This Weekend: Sales, Fashion, Gifts, Exercise, Recycling, Celebrations, Art, Butterflies and More

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BY KAREN YOUNG There's some great shopping, good sales and fun events this Labor Day Weekend. Be safe! SOTO LIFESTYLE GRAND OPENING: Soto, a My Daily Find fave, is celebrating the Grand Opening of its new concept store, Soto Lifestyle, on … [Read more...]

Turning to Encino’s Salt Chalet for aiding skin, sinus and respiratory ailments the natural way

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Nine tons of salt.

BY KAREN YOUNG It's widely known that eating too much salt can be bad for you. But how about breathing it? For Woodlands Hills resident Mike Blumenfeld, 28, who suffers from psoriasis, salt is giving him hope. That is, nine tons of salt imported … [Read more...]

Mantee: A Charming, Mediterranean Oasis Awaits in Studio City

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The signature dish, Traditional Mantee  Photo: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG I’ve eaten at  Mantee five times in the last six weeks. I got a huge crush on the place the first time I went and now it’s turned to love — the real deal. Okay, you get it. This is my new favorite restaurant. Quaint, sweet, … [Read more...]

Chanel, Prada, Tom Ford and the art of craftmanship at Encino’s Optx Fine Eyewear

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BY KAREN YOUNG Wayne Fletcher sits behind the counter at Optx Fine Eyewear, his newly relocated modern and airy store at the Encino Place corner mall, talking passionately about handcrafting the lenses for the frames he sells — explaining in … [Read more...]

An Eco-General Store and Design Center at Valley Village’s Green and Greener

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Store interior. Courtesy Green and Greener

BY CAROLE ROSNERDid you know Southern California has a rainy season and that rain runoff can be stored in barrels and reused to water your lawn instead of sprinklers (see sale info on barrels at end of article)? Did you know you use less water and … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Irish Coffee

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I always remember going to football games as a kid and all of the adults were sipping out of a “secret thermos. ” So, now as the air is getting nippy, I love to serve coffee cocktails. Sometimes I set up a coffee bar with … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: Freshcutt deals; New! Raphael comes to Studio City

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BY KAREN YOUNG The newest entry to dining in the 818 is Raphael in Studio City which opened its doors Tuesday evening, October 13.  Owner Alon Raphael says his restaurant offers a new fine dining experience, offering world cuisine with seasonal … [Read more...]

The Parenting Coach: To Share or Not To Share

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BY GILA BROWN, M.A. We like it when our kids share their things.  More accurately, we like it when they don’t fight over each other’s things.  When our little ones hand a toy to someone else, we often thank them for ‘sharing’.  When our … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Marcie D creates jewelry as personal art

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Copper Sunflower

BY KAREN YOUNG “Pliers just felt really good in my hands,” reflected Marcie Dietz, as she spoke about her discovery that creating jewelry had a surprisingly natural feel for her. Dietz, whose career has taken her from working side by side with … [Read more...]

A Taste of Encino in photos

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Students from the CSUN ethnicmusicology program brought instruments for an "Instrument Petting Zoo."

PHOTOS BY KAREN YOUNG The 22nd Annual Taste of Encino, presented by the Encino Chamber of Commerce and KSA Management,  was held Sunday, October 11 on Ventura Blvd. between Balboa and Amestoy. Thousands of revelers came out to enjoy a day of … [Read more...]