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LA Christmas Shopping – Helms Bakery Complex

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If home furnishings, appliances and decor are on your Christmas shopping list, then Helms Bakery District in West LA (Culver City) is a place you will want to put on your shopping destination list.

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One of the old Helms Bakery delivery trucks which I was told still sells baked goods from it’s compartments.

Today, the Helms Bakery District is a historical Los Angeles destination, where you will find award-winning restaurants, unique design and home furnishings stores, and beautiful grounds to enjoy with friends.

Retail shops you will find on the premises are H.D. Buttercup, Room & Board, Scandinavian Design, Rejuvenation, Harbor Outdoor, Kholer Signature Store, The Rug Warehouse, Arcana: Books on the Arts, Appliances Plumbing Design and Bassett Furniture.

Trade stores include Vitra, Carl Hansen & Son, Adotta, Bolon, Snowbound and Louis Poulsen.  Restaurants include Father’s Office, La Kijonaise Cafe, Lukshon, Paula Sisters and Let’s Be Frank.

Truth be told, dropping into Father’s Office for their famous Office Burger is reason enough to go to Helms Bakery District!

History of Helms Bakery District

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Shops at the Helms Bakery District

The Helms Bakery District has a rich history dating back to March 1931 when it opened as the Helms Bakery in Culver City with 32 employees and 11 delivery trucks. The bakery’s motto was “Daily at Your Door” and every weekday morning the Helms Bakery trucks would depart to various Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Trucks would travel through their assigned neighborhoods sounding a distinctive whistle  where customers would wave them down. Wooden drawers in the back of the coach were stocked with fresh donuts, cookies, pastries and candies, while the center section carried dozens of loaves of freshly baked bread. Products often reached the buyers still warm from the oven.

In 1932, the Helms Bakery became the “official baker” of the 1932 Summer Olympics when Paul Helms won a contract to supply bread for the 1932 games in Los Angeles. His slogan was “Olympic Games Bakers – Choice of Olympic Champions.” His relationship with Olympians continued for many years and early Helms vehicles sported the Olympic symbol.

Modern Day Helms Bakery District

The Marks Family purchased Helms Bakery in the early 1970s and since then, they have transformed the 11 acres into the facility that it is today.  The premises are immaculate with a large pedestrian walking area, benches and a beautiful fountain.

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Murals of the old Helms Bakery painted on a building in the complex


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