Penny Oven | 2131 Colorado Blvd. | Eagle Rock
At Penny Oven, a wood-fired bakery and café, the menu is made up of dishes that chef Michelle Wilton, a graduate of the California Culinary Academy, makes at home. On my first visit I tried the Croque (toast with mushrooms, spinach, caramelized leeks, bechamel and gruyere) – and I recommend it highly! Other offerings include sandwiches, salads, breakfast plates, pastries, coffees, iced drinks and a kids menu. You can also pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread and specialty food items.
Penny Oven, which opened in June, is the third Eagle Rock eatery owned by Michelle and her husband, Corey Wilton; they also own Four Café and Pie-n-Cone. Prices at Penny Oven are mid-range. Service is friendly. Penny Oven is open daily, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Menu: pennyoven.com
Groove GPS | 912 Cypress Ave. | Cypress Park
If you have a tracking need, Isaac Garcia has a solution. Garcia is the owner of Groove GPS, a new store in Cypress Park that offers devices and software to monitor the whereabouts of objects and people in real time. Typical customers include owners of delivery trucks, parents with teen drivers and pet owners.
Garcia, an information systems engineer, has a first-hand grasp of what customers need: When his parents retired to Mexico, he worried about them until they installed a device in their car and software on their phones that let him know where they are. “It really is all about peace of mind,” he says.
Cypress Park is more than a business location for Garcia. He was born and raised there and lives there with his wife and children. Groove GPS is open Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. / 323-230-3448 / groovegps.com
Muddy Paw | 4610 Eagle Rock Blvd. | Eagle Rock
Muddy Paw, the creation of husband and wife Darren and Natalia La Borie, is a dog-friendly café – and much more. It’s also an outdoor pet playground, a performance space and a social venture, with 10% of every sale donated to local animal-care charities.
But let’s start with the hand roasted coffee. Whatever your preference – drip, cappuccino, cold brew, espresso, etc. – each cup is super smooth, perfect, but with character.
At Muddy Paw, you can enjoy your coffee indoors or out on the spacious back patio, where you’ll find the animal play area and gazebo for live musical performances (check MuddyPawLA.com.)
Open daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours for evening entertainment.
Haley Solar | 4606 Eagle Rock Blvd. | Eagle Rock
Haley Solar, a designer and retailer of women’s clothes, has expanded and relocated her “Haley Solar” shop in Eagle Rock (formerly named “Junim”).
The new, larger space accommodates clothing and accessories designed by Solar and other women as well as a fashion design lab, where she teaches fashion design, pattern making and sewing.
Open Tuesday through Sunday / 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. /
323-381-5502 / haleysolar.com