February 19, 2001 |
At the Wisteria Village shopping center, grocery carts from a defunct Winn-Dixie supermarket sit idle near the front doors, and a pink neon seafood sign still glows in the back. Barely a mile away, a former Target department store looms over an empty, down-at-the-heel section of the Fountain Square center. Smaller shops overlooking acres of deserted parking lot feature "For Lease" signs. The death of shopping in a decrepit suburb? Hardly.
August 21, 2005 |
When it comes to discount retailing in Los Angeles, there are two main players: the 99 Cents Only Stores chain and rival Big Lots. At Big Lots, with its higher price points, there's more variety. You're offered $10 dish sets, a plethora of small appliances, and lawn furniture so reasonably priced you don't feel so bad when you forget it at the beach. Among the four-quarter bargains at 99 Cents Only Stores, though, you can find something far more valuable: the truth.
June 11, 1992 |
The City Council has ended months of controversy over the future of "Horse Country" by tentatively approving regulations that favor large lots for horse-keeping while allowing construction of some low-density housing. The council is expected to take final action June 22. The new rules are designed to preserve the area's rustic atmosphere by increasing open space, lowering housing densities and imposing aesthetic controls.
January 15, 2002 |
In a pair of developments Monday illustrating the volatility of coaching in the NFL, the Washington Redskins replaced Coach Marty Schottenheimer with Steve Spurrier; and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dumped Coach Tony Dungy, paving the way to hire Bill Parcells. The firings underscore the pressure league owners feel to win, and win now. Most are long on money, short on patience.
February 14, 2007 |
One day in 2005, nearly half the business of the last major soap factory in Los Angeles suddenly went down the drain. Shugar Soapworks Inc. made private-label soaps for hotels and retailers at its South Los Angeles plant. If you stayed in a high-end hotel in Las Vegas, odds were that the individually wrapped soaps in the bathroom were made there. "We had hotels with 4,000 rooms and 95% occupancy," owner Dan Shugar said. "That's a lot of soap."
June 4, 2006 |
Spotted recently at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: Jessica Simpson "The Dukes of Hazzard" poster Hayden Christensen "Star Wars: Episode III" fruit snack Interactive CD-ROM guide to grilling by star George Foreman "Madagascar" dog toy (Gloria, aka Jada Pinkett Smith) WWF paper party plates featuring The Rock
August 20, 2006 |
Spotted recently on shelves at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: "Alexander" computer game with Colin Farrell (left) on the coverTony Hawk's Boom Boom Huckjam portfolio Enrique Iglesias mouse pad Newman's Own Caramel Cups "American Idol" backpack with the phrase "Goin' to Hollywood."
July 16, 2006 |
Spotted recently at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: Orlando Bloom "Lord of the Rings" Legolas action figure TV-shaped Osbourne family cookie jar Buzz Lightyear toy cell- phone with the voice of Tim Allen Roberto Clemente Wheaties cereal "Fantastic 4" game with Michael Chiklis (at right as the Thing) that says "No Reading Required"
April 30, 2006 |
Spotted recently on shelves at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: 40 DD bra from the Delta Burke Collection Heidi Klum chewy fat-free candy Tony Stewart personal NASCAR note cube Dennis Miller doll "Desperate Housewives" Dirty Laundry Game
March 19, 2006 |
In this town, where people live and die by who's hot and who's not, the tabloids and blogs aren't the only arbiters. Spotted recently on shelves at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: Donald Rumsfeld talking doll * Official beanie of the "American Chopper" reality show * Jack Osbourne key chain * "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" retrospective calendar * Thalia "Hot and Spicy" Jolly Rancher lollipops