at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Decatur Street
Open Wed to Mon (Closed Tues)
7AM – 1:30PM 4:30PM – 1AM
In 1993, we opened
our first Uglystore in Altadena, California. However, we were forced to
close after the 1994 Northridge earthquake destroyed our building.
After several months, we moved to our current location in East Los
Angeles. The two-story brick building was built in the late 1890’s and
was a former brothel run by the infamous Hester Greenstreet. In 1909,
after the new mayor, George A Alexander, raided the red light district
of downtown Los Angeles, Hester and her girls moved here and operated a
“first class” brothel for many years. The brothel closed in 1924
after three of the girls and Hester were brutally murdered. The
murder was never solved and the girls continue to haunt the floor
upstairs, though they occasionally make an appearance at the bar in the
coffeehouse late at night.
We purchased the
building in September of 1999 (with the help of Baby Huey’s lottery
winnings – he’s always been lucky) and began remodeling and enlarging
into the coffeehouse/bookstore and ugly extravaganza that we are today!
serves only Italian-style espresso and cappuccino in porcelain
cups (none of that Starbucks faux-coffee here!). We also make the
ONLY gelato artigianale in Los Angeles There is nothing “to-go” – so
don’t even ask. Besides you won’t want to. Real coffee
makes real community – so come on in and commune.
We carry a wide
range of hard-to-find art and music books, leftie literature, and one
of a kind ugly items (also available online). Feel free to curl
up with a good book, surrounded by uglies and enjoy a real cappuccino
or affogato (espresso over gelato) at the Uglystore. We welcome
the offbeat and the ugly.
($10 cover for music)
Monday – 7pm Book signings/Poetry readings
Tuesday - CLOSED
Wednesday - varies
Thursday - varies
Friday – 9pm – 1am Local Jazz
Saturday – 9pm-1am Local Jazz , 1am - ?
Open Jazz Jam
Sunday - 7pm Avante & Experimental Music