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2017 Annual All Property Owners Meeting

The boards of directors for both the Central Hollywood Coalition and the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance will host their joint annual gathering on Thursday, August 24, 2017.  The program will address the challenges and opportunities that the BID team has been addressing, from homelessness and public safety trends to development and planning, as well as BID renewal.

The meeting will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Oscar Room, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. It will be followed by a wine reception and appetizers from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parking is available on site for $10.

All property owners, and their representatives, in both districts are invited to attend. Please RSVP to 323-463-6767 or email lorin@hollywoodbid.org.

 

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August 8, 2017

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Delicious Mediterranean Fare at Farida

Everyone in Hollywood should be excited about Farida, which might be the most exciting restaurant to arrive in Hollywood in awhile. Mediterranean food is certainly the cuisine of the moment, so at first glance it might appear that the owner, George Abou-Daoud, is simply meeting audience demand. He is, but that would also be dismissing just how special Farida is.

The Mediterranean flavors at Farida are ones that George is very well acquainted with, having grown up with them. So it’s a coming home of sorts. But everyone in Hollywood is all the better for it, as Farida complements his nearby, long-standing restaurants Delancey and The Bowery.

Interior of Farida in Hollywood. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

The dishes are well done, incorporating ingredients and flavors of the Middle East while utilizing Californian sensibilities. Fresh produce and sharable plate sizes work well within Farida’s well curated, perfectly sized menu. There are more vegetable dishes than meat options, putting the variety of flavors of the ingredients front and center. The majority of the food menu is $13 and under, making the restaurant a place where everyone can enjoy themselves.

Menu offerings at Farida on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Vibrant colors line the interior of the restaurant, with colorful bar stools, patterned tile, warm hued walls and comfortable lounge and table seating. The flavors of the food are well suited to the restaurant ambiance, thanks to dishes like their fluffy lavender baghrir crepes; golden, buttery pastry pies with nabulsi cheese and sweet-earthy baby beets & freekeh with French feta and mint.

Baby Beets with french feta, freekeh, cardamom, pine nuts, lemon, local olive oil, and Persian mint at Farida in Hollywood. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

As for proteins, the real shining star is the mountain prepped lamb awarma with hummus bi tahini, which is cured in olive oil for 30 days and seasoned with nut, fig and sumac, topped with lamb cracklin’s and furnished with soft egg, pickled turnip, feta, radish and beet chips. It’s only $24 yet the most expensive plate on the menu.

Mountain Prep Lamb Awarma with hummus, ​olive oil cured eggplant makdous, nut & fig medley, sumac, lamb cracklins’, soft egg, pickled turnip, feta, beet chips, herbs, and za’atar pita at Farida in Hollywood. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

The drinks menu offers a variety of cocktails, beers, and red and white wines by the glass or bottle, mostly from California, France, Spain and Italy. The multiple seating options throughout the restaurant are also a welcome feature, allowing you and your friends the luxury of choosing between bar, table and lounge seating.

Farida offers great, affordable food that tastes great in just the kind of setting you prefer — without all the fuss. Whether for lunch, dinner or drinks, Farida is just the neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant you want, highlighting the best of Californian ingredients. So stop on by for a little bit or for a long, long time.

Interior of Farida in Hollywood. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Farida
6266 Sunset Blvd.
www.faridarestaurant.com


Esther Tseng is a freelance food and drink writer. She has contributed to Eater, Thrillist, LA Tourism, Visit West Hollywood, Serious Drinks, and more. She practices Pilates, spins and snowboards to counter all the calories she consumes and loves to travel, whether for work or leisure.

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March 6, 2017

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Sunset & Dine: A Tradition Continues

Held on the campus of The Center at Blessed Sacrament in the heart of Hollywood, the fifth annual Sunset & Dine event took place September 1st, featuring an abundance of area restaurants and bars. A silent auction, free attendee raffle tickets for a Mama Shelter gift card, and both DJs and live entertainment curated by Amoeba Music, completed the fun and festive night.

Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Center itself is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness and isolation in Hollywood, providing a safe and welcoming space for those who are homeless, and serving as a hub of leadership in fighting chronic homelessness. The Center also offers a variety of quality-of-life engagement programs such as art, poetry, recovery groups, and other holistic activities.

Along with supporting the Center, the event featured title sponsorship from Stop the Housing Ban, the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs, whose booth at the event provided information on voting against the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. The initiative is essentially a new housing ban whose passage could increase rents, cost jobs, and worsen homelessness issues.

The Coalition to Protect L.A. Jobs & Neighborhoods / Stop the Housing Ban at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Coalition to Protect L.A. Jobs & Neighborhoods / Stop the Housing Ban at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The importance of understanding this initiative and the Center’s worthy fund-raising goals aside, Sunset & Dine is a terrific night of food-driven entertainment. The range of restaurants and bars made the event a lot of fun, from sushi to cream puffs, from delicious craft cocktails to tastes of trendy new dining spots.

Food stand-outs included Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream complete with sundae-topping bar; the delicate yet spicy flavor in the thin sliced hamachi from new, sleek Paley. restaurant; mini-pies including the superlative Mexican chocolate from The Pie Hole, promoting their new Hollywood and Vine location; and vibrant, crisp salads from Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop, Wood & Vine, and Sweetgreen.

Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Dandy Don’s Homemade Ice Cream at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Pie Hole at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Pie Hole at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Paley. at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Paley. at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

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Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Wood & Vine at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Wood & Vine at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Sweetgreen at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Sweetgreen at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Cleo at The Redbury served up some delicious mini Feta tarts, grape leaves, and hummus. The Melt offered a rich macaroni and cheese, as well as a salad featuring grilled cheese croutons. Not cheesy enough? Magnolia also served up a stellar mac n’ cheese, while Smoke’s Poutinerie offered a massive helping of their definitive dish: crispy fries topped with gravy and cheese curds.

Cleo at The Redbury at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Cleo at The Redbury at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Melt at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Melt at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Smoke's Poutinerie at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Smoke’s Poutinerie at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

There were well-known chain spots such as Dave & Busters, who dished up their mac n’ cheese take, and the Hollywood McDonald’s branch, providing samples of McCafe coffees and sliced apples; and there were food booths from local spots like ikabsa, whose Arab cuisine included a really terrific sweet rice, and 100% organic sourcing. Ciabatta Bar’s marinara sauce pasta and delicious breads were a great introduction to the spot, and Blue C’s sushi was a beautifully crafted mix of sweet – green tea flavored rice crisp, and spicy fresh fish. Blue C also provided a “Plate Stackers Club” card which rewards repeated dining visits with $10 off customer meals.

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The team from Blue C Sushi at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

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Ciabatta Bar at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

In the beverage area, The Well was extremely popular with their delicious on-draft Old Fashioneds; next door, Stolen Rum topped smoky tastes with whipped cream, and handed out mens and ladies T-shirts to attendees. Tinhorn Flats and 33 Taps offered tasty brews, with Devotion Vodka, Diablo Beverages, John & Pete’s Fine Wines and Spirits, and Evian also quenching thirsts.

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The Well / Vintage Bar Group served cocktails at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Stolen Rum at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Stolen Rum at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

LA Arts Online took photos of event participants, available for free download on their website; and Amoeba made the evening hum, first spinning records, and then hosting Gabriel Garzon- Montano live on stage. Another nice touch: a wheel spin for a $1 charitable donation, which provided prizes such as $5 off at Amoeba’s vast music store, canvas bags, and psychedelic turntable covers.

Exhibition booths such as property developments Eastown, The Camden, and Hollywood Proper Residences showed off sleek and attractive living space, while the Los Angeles Film School and Emerson College Los Angeles offered information about their educational programs. Blessed Sacrament School also had a booth, showcasing their Pre-K through 7th grade classes.

Eastown at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Eastown at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Emerson College Los Angeles at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Emerson College Los Angeles at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Los Angeles Film School at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

The Los Angeles Film School at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Hollywood Proper Residences at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Hollywood Proper Residences at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

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Blessed Sacrament School at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

At the Silent Auction, a strong mix of restaurant gift cards, Pantages Theatre tickets, and a hotel stay at Loews Hollywood netted eager bidders.

One of the most appealing aspects of the event – besides the great food and drink, music, and worthy cause – was the mix of attendees. From families to foodies, there was something for everyone to enjoy, and the low key vibe made this year’s Sunset & Dine a great spot to linger as the sun sunk behind a skyline dotted with palm trees and the neon marquis of Hollywood Boulevard’s El Capitan Theater.

The full list of food, drink, and exhibition vendors on hand include:

Blue C Sushi

Chocolate Bar

Ciabatta Bar

Cleo at the Redbury

Dandy Don’s HomeMade Ice Cream

Dave & Busters

Devotion Vodka

Diabolo Beverages

Evian Water

Fabiolus Cucina

Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

ikabsa

John & Pete’s Fine Wine & Spirits

Kiki Made Kitchen

Magnolia Hollywood

McDonalds of Hollywood

The Melt

Noodle World Jr.

Paley.

The Pie Hole

Primo’s Donuts

Smoke’s Poutinerie

Stolen Rum

Sweetgreen

33 Taps

Tinhorn Flats

Urban Masala

The Well / Vintage Bar Group

Wood & Vine

Assemblymember Richard Bloom

Blessed Sacrament School

The Camden

The Center in Hollywood

Coalition to Protect L.A. Jobs & Neighborhoods/Stop the Housing Ban

Eastown

Emerson College Los Angeles

Hollywood Proper Residences

LAArtsOnline.com

The Los Angeles Film School

MarkyMakeup.com

Pantages Theatre

Hollywood Wilshire YMCA

Special thanks to all our sponsors! The title sponsor was  Stop the Housing Ban, the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs. Premiere sponsors included Hudson Pacific Properties and The Los Angeles Film School. Gold sponsors included The Camden, Emerson College Los Angeles, and Paramount Contractors & Developers. The event was also made possible in part by these community sponsors: Amoeba, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, LAArtsOnline.com, NthoNet Inc., Siren Studios.

DJ from Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

DJ from Amoeba Music at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Fabiolus Cucina at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)

Fabiolus Cucina at Sunset & Dine 2016. (Photo by Genie Davis)


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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September 12, 2016

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR FIFTH ANNUAL “SUNSET & DINE” SEPTEMBER 1, PRESENTED BY THE COALITION TO PROTECT L.A. NEIGHBORHOODS & JOBS/STOP THE HOUSING BAN

Food festival to feature 20+ Hollywood restaurants and a concert headlined by Gabriel Garzón-Montano; tickets to last year’s event sold out.

Guests to the fifth annual Sunset & Dine food festival will sample food, wine and beer from more than 20 restaurants located near the famed intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street. A wide variety of cuisines will be featured, from chef-driven menus to local favorites, alongside entertainment curated by Amoeba Music. Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano is headlining this year’s concert.

“Sunset & Dine is a neighborhood tradition, a celebration held under the stars,” said Fabio Conti of Fabiolus Cucina. “Since 2000, more than $4.8 billion has been invested and announced for Hollywood.  If you haven’t been to Hollywood lately, Sunset & Dine is a chance to get a taste of its future as a creative capital of the world.”

The event sold out in 2015.

The $35 tickets include food, beverages and entertainment. Children under 12 attend free of charge. Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament.

Sunset & Dine 2016 will take place at The Center at Blessed Sacrament, 6636 Selma Ave., in Hollywood on Thursday, September 1 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

“In a community like Hollywood, there’s an abundance of talent, creativity and passion,” said Joyce Williams-Maxwell of Emerson College Los Angeles. “The Sunset & Dine food festival brings together people from industries as diverse as film, business and education to taste the flavors of Hollywood and build community spirit.”

The Central Hollywood Coalition, the non-profit board that manages the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District, hosts Sunset & Dine to shine a spotlight on the vibrant creative community active in Hollywood.

Sunset & Dine is presented by the Coalition to Protect L.A. Neighborhoods & Jobs/Stop the Housing Ban. Premiere sponsors are Hudson Pacific Properties and The Los Angeles Film School. Gold sponsors include The Camden, Emerson College Los Angeles and Paramount Contractors & Developers.

Click here for tickets.

Participating restaurants:

·         Beso

·         Blue C Sushi

·         Ciabatta Bar

·         Chocolate Bar Pastry Cafe

·         Cleo at the Redbury

·         Dandy Don’s Ice Cream

·         Dave & Busters

·         Fabiolus Cucina

·         Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop

·         ikabsa

·         Kiki Made Kitchen

·         McDonald’s of Hollywood

·         The Melt

·         Noodle World Jr.

·         Paley.

·         The Pie Hole

·         Smoke’s Poutinerie

·         Stickhouse Gelato

·         Sweetgreen

·         Tinhorn Flats

·         33 Taps

·         Urban Masala

·         The Well / Vintage Bar Group

·         Wood & Vine

 

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August 25, 2016

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano to Headline Sunset & Dine 2016

Introducing singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker Gabriel Garzón-Montano. Born to a Colombian father and a French mother, Gabriel spent his early years mastering the violin, guitar, and drums, before turning to the piano and bass guitar to better complete his compositions. By the time he graduated from Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music, the foundations for his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, were already laid.

A heartfelt tribute to the role of family, love, and the City’s unavoidable lifestyle, Bishouné: Alma del Huila collects six songs performed and recorded at Henry Hirsch’s famed Waterfront Studios. Renovated from an old church, Henry’s home provided Gabriel with the right tools and environs needed to realize his demos to the songs included on this EP.

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Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2″ tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of “6 8” and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel’s world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer.

Gabriel’s compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. “Everything Is Everything” captures the carefree nature of young summers in stark contrast to the inevitable maturity and subservience to life’s rat race in “Keep On Running”. Those thick grooves give way to slinky, bittersweet ballads and psychotropic-addled burners in “Naeja” and “Me Alone”, the latter decorated with tongue-in-cheek lyricism.

Sunset & Dine is proud to present Gabriel Garzón-Montano as our 2016 Headlining Performer!

Sunset & Dine 2016
Thursday, September 1 at Blessed Sacrament Church
6636 Selma Ave.
Tickets available at www.sunsetanddine.org


Gabriel Garzón-Montano article in Spin Magazine

Gabriel Garzón-Montano interview with Complex

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August 9, 2016

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Touring The Neighborhood

A Starline van pulled up in front of the BID headquarters this week. But no one was selling tours of the movie star homes or promised any celebrity sightings.  Instead, six board members from the two boards who manage the Hollywood Entertainment District BID and the Sunset & Vine BID set out to see the nooks and crannies of Hollywood that fall within the boundaries of both Districts.

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Board members from both BIDs met at the office before heading out on a tour bus to view areas of each District. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

The two BIDs cover a wide swath of downtown Hollywood, and are virtually linked at the hip at Selma Avenue.  Over the next year, considerable thought will be given to the renewal efforts underway for these two BIDs.  Should they be renewed as separate BIDs or should they be merged?  Should the boundaries change?

The group set out and first toured the western edge of the HED, referred to as the “live-work hub.” This is the section of Hollywood that borders a residential neighborhood and has a distinctly neighborhood feel, despite its proximity to the “tourist zone” between Orange and McCadden.

Next they toured the section currently referred to as “Selma Mainstreet” where there is the excitement of development and a pedestrian experience that is beginning to feel like parts of Brooklyn. At Wilcox and Selma, Grant King, Managing Partner of the Hollywood International Regional Center LLC hopped on the bus and shared news about the soon to be completed Dream Hotel.   He also described plans for two more restaurants, under the ownership of the Tao Group, and another hotel.

Grant King addressed the board members on the BID bus tour on the plans for the Dream Hotel. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Grant King addressed the board members on the BID bus tour on the plans for the Dream Hotel. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Brian Folb, Sunset board member representing Paramount Contractors & Developers, found this upbeat news quite compelling. “How they plan to transform this area into a tourist destination with over 700 hotel rooms planned on either side of Selma, and two renowned destination restaurants, is a game changer,” observed Folb.

From Selma the group travelled north on Cahuenga to witness transformation that has occurred on the south of Hollywood Blvd. section, and the potential that exists north of the Boulevard. Travelling east on Yucca, Kerry Morrison pointed out that the BID incorporates both sides of the street, and AMDA Board member Tony Zimbardi pointed out all the student housing that has been procured around the campus, north of Yucca.

At Argyle and Yucca, the Kimpton Hotel, under development, was observed.  Information was shared about projects in the pipeline at the SE and SW corners.

The last section to be viewed in the Hollywood BID was the “Gateway East” section, extending from Gower to the 101 Freeway.

The travelers entered the Sunset BID via Bronson, and ventured down toward Van Ness to see where Hudson Pacific Properties’ beautiful Icon building is nearing completion.  Circumnavigating the big block that Sunset-Bronson Studios is located on allowed the group to appreciate the size of some of the large studio-owned parcels in the Sunset BID.

Board members and BID staff aboard the Starline bus. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Board members and BID staff aboard the Starline bus. (Photo by Devin Strecker)

Along Sunset Boulevard, heading west, evidence of the development boom was quite exciting to see. Considering what did not exist at the time the Sunset BID was formed in 2007 (Emerson College, Columbia Square, and others) this section of Sunset Blvd. has turned into a more vibrant live/work/study sub-district.

Driving south on Vine Street, the BID tourists were able to view some of the challenges that lie ahead to create a more pedestrian friendly neighborhood. Plans are underway to rebuild the St. John Armenian Church and Kilroy’s Academy Square project will help to transform the street.  This is a stretch of the SVBID that has great potential as the southern gateway to Hollywood.

Finally, the group headed west on Sunset Boulevard to look at the line of demarcation between the BID (Cassil Place). West of Cassil, extending to Highland, represents an area under consideration for inclusion into the BID (either Sunset or Hollywood) in the new term.  It was noted that the sidewalks were dirty and weeds and trash were evident, documenting the difference between an area which is being cared for and one that is left to its own devices.

After the tour, the group repaired to Fabiolus to debrief and enjoy lunch.  Mark Stephenson, Hollywood board member representing Hollywood United Methodist church said, “the tour provided clarity about security issues and parts of the BID which need more development and TLC.”

Fred Rosenthal, Sunset board member representing Ametron, was glad he took the time to join the tour. “I am truly amazed at the amount of positive development that is occurring Hollywood – from hotels, apartments and office complexes.”


Kerry Morrison is executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance.  She serves as a Mayoral appointee to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and blogs at www.onlyinhollywood.org.

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August 1, 2016

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Hollywood Style: Salons to Twist, Blow, and Style Your Locks

Looking for a perfect hair cut or style? Hollywood has what you need to get what you want in these three salons, each with their own special take on hair-care.

REHAB Salon is an acronym for “roots exclusive hair and beauty.” Located at 1515 N. Cahuenga Blvd., this full service salon welcomes men, women, and children. “We do cut, color, and natural styles including braids, twists, weaves, and dreadlocks,” owner Aklia Chinn says. “We have four stylists and a barber on duty full-time, so that we can offer barber cuts, fades, and line-ups.”

Rehab Salon owner Aklia Chinn.

Rehab Salon owner Aklia Chinn.

The salon has been in business for 10 years, but it isn’t Chinn’s first foray into Hollywood glamor. “I opened my designer jewelry business, Aklia’s, in 1997,” she explains. The salon is located behind the boutique, which features global art objects as well as jewelry and textiles. Chinn wanted to diversify and collaborated with a professional hair stylist to come up with the concept for the salon.

A large portion of REHAB’s clientele is African American. “I don’t know of many others in the area focused on African American haircare and that sets us apart. Beyond that, our setting is a unique experience. Our clients enter through the shop, we always have incense burning, jazz or lounge music playing. It’s not a fast-paced, rushed experience; it’s a comfortable one, where people tend to feel at home,” Chinn notes. The salon itself is decorated with authentic folk art barber signs from West Africa, Moroccan mirrors and lanterns.

“Our most unique service is our locks, or dreadlocks. We offer everything from everyday dreadlock maintenance to elaborate styles like braiding, twists, and wraps that include yarn, beads, and pendants.”

Rehab Salon, Hollywood’s premier boutique salon specializing in Wavy, Curly, and Kinky hair.

Rehab Salon, Hollywood’s premier boutique salon specializing in Wavy, Curly, and Kinky hair.

At Blo Blow Dry Bar at 6250 Hollywood Blvd. at the W Hotel (pictured in the photo at the top of this post), it’s not cuts but styling that this trendy salon offers. Stylist Veronica Ruiz says the pink-and-white-decorated salon lives up to its tag line “no cuts, no color: just wash, blo, go.” While the salon serves more women than men, they do get some male customers, and both sexes enjoy one of their most unique services. “That would be head massages,” Ruiz says. “We offer them to help people relax on a busy day.” The salon provides make-up services as well as hair styling, with styling services even including labor-intensive up-dos. “When clients come to us, they can relax with a head massage, get their hair styled, and get their make-up done so they’re all ready to go out, day or night.” The salon has eight styling sections and is open seven days a week starting as early as 7 a.m.

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The sleek, modern interior of Blo Blow Dry Bar, located at the W Hollywood Hotel, on the Argyle side.

Hair by Nico at 1600 Vine Street offers a full range of cuts, colors, and services such as Brazilian blow-outs, according to owner Nico Colon. “What I do is I take the Vidal Sassoon style of hair cutting to another level. I’ve created a new way to cut hair that makes cuts last longer, so that when my clients come to the salon, it’s because they want a hair cut, not because they need one.”

Nico Colon, owner of Hair by Nico, talents have been spotlighted on VH1 and CBS's "The Dr. Phil Show" where he was able to demonstrate his craft to millions of viewers through the world.

Nico Colon, owner of Hair by Nico.

Colon says clients thrive on his long-lasting cuts. “You can choose when you want to come in, you’re not pressured to come in after a certain number of weeks because the shape of your cut will stay there.”

Colon cuts and styles both men and women at his sleekly modern, elegant eleven-year-old salon. Nico himself has been cutting hair for 24 years, and has been spotlighted on VH1, the CW, and CBS on The Dr. Phil Show.

With relaxing music playing and cutting edge fashion videos on studio screens, Colon says the salon is considered a “mini-vacation” by his clients. But above all else, the Hair by Nico experience is about – hair. “I’m very passionate about what I do. My number one thing is doing an amazing haircut, and giving my clients product knowledge, so they walk away knowing how to take care of their hair.”

Hair By Nico is located at 1600 Vine.

Hair By Nico is located at 1600 Vine.


Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.

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July 21, 2016

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Fast But Fresh: 800 Degrees

Hollywood just got a great addition to their fast-casual dining scene in 800 Degrees, the ever-consistent, convenient and delicious option for pizza and salads is now on Vine north of Sunset Boulevard. The beautifully appointed space features a high ceilings, white tile and wooden furnishings harkening back to its former identity as Cafe Was. You’ll start by entering the salads and/or pizza line to order up your food exactly to your specifications.

800 Degrees Pizza is now open at Sunset & Vine. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

800 Degrees Pizza is now open at Sunset & Vine. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Start with their original Neopolitan, crispy or gluten-free crust on which to pile your sauce and toppings. Their bases include Margherita with crushed tomato, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, olive oil and basil; a sauceless Bianca with two cheeses, garlic, oregano and olive oil; Marinara with crushed tomato and garlic (no cheese); and Verde featuring a pinenut-basil pesto and the same two cheese favorites. Choose from a wide selection of meats and cheeses to add to your pie as well as a variety of vegetables. It’s hard not to create a pizza you won’t love.

If you want to leave the combinations up to the experts, you’ll be able to do that, too, with selections such as the Carni pizza, a pepperoni, bacon and ham pie or the Zucca, a white pie with butternut squash, caramelized onions, bacon and rosemary oil.

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800 Degrees Pizza is now open at Sunset & Vine. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

Saddle your pizza up with a choice of 4 burrata dishes and a fresh salad. Choose from varieties such as the Ceasar, chopped, kale and Greek. Warm small bites include meatballs, truffle cheese bread and broccolini roasted with garlic.

The pleasant dining space has plenty of natural sunlight during the day thanks to the two-story structure with top-to-bottom windows. And to further stress the fast-but-fresh concept that 800 Degrees is, you won’t find any of those typical shakers filled with dried red pepper flakes on any of the tables. Instead, you’ll find a batch of fresh red chili flake paste available for the helping at the pick-up service counter – which is where you’ll claim your pie fresh out of the wood-fired oven set to its namesake temperature.

800 Degrees Pizza is now open at Sunset & Vine. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

800 Degrees Pizza is now open at Sunset & Vine. (Photo by Esther Tseng)

800 Degrees
1521 N. Vine Street
www.800degreespizza.com


Esther Tseng is a freelance food and drink writer. She has contributed to Eater, Thrillist, LA Tourism, Visit West Hollywood, Serious Drinks, and more. She practices Pilates, spins and snowboards to counter all the calories she consumes and loves to travel, whether for work or leisure.

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July 13, 2016

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UOHome Showroom Now Open at Space15Twenty

Urban Outfitters has just opened it’s first Home showroom, right here in Hollywood! The pop-up shop is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. through September.

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

Shop the latest home collection from bright, geometric motifs to bohemian accents.  Mix from many design styles, creating a space that is unique to your own style.

From mid-century-inspired bedding to fun Memphis-style room accessories to rich wood furniture with relief carvings. The collection is diverse, but carefully curated to offer pieces that are rooted in the of-the-moment design trends.

Being that the location is a showroom, not a store, shoppers can view the items in person and then order them online; shoppers in store will receive a code for 15% off their order.

Space15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
www.uospaces.com

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

 

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

 

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

The new UOHome Showroom at Space15Twenty in Hollywood. (Photo by Angi Welsch)

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July 12, 2016

image Architecture & Planning

Hollywood Community Plan – The Sequel

A walk through the newsletter archives reveals a front page article in the July 2012 issue of HEDLine News. The title proclaims, “Hollywood Community Plan Passes” and describes the long eight-year journey to the unanimous approval by the Los Angeles City Council on June 19, 2012. The plan outlined policies to protect historic and residential neighborhoods while allowing density along transit corridors. It also aimed to increase green space and reduce traffic through encouraging public transportation options. It was a much needed improvement to the existing plan, last updated in 1988 – a time that pre-dates the invention of the World Wide Web.

So why was the Hollywood community invited to a “Community Plan Scoping Session” at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood on May 17, 2016? To round out this recent history lesson, a lawsuit was filed shortly after the passage of the plan, and in December 2013, a superior court judge ruled that city leaders failed to comply with environmental laws and relied on inaccurate population data. The city was required by the judge to start afresh.

The May 17 “public scoping meeting” provided an opportunity for all members of the community to come together in an “open house” format with staff from the city’s planning department to look at the various elements that will be studied and updated for the new plan. Maps and data were presented showing traffic and mobility patterns, proposed land use and zoning designations, population projections and the like. Because the plan is intended to serve as a blueprint for guiding change and accommodating growth in this community, the population projections are especially important. The following represents data under consideration for forecasting growth:

It will be important for BID stakeholders to participate fully in this planning process and to provide input at the various hearings along the way. The future of Hollywood is at stake, and by the end of 2017, it would be in everyone’s best interest to have a legally defensible blueprint for the future adopted by the City Council. Information about meetings and public hearings will be listed at onlyinhollywood.org/meetings.

 

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June 20, 2016