Consider it Craft College with a great gift shop. Reform School is a hybrid concept resulting in a beautifully curated shop of art, craft and display along with a roster of classes ranging from composting to ukulele. And the women behind the Los Angeles DIY boutique inspire the "my dad's got a barn, my mother sews costumes, let's put on a show" spirit that's hard to resist.
Shopping for a photo shoot I was coveting a beautiful branch sitting in the corner of the store. "That one's spoken for, but come back tomorrow and I'll bring a bunch more from my yard for you" I was told. And they wouldn't take a penny for them. They walk the walk. Reform School is no faceless one-note Etsy operation. They are about community and creating and subsequently create community.
As of June 1, Reform School welcomes a vintage clothing store in the back half. A clever way to meet economic challenges and a chance for the craft mavens to demonstrate their creative genius as they do a bit of spacial reinvention. I was happy to hear they'll keep both front windows - their displays are my favorite feature. I'm not above window shopping for great ideas.