Angela Cartwright and Richard Doran exhibit at Toluca Lake’s Pergolina

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BY KAREN YOUNG A crowded house of friends and art-goers filled Pergolina, a gift and garden boutique/gallery in Toluca Lake, on Saturday evening October 3, to celebrate the joint exhibition of artists Angela Cartwright and Richard Doran,  both … [Read more...]

Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant at Playclothes in Studio City

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BY CAROLE ROSNER It was a  Mad Men extravaganza at Playclothes in Studio City Friday evening October 2 — complete with a jazz trio, cocktails, canapés and pillbox hats. Wanda Soileau, owner of  the vintage clothing store said she thought it … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ eclectic Art Rebel is a clubhouse for all ages — with a Cause

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Guests with their art projects at the Secret Underground

BY CAROLE ROSNER Tucked into the northeast corner of Ventura Blvd. and Beverly Glen, across from the Sherman Oaks Library and behind  Handy J's car wash is an art studio, theater class, party place, supper club and business retreat all rolled up … [Read more...]

Affordable, trendy fashion for women and teens awaits at soto in Woodland Hills and Westlake Village

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TEXT AND PHOTOS BY KAREN YOUNG soto, short for South of Topanga, is an innovative clothing boutique for women and teens, with two locations in Woodland Hills and Westlake Village. (That lower case “s” is not a typo for all you grammatical … [Read more...]

West Hills residents launch E-business for buying and selling event leftovers

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Ever wonder what to do with all those leftover party favors, decorations and miscellaneous goods—even clothes—that were so incredibly perfect for your event, but are now stuffed in some corner collecting dust? Well,  Allison … [Read more...]

Crossing the generations of photography at Valley Photo Service

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Photo services these days have mostly gone the way of online photo sites, some local chain markets and pharmacies, and one-hour shops. Gone are the days of personal photo service where you can actually talk to someone with knowledge … [Read more...]

Artisan wares and unique spa products at Burbank gallery and boutique

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BY AMANDA TRAXLER When searching for a retail location, Amanda Vernon, Diane Jackson, and Jennifer Hardaway knew exactly what they were looking for. “It was very important to us to have a small, pure space,” Vernon said of the corner spot that … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Garden reinvents itself anew as Aum & Garden

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BY AMANDA TRAXLER Jerome Rogowski, owner of Aum & Garden, wants his diehard garden-aficionado clients to rest assured. The Sherman Oaks store’s name change (previously just Garden—the exterior signage will change in a few weeks), does not … [Read more...]