Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The news we are getting is that the former HOWS space in NoHo has been leased by a gym. We had heard that Gold's Gym had previously pulled permits; the news I am hearing now is that the site will be the latest branch of 24 Hour Fitness.
Considering that no less than four membership based gyms operate within a two - three block radius of the site one wonders why the need for a grocery store was not met.
As it stands, the broker handling the sale, Eric Reuveni, made a statement that most of the residents "do not know how to cook." Thus, HOWS or any other grocery store isn't right for the area.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Could it be Henry's Farmers Market?
We had heard earlier this year rumors that Henry's was coming to the location. But Joe B. from Mayor Sam said that permits had been pulled to build a Gold's Gym there. However today we have learned from sources that principles involved in the transaction have confirmed a market is coming and that the name will be announced next week.
Henry's, a chain with roots going back before World War II, operates 35 locations in Southern California with a retro-themed, natural foods approach similar to Whole Foods but at a lower price point. Indeed Henry's had actually been owned by Whole Foods before it was aquired by a subsidiary of Smart and Final in 2007.
With a new market moving in and the demise of the HOWS' chain it's sweet justice for a community who was blamed for killing its best chance at an upscale type grocery store. Looks like it wasn't our fault after all.
Let's hope they re-open the wine room, too! Glass of pinot grigio please!
Friday, December 3, 2010
JUST A NOHO
It's a tough time to be running an upscale grocery
chain in Los Angeles. Economic troubles have pushed
the operators of HOWS to shut down all but one of their stores,
reports the LA Times. The flagship Granada Hills location
is selling off their stock, Torrance has been sold off,
Malibu is gearing up to shut down, and
North Hollywood closed months ago
Only the Pasadena location will remain in operation.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
here is what you will miss ...official info:
"Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival Takes a Year Off
For the 2010 holiday season, the Griffith Park Holiday Light Festival
will not be taking place. It is taking a holiday, as a major water
infrastructure project is under construction on Crystal Springs Drive.
We wish everyone a very happy holiday season."
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Monday, October 25th was the kick-off and official "ribbon cutting" with participants from the local Chamber on hand to welcome Skinny's and the food trucks to our hood. Among the trucks participating were Lardon, The Munchie Machine, Cafe con Leche and Papa's Tapas.
According to the folks at Skinny's there will be at least one truck outside each evening with live music inside. Let's hope it draws more people to NoHo!
Here are a few photos of the event:
|Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber President Jack Witt joins his team and the Skinny's team to cut the ceremonial ribbon|
|Food trucks lined up outside Skinny's|
|The Munchie Machine was a favorite.|
|Folks checking out the Lardon (bacon) truck.|
|Skinny's Lounge, the host of it all.|
Monday, September 27, 2010
I grew up in North Hollywood, that's NoHo to you hip people,
walking or biking to the park to give out checkers and balls
receiving free swimming pool tickets.
Other times spending the hot Valley afternoons in the wonderful library,
which had no air conditioning nor restrooms
and computers were not yet -dewey decimal.
The Fire Station for excitement and
Thrifty Drug on Lankershim for 5¢ ice cream cones.
And of course the El Portal Theater was the coldest for movies,
like Godzilla or War of the Worlds,
where we lined up so early we could go into 'free' movies put on
by various religious organizations -theology before science fiction.
Now I bring this all up because those were the few places to,
well let's say, relax or relieve one's self.
TODAY THE FUTURE -subway & busways
all air conditioned as is the computer stocked library,
many restaurants and theaters, and to top it off ...
AUTOMATIC 25¢ RESTROOMS on the corner!
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... in the background of the top photo
is the Pacific Electric North Hollywood Station
as it is today awaiting restoration ...
... in the bottom photo is where a Safeway Market
was for many years the one story building
used throughout the nation ...
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
now REDLINE STATION
Pacific Electric RED CAR AT NORTH HOLLYWOOD STATION
This 1952 photo looks toward Lankershim where you can see
the SAFEWAY building, the archetecture used throughout the USA.
It became a Pep Boys before the
Redline construction of the current subway station.
[ click on photo to enlarge ]
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Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sunland Tujunga WATERMELON FESTIVAL
at Sunland Park August 2010
food games rides and free WATERMELON
this year using resident invention the WaterMelomatic
creating wonderful cool slices right to your hand.
For those seeking knowledge this festival occurs every year
at this time in Sunland Tujunga
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
San Fernando Valley has been Chandler Blvd.
I know the RED CAR rode it's rails and I myself
remember freight trains moving though it.
Gone are the RED CARS, gone are the freight trains.
Hello METRO Subway Station. Now, going to the west
is the Orange Line, a concrete busway
with futuristic vehicles.+
Buswise, I remember sitting on noisy hot tin can buses,
that was when I was young, in the 1950's.
Don't get me wrong, I loved those buses,
and the RED CARS that still were running
from Downtown to Long Beach.
pacific electric red car
Going towards Burbank this Railway Right of Way
has been turned into a community event.
Families walking, skaters, bicyclers, dogs...
NOHO ART WALKWAY
A Bike and Pedestrian Way
from Vineland east to Clyborn
at the Burbank city line.
Many of the warehouses and
businesses that line the tracks in Noho have various art
painted on the building sides that used to face the tracks,
and they now line this new community walk/bikeway.
(click to enlarge pics)
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
were here in NoHo
NoHo's few years old and now closed HOWS Market
is memorialized in a series of ABC TV's Desperate Housewives
segments, this week with a small discussion occurring in the
market's alley entrance with HOWS umbrellas in background.
... and HOWS is mentioned in the scripts!!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
in with the HOUSEWIVES
As I hinted a while back
in "How's We Doin'"
- I said, Just ask any housewife,
Big Time TV came to NoHo last
month airing recently...
I could not tell you at that time,
that all last month Desperate
Housewives episode called "The Chase"used the now
defunct How's and maybe soon to be a Fresh & Easy
as a location shoot, right in our town.
Friday, March 5, 2010
On our late nite food quest we wanted a little less of our
99% beef intake, so we headed down Magnolia almost to
Cahuenga and stopped by POQUITO MAS which heralds
"We Don't Serve Fast Food...
We Serve Fresh Food As Fast As We Can ®"
...while you go the salsa bar and get your goodies
(esp the dark smokey brown salsa, ummm)
your food is cooked right in front of you.
We got the Ahi Tuna Burritos, hefty and DEElishious
and the Ahi is charbroiled not fried!
Second was the Jack and Cheddar Nachos,
NO cheezewiz here,
and don't forget the Horchata.
10651 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(No.Ho. Arts District )
Friday, February 12, 2010
...is he waiting for some bicycle lanes in NoHo?
(SEE Daily News Tony Castro article
that explains all about this Van of Bikes.)
Monday, February 1, 2010
in DownTown NoHo in 2007, has closed operations.
The 24 hour market had a wine tasting room that was popular,
but obviously not enough,
the Hows' -Hughes Family Grocers- leaving our town.
Do not fret though, you can go out to Granada Hills
or as seen in my pics as I drove from Rosemead Walmart
with a TV in the back of my truck for my son's birthday (40th),
a Hows in Pasadena.
oh, there are some doin's @Hows NoHo (closed) in February,
just ask any HouseWife...