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...]

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...]

New Shop: Hide & Seek Offers Choice Vintage Home Furnishing Finds

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Mother-daughter team Breeze Munson and Kimberly Curtis own Hide & Seek.  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG Los Angeles is full of vintage shops, but most are so full that you can’t decipher the junk from the finds. Hide & Seek Vintage Home Boutique, which took over the space left vacant by Paula’s Pure Sense on Studio City's … [Read more...]

Bird is the Word: Come Join A Rockin' Feather and Fashion Party

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Celebs like Selena Gomez and Steven Tyler have created a feather buzz. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; AdMedia

BY KAREN YOUNG Feather hair extensions are THE fashion trend of the summer and a relatively inexpensive way to temporarily give yourself a fun, flirty, bohemian look. Feathers are unisex fashion and work on all ages. They last one to four months and … [Read more...]

Soto Lifestyle: Affordable, creative, upscale and eclectic gifts

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Left; Center; Right. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG The Soto brand is starting to feel like an empire — but one built on friendship and exceedingly good taste. Five stores have popped up in just over five years —two of them in the last few months. Soto Boutique, a clothing … [Read more...]

Get crafty at Paper Source; Celebrate the Grand Opening with free workshops this Saturday

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Paper Source, the nationwide chain of creative “paperie” and retail shops, has opened its doors in Studio City and will be introducing themselves to the neighborhood this weekend with a Grand Opening celebration. If you’ve … [Read more...]

Star Restaurant Supply: Restaurant quality products at a discount

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Cutting boards and stuff. Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER If you’re a chef, caterer or restaurant owner, you’ve probably shopped at Star Restaurant Equipment & Supply Company in Van Nuys sometime in the past 50 years. Even if you're a novice, cooking in your own kitchen, Star has … [Read more...]

Cool eco-friendly goods plus green printing and graphics in Woodland Hills

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All Green Things owner, Tanya Peel with her dog Otis. Photos: Sarah K. Tohl

BY SARAH K. TOHL In a world that is progressively becoming environmentally conscious, it is important to have outlets that allow for us to seek knowledge and practice our awareness. All Green Things, an eco-friendly boutique and online company, and … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Wild Wings brings birds and nature back to community

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Owners Bonnie McFarlin and Scott Logan hope to get the community back to the nature that used to surround them. Photo: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Los Angeles is known for many things — Paris Hilton, the Sherman Oaks Galleria, birthplace of the ice blended mocha, earthquakes, picture perfect weather, and the biggest U.S. city without a football team. But, did you know that … [Read more...]