Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles sets up new ‘Bazaar’ format, teams up with local artists, vendors during COVID-19 pandemic

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — When you think of Grand Central Market, you probably think about food. But the coronavirus pandemic is changing the items now being sold there. Business owners are taking advantage of a new “Bazaar” format by teaming up with local artists and vendors who hope a little creativity can turn things around.

Ugonna Onyekwe lost his job once COVID-19 struck. He and his wife took the hit as an opportunity and started “Lil,” designing for a hip, young crowd.

“You know a few of the food vendors have shut down since COVID, and that kind of opened up the space because there wasn’t really retailers here before,” said Onyekwe.

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