A reprieve for those of us who faced down a sad void when Iko Iko closed last month: the inspirational retailer is back for Arts ReSTORE, introducing their signature mix of Japanese picks and one-of-a-kind functional art pieces to Westside audiences. Items on table include silver keep-cold lunch bags, a corn fiber broom, handwoven fabric scrap slippers and sanyaso bashi ceramic planters “for casual plants.”

Hammer Museum’s Arts ReSTORE

For all of the handwringing about art being inaccessible, there’s no city planning theory that has gained more traction in this century than the idea of creative people driving neighborhood revitalization. Which means that the descriptively titled “Arts ReSTORE: LA” project isn’t just loftily ambitious. The month-long residency program, which began last week, might actually work at creating a less sterile West Los Angeles, not least because it is supported by the powerhouse Hammer Museum, whose three-story compound anchors one end of the street. On a stretch of Westwood Ave., better known for chain sandwich shops and fluorescent interiors, the Hammer offered a half-dozen empty storefronts to local artists and makers, with the idea that even a temporary infusion would upend the retail mood of the area. If the packed opening night was any indication, this time the theory holds. Here’s what we saw.

Su Wu is the proprietor of I’m Revolting.