Gwendolyn-Mary Candles and Perfumes: From Sherman Oaks to France and Back

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sherman Oaks resident Kathleen Laccinole  has always joked that "in my next life I'll be a perfumer."  As she explains,  "I have an extremely 'emotional' nose and love, love, love scent." In reality, Laccinole spent many … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Local Small Businesses in the San Fernando Valley

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BY  KAREN YOUNG Stay away from the madness of the malls and shop local, independently owned businesses. Despite the holiday rush, it’s guaranteed you’ll receive personal service and beautiful gift wrap. Here’s a list of some of my … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Winter Celebrations, Unique LA Shopping, Giving Back, Auto Fun and Theater for the Holidays

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Snow in Studio City this Sunday.  Photo: Courtesy Studio City Residents Association

BY KAREN YOUNG TONIGHT! FRIDAY Downtown Burbank Holiday Cheer:   Downtown Burbank kicks off a month-long celebration filled with free seasonal events from December 1 through January 1, 2013. It all begins with the Mayor's Tree Lighting … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Small Biz Saturday, Shopping Deals, American Idol’s Phillip Phillips and More What To Do

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BY KAREN YOUNG MY DAILY FIND FAVES OFFERING SPECIAL SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND THANKSGIVING WEEKEND     Sy Devore: This legendary Studio City store named after the man who was the “tailor to the stars” … [Read more...]

Hotel Surplus Outlet: Blow Out Furniture and Accessories Sale Through Memorial Day Weekend

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BY KAREN YOUNG We first wrote about  Hotel Surplus Outlet in March, 2010— and it’s remained one of our favorite “finds” ever since. Now it’s time for an update because the company recently moved to a new location in Van Nuys — … [Read more...]

Unique Vintage and Antique Market Premieres in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you’re one to drive out to the Rose Bowl, Long Beach or Santa Monica  for authentic vintage finds, you’ll be happy to know that there’s finally a monthly vintage and antique show close to home  in Woodland … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Holiday Boutiques, Tree Lightings,Winter Festivals, John Lennon, Oprah Lessons, Art Lessons and More

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Sherman Oaks Galleria Tree Lighting

BY KAREN YOUNG Click here to check out this past Monday's "Find" for  Boutiques still happening today (12/2), plus some MY DAILY FIND discounts. Holiday Open House and Toluca Lake Tree Lighting: Gather with community on Friday at 5 p.m. for the … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Amazing Sales, Holiday Fun and More in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG SALES AND FOOD NEWS Harrisons Gifts Toys for Tots and Two Discounts: Now, through Christmas, Harrisons, a specialty gift store in Tarzana,  is having a Toys for Tots event. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy and receive 20% off any one … [Read more...]

This Weekend: Fair and Festivals for Food & Wine, Vintage, Yoga, Pumpkins, Dinosaurs and Fun

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80, 000 people are expected to attend the Sherman Oaks Street Fair on Sunday.

BY KAREN YOUNG Calabasas Pumpkin Festival: Get into to spooky spirit with inflatable rides and giant slide, live bands, pumpkin pie eating contest, mummy wrap contest, pumpkin seed spitting contest, reptile and nature shows, carnival games, business … [Read more...]

Making It More with Wedding Dress Memories

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Best friends, sisters-in-laws and moms, Jennifer Altounian and Noelle Vitolo, definitely thought outside the box—outside a garment preservation box that is—when they started their own business a year and a half ago. Their … [Read more...]