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MakerWalk LA takes the public on a behind-the-scenes look at local brands to learn how new products are being made in Los Angeles

The next celebration of local manufacturing is scheduled for Fall 2020


On May 31, 2019 local founders, creatives, tastemakers, local brands, manufacturers, and the business community opened their doors for behind-the-scenes factory tours, exclusive workshops, and demos in the DTLA Arts District. Here is where you RSVP’d to save your spot!

MakerWalk LA is made possible by a grant from LA2050. LA2050 is a community-guided initiative driving and tracking progress toward a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles. LA2050 was designed to inspire an outbreak of civic activism and to develop a roadmap to accelerate impact for our region. Through the MyLA2050 Grants Challenge and beyond, LA2050 deploys financial, human, and social capital with the help of hundreds of thousands of Angelenos to make LA the best place to LIVE, LEARN, PLAY, CONNECT, and CREATE.

Information about what you could see at each stop on the tour can be found below.

A timeline schedule for MakerWalkLA 2019 is on our RSVP page.

Basic info about parking and how to get around the event is on our FAQ page.

Information about the people and companies that received our Catalyst fellowship can be found here.

Photos/ info from MakerWalk 2017 can be downloaded here.

Logos for MakerWalkLA and our tour hosts can be downloaded here.

This year’s MakerWalk concluded with a private afterparty, an invitation-only event where local founders, tour hosts, sponsors, catalyst community members, and special guests of MAKE IT IN LA enjoyed craft cocktails and other treats from our sponsors. Members of the media could RSVP here using promo code MEDIA at checkout.

Location: Tours are within walking distance around the DTLA Arts District. Check in at the LaKretz Innovation Campus, 525 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.
Contact: For press inquiries, contact L.J. Williamson: 
(818) 823-0027 or [email protected].
Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming.
La Kretz Innovation campus
525 S. Hewitt Street
Street Parking and lot parking available, absolutely NO PARKING at La Kretz!
12:30 PM: Check-in at (wristband + VIP Bag)
1 PM-6 PM Factory Tours – Arts District
4:30 PM Access to set up for after party
6:00 PM Factory Tours wrap
6:00 PM PRIVATE After party @ COMUNITYmade (Bar & food, catalyst showcases)
9:00 PM After party concludes

Want to know what a MakerWalk LA tour looks like? Watch this video.

Tours at MakerWalk LA:

See below for the exclusive tours stops for MakerWalk LA 2019!

Two Bit Circus: Talk and Tour of Two Bit Circus – the world’s first micro amusement park! (CENTRAL)

634 Mateo Street. | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 | 20 minutes

Come and get a tour of Two Bit Circus and find out more about what goes into creating the world’s first micro amusement park. You will also find out about the Two Bit Circus Foundation, which is a nonprofit educational organization designed to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship and spur community engagement.


Media contact: Andrew Levey, [email protected]

Cartwheel Art: Tour host Steve Grody leads a graffiti and street art tour!

Tour: 2:00pm | 1 hour | Meet at the entrance of the Arts District Park, around the corner from La Kretz check-in.

Steve Grody, Cartwheel Art tour guide, graffiti historian, documentarian, and author of Graffiti LA, will lead a graffiti and street art tour of the neighborhood. Tour participants will learn about the history of graffiti in Los Angeles and view some of the graffiti lettering, graffiti art, and street art pieces that make the DTLA Arts District so colorful. Based here in the Arts District, Cartwheel Art is focused on immersive experiences, designing community-driven and diverse programming such as custom private group tours, guided public tours, art activated events, and curated exhibitions. We offer event planning, media partnerships through our magazine and extensive social networks, consultation services and more, tailored to groups, large and small, individuals or organizations.


Media contact: Cindy Schwarzstein, [email protected]

Wisdome.LA: An inside look at the world’s first geodesic dome immersive entertainment art park.

Hours: 1:00-6:00pm | 20-30 minutes | Lecture: 2pm, 4pm

Wisdome Immersive Art Park is one of the newest and most unique attractions in the Downtown LA Arts District. Constructed with 5 massive, hi-tech, geodesic domes and exterior buildings made of sustainable shipping containers, Wisdome.LA curates interactive art, experiential entertainment, immersive films, live music, and augmented reality— all without goggles, allowing for heart-centered social interaction and community connection; plus astounding Microdose VR modules which can make anyone a visionary, digital painter. Currently featuring the Android Jones’ Samskara Exhibition and award-winning Samskara immersive film, the Wisdome.LA art park has been an instant hit on social media, drawing large crowds of all ages, delighting audiences and proving the business viability of immersive entertainment.


Media contact: Stephen Powers, [email protected], (818) 359-5452

Lime: Connects riders to the people and places that matter most, bringing cities together and empowering better urban living.

533 Colyton Street | Hours: 1pm-6pm | 15-20 minutes

Lime is founded on a simple idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility. Through the equitable distribution of shared scooters, bikes and transit vehicles, we aim to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet.


Media contact: Krystin DeVita, [email protected]

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Virgin Hyperloop One

Category: Tech

2159 Bay St. | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tour: 1:30pm (first come first served) | 25 minutes

A 30-minute tour is offered at 1:30 pm. Very limited space, first come first served. 

Explore the campus and technology of the company bringing hyperloop to reality.

Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has successfully tested its technology at scale, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. The company is now working with governments, partners, and investors around the world to make hyperloop a reality in years, not decades.


Soylent Innovation Labs: Where the future of food works (CENTRAL)

Category: Food/Beverage

555 Mateo St. | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Open House & Tours: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 15-30 minutes

Soylent is an innovative company transforming the way people think about nutrition, and is inspired by other innovative, like-minded companies pushing the boundaries in their areas of expertise. That’s how the Soylent Innovation Lab was born. Soylent Innovation Lab is inviting up-and-coming, innovation, digital and mission-based companies to join us in our sprawling, 30,000 sq ft coworking space at 555 Mateo Street.

We want to partner with you and give you the unique opportunity to increase your business’ influence by working alongside our team of dreamers, doers, and makers.


Media contact: Nora Cristobal, [email protected]


inHouse Produce: grows food where people eat it (CENTRAL) 

Category: Food/Beverage

Soylent Innovation Lab 555 Mateo Street #STE 227 | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Open House & Tours: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 15-30 minutes

inHouse Produce fosters distinctive farm-to-table experiences by growing microgreens right in the dining area of food service establishments. We build and maintain our vertical gardens which serve as both a lush interior design piece and as a high-performing, hyper-local, edible living wall.


Media contact: Andrew Blume, [email protected], (818) 429-2357

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Journey Foods: an AI-powered platform that supports product management and nutrition services for food companies (CENTRAL)

Category: Food/Beverage

Soylent Innovation Lab 555 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Open House & Tours: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 15-30 minutes

Journey Foods is an AI-powered platform that supports product management and nutrition services for food companies. The team is creating the future of nutrient consumption through software that supports smarter R&D and efficient, data-driven production of packaged foods. Their prototype and “edible training data” was developed as a re-imagination fruit snacks by focusing on nutrient-density and additional functional ingredient complexes to target immunity, digestion, energy, and brain function.


Media contact: Riana Lynn, [email protected]

Kapsel: Reactor demo for the future of bioproduction (CENTRAL)

555 Mateo St STE 227 | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Open House & Tours: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 15-30 minutes

See a reactor demo for the future of bioproduction.

Kaspel is a reactor company. The world’s food and medicine should be produced by a computer. A reactor is that computer. It will make food healthier and more nutritious for people, while lessening the environmental strain on the earth.

At Kapsel, bioreactors, traditionally used in the pharmaceutical industry, are being reinvented from the ground up for food production. One day, these reactors may even be able to replace animals for food production.


Media contact: Greg Raz, [email protected]

Oblong Industries: Experience spatial computing at architectural scale in our warehouse lab (CENTRAL)

Category: Tech

1375 E 6th St, Unit 5

Open house: 3:00- 5:00pm  | 20 minutes

Lab tour of interactive, immersive, and collaborative technologies (with no goggles required).

Come see what spatial computing is all about with our 40-foot interactive display wall and collaboration tools. We’re most known for our flagship product, Mezzanine, which brings content-rich visual collaboration capabilities to conference rooms around the world. It’s built on our core technology, g-speak. We’ll be swimming in it at the warehouse: Imagine abstract concepts taking shape in real-world space, controlled by simple gestures—all in service to solving complex business challenges. It’s not sci-fi. It’s what we build with our biggest customers who are creating disruptive products, navigating big unstructured data sets, or launching initiatives to better the world.


Media contact: Jennifer Uner, [email protected]

Angel City Lumber: An urban lumber mill transforming LA’s downed trees into lumber (NORTH)

Category: Manufacturing

251 S. Anderson St. | Los Angeles, CA  90033

Tours: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 15-20 minutes

At this urban lumber mill that transforms L.A.’s downed trees into useable lumber, you’ll see all of the trappings of a working mill: massive saws, drying kilns, and 20 foot tall stacks of local trees that have been intercepted from the waste stream. Angel City Lumber’s customer base extends from DIYers building their own shelves to West Hollywood hotels incorporating 60 tons of LA lumber into their landscape architecture design. 


Media Contact: Charles DeRosa, [email protected]

Angel City Brewery

Angel City Brewery: Beer tasting of beer made on site (NORTH)

Category: Food/Beverage

216 S. Alameda Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tours and tastings: 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm | 45 minutes

Visit our LA-based craft brewery located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. We’ll be leading tasting of our flagship beers and giving you insight into the brewing process. For safety reasons, depending on activity level in the brewery, our touring might occur from a distance. But you’ll learn about the brewing process and how it impacts the taste of our various products.


Media contact: Lupe Saldana, [email protected]

Sew FYI: a sewing and design co-working studio (CENTRAL)

Category: Fashion

1340 E. 6th street | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 | 10 minutes

Sew FYI’s helps creative minds achieve their best work in a supportive and resourceful environment, one where new faces and seasoned veterans come together to practice the art of fashion design and production. We promote sewing by providing instruction, inspiration, and encouragement to all fashion enthusiasts. Sew FYI offers a variety of services and is a great place to start your project. We also hold unique functions such as industry meet-ups, fittings, or company team-building activities.


Media contact: Yena Sam, [email protected], (213) 537-0520

Greenbar Distillery: Tour & tasting at the largest organic distillery in the world (SOUTH)

Category: Food/beverage

2459 E. 8th Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tours and Tastings: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 20 minutes

Come for a tour and a taste! At Greenbar Distillery, you can get up close and personal with the beautiful copper stills, pose with giant whiskey barrels and learn why taste and flavor is critical in all we do. Sample from our range of organic spirits and bitters in this mini tour of LA’s original Distillery.


Media contact: Bennett Rea, [email protected]


COMUNITYmade: Handcrafting one-of-a kind shoes on site. Relax and learn about local shoe making (CENTRAL)

Category: Fashion

584 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Open House and Demos: 1:00-5:00pm ongoing | 10-15 minutes

COMUNITYmade is a unique brand and retail experience with our own line of premium shoes for men and women that are handcrafted locally. With every purchase we donate to support local community initiatives in the Arts, Education or Ending Homelessness as directed by the purchaser. We sell shoes in our DTLA showroom as well as handcraft custom shoes that we create in our COMUNITY cobbler station. Stop by to see our cobbler in action and learn more about the many events we host in our space to build community!


Media contact: Shannon Scott, [email protected]


Perch Mobility: is sustainable co-charging centers for the micro-mobility industry (CENTRAL)

Category: Tech

525 S Hewitt Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Demos: 1:00, 2:00 | 15 minutes

Perch is similar to WeWork, but for Juicers and Chargers. Juicers and Chargers are the contractors (gig economy workers) that keep micro mobility devices charged, organized and ready to be used. Perch offers unlimited charging for a low fee to help individuals scale their gig economy businesses.


Media contact: Thomas Lord, [email protected]


Crafted Kitchen: Kitchen tour and chef demo at the WeWork for food entrepreneurs (SOUTH)

Category: Food/Beverage

672 S. Santa Fe Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 | 20 minutes

The Crafted Kitchen story began with the desire to build more than just a state-of-the-art shared-use kitchen. It started with the belief that, through community, an individual “me” could become part of the greater “we”. With community as our catalyst, Crafted Kitchen defines success as more than just the bottom line. We believe it’s about growing, learning and thriving alongside other culinary creatives and innovators. By leveraging industry resources, regulatory & licensing experience, bulk purchasing power and culinary expertise, we provide tools and resources to help food entrepreneurs accelerate business growth.


Media contact: Cindi Thompson, [email protected]

JuiceBot: the world’s first-ever robotic juice dispenser (NORTH)

Category: Food/Beverage

826 E. 3rd St. | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tours and Tastings: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 15 minutes 

JuiceBot is the world’s first-ever robotic juice dispenser. It keeps light and heat oxidation out and freshness in for really amazing, really organic, cold pressed juice ready at the push of a button! Our “tour” will consist of a demonstration of how to use the bot and a sampling of our seasonal flavors.


Media contact: Charlie J. Thebaud, [email protected],  (908) 644-7190


LADWP Substation: Overview of a LADWP Distributing Station (CENTRAL)

Category: Tech

1212 Palmetto Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tours: Every half hour 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, etc. | 20-30 minutes

LADWP will be demonstrating how we distribute power within the Metro community. Manufacturing depends on reliable water and power. Come learn how that power is produced and distributed! The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) provides water and power to the residents and businesses of the City of Los Angeles. The tour will provide an overview of the LADWP Power Generation and Distribution systems and a specific view of an active Distributing Station adjacent to its office and warehouse Facility in the Arts District. The Station distributes power to the residents and businesses in the Downtown area.  


Media contact: Jonathan Fonti, [email protected]


The Spirit Guild: A craft distillery and tasting room located in Los Angeles’ Arts District (CENTRAL)

Category: Food/Beverage

586 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Open House: 1:00-6:00 | 5-15 minutes

The Spirit Guild is a craft distillery and tasting room located in Los Angeles’ Arts District. Imbuing traditional European craft with a pioneer’s imagination, the Guild’s distillers transform fruit from California’s farms into a distinctive gins and vodka, with more products coming soon. Come visit our facility and learn how we marry art and agriculture on our fun hands-on tour.


Media contact: Miller Duvall, [email protected], (347) 393-9279


The Giving Keys: Employs people transitioning out of homelessness in LA, to make necklaces and jewelry with different inspirational words (NORTH)

Category: Fashion

836 Traction Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 | 30 minutes

The Giving Keys is a pay it forward company who employ people transitioning out of homelessness in LA, to make necklaces and jewelry with different inspirational words. After you choose your word that resonates with you in the season of your life, you are encouraged to embrace that word, then pay it forward to a person you feel who needs the message more than you.


Media contact: Riji Raja, [email protected]


Lala Land Production & Design: Footwear and accessory manufacturer (CENTRAL)

Category: Fashion

2155 E 7Th St. Ste 300 | Los Angeles, CA 90023

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 | 15 minutes

Los Angeles, California based manufacturer specializing in footwear and accessories design and production


Media contact: Alexander Zar, [email protected]


La Kretz Innovation Campus: 17 interactive exhibits show how your daily actions at home, work and on-the-go impact the environment (CENTRAL)

Category: Tech

LaKretz Innovation Campus, 525 S. Hewitt St. | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tours: Hourly 12:30-5pm | 20 minutes

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) La Kretz Innovation Campus is a space where science, entrepreneurship, environmentalism and policymaking merge to advance the development of a sustainable future that includes clean and abundant water supplies, a commitment to 100% renewable energy, and an inclusive green economy. It is also a showcase for labs, working exhibits and educational opportunities for customers, students and visitors alike, offering ways to save money, conserve water and electricity and learn valuable information on rebates available to all LADWP customers.


Lotus Engineering and Design: Product Development and Prototyping by bringing a sustainable product to market (CENTRAL)

Category: Tech

525 S Hewitt Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 | 15-20 minutes

Lotus Elevated is a sustainable product development firm located within the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator. We work alongside businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors who are interested in adopting a more sustainable business model and in the process, build a more sustainable future for our planet. Lotus creates timeless, elegant and integral products through models that utilize rapid prototyping, biomimicry, and ecopsychology, thus allowing room for innovative and sustainable solutions at a competitive marketplace. At our core is a desire to enable businesses who aren’t looking to maintain the status quo in product development and design. Instead, we want to elevate them to be part of the change needed to overcome these major global challenges. From Ideation and prototyping to manufacturing,Lotus provides solutions at every stage of the product development process. We will be giving a tour of our shop and an in-depth look of what it takes to bring a product from idea to market.


Media contact: Katherine Silva, [email protected]

Scale 1:1: Makers of Extraordinary Furniture ​Where Work & Play Come Together (SOUTH)

Category: Design

1912 E 7th Place | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Open House: 1:00-4:00pm Happy Hour: 4:00-6:00 | 15-30 minutes

The walk-in tour takes 10 minutes, with an optional 45-minute video presentation. Founders will be available for Q&A. 

SCALE 1:1, known for its award winning flex furniture that multitask like people. Check out the spectacular conference tables that transform from mobile marker-board, to conference table to ping pong table; tour a boutique design manufacturer focused on collaborative workplace where the inspiration comes from the user experience. Learn why open work environments are more productive and efficient than the corner office and why the era of the cubicle is long gone! See why tech firms and co-working companies like Google, WeWork, Sales Force, Virgin Pulse and Dyson love working with SCALE 1:1 furniture. Meet the mastermind designers behind this creative company that is transforming the way people interact at work at their giant warehouse and showroom, and learn more about why they manufacture in Los Angeles over a wine and cheese happy hour.


Media contact: Clara Reis, [email protected]

Bread Lounge: Bakery tour, watch our bakers in action (SOUTH)

Category: Food

700 S. Santa Fe Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Live Baking Demo: 1:00pm| 10-15 minutes.

At the Bread Lounge they share the art of baking with our art district neighbors.


Media contact: Ran Zimon, [email protected]

Thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible!

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