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July 9, 2012
Two 16-year-old boys were arrested Friday after allegedly stealing a Starbucks tip jar containing $16.16, police said. One of the boys -- whose names weren't released because they are minors -- had been banned earlier that day from the Americana at Brand after he tried to steal a woman's purse at Granville Café. At the Starbucks in the 100 block of South Brand Boulevard, the boys entered about 4:34 p.m. and asked for water, police said. When the manager turned around, the boys the tip jar and ran out. The manager ran after the boys, who left the money behind when she confronted them, according to police.
By Gary Huerta | July 5, 2012
I'm ecstatic about the proposed design for Glendale's float entry in the 2013 Tournament or Roses parade. Seriously. I am. I know, I'm the guy who called for our city to stop putting floats in the parade. And I've been critical of those who support the concept of a float as a marketing tool, mostly because my 20-plus years in marketing and advertising has me believing that anyone who spends more than $100,000 for less than 15 seconds of air time without a focused message is foolish.
July 2, 2012
A 55-year-old transient was arrested Saturday after he allegedly swung nunchakus at a group of passersby at the Americana at Brand, police said. The transient, Norman Gendron, was sitting on the curb about 10:36 p.m. at Central Avenue and Americana Way when he began shouting at a man and two women who had just walked by. He then whipped out his 14-inch nunchucks and started swinging them at the group, according to Glendale police reports. The nunchucks narrowly missed the group, striking a bus stop pole instead.
March 30, 2012
Marine life artist Robert Wyland - best known for painting life-sized whales and other seascapes on buildings - helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act by painting a mural Friday at the Americana at Brand. He had help from a number of officials who used the occasion to launch the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a friendly competition among cities across the U.S. to see who can conserve the most water from March 30 to April 30. The mural is slated for display inside the Anthropologie store, organizers said.
February 20, 2012
Singer Katy Perry is scheduled to appear at the Americana at Brand around 4 p.m. Wednesday to promote her new line of false eyelashes. Perry, who was nominated this year for two Grammys, will be on the green at the Americana at Brand to show off the line of fake eyelashes she created in association with Eylure. For a chance to meet Perry, fans can go to the Americana at Brand's Facebook page and enter to win one of 10 passes, receive an autographed limited edition lash pack and have a photo taken with her. The contest ends at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
February 16, 2012
Singer Katy Perry is scheduled to appear at the Americana at Brand next week to promote her new line of false eyelashes. Perry, who was nominated this year for two Grammys, will be at the ULTA Beauty store to show off a new line of fake eyelashes she created in association with Eylure. For a chance to meet Perry personally, fans must first visit the ULTA Beauty store in the Burbank Empire Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, where the first 90 people to purchase a Katy Perry false lash will win a "lash pack" and a meet-and-greet with the singer in Glendale on Wednesday.
By Mark Kellam, | December 19, 2011
Shoppers were bustling in Glendale on the last full weekend before Christmas, but merchants continue to hold out for procrastinators, while savvy shoppers look for last-minute deals. The Glendale Galleria and Americana at Brand were both busy, according to their representatives. In an effort to draw even more customers, Macy's will stay open until 2 a.m. this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, said Larry Martin, general manager at the Galleria. “They've done that at very few stores throughout the nation,” he said.
By Mark Kellam, | November 30, 2011
The Glendale Galleria - a retail powerhouse whose 1970s-era all-brick façade has been criticized as being overtly drab - plans to undergo a major overhaul in the next two years, including a revamped entrance plaza featuring 11-foot-high letters jutting out of a pool. The project, approved by the City Council on Tuesday, will ditch the mega-mall's windowless, brick exterior, which was typical of shopping malls built in the 1970s, but has become increasingly dated with the rise of the glitzy Americana at Brand and a more mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented downtown.
By Ruth Sowby | November 29, 2011
Now that TV talk-show host Regis Philbin has retired from his morning “Live with Regis and Kelly” on ABC, he's making the rounds of the bookstores to sign and sell his new book, “How I Got This Way.” On Saturday (Nov. 26), Barnes & Noble in the Americana was host to some 300 Regis fans who came to learn the real scoop on the TV star's life. A bonus was the appearance of Regis' wife and sometimes TV partner, Joy Philbin. Originally, Regis wanted to be the next Bing Crosby. In fact, Glendale resident Gladys Wymore mentioned his idol when Regis signed her book.
By Mark Kellam, | November 25, 2011
Tens of thousands of Black Friday shoppers flocked to stores at midnight in Glendale and Burbank, with waves of fresh reinforcements streaming in throughout what was a relatively typical start to the holiday retail season. Yvonne Rodriguez, 29, and her friends were among the diehard shoppers out looking for bargains on Friday. By 1 p.m., they had been hitting stores in the Glendale Galleria for more than 12 hours. “I've been up since 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving,” she said. When they arrived at the Glendale Galleria at 12:30 a.m. Friday, the parking garages were starting to fill up. “There was no parking,” she said.
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