Cactus Store Returns Saturday for Third Season on Essex Street

Posted on: May 22nd, 2019 at 5:06 am by

Unless (or until) development takes hold at 5 Essex Street, the annual cactus retail setup will continue.

For the third year running, the Los Angeles-based Cactus Store is set to return this season. Ownership confirmed the plans, and relayed an opening date of this Saturday (May 25).

All the infrastructure is still in place, including the greenhouse shed and forest of bamboo planted last year.

The Cactus Store is a product of Echo Park, in Southern California, founded in 2014 by Carlos Morera, Jeff Kaplon, and Max Martin. Their namesake products are often uprooted from the wild (i.e. backyards).

The former tenement that stood at 5 Essex Street came down almost a decade ago, a few years before DLJ Partners, which also owns the Jarmulowsky Bank, purchased the property and its neighbor for $3.5 million. It remained a barren wasteland until the landlord imported the Cactus Store in the summer of 2017 for an inaugural run.

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