Jacquelinne Mejia

Reporter

Email: jmejia@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-676-1750

Recent Stories

Hamlet Destined For Tragic End?

Longtime burger chain down to last location in Los Angeles.

Restaurant: The Hamburger Hamlet chain has shrunk to its last outlet.

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Hold the Neon on That Double Double Says City

Development: In ‘N’ Out agrees to build toned down outlet in Westlake Village.

The neon red-and-yellow arrow signs that have helped make In-N-Out Burger a landmark will get a makeover when the burger chain opens at the new Shoppes at Westlake Village.

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Alternative Financier

Investments: Westside banker looks beyond serious illness to advise Valley companies.

Investments: Alexander Cappello advises two Valley corporations – Cheesecake Factory and Sport Chalet.

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IHOP Opens in Saudi Arabia

DineEquity Inc. announced on Monday the company has opened its first IHOP restaurant in Saudi Arabia.

This Pirch Has View To Be Seen

Glendale Galleria store offers free live cooking demos.

Retail: If you’re not sure about that stove, a chef will try it before you buy it.

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Local Vintner Is a Rare Vintage

David Hunt is legally blind but his nose knows wine.

Wine: Vintner David Hunt sees opportunities despite being legally blind.

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The Right Touch?

Restaurants: Applebee’s would be largest chain yet to put tablets at every table, with a whopping 100,000 installed nationwide.

Restaurants: Applebee’s plans to put 100,000 tablets on the table.

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Insulin Device Maker Pumps Money Into Charity

Philanthropy: Medtronic turns over $50,000 to help poor diabetic patients.

MEND – Meet Each Need with Dignity, a poverty-relief organization in Pacoima, received a $50,000 Health Access grant this month from Medtronic Philanthropy, a part of Medtronic Inc.

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It’s Plan B at Valencia Mall Without Wal-Mart

Retail: Westfield signs smaller stores for space once set for discounter.

Real Estate: Santa Clarita Town Center seeks tenants after Wal-Mart deal fizzles.

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PizzaRev Opens Burbank Outlet in Expansion Drive

PizzaRev, the San Fernando Valley fast-casual pizza chain, opened a sixth location Thursday as part of a major expansion planned for the next 12 months.

Miley Can Wag, but Can She Shill?

Woodland Hills firm creates index that sizes up celebrity pull.

Media: InterMedia’s DR Star Index ranks celebrities by endorsement value.

Giant Steps

Little Giraffe selling luxury baby goods in China.

Marketing: Little Giraffe gives new options to Chinese parents eager to pamper their children.

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She’s Flashy, But Can Do The Two-Step

Flash-mob organizer opens Simi Valley dance studio in mall.

Fitness: Simi Valley entrepreneur moves from flash mobs to dance studio.

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Valley Businesses Scoring in Marketing Contest

eCommerce: Seven firms have chance for $250,000 and trip to Google offices.

Seven companies in Northridge and Chatsworth are among the finalists in a national grant competition run by the banking division of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

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Legal Drama Gives Way to Lalaloopsy

Toys: MGA launches new line of dolls after surviving yearslong Mattel battle.

Toys: After settling the Mattel lawsuit, MGA Entertainment puts new toys on the shelf.

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Blaze Pizza to Open in Glendale

Blaze Pizza LLC announced Wednesday it will open a new Glendale location of the fast-casual pizza chain during the first quarter of 2014.

AppleBee's Tries Tablet Strategy

DineEquity Inc. announced Tuesday a plan to put 100,000 tablets in its Applebee’s restaurants across the country in 2014.

Glendale Galleria Opens Early for Big-Box Shoppers

Thursday marked the first time major department stores at the Glendale Galleria opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Sport Chalet Gets Delist Warning

Sport Chalet Inc. filed a notice Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission announcing communication from Nasdaq Stock Market LLC about the company’s non-compliance with the exchange’s rules.

Cheesecake Opens in Escondido

Cheesecake Factory announced Tuesday it is opening at the Westfield North County mall in Escondido, the chain’s first restaurant in north San Diego County.

Tablet-Equipped Shopping Carts Debut at Northridge Center

Northridge Fashion Center will be rolling out tablet-equipped shopping carts on Monday after closing.

Firefighters’ Cancer Group Draws Business Support

Philanthropy: Network assists firefighters felled by occupational hazard.

The Firefighter Cancer Support Network celebrated a three-day event and fundraiser earlier this month to support firefighters and their immediate families diagnosed with cancer.

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Lindsey Deitsch

What makes you company unusual? Lindsey Deitsch: Our entire product line is not only gluten free, but is also rice free – a huge selling point.

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Antony Donico

While some 20-somethings ask their parents to loan them cash for a month’s rent or an unexpected car repair, Antony Donico asked his mother for a much larger investment – a sum that eventually totaled $50,000.

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Corproate Briefs: Ryland, Ixia

Ryland opens new development; Ixia fails Nasdaq compliance.

Cherokee Strikes India Deal

Cherokee Inc., the apparel and accessories brand licensing company, announced Tuesday it struck a deal to have its Liz Lange Maternity Brand sold online and at retail stores in India.

Upscale Multiplex Theater Planned for Simi Valley Mall

An upscale multiplex theater with in-theater dining will be constructed at Simi Valley Town Center.

Cheesecake Cuts Harry & David Deal

Cheesecake Factory Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its cheesecakes through Harry & David, one of the leading catalogue and online gift sites, the companies announced Wednesday.

Sport Chalet Disappoints on Earnings, Revenue

Sport Chalet Inc. reported a quarterly loss Monday driven by declining sales figures and the closure of three underperforming stores.

Habit Burger Founder Grills Up New Concept

Restaurants: Higher-end Hook Burger opens near Westfield Promenade.

After three decades of building Habit Burger Grill from one cafe in the tiny coastal city of Goleta into a regional restaurant chain, founder Brent Reichard has gone upscale.

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Taking Risks With The Force

Fencing studio runs Jedi Academy under Disney’s nose.

Sports: Fencing studio follows the way of the Jedi.

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FTD Splits From United Online

United Online Inc., completed its tax-free spinoff of FTD Cos. Inc. on Friday, with all FTD common stock distributed among United Online shareholders.

DineEquity Hits All-Time High After Strong Quarter

Shares of DineEquity Inc. hit an all-time high on Tuesday as the restaurant operator beat analysts’ earnings estimates and saw same-store sales rise at its IHOP chain.

Could Sunkist Deal Spread Some Sunshine on Grim Santa Clarita?

The office market in the Santa Clarita Valley continues to have a lackluster year, though a high-profile sale could boost optimism going forward.

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High Desert Market in Recovery Mode After Hitting Rock Bottom

The Antelope Valley industrial market had a relatively fair quarter, recovering from an abysmal second quarter.

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Sport Chalet Founders’ Son Resigns from Board

The son of Sport Chalet Inc. founders Norbert and Irene Olberz has stepped down as a director amid a review by the La Canada Flintridge sporting goods chain of its strategic alternatives.

Buffalo’s Cafe to Open in Palmdale

Buffalo’s Café will open its first store in California tomorrow in Palmdale.

Does Getting Tipsy Make You Artsy?

Pinot’s Palette is latest franchise in the ‘paint-and-sip’ craze.

Entertainment: At Pinot’s Palette, you can sip wine and create art with friends.

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Conejo Boys & Girls Club Settles Into New Digs

Construction: Branch dedication celebrates contributions of founders.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Conejo Valley celebrated a new branch in honor of founders Cal and Marje Johnston last month.

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Downhill Run?

Retail: Sport Chalet has been unprofitable and is considering its strategic options, including a sale.

Retail: Sport Chalet seeks a winning strategy with new partners.

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City of Hope, Providence Partner on Cancer Practice

City of Hope and Providence Health & Services announced a partnership today to bring comprehensive cancer patient care to Providence’s Southern California area hospitals, including three San Fernando Valley area hospitals.

Juicy Name Sells for $195 Million

Juicy Couture’s plush days of velour track suits and crown logos are over.

Corporate Briefs: DineEquity, Electro Rent

DineEquity declares 75 cent dividend. Electro Rent misses on earnings.

Cheesecake Opens at Westfield Topanga

Cheesecake Factory opened up a new Valley restaurant on Wednesday at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park.

Gelson’s to Open Store in La Cañada Flintridge

Gelson’s Markets will open a store in La Cañada-Flintridge, parent company Arden Group announced Monday.

Latest Burbank Hotel Clicks With City’s Roots

Development: Grandview hotel on San Fernando recalls film history.

The Grandview Suites hotel will bring a concrete version of the entertainment industry to the area south of downtown in Burbank.

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When It All Adds Up to Too Much

Westlake Village agent takes financial stress out of island getaways.

Travel: Hawaii Connection is keeping tabs on hotel room fees.

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Online Shoe Site Steps Into Galleria

Glendale mall gets pumped up with first JustFab retail store.

Retail: When JustFab decided to open its first store, it came to the Glendale Galleria.

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Making History in The Valley

Chatsworth museum rescues ‘relics’ from premature oblivion.

Non-Profit: New museum will display artifacts of Valley history.

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Thousand Oaks Beer Festival Makes Big Splash

Charity: Kiwanis event draws crowd, raises funds for Conejo programs.

The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks Charitable Foundation has a hit on its hands with its annual Kiwanis Brew Fest.

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