July 23, 2009
I’m truly tired of all the whining about prices at Virgil’s Hardware (“Virgil’s has history of overcharging,” July 14). Yes, they are a little higher than prices at the big box hardware stores, but that’s because it costs a little more to pay for people who know what they’re doing and who offer such remarkable service. If I need light bulbs or sand paper or paint brushes, sure, I go to the big box stores because I already know what I want and it’s reasonably easy to find.
July 2, 2007
Shopping park is going the wrong way Regarding your question from Friday, "Do you think that the rise in commercial rents in Montrose will change the shopping district?": Of course, the rise in commercial rents will change the shopping district ? if Once Upon A Time moves east, the beautiful facade with its nicely decorated windows will disappear. It is a landmark for Montrose and the windows are always decorated in a new and interesting way. It is an appealing entryway for that block, and for everyone who loves to read who must stop there for a red light.
July 31, 2004
"Of courtesy, it is much less than courage of heart or holiness; but in my walks, it seems to me that the grace of God is in courtesy." That quotation is one that my wife learned in grammar school and recited hundreds of times over the years as our children were growing up. I don't know its source, but that doesn't matter; it expresses a sentiment that I find as important today as the first time I heard Pat say it....
July 11, 2009
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Don’t worry: The eggs aren’t going anywhere, the new owner of Virgil’s Hardware Home Center said Friday. When loyal customers of the family-owned 103-year-old hardware store learned of its sale to Chatsworth-based Lumber City Corp., the owner of California Do It Center, they were concerned the local gem would lose its quirks and become more like its bigger, corporate counterparts. To customers, Virgil’s, located at 520 N. Glendale Ave., is known for its unique selection of goods — everything from eggs and sauerkraut to vintage, one-of-a-kind hardware fixtures.
June 3, 2000
Jerry Lane You never know what is going to ring a bell in someone else's mind. A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the little annoyances I've experienced in dealing with personnel in retail stores. I was wondering out loud what ever happened to "the customer is always right." Well, when I turned on my computer to check my mail, I had so many letters waiting that I had to reload the printer twice to make hard copies of all of them. The telephone rang for two days -- calls from people who wanted to share their horror stories with me. When the "snail mail" arrived on Monday, there was another inundation of "me too" letters.
November 16, 2002
Quite a few years ago, a fellow named Cat Stevens wrote and sang a song about "lookin' for a hard-headed woman." He must have been thinking about my wife, or someone a lot like her. Pat is hard-headed. Last week she saw a t-shirt in a catalog that she has threatened to buy; it reads "Don't start with me. You won't win." She isn't unreasonable; she just refuses to be pushed around. Raising our kids, she impressed on them the idea that "people will do to you only what you allow them to do. If you don't like what they are doing to you, make them stop."
October 14, 2011
A new law gives South Pasadena greater sway in the controversial Long Beach (710) Freeway extension debate. Another that bans minors from ultraviolet tanning beds will surely impact local salons. And opponents of a Walmart in Burbank won't be able to rely on an economic impact report for big-box stores after the bill calling for such EIRs was vetoed in Sacramento. Every one of Sen. Carol Liu's bills - mostly affecting the rights of disabled children and low-income households - made it past the governor's desk this past session.
November 25, 2011
With the promise of steep discounts, hundreds of customers packed the Empire Center at midnight on Black Friday, some even pitched tents hours before the doors opened. More than 500 shoppers were in line for Best Buy, while a similar amount waited outside Target. The parking lot was near capacity as shoppers pushed carts filled to the brim with flat screen TVs, stereo equipment and other electronics. It was a familiar scene at big-box stores throughout the region, but there were reports of violence among impatient shoppers.
April 30, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- In the age of big-box hardware stores like Home Depot and OSH, Hastings La Canada Hardware could no longer compete. But as the store begins its liquidations sale and plans to close its doors at the end of June, the community loses an institution -- a 56-year-old mom-and-pop store that was about more than just money. The big-box stores will never compare to his, store owner John Hastings said. "These people are my friends, I grew up here.