the time to have allowed the market to fit there. I remember the trailer park at Ralph's, which always gave me the heebie jeebies when going past it, and I remember the plague of rats released on the neighborhood when it was torn down.

Anonymous said...

There was a market next to the auto court on Glendale Boulevard. The market called "Mixville" in the photo isn't that although LAPL thinks that it is. The one in the photo was the one on Fletcher and San Fernando, across the river. I'm trying to find out when the auto court was torn down. Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any photos of the Hub Market? I'm doing historical research with the grand-daughter of the founders of the Hub Market and we can't find any pictures showing the front and the neon sign. Only aerial footage from Disney and the back. If anyone has anything that can help please let me know. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I love these old photos!! I'm looking for shots of the old Jacks Ranch Market in Culver City on Jefferson, Sawtell and Sepulveda. I hope someone can help. So far I have only found aerial photographs, Thanks

K Hollywood said...

The Mixville shopping center was torn down now there is the 2 freeway there Tom Mix OWNED THE studios and Selig had space there as well. Fletcher and Griffith Park one block east of Glendale. No it wasn't there because ''Silver Lake Auto Court was there'' from the
1920's - 1960's so it would be impossible. I lived here my whole life ''still do'' I was born here and will be a certified soon :)

http://www.silverlake.org/HistoricPhotos/oldphotos/aerial/AERIAL_CIRCA_1930._PRODUCE__AUTO_REST_AT_GLENDALE__FLETCHER.JPG


http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/vv354/losangelespast/silverlakeautocourt_pc.jpg

K Hollywood said...

http://cdn.cstatic.net/images/gridfs/53a35ef9f92ea11025031db3/cornerspotter%206%2019.jpg