What's in a Name: Wilfair

Does your city do this?

Many Los Angeles businesses are "combo named" after their nearest intersection. Probably the most famous is the Wiltern Theater, which is located at Wilshire and Western (hence the "Wil" and "tern").

The intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, however, doesn't have any such businesses. It's long been a mystery to me.











I knew I wanted to write a story set in this intersection's neighborhood, which I happen to think is one of the most magical places on the planet. (Here's why I think that.)

Then I knew I'd name the main business The Wilfair.

Then I knew The Wilfair would be a hotel. I love hotel stories and I grew up in hotels.

Then I knew it needed an antagonist. So I created Motel Fairwil, also a combo-named business.

Then I needed some people living and working in each building who liked each other but didn't feel entirely comfortable with liking each other, due to their businesses being in competition.

Then I needed something for them to fight over. Enter the motel's swimming pool.

Lastly? The series lead is named Fair Finley. (Fair's name comes from Fairfax Avenue.) So, is the title "Wilfair" also a question?

And does that make the motel's name -- Fairwil -- something of an answer?

Questions.

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