I do a lot of banking here. The name derived from the sixties when the building was actually a bank. They have a deli section that used to be pretty good but in recent years they've gotten stingy with the meat on their sandwiches. Immediately north of the "bank" is the Crenshaw Mall. When the Liquor Bank was truly a bank the Crenshaw Mall was an upscale shopping center with a Broadway where the Wall Mart is and a May Company where the Robinsons-May is now liquidating its inventory.
Farther north on Crenshaw at Coliseum Street the developers are building a strip mall with incongruous features that people familiar with the history of the neighborhood would recognize and understand. At the corner is the remnants of a Pontiac dealership sign. Next to the Starbucks with the fifties facade
is a sign that says "Bowl" with no bowling alley around. But there used to be a Pontiac dealership there and Holiday Bowl was the place to be on league nights. The coffee shop was always open and they had everything from chili rice to wor won ton mein on the menu. When the bowling alley left and the news got out that it would all be torn down, people rallied against the developers. The property was locked in a stalemate for years. So, to remember what once stood, the developers incorporated the bowling alley facade and signage into the Starbucks design and the Pontiac Dealership sign with the Denny's Restaurant. Superficially it sounds silly and unnecessary but I found it reassurring to know that the neighborhood cared enough to make the effort to remember its history, when Crenshaw had fancy restaurants, car dealerships, and department stores. I can go even farther north and point out where the Angeles Church of Christ was a furniture store and Tasty Q's, a great barbeque stand, used to be a Del Taco franchise and on and on. Like hermit crabs, businesses shed their old shells while younger ones take their places hoping to grow and thrive and move on.