Larchmont Closing and Opening: Mr. Holmes BakeHouse Closed, Topikal CBD to Open

Dear Larchmont — Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is closed, according to this note posted in the storefront window this week.

Something is always changing on Larchmont Blvd. This week we learned that Mr. Holmes Bakehouse is gone and Topikal CBD is opening.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse at 248 N. Larchmont is closed.

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse closed earlier this week, according to Eater LA. We stopped by Friday and took a photo of the announcement posted on the window. It seems like the business owners took an offer to sublease their space. We contacted the management, but haven’t heard back yet. Eater LA reported the “word is the new business will not be a restaurant.” We’ll keep you posted on what we hear.

Gary and Greg Avetisyan were working on the their new store Topikal which they hope to open in June.
Gary and Greg Avetisyan were working on their new store, Topikal, which they hope to open in June.

Topikal, a CBD retail boutique, is opening at 143 North Larchmont, formerly Perverse Sunglasses. We met owners and founders Gary and Greg Avetisyan yesterday while they were spackling the walls of their new store. Topikal will offer a wide array of CBD infused products like creams, oils, bath balms, teas, and sublingual oils. The Larchmont store is their second location, the first is in Tarzana.

“We were the first CBD store to open in California,” explained Gary Avetisyan. “We  lab test all the products we sell, we manufacture some and we curate the rest.” In 2018 The LA Times reported on Topikal’s Trazana store:

“Greg and Gary Avetisyan of Topikal sell products they make themselves, such as CBD pain cream and emu oil salve (popular among those suffering from eczema and psoriasis, they say) as well as items from other companies. All of their products are tested by a third party to ensure they’re pesticide- and metal-free and contain less than 0.3% THC, the legal limit for hemp-derived CBD.”

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-intoxicating marijuana extract that is being widely marketed in states that have legalized medical marijuana. It has been credited with helping treat a host of medical problems — everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness. (Though experts say the evidence is scant for most of these touted benefits, according to WebMD.)
The Avetisyans started their business four years ago after searching for treatments for Greg’s arthritis. 
The brothers often come to Larchmont to dine, they said, because they have friends who live in the neighborhood. “We love Larchmont, we come here for the food, and one day we saw this space was available,” explained Gary Avetisyan, “we are very excited about opening, hopefully in June.”

 

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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