The name Jared and Brianne Mees gave their fledgling record label, Tender Loving Empire, back in 2006 is starting to seem prophetic. Today, the Meeses are opening their second retail location on Hawthorne, to go along with their brand new Old Town offices and an innovative, new pay-what-you-want retail platform called Much like TLE’s downtown location, the new Hawthorne digs will sell a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, and other products from local makers in addition to local music from both the TLE label and others. To celebrate, they’re throwing a party tonight from 6–10 PM, featuring performances by Y La Bamba’s Luz Elena Mendoza and Loch Lomond’s Ritchie Young, among others.

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