MakerWalk LA

Take a behind-the-scenes look at local brands and learn how new products are being made in Los Angeles.

#MakerWalkLA: MakerWalk LA’s second year was amazing thanks to all of you! On Friday, 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.

A big thanks to LA2050 and our other generous partners and tour hosts for making this year’s MakerWalk our best yet. See companies that participated this year below, and sign up to stay connected with your LA maker community: makeitinla.org/connect.

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.

Our first MakerWalk in 2017 attracted more than 500 attendees to over a dozen open houses in the Arts District. See photos and a recap here.

This year’s MakerWalk concluded with a private afterparty, an invitation-only event for local founders, tour hosts, sponsors, catalyst community members, and special guests of MAKE IT IN LA. As a VIP ticket holder you were able attend this exclusive event and receive a gift bag of local products!

The party featured local food, signature craft cocktails by Greenbar Distillery and Califia Farms, and mingling with LA’s most favored local makers and our MAKE IT IN LA friends.

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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 Nikki at
(424) 305-MAKE or events@makeitinla.org.
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To be a tour host or sponsor, contact partnerships@makeitinla.org.

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)

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 Website: www.twobitcircus.com

634 Mateo Street. | Los Angeles, CA 90021

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

Tour: 2:00pm | 1 hour

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.

Website: http://www.cartwheelart.com

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

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

Angel City Lumber intercepts Los Angeles trees before they enter the waste stream. We haul them to our storage facility in Boyle Heights before milling and drying these logs into useable dimensions. Our customer base extends from DIYers building their own shelves to West Hollywood hotels incorporating 60 tons of LA lumber into their landscape architecture design. From tree through final product Angel City Lumber strives to give a second life to one of Los Angeles’ most overlooked natural resources, its trees. Website: www.angelcitylumber.com

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

Virgin Hyperloop One: Explore the campus and technology of the company bringing hyperloop to reality (CENTRAL)

Tour: 1:30pm | 25 minutes (Space is limited. First come first served basis)

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. Website: www.hyperloop-one.com

2159 Bay Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021

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

Open House: 3:00- 5:00  | 10 minutes

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. Website: oblong.com

1375 E. 6th Street, #5 | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

Open House: 1:00 pm- 6 pm | 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. Website: https://www.soylentinnovationlab.com/

555 Mateo St. | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

Open House: 1:00 pm- 6 pm | 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.. Website: journeyfoods.com

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

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

Open House: 1:00 pm- 6 pm | 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.

Website: http://inhouseproduce.com/

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

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

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

Kapsel 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. . Website: www.kapsel.bio

555 Mateo St STE 227 | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Angel City Brewery

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

Tours and tastings: 4:00pm, 5:00pm | 20-30 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.

Website: angelcitybrewery.com

216 S. Alameda Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

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. Website: www.sewfyi.com

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

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

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. Website: www.perchmobility.com

525 S Hewitt Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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! Website: http://www.comunitymade.com

584 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

Tours: 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. Website: greenbardistillery.com

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

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

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.. Website: www.craftedkitchenla.com

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

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

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.

Website: www.juicebot.com

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

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

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.  Website: www.LADWP.com

1212 Palmetto Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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. Website: www.thespiritguild.com

586 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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. Website: www.thegivingkeys.com

836 Traction Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Lalaland Production & Design: Footwear and accessory manufacturer (CENTRAL)

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 Website: http://www.lalaland-design.com/

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

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

Hours: 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. Website: https://lkic.la/

La Kretz Innovation Campus, 525 S Hewitt Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

Tours: Hourly 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30 | 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. Website: lotuselevated.com

525 S Hewitt Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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

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. Website: scale1to1.com

1912 E 7th Place | Los Angeles, CA 90021

Bread Lounge: Bakery tour, watch our bakers in action and try fresh samples (SOUTH)

Tour: 1:00pm | 30 minutes

At the Bread Lounge we share the art of baking with our art district neighbors. Website: breadlounge.com

700 S. Santa Fe Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90013

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

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.Website: https://www.li.me

  • They will have a booth set up at check-in with electric scooters to aid in transportation to each tour stop.

533 Colyton Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013

Thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible!

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