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April 21, 2004
Debt management service to expand MAGNOLIA PARK -- Financial Rescue Services, a debt- management company, has acquired a building that doubles its space in Burbank. With the new building, the business expands its corporate office space another 23,000 square feet. The business moved into its existing space at 413 N. Varney St. in June 2001. The new building is at 135 W. Magnolia Blvd. The business will move into the building in June. A place to find leads TOLUCA LAKE -- The Burbank Chapter of the Leads Club, an organization dedicated to networking, job leads and expanding business, will meet from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. today in the Taste Buds Restaurant in the Toluca Lake Sports Center, 6711 Forest Lawn Drive.
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NEWS
April 7, 2004
Chamber mixer coming up HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- A tabletop mixer will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 22 at The Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road. The event, essentially a mini-trade show in which business display their products, will be sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $10, $15 for prospective members. For more information, call 846-3111. Cafe teams up with nonprofit BURBANK VILLAGE -- Girls and Boys Town of Southern California and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have announced a partnership throughout the month of April focused on the issue of child abuse.
NEWS
April 7, 2004
Ryan Carter Michael Anderson has traded in a suit and tie for a funky Hawaiian shirt, shorts, a surfboard and smoothies. Anderson, 22, a Burbank native, bought into Maui Wowi Fresh Hawaiian Blends, a fresh-fruit smoothie company with a growing franchise army of entrepreneurs like Anderson. They set up at malls and events that draw crowds, and use colorful mobile kiosks to sell the brand's fresh fruit smoothies, Island Coffee and espresso drinks and Smoothie Rip-Sticks.
NEWS
March 31, 2004
Ryan Carter The owners of a building that once housed a venerable Burbank watering hole are looking for a new tenant -- one that will promise not to open a bar. The Ontiveros family, owners of the property at 4311 W. Magnolia Blvd., which used to be the site of Crazy Jack's Bar & Grill, came close to an agreement last week with a new tenant. The tenant wanted to open a steakhouse in the 3,000- square-foot space. But the representative did not show up for a meeting and that turned off owner Mildred Ontiveros.
NEWS
March 31, 2004
Ryan Carter Penelope Lombard sees her pilates business as a fusion of local yoga guru and Conan O'Brien. "I really want to make it fun," she said of her Burbank-based enterprise, Not So Snotty Pilates. Lombard does not fashion herself as an elite instructor of pilates -- the exercise technique designed by Joseph Pilates that seeks to tone and elongate muscles and improve body posture and coordination by focusing on low-impact movements and repetitions.
NEWS
March 31, 2004
Burbank resident cooking up travel MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Burbank resident Jorge Alatorre, a culinary manager at the Olive Garden at 1731 N. Victory Place, recently spent a week in Tuscany, Italy, learning traditions of Italian cooking. He worked along side Olive Garden Executive Chef Romana Neri as part of the restaurant's ongoing culinary program. Seminar to cover business plans BURBANK -- Developing a business plan will be the topic of a seminar from 9 a.m. to noon April 20 in the conference room of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, 330 N. Brand Blvd.
NEWS
March 17, 2004
Ryan Carter The shelves inside Full O' Life natural food supermarket are still draped with a fine layer of ash. All the merchandise is gone, from the organic produce to the dairy and meat. The second-floor employee room remains gutted five weeks later. But the 45-year-old natural foods store at 2515 W. Magnolia Blvd. and its venerable restaurant will soon come back to life after what its owners said was a "devastating" fire. "I want to open tomorrow," Kathryn Matheson, the store's 82-year-old owner, said Monday.
NEWS
March 17, 2004
Ryan Carter This business has a head up on things. Mark Mejia, a former science technician for the Los Angeles Unified School District, sells, makes, refurbishes and customizes headgear ranging from fedoras to cowboy hats. The inventory inside his Baron California Hats store, at 1619 W. Burbank Blvd., is about 2,000 hats strong, and prices range from $9 to $2,000. He admits the store is not packed all the time, but hats are not exactly a huge industry.
NEWS
March 17, 2004
Chamber to sponsor mixer MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- The Burbank Chamber of Commerce will have a membership mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Outback Steakhouse, 1761 N. Victory Place. The event will include a $50 cash drawing. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information, call 846-3111. School to honor health, media pros MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Providence High School will have a gala to honor people with outstanding achievements in the healthcare and media communications fields, the career disciplines of the school's academic focus programs.
NEWS
March 17, 2004
Frommer show to focus on drug costs BURBANK -- Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) will discuss skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs on his cable show "Capitol Connection with Assemblyman Dario Frommer," which airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Charter Communications Cable Channel 25. The 30-minute show will focus on how to deal with the high costs. Guests will include Joan Lee, a representative from the senior citizens group the Gray Panthers, and Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician from Sacramento.
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