Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert

Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)

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

Recent Stories

Universal Studios Hollywood Reopens to Public

Universal Studios Hollywood opened for guests to visit the theme park’s rides and attractions, including the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride.”

Kitchen Relocation

RETAIL: Food trucks operate in new venues as customers’ eating habits evolve during pandemic.

Food trucks operate in new venues as customers’ eating habits change.

Tia Chucha’s Expands for Anniversary

Civil protests spur sales at bookstore in Sylmar.

Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center expands larger location.

Job Service for ‘Justice-Involved’

Three Valley organizations join the training program.

The Los Angeles Office of Diversion and Reentry has partnered with several Valley nonprofits to launch a new job training and mental health support pilot program called SECTOR.

Children’s Museum Takes Library

Camarillo’s kidSTREAM to promote science, math.

The former Camarillo Library will soon be donated to nonprofit kidSTREAM to develop an interactive children’s museum.

Plug for Meetings In Ventura County

Marketing campaign stresses safety for conference and trade shows.

California Resources Corp. appoints Mark “Mac” McFarland as permanent chief executive.

Bar Transforms to Member-Only Club

Vaccination requirement allows face-to-face interaction inside.

North Hollywood bar becomes members-only club.

Startup Pays to Sell Your Data

TECHNOLOGY: BIGtoken adds BitCoin to cashout options.

CRYPTO Data marketplace BIGToken adds Bitcoin as a cash-out option for its users.

Tinhorn Flats Continues Campaign to Stay Open

REGULATION: Burbank police condemn ‘persistent unlawful behavior’ despite arrests.

The city of Burbank and local business owners of Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill continue to face off in their ongoing battle over coronavirus closures

Laemmle Theaters Newhall Open for Business

Laemmle Theaters Newhall celebrated its grand opening Friday after extended delays caused by the coronavirus.

Preview: Where's My Food Truck?

Pandemic pushes mobile vendors to hunt for new parking spots.

Hermes Signs Lease at Westfield Topanga

Hermès, a luxury retailer of men’s apparel, fragrances and fashion accessories headquartered in Paris, has signed a lease for a new store to anchor an expansion at the Westfield Topanga shopping center in Woodland Hills.

Valley Economic Alliance to Sell Headquarters Building

The Valley Economic Alliance has listed its headquarters at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks for sale.

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Burbank Caps Food Delivery Fees

Following the lead of other cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Burbank City Council has adopted a temporary ordinance to cap commission rates for food delivery to assist in the reopening of businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Despite Arrest, Tinhorn Flats Determined to Open Again

The city of Burbank and the owner of Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill continue to face off in their ongoing battle over coronavirus-related closures, most recently with the arrest of the owner’s son, Lucas Lapejian.

Burbank Locks Tinhorn Flats, and Again Owner Cuts It Off

The city of Burbank on Wednesday morning put a red tag of condemnation on the defiant Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill and padlocked its doors for a second time.

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LAEDC Foresees Significant But Not Complete Recovery in 2021

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. reported an optimistic outlook for the county in its monthly economic briefing this week.

Fernando Award Foundation Names Co-Chairs

The Fernando Award Foundation board of directors announced Monday the election of co-chairs Mark Levinson and Pegi Matsuda.

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Valley Hotels Sign Agreement on ADA Compliance

Ten hotels in the Valley region have signed agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s office to resolve investigations of non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ventura County Coast Launches Video to Reassure Meeting Planners on Hotel Safety

Ventura County Lodging Association has launched a virtual tour to assure meeting planners it is safe to schedule in-person conferences and trade shows at local hotels.

Habit Hamburgers to Health Staff

Catering fleet carries meals to Valley vaccination sites.

As part of an initiative to increase community service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Habit Burger Grill is hosting over a dozen events at local vaccination sites to feed frontline workers.

Chick-Fil-A Opens In Glendale

Chain continues expansion during the pandemic.

A new Chick-fil-A franchise has opened in the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale.

Skateland Makes Way For Homeless

Closed rink conversion to provide bridge housing.

Roller rink Skateland has permanently closed after six decades in business, with the iconic Northridge building slated to become a bridge-housing facility through the nonprofit Hope of the Valley.

Business Activists

REGULATION: Restaurants and gyms in Ventura County organize to ‘fight back’ on COVID rules.

Ventura County businesses that defied lockdown orders and formed a group to fight local governments now want to set up a branch of that group in Los Angeles County.

App-Less Food Delivery Helps Profit Margins

RESTAURANTS: DIY operators avoid DoorDash and the like.

Frank Howell is something of an anomaly. He’s a local restaurateur who didn’t join the lockdown-induced rush to allow services such as GrubHub and Postmates to deliver his food to customers.

Skateland Closes to Become Bridge Housing

Roller rink Skateland has permanently closed after six decades, with the Northridge building slated to become a bridge housing facility through the nonprofit Hope of the Valley.

Lawsuits Against Defiant Businesses Dropped in Ventura County

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to drop lawsuits against five remaining businesses that had ignored coronavirus restrictions forbidding indoor operations.

Area Movie Houses Begin Reopening

With COVID-19 restrictions loosening for most indoor businesses this week, several movie theaters in the area are opening their doors for the first time in months and, for some new cinemas, the first time ever.

Area Museums Can Reopen, but Aren’t – Yet

While Ventura and Los Angeles County restrictions loosened this week, several museums in the area say it will be a bit longer before they’re ready to reopen.

Businesses Can Reopen? Many Won’t Do So Soon

Although many long-suffering Los Angeles County businesses were allowed to reopen Monday – at very limited capacity – at least some in the Valley area said they don’t plan to reopen just yet.