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November 9, 1999
Paul M. Anderson DOWNTOWN -- A 20-year-old Los Angeles man is expected to appear in court today to enter a plea on allegations he molested an 8-year-old girl in a Glendale toy store, police said. Jason Hernandez, 20, of Los Angeles was being held on $50,000 bail in Glendale jail after he was arrested Saturday on suspicion of thrusting his pelvis up against an 8-year-old girl at the K B Toys store in the Glendale Galleria, police said. Moments before he allegedly molested the girl, witnesses told police he did the same thing to another unidentified girl who ran away from him, a police report stated.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim | November 11, 2006
Neighborhood children walked through aisles towering with toys as they intently searched for a favorite — not for themselves, however. They were going to donate these toys. "We're going to help kids who don't have Christmas and don't have presents by picking out some toys," 7-year-old Alyssa Kauthen said. The Toys "R" Us on Los Feliz Boulevard helped launch the nationwide Million Toy Drive Friday. About 12 local children — with the help of their parents, U.S. Marine Corps members and actress Jennie Garth — picked the first toys to be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
NEWS
October 24, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Zany Brainy executives say it's a no-brainer: Faced with "soft" sales and a steep rent increase, the Glendale location of the educational toy store is shutting its doors for good. Merchandise prices in the downtown store have been reduced 10% to 30%, and refunds and exchanges no longer are available. Store manager Joe Borges declined to say when the store's last day will be, but he anticipates it will be open through the holiday season.
NEWS
December 23, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A new clothing company is set to join the more than 40 women's apparel stores in the Glendale Galleria. Talbots, which is known for its signature classic look, will open in the spring, said Annette Bethers, senior marketing director for the Galleria. It will take over the space formerly occupied by FAO Schwartz, which was closed after the acquisition of the toy store chain by The Right Start Inc. in November 2001. The company will open both a Talbots and a Talbots Petites, which carries petite sizes from 2-16, in the Galleria, Talbots spokeswoman Margery Myers said.
NEWS
January 31, 2002
Karen S. Kim DOWNTOWN -- Faced with store closings resulting from bankruptcies and takeovers, the Glendale Galleria is practicing the philosophy of "out with the old, in with the new" this month. "We don't like to see any businesses fail, but we also know it becomes an opportunity for us to strengthen the Galleria," said JoAnne Brosi, the mall's general manager. "When we lose merchants like that, we have the ability to bring in retailers that are cutting edge or new."
BUSINESS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 19, 2008
MONTROSE — Glendale resident Amiee Klem was irate when she was first informed that city code inspectors were forcing Kids Funtown, an indoor playground in Montrose, to close. She sent a letter to Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, urging him to correct what was surely a misguided code enforcement snafu. Kids Funtown, Klem said, is a fantastic and safe facility that local children have come to love. But after learning that the facility may have been endangering the children that play there by skirting fire and building safety codes, Klem and a group of mothers who sent similar notes to city officials, are re-directing their collective concern back to Kids Funtown itself.
NEWS
March 31, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Getting these toys is anything but kid's play. Waiting with a huddle of people outside Zany Brainy on Thursday morning, Deborah Matsushita grew anxious as the clock neared 10, start time of the race for Ty Beanie Buddies. "The tension's starting to build," she said. The 42-year-old Glendale resident knew she faced stiff competition. "They've got a wall built in front of us," she said of those standing between her and the glass door.
NEWS
November 18, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The city will have invested nearly $250,000 in Zany Brainy by the time it shuts the doors to its downtown Glendale location, but city officials who pushed for a rent subsidy for the educational toy store still consider it money well spent. Zany Brainy officials, citing "soft" sales and a steep rent increase, are liquidating the inventory of the store at 201 N. Brand Blvd. and say the store will probably remain open through the holiday season.
NEWS
April 3, 2001
Alex Coolman SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- On a recent morning, Cindy Ahlborn demonstrated the proper method of filling a teddy bear with a fluffy white material she called "hypoallergenic polyfill." The chief workshop manager of a company called Build-A-Bear Workshop stepped on the foot pedal of a large machine, sending the polyfill gushing into the arms, and then the legs of the bear. "We try to make every experience a little different," she explained.
NEWS
By: Catharine Cooper | October 7, 2005
It started innocently enough -- a kayak in the Elkhorn Slough. Little did we (Emma-Cherril and Catharine) know that that this simple dip into a wildlife refuge would lead to an all-encompassing search, a few hundred miles of diversion, and hours and hours of laughter. Piles of soft, cuddly stuffed birds -- squeaky toys, really -- crafted by the Audubon Society filled the rack of the Elkhorn Refuge Visitor Center. Each bird is a close representation of the actual species, rendered in poly-fuzz with the bird's vocalization recorded on an internal device that can be activated by a soft squeeze.
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BUSINESS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | March 19, 2008
MONTROSE — Glendale resident Amiee Klem was irate when she was first informed that city code inspectors were forcing Kids Funtown, an indoor playground in Montrose, to close. She sent a letter to Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, urging him to correct what was surely a misguided code enforcement snafu. Kids Funtown, Klem said, is a fantastic and safe facility that local children have come to love. But after learning that the facility may have been endangering the children that play there by skirting fire and building safety codes, Klem and a group of mothers who sent similar notes to city officials, are re-directing their collective concern back to Kids Funtown itself.
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NEWS
By Anthony Kim | November 11, 2006
Neighborhood children walked through aisles towering with toys as they intently searched for a favorite — not for themselves, however. They were going to donate these toys. "We're going to help kids who don't have Christmas and don't have presents by picking out some toys," 7-year-old Alyssa Kauthen said. The Toys "R" Us on Los Feliz Boulevard helped launch the nationwide Million Toy Drive Friday. About 12 local children — with the help of their parents, U.S. Marine Corps members and actress Jennie Garth — picked the first toys to be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
NEWS
By: Catharine Cooper | October 7, 2005
It started innocently enough -- a kayak in the Elkhorn Slough. Little did we (Emma-Cherril and Catharine) know that that this simple dip into a wildlife refuge would lead to an all-encompassing search, a few hundred miles of diversion, and hours and hours of laughter. Piles of soft, cuddly stuffed birds -- squeaky toys, really -- crafted by the Audubon Society filled the rack of the Elkhorn Refuge Visitor Center. Each bird is a close representation of the actual species, rendered in poly-fuzz with the bird's vocalization recorded on an internal device that can be activated by a soft squeeze.
NEWS
December 23, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A new clothing company is set to join the more than 40 women's apparel stores in the Glendale Galleria. Talbots, which is known for its signature classic look, will open in the spring, said Annette Bethers, senior marketing director for the Galleria. It will take over the space formerly occupied by FAO Schwartz, which was closed after the acquisition of the toy store chain by The Right Start Inc. in November 2001. The company will open both a Talbots and a Talbots Petites, which carries petite sizes from 2-16, in the Galleria, Talbots spokeswoman Margery Myers said.
NEWS
November 18, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The city will have invested nearly $250,000 in Zany Brainy by the time it shuts the doors to its downtown Glendale location, but city officials who pushed for a rent subsidy for the educational toy store still consider it money well spent. Zany Brainy officials, citing "soft" sales and a steep rent increase, are liquidating the inventory of the store at 201 N. Brand Blvd. and say the store will probably remain open through the holiday season.
NEWS
October 24, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Zany Brainy executives say it's a no-brainer: Faced with "soft" sales and a steep rent increase, the Glendale location of the educational toy store is shutting its doors for good. Merchandise prices in the downtown store have been reduced 10% to 30%, and refunds and exchanges no longer are available. Store manager Joe Borges declined to say when the store's last day will be, but he anticipates it will be open through the holiday season.
NEWS
January 31, 2002
Karen S. Kim DOWNTOWN -- Faced with store closings resulting from bankruptcies and takeovers, the Glendale Galleria is practicing the philosophy of "out with the old, in with the new" this month. "We don't like to see any businesses fail, but we also know it becomes an opportunity for us to strengthen the Galleria," said JoAnne Brosi, the mall's general manager. "When we lose merchants like that, we have the ability to bring in retailers that are cutting edge or new."
NEWS
July 14, 2001
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- A Los Angeles investment firm has agreed to bail out the struggling parent company of Brand Boulevard educational toy store Zany Brainy. Waterton Management LLC announced Wednesday that it has agreed to provide $115 million in financing so Zany Brainy can reorganize its business operations and emerge from bankruptcy. Zany Brainy Inc., which operates 187 stores in 34 states, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, claiming $200 million in assets and $130 million in liabilities.
NEWS
April 3, 2001
Alex Coolman SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- On a recent morning, Cindy Ahlborn demonstrated the proper method of filling a teddy bear with a fluffy white material she called "hypoallergenic polyfill." The chief workshop manager of a company called Build-A-Bear Workshop stepped on the foot pedal of a large machine, sending the polyfill gushing into the arms, and then the legs of the bear. "We try to make every experience a little different," she explained.
NEWS
March 31, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Getting these toys is anything but kid's play. Waiting with a huddle of people outside Zany Brainy on Thursday morning, Deborah Matsushita grew anxious as the clock neared 10, start time of the race for Ty Beanie Buddies. "The tension's starting to build," she said. The 42-year-old Glendale resident knew she faced stiff competition. "They've got a wall built in front of us," she said of those standing between her and the glass door.
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