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By Ruth Sowby | November 26, 2013
“It's a Mustache Bash! It's big. It's stylish.” That was the flier's catchy description of last Friday's event at Katsuya Restaurant at the Americana at Brand. The gimmick was that party-goers were encouraged to come dressed as a character who sports a 'stache. A mere $20 gave you two drinks, unlimited sushi, sliders and mini-cupcakes - the perfect menu for happy hour. At the event's 7 p.m. start, about 80 guests were expected. A live DJ kept the action hoppin'. A “Do-It-Yourself Mustache” station allowed easy access to paper mustaches if you left yours at home.
By Daniel Siegal, | November 6, 2013
When Bloomingdale's opens its new store in the Glendale Galleria on Friday, it will put a cap on a yearlong transformation of the mall from a 1970s-era brick monolith into a new, sleeker shopping center that fits in with the city's bustling retail hub downtown. Larry Martin, the Galleria's general manager, said Tuesday the renovations went hand in hand with the mall's effort to remain a retail flagship in Glendale, along with the neighboring Americana at Brand. “Clearly, this is really a three-block area in downtown Glendale that is a synergy area driving retail sales and customers to the area,” he said.
By Betty Hallock | October 31, 2013
Soup-dumpling temple Din Tai Fung is about to open its doors at the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, with exclusive truffle soup dumplings and a full bar. Its debut is scheduled for Monday. Located next to the lobby entrance of Nordstrom, the new 6,800-square-foot, 160-seat location will be the third Los Angeles-area Din Tai Fung (the other two, known for their long lines, are in Arcadia) and the fourth U.S. outpost of the popular Taiwan-based chain, which has 80 locations worldwide, the Los Angeles Times reported . “The opening of Din Tai Fung is part of the premier lineup of tenants opening at the Americana at Brand during our fifth anniversary," developer Rick J. Caruso said in a statement.
October 23, 2013
The Americana at Brand is looking for help over the holidays and is hosting a job fair on Thursday to find employees who can fill those positions. The job fair will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the park in the Americana. Caruso Affiliated, owner of the Americana, stated in a release about the job fair that it is looking to hire customer service employees to fill concierge ambassador and Santa House helper positions. For more information on the positions, visit . -- Daniel Siegal, Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @Daniel_Siegal . ALSO: Roof tent is no circus for tenants in Glendale Stengel Field Stadium will be demolished Glendora police chief named Jewel City top cop  
By Joe Piasecki, | October 4, 2013
As a teenage news junkie growing up in Yerevan, Armine Amiryan longed to be just like her idol - CNN's Anderson Cooper. At 30, Amiryan is living out her dream as a television news anchor and reporter in Glendale. Only she's doing it in her native tongue. Home to eight Armenian American television stations and no less than 10 Armenian American newspapers, the Jewel City and its environs are becoming an ever-more-central media hub for the diaspora. USArmenia TV - where Amiryan, a Burbank resident, also serves as news director - is an example of a growing Armenian media produced in the United States, one that increasingly mirrors American tastes and ideas.  MAP: Armenian media locations around Los Angeles   With around-the-clock sitcom, reality and broadcast news shows supported by advertising sales, the USArmenia model differs from many older Armenian American media outlets, many of which are closely tied to political parties or interest groups.
By Daniel Siegal, | September 24, 2013
The Rite Aid store at the Americana at Brand may have closed, but the convenience store's corporate parent is still pursuing litigation against the mega-shopping center. Thrifty Payless Inc., Rite Aid's parent company, is suing Americana at Brand LLC in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming fraud because the property taxes and fees charged to Rite Aid substantially exceeded the Americana's estimates, according to court documents. Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower said via email on Tuesday that company officials made a “business decision” to close the store in the Americana at Brand on Aug. 24. “Despite our continuing efforts over several years and desire to do so, we were no longer able to continue operating at this location due to the exorbitant and ever increasing occupancy costs,” she said.
By Daniel Siegal, | September 19, 2013
One of Glendale's original shopping attractions rolls out its fresh digs Friday, as high-end retailer Nordstrom unveils its new location in the Americana at Brand . At 10 a.m. the store will open its doors after about 15 months of construction, welcoming customers to the three-story location. The new Nordstrom is replacing the company's store in the Glendale Galleria II, which closed on Wednesday after 30 years in business. ___ FOR THE RECORD:  A story that appeared on A1 on Sept.
By Daniel Siegal, | August 30, 2013
Digital advertising signs will light up downtown Glendale for the first time now that the City Council has approved a zoning amendment to let the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria use the high-tech displays. The council voted 5-0 last week to approve an amendment of the city's signage zoning overlay for major commercial developments. The overlay zone applies to developments with at least 1 million square feet of commercial or retail space, which currently covers only the Americana and Galleria.
By Brittany Levine, | August 22, 2013
The two top executives at Pacific BMW have changed their proposed 50-unit apartment complex across from the Americana at Brand to a condominium project to offer a different product among an abundance of apartment developments popping up in Glendale's city center. There are roughly 2,000 apartment units under construction - or just steps away from each other - in downtown Glendale, but condominiums have been mostly absent from the development boom. The Americana has had its own condominium units for years and a 26-unit mixed-use condominium complex called Jackson Glen about three blocks away from the glitzy outdoor mall opened earlier this year, but that's it. “We think there's a market for for-sale condominiums,” said Rodney Khan, a consultant representing David Ho and Nick Lam, president and vice president of Pacific BMW. “People that are looking to buy, they really don't have options in downtown.” With the approval of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, the 21,900-square-foot site across from the new Nordstrom can be subdivided so Ho and Lam can sell the 50 units as condominiums with 84 parking spaces.
By Joe Piasecki, | August 17, 2013
Glendale police are still seeking the public's help in identifying a man and woman captured on security footage during a burglary of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream kiosk at the Americana at Brand. Despite releasing the video to news media, police have yet to receive any tips from the public about the suspects' identities, Glendale police Detective Travis Goodreau said Wednesday. The break-in at Häagen-Dazs occurred at 4:20 a.m. on July 28. The nearby Richie Palmer's Pizza kiosk was burglarized around the same time.
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