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Shop reinvents Black Friday

Taylor Bolanos Staff Writer Family bonds are the core of business at Micky’s Jewelry Studio in La Verne. Owner Micky Rehm and her children, Sarah and Jon Rehm, run the store together and hosted a charity event Dec. 27 for the David and Margaret Youth and Family Services. “Give Back Friday” featured a large trunk filled with sand and hundreds of small gemstones. For $10, anyone could use a hand... 

New bakery offers artisan pastries and food

Celene Vargas Arts Editor Butter Café and Bakery in San Dimas offers an extensive menu and promotes high-quality food and coffee to the surrounding communities. The business is owned by chef Ryan Angelo Buan and pastry chef Heather Sulaeman. Located down the street from the University of La Verne on 671 E. Bonita Ave., the café and bakery has specialty coffee and gourmet artisan pastries as well... 

Studio offers personalized programs

Studio offers personalized programs
Kaycie Meza, owner and manager of Kinetik Performance in Upland, demonstrates how to lift 15-pound weights, one of the pieces of workout equipment. Meza opened her studio at the beginning of February. The small fitness space has one treadmill, bars, kettlebells, ropes, yoga mats and weights for people to use during their scheduled workout sessions. Kinetik Performance specializes in creating personalized... 

Fiamma Naturals embraces sustainability

Celene Vargas Staff Writer Fiamma Naturals began as a candle company in the kitchen of a Claremont home, and while it has been nearly eight years, the business continues its endeavor to remain eco-friendly with its soy candles and all-natural spa products. Amy Massie, owner of Fiamma Naturals, initially began pouring soy candles, and later launched a line of spa products made with essential oils. “I... 

Pizzeria thrives without advertising

Pizzeria thrives without advertising
Located near the corner of D Street and Bonita Avenue, Warehouse Pizza opened its doors in 1972. Owner Kenny Schonfeld avoids advertisement for his pizzeria but relies on word of mouth to bring in customers. After 42 years, Warehouse Pizza continues to serve a packed house every weekend. Schonfeld hopes the business’ customer base will continue to grow. / photo by Michael Saakyan Russell R. Silva ... 

Drought not drying up La Verne’s Coiner Nursery

Drought not drying up La Verne's Coiner Nursery
Sally Coiner reminisces about working at Coiner Nursery. As a young girl she earned 2 cents an hour to water plants. Coiner remembers her father potting plants using a can opener to poke holes in old tin cans. Sally Coiner is the daughter of James Coiner who established the nursery in 1960. The nursery is one of many local businesses that have been affected by the California drought. / photo by Sonora... 

Area becoming brewery hot spot

Russell R. Silva Staff Writer Local breweries are delivering big flavors to La Verne, San Dimas and Claremont residents, enticing community members to come back for more of their favorite ales. The La Verne Brewing Company, located on Wright Avenue, has six brews: pineapple blonde, holiday amber, India pale ale, oatmeal stout, polomares and Lordsburg. A small brewery, it’s got quite a community... 

Minimum wage hike hard for La Verne shops

Alejandra Aguilar Assistant Editor Recent national polls suggest that a majority of small business owners support increased minimum wages, but a few downtown La Verne business owners are saying otherwise. On July 1, California became one of four states to increase its minimum wage to $9 per hour or higher statewide, though some individual cities across the country have increased their minimum wage... 

Possible Walmart reveals city’s worst

Possible Walmart reveals city’s worst
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff Recent discussions of a possible Walmart Neighbor­hood Market opening in La Verne brought up controversial topics focusing on the type of customers the store would attract. Some in attendance spoke out against the “Pomona-type,” saying La Verne is a classy town that should not have a market that will attract their “lower class” neighboring residents. It... 

City calls for roll-back on Walmart

Tyler Harrison Staff Writer La Verne residents packed into the La Verne Community Center Monday to voice their opinions about a proposed Walmart coming to town. Both city officials and Walmart representatives presented information about the possibility of a Walmart Neighborhood Market. Walmart Neighborhood Markets are smaller versions of the traditional Walmarts and are essentially grocery stores. The... 
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