Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert

Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)

Email: klippert@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

Cal Lutheran Denies Gallegly Charges

California Lutheran University has denied the claims made in a lawsuit filed recently by Elton Gallegly alleging that the Thousand Oaks school had breached a contract and refused to account for donated money, saying leadership is “disappointed” by the former congressman’s decision to pursue legal action.

Business Theme for Westfield Festival

Holiday shopping center event features Valley companies.

Westfield Topanga shopping center partnered with Nestor Aguilar, the realtor and social media influencer behind 818 Insider, to host the Valley Winter Fest with an event designed to promote small businesses this year.

Toys Under Tree?

RETAIL: MGA’s Isaac Larian said demand for children’s products is high, but supply chain issues may delay their arrival.

Doll manufacturer MGA Entertainment cannot wait on supply chain problems.

Dole Finds New Home in Complex Merger

Westlake Village company relocates in tandem with third IPO.

Big deals from throughout the greater Valley region.

Zevia Goes Public to Fund ‘Disruptive’ Soda

Product delivers bubbly drinks flavored with natural sweetener.

Big deals from throughout the greater Valley region.

City Takes Action Against Motel

Hometown Inn could be declared a public nuisance.

L.A. city attorney and mayoral candidate Mike Feuer announced a lawsuit in late November against the owners of the 64-room Hometown Inn Motel in North Hills, calling the location a public nuisance and a “jaw-dropping” source of violence.

Beyond Breakfast

RESTAURANTS: IHOP now caters to the lunch and dinner crowd with sandwiches and alcoholic beverages.

This year, IHOP has transitioned away from its pancake-focused identity, broadening its appeal with lunch and dinner offerings and a pilot program featuring a beer and wine menu.

Sportsmen’s Lodge Fills To Capacity

Apparel shops fill out tenant mix in Studio City.

The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge announced late November that four new fashion retail tenants will be added to the newly redeveloped shopping center in Studio City, filling the center to capacity.

Fragrance Seekers Try Options Online

Samples of brand-name perfume and cologne start at 99 cents.

Microperfumes, a Calabasas-based startup fragrance retailer launched in August of last year, is poised to make $1 million in revenue this month selling small samples of brand-name scents.

Alliance to Revitalize Retail Center

Lake View Terrace to function as pilot project.

The Lake View Terrace Shopping Center in Pacoima will be revitalized as part of a pilot program funded by a grant from Wells Fargo & Co. and developed by the Valley Economic Alliance, the business development collaborative announced last month.

Ken Craft Named Star of the Valley by Economic Alliance

Ken Craft, founder and chief executive of the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, will be awarded the 2022 Stars of the Valley Humanitarian Award.

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Semtech Beats Expectations; Stock Up

Semtech Corp., a Camarillo-based supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms, reported financial results that beat expectations.

Fashion Tenants Fill Sportsmen’s Lodge

The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge announced four new fashion retail tenants will be added to the newly redeveloped shopping center in Studio City, filling the center to capacity.

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L.A. City's Vaccine Mandate Fines Go Into Effect

Indoor businesses that do not confirm the vaccine or negative COVID-19 test status of customers risk fines as enforcement of the vaccine mandate in the city of Los Angeles takes effect.

El Caballero Country Club Opens After $10 Million Renovation

El Caballero Country Club celebrated its long-awaited relaunch last week, the culmination of a three-year, $10 million renovation to modernize its championship golf course.

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Applebee’s Starts Scholarship Program Named for Founder

At its annual franchise conference last week, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar announced the launch of a new scholarship program for employees and honored its top team members of the year.

New Princess Sails into Caribbean

Cruise line debuts vessel in post-pandemic reopening.

Santa Clarita-based cruise line Princess Cruises has revealed the newest ship to join its global fleet.

Tinhorn Flats Premises Quietly Sold

New owner for site of bar that defied COVID rules.

Famous Tinhorn Flats site in Burbank sold to Utah investment firm.

NewHydrogen’s Hope of Clean Fuel

Research with UCLA aims to lower costs to crack water.

NewHydrogen explores ways to bring down the cost of hydrogen.

Valley Firm Buys Stake in Modani

Furniture retailer has presence in four states.

Sherman Oaks-based investment firm Optimal Investment Group (OIG) announced that it acquired a controlling interest in French home decor company Modani Furniture, a furniture retailer from Maisons du Monde.

Vaccine Policy Not Enforced

RETAIL: Advocates bemoan L.A.’s strict protocols.

Enforcement lax on vaccine verification.

Dine Brands Opens First Virtual IHOP Location

The newest IHOP kitchen will be open only for takeout and delivery, the restaurant chain announced.

Westfield's Valley Winter Fest to Promote Small Business This Year

Westfield Topanga will partner with local realtor and the social media influencer behind 818 Insider, Nestor Aguilar, to host the Valley Winter Fest.

County to Give Rent Money to Some Businesses

Los Angeles County on Wednesday launched a round of grants geared toward small businesses behind on rent in unincorporated areas.

Valley Economic Alliance Launches 'Valley Main Streets'

The Valley Economic Alliance has received a grant from Wells Fargo & Co., which will support a revitalization project in the San Fernando Valley called 'Valley Main Streets.'

Tutor Perini Lands Portion of $8 Billion Contract

The U.S. Navy announced Thursday it has awarded contracts worth up to $8 billion over 8 years to five companies, including Sylmar-based Tutor Perini, for construction projects in Hawaii and Washington state.

Skyscraper Descent for Fundraising

Homes 4 Families event to fund Palmdale project.

Nonprofit veterans group Homes 4 Families sponsors fundraiser at Hilton Universal City Hotel.

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Nancy Hoffman Vanyek Appointed to L.A. City Business Services Committee

Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, chief executive of the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerice, has been appointed to chair the Business Services, Marketing and Resource Development Committee for the city of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development Board.

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David Fleming Bestows Gift to BizFed Institute

David Fleming, creator of the Los Angeles County Business Federation, has named the nonprofit BizFed Institute a major gift recipient through his living trust fund. The gift marks the organization’s 11th anniversary.

Awards for Trade Skills

Harbor Freight chief sees workforce education need.

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools announced last month the winners of its Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, distributing $1 million to educators and schools in 14 states.

Small Storage

RETAIL: Go Minis’ portable containers have proven popular in the pandemic, but the franchise faces shortages even as it opens new locations.

Franchisor Go Minis faces shortages even as it opens new locations.

Labor Market’s ‘Structural Change’

Pandemic may have created long-term worker shortages.

Pandemic may have created long-term worker shortages, says LAEDC economist.

Hilton Addresses Pandemic Relief

Foundation’s $76 million supports refugees, diversity.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced late last month the approval of grants totaling more than $76 million to 32 charitable organizations across the country and internationally.

Pandemic May Have Caused 'Structural Change' in Labor Market, Per LAEDC Briefing

Despite a reduction in weekly unemployment claims in L.A. County, regional recovery from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains slow going.

Businessy Mayor

Management consultant and former IBM executive Bill Miranda brings a fresh perspective to Santa Clarita City Hall.

An interview with Bill Miranda, business consultant and mayor of Santa Clarita.

Dole Tackles Food Waste at Home

Marketing campaign tries to educate consumers.

Dole Sunshine Co. announced the results of a survey late last month which revealed that a third of U.S. consumers make no effort to reduce food waste at home.

Restaurateurs Talk COVID Impact

Owners juggle kitchen labor shortage, supply problems.

The Association for Corporate Growth on Oct. 13 held a panel with four local restaurant executives to discuss the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.

It’s Growth Season for Gold’s Gym

New location in Northridge, remodel in Conejo Valley.

Gold’s Gym SoCal will expand its locations over the next four years.

Smidt Foundation Awards $1 Million to Skilled Trades Teachers, Schools

Harbor Freight Tools for Schools announced Thursday the winners of its Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence, distributing $1 million to educators and schools in 14 states.

Mask Order Extended in Ventura County

The Ventura County Public Health Officer this week extended the indoor mask order that requires all individuals wear face coverings when indoors in public settings. The new details also establish criteria for ending the mandate.

IHOP Introduces Melts to Reach Dinner, Lunch Customers

As part of an effort to appeal to lunch and dinner consumers, IHOP announced Monday that it has launched a new line of sandwich melts on its all-day dine-in and to-go menus.

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Restaurant Panel Discusses COVID Impacts

The Association for Corporate Growth held a panel with four local restaurant executives to discuss the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.

Tutor Perini to Perform Canal Work

The Sylmar-based specialty construction company, Tutor Perini Corp., on Monday announced it has been awarded a government construction contract valued at approximately $178 million to begin a capacity correction project at the Friant-Kern canal.

Largest ‘Tiny Home’ Village for Homeless to Open

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission is set to open the largest tiny home village in the country later this month, providing 224 beds for people experiencing homelessness at the new Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village.

A Princess Sails From Port of L.A.

Cruise line restarts service with Cabo San Lucas trip.

Princess Cruises restarts voyages from Port of L.A.

Post Traumatic Pain Leads to CBD Store

While seeking relief from mass shooting trauma, Claudia Chaverra found business opportunity.

Claudia Chaverra, owner of Your CBD Store in Northridge, was inspired to open her business after CBD products helped relieve her symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Restaurants: Two Michelin Stars Shine

Guide praises Pasta|Bar in Encino, Morihiro in Glendale.

The Michelin Guide announced it awarded 27 new stars across California late last month, including two Valley region restaurants: Pasta|Bar in Encino and Morihiro in Glendale.

$1.8 Billion Gas Leak Settlement Still in Process

LAW: Valley plaintiffs may wait another year for checks.

Southern California Gas Co. to settle lawsuits related to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak for $1.8 billion.


Sugar-free soda bottler Zevia goes public on NYSE.

Zevia, an Encino-based natural soda company, hopes to become a household name in the sugar-free drink sector.

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Entrepreneur Discovers He Has ‘Lots of Bosses’

Adel Villalobos counsels giving up is easy, but don’t do it.

Adel Villalobos is founder and chief executive of Lief Labs, a full-service manufacturing company for dietary supplements and vitamins.