Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert

Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)

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

Recent Stories

Princess Ship Resumes Cruising from L.A. Port

The longest-serving vessel of the Santa Clarita-based Princess Cruises fleet on Friday became the first ship to resume service from the Port of Los Angeles since passenger cruises shut down early last year.

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Employers Seek COVID Clarity

REGULATION: New federal rules remain a work in progress.

Employers seek clarity in new federal rules for COVID vaccinations.

Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Runs in Valley

Stage entertainment, food trucks and events for survivors raise money for research and services.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is hosting rallies across the Valley region this month to connect communities and raise funds to help save lives from cancer.

Hotel Staffers Are Just a Whistle Away

Messaging service facilitates communications with guests.

Jonathan Rojas is the co-founder of Whistle Messaging, an internal and guest communication software for hotels and hospitality businesses.

Budget-Conscious Children’s Fashion

Website sells used apparel curated into outfits at set prices.

Valley resident creates website to sell used children’s apparel at set prices.

Startup Monitors Athletes’ Head Impacts

Founder tapped his experience in both sports and technology.

Anthony Gonzales is chief executive and co-founder of Force Impact Technologies Inc.

State Grant To Educate Underbanked

$100,000 goes to Van Nuys group for financial literacy.

Center for Living and Learning, a nonprofit in Van Nuys, was awarded a $100,000 grant from the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.

Conejo Valley Brewery Gets Top Honor

Pedals and Pints wins award at Casa Pacifica competition

Pedals & Pints wins at Casa Pacifica’s beer competition.

Two Brewers Met at the Phone Company

Tap room operators shifted to beer-to-go during pandemic.

Jaime Hernandez and Tony Santa Cruz met at their jobs working for a phone company when they discovered their mutual love of brewing beer.

Sherman Oaks Multifamily Trades for $10.5 Million

The 24-unit multifamily property called Vue Sherman Oaks has sold for $10.5 million.

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Agoura Hills Office Campus Sells for $18.5 Million

Platinum Court, a two-building suburban office campus in Agoura Hills, has sold for $18.5 million, according to Calabasas-based brokerage Marcus & Millichap Inc.

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County Orders Vaccine Mandate for Bars, Clubs

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will begin requiring verification of a recent negative COVID-19 test or vaccination for employees and attendees of indoor bars, clubs and lounges.

Applebee’s Strikes Exclusive Beverage Deal with PepsiCo

Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill announced a new partnership with PepsiCo to serve an exclusive Mountain Dew flavor to customers of the Glendale-based restaurant chain.

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Earthquake Rattles Residents, But Results in No Damage

An earthquake just outside of Thousand Oaks rattled residents but didn’t produce any reported damage or disruption to businesses.

Surprises in MGA’s New Dollhouse

Mansion features drive-thru diner and swimming pool.

Chatsworth-based MGA Entertainment Inc. announced late last month the launch of the LOL OMG House of Surprises, a dollhouse featuring 1980s themed rooms, as featured in the “LOL Surprise!” series on YouTube.

L.A. City Offers Free Business Counseling

Program will focus on financial management and credit improvement in pandemic’s aftermath.

City of Los Angeles starts program to provide small business owners with counseling.

Jafra Debuts Unisex Scent Called Nuud

Product combines vanilla, wood for ‘genderless’ aroma.

Jafra Cosmetics International, a Westlake Village based cosmetic and skincare company, announced the launch of its new unisex fragrance, called Nuud, “for him, her and they.”

On-the-Spot Seller

PROFILE: Bob Yallen at Inter/Media matches celebrities with brands for direct-response television campaigns.

An interview with Robert Yallen of direct response advertising firm Inter/Media Group of Cos. in Woodland Hills.

‘New Old’ Vibe

development: Renewed Sportsmen’s Lodge aims to deliver upscale shops with a sense of the site’s history.

Redevelopment of Sportsmen’s Lodge to deliver upscale stores with a sense of history.

Bros. Grow Chain After Virus Surge

Siblings look to duplicate their Canoga Park flagship restaurant.

Siblings look to duplicate their Canoga Park Middle Eastern restaurant.

Business Groups React to National Vaccine Mandate

The Biden administration's new rule announced Thursday mandating vaccines for private employers could provoke “fallout,” but it succeeds in creating a simple regulatory framework, according to business groups.

Preview: Sportsmen's Lodge Repurposed for Chic Retail

Former fishing hole to reopen this month.

NewMark Merrill Hires New Controller, Creates Director of Finance Position

NewMark Merrill Cos., a Woodland Hills-based retail center owner, announced Wednesday the hiring of a new controller and the creation of a new director of finance position.

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Whole Foods to Open Store Without Cashiers in Sherman Oaks

Whole Foods Market announced Wednesday that it will open a new Sherman Oaks store next year without cashiers featuring Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, which allows customers to pay for groceries by QR code or the wave of their palm.

Affordable Housing Financier Alliant Capital Acquired for $696 Million

Alliant Capital Ltd., and its affiliates Alliant Strategic Investments and ADC Communities, have been acquired by Walker & Dunlop Inc. for $696 million.

New Habit Burger Grill Opens in Sylmar

Habit Burger Grill, the Irvine-based fast-casual restaurant chain, opened a new restaurant at the Sylmar Town Center.

Rexford to Reposition Buildings Near Van Nuys Airport

Rexford Industrial Realty has made the off-market acquisition of an industrial property in Van Nuys for $12.4 million.

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Encino Investment Firm Sells Washington State Apartments for $75 Million

New Standard Equities, an Encino-based multifamily property company, announced it completed the sale of Atlas Apartment Homes in Port Orchard, Wash., for $75.2 million.

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Delta Variant the ‘New Villain’ in L.A. County’s Recovery, Per LAEDC Report

The L.A. regional economy continued a slow recovery last month as spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant gave rise to concerns about further business restrictions.

Dentist Puts Smile On Innocent Man

Wrongly convicted, he receives pro bono work in Moorpark.

Dentist provides free dental work to wrongly convicted man.

A Styrofoam Ban in 2022

Camarillo forbids take-out packaging at restaurants.

The Camarillo City Council has passed an ordinance that prohibits restaurants from distributing food in Styrofoam beginning Jan 1.

Family Lessons Prove Their Value in Pandemic

LIST: Portable toilet provider follows market to switch from concerts to COVID stations.

Portable toilet provider Andy Gump Temporary Site Services finds ways to adapt to a new market for sanitation stations.

MetroLink to Extend Saturday Trips

Commuter railway runs farther on weekends.

Metrolink has expanded its Ventura County Line Saturday service, as of Aug. 14, to include Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura-East stations and promote business recovery in the region.


Why business founders have decided to cash out rather than weather the pandemic storm.

Family-run firms and other small businesses are opting to sell rather than continue weathering the storm.

Liberate Yourself Opens in Valley

Spiritual healing center offers ‘metaphysical tools.’

Spiritual healing and hypnosis center Liberate Yourself opens in Sherman Oaks.

L.A. County Inspectors Find 99 Percent of Businesses COVID Compliant

Last week Los Angeles County Department of Public Health inspectors visited 1,874 businesses and issued only five citations — representing a fraction of 1 percent of businesses visited.

Burbank’s Counterintuity Buys Digital Marketing Firm

Burbank-based marketing agency Counterintuity has acquired the website and app development business of Digital Natives, a 10-year-old New York City-based digital marketing firm.

Applebee’s Forges Marketing Partnership With Country Singer

Applebee’s announced a partnership with Country music singer Walker Hayes whose viral song “Fancy Like” will promotes the chain as perfect for date night.

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Loop Media Launches Wiggles Channel on Roku

Loop Media has expanded its partnership with Roku to bring the Wiggles Channel exclusively to the streaming service.

IHOP to Open New Restaurants in Canada

IHOP announced a new franchise deal with Canadian real estate developer K2 Group, with plans to develop at least five restaurants across Ontario over the next five years.

Banks of the Future

Financial institutions cater to new consumer preferences.

House sale website from Everhome Realty Inc. to fund expansion through reverse merger.

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CEO Takes Command of Gratitude

Air Force general assumes leadership role in Chatsworth.

Operation Gratitude named retired Air Force general as chief executive.

New Headquarters for Hope of the Valley

Homeless organization signs lease-to-buy deal for 25,000-square-foot building in North Hills.

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission has relocated from its head office space in Pacoima and entered into a lease-to-own agreement for a building in North Hills, with plans to expand services to fill the old space.

Black Beauty Shops Focus of Program

Cohort of entrepreneurs to receive training, networking.

The nonprofit organization Local Initiatives Support Corp. Los Angeles announced late last month it is launching the Black Business Excellence Technical Assistance Initiative, or BBET, to support Black-owned personal care businesses in L.A. County.

Inflation Takes Toll on Cheesecake’s Share Price

RESTAURANTS: Calabasas chain looks to open 14 more locations by year’s end.

Inflation takes toll on Cheesecake Factory Inc.’s share price.

Chip Shortage Translates to Higher Auto Prices

LIST: Dealerships report slim inventory to meet strong demand on car lots.

Chip shortage translates to higher car prices as dealers report slim inventory to meet strong demand.

Dog-Walking App For Stay at Homers

Users map routes, connect with other pet owners for playdates.

Paway combines route mapping with community building for dogs and their owners.

IHOP Introduces Wine and Beer Menu

IHOP started the pilot launch of a new menu featuring beers, wines and champagne at locations in San Diego and New Mexico.

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Metrolink’s Ventura Line Expands Saturday Service

Metrolink announced Monday it will expand its Ventura County Line Saturday service to Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura-East stations beginning Aug. 14.

Earnings Reports: BlackLine, Dine Brands, CRC

BlackLine Inc., Dine Brands Global Inc. and California Resources Corp. report second-quarter financial results.