From the street, the Cactus Store in Echo Park, LA looks unassuming.
A clean, small space lit by a single pink lamp at night, there is something almost of the desert in its bareness. And rightfully so, because this 350-square-foot place has become a legend for its unique variety of cactus specimen. Owned by a community of friends, each cactus is carefully selected from farms along the Mexico-California border.
The store is currently managed by “cactus guru,” Johnny Morera, whose fascination with plants began over 30 years ago with Japanese bonsai and, eventually, cactus.