Wandering into The King’s Roost in Silver Lake is like walking into homesteader DIY heaven. Every corner is filled with the tools you would need to (re)discover the art – and joy – of self sufficiency.
Roe Sie started The King’s Roost in September 2014 with exactly that in mind. Roe’s personal homesteading journey started after learning bread baking and the health benefits of using whole wheat berries that he mills himself. Beer brewing followed. And soon the Sie Family had chickens, bees, a huge aquaponics garden with Talapia, and so much more. And they aren’t alone. Urban homesteading is on the rise. More and more, people want to get back to the basics. The King’s Roost is most definitely a one-stop shop for not only supplies, but Roe is so passionate and knowledgable, he’ll spend time explaining everything to you: what you need to get started, problems you may encounter, and they probably teach a class on it, too! Mushroom starter kit? Check. Small batch beer brewing? Check. Organic soap/candle/lipbalm making? Check. Getting started in aquaponics, keeping chickens and bees, or just need to pick up supplies? Check, check and check! Sprouting, canning, fermenting… it’s all here. Roe has taken all his years of trial and error, experience, and research to carry the best items out there to get the job done right.
Warning: don’t get overwhelmed when you walk in, as it would certainly be easy to do. Roe and (new shop dog) Roger are there to greet you and answer all your questions. I personally muttered quietly to myself (as I often do), “I’ll take one of everything!”. Your head is going to start spinning with all the things you want to do and make, which is a good thing! Things you didn’t even know you wanted to do. (Did I mention the mushroom kit?)
I recently took a bread baking class in the bigger space they just moved into in November. The King’s Roost is one of the few stores in LA that will grind your grains for you fresh. Roe usually has a dozen or so grains on hand – some change seasonally and others are always available. I bought three pounds of locally sourced Kenter Canyon Farms whole wheatberries that were ground to perfection with a KoMo grain mill and Roe had me hand crank and taste what fresh oats are really supposed to taste like using a smaller KoMo oat roller.
I can’t think of any other store in Los Angeles that has curated such a great selection of homesteader items. A one-stop shop to help take back so many lost skills.
You can find The King’s Roost at the corner of Sunset and Lucile [entrance around the back of the building] in the heart of bustling Silver Lake. And if you haven’t realized this already, this is a perfect place for gifts. I did the old, “One for me, one for you” way of shopping, personally. And make sure to check out their workshops. Maybe I’ll see you at one! Oh, and you must check out and subscribe to The Kings Roost You Tube Channel. It’s full of informative, well shot, DIY videos.
The King’s Roost: 3732 Sunset Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Hours: T-F 12-7, weekends 12-5, closed on Mondays