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April 5, 1992 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Beau Monde Mall in suburban Denver was one of those shopping centers tailor-made for the "shop-till-you-drop" 1980s. Outfitted with rustic tile floors, wide brick arches and black wrought-iron lampposts to resemble a quaint European village, the $34-million center had grandiose plans to offer residents of its tony neighborhood an assortment of fancy boutiques and fine restaurants. But then the bottom fell out of the Denver economy, and the mall never filled.
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January 9, 1992 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gorky's Cafe and Russian Brewery--the 24-hour-a-day bohemian hangout that helped bring life to the deserted streets of downtown Los Angeles--is on the verge of becoming the next casualty of the central city's stalled revival. Fred Powers, who bought the 10-year-old cafeteria on 8th Street at the edge of Skid Row in 1985, says the promise of "Foodski, Funski, Brewski" is no longer luring crowds to the eclectic eatery and he will pull the plug if business does not improve by next month.
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November 12, 1991 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing sales declines, the Irvine-based RB Furniture chain on Monday closed its 28 Southern California stores, saying it would reopen outlets to promote a "cash-raising" sale after Thanksgiving. The actions, the latest sign of a severe national slump in furniture retailing, come amid industry speculation that RB will seek bankruptcy court protection. RB's announcement came one week after Barker Bros.
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May 25, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council voted 6 to 1 this week to do away with the Orange Blossom Festival because of violence at the annual street fair in downtown Riverside last weekend. Police made several arrests at the street fair, breaking up a fight and citing a woman on suspicion of public intoxication and threatening a peace officer. The city hopes to organize a new event with a stronger emphasis on Riverside's history and culture to replace the one organized by the nonprofit Orange Blossom Festival Assn.
BUSINESS
November 8, 1995 | ZAN DUBIN
Denim & Diamonds country bar and dance hall, the chain's only remaining Southern California venue, closed Sunday. Managing partner Greg Stewart attributed the closure of the Huntington Beach outlet to declining interest in country music, as well as competition from other Orange County clubs featuring country music. The Huntington Beach venue is scheduled to reopen at the end of the month with an eclectic format featuring live disco, jazz and reggae music, Stewart said.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1993 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sizzler International said Monday that it temporarily closed two restaurants in Oregon after a food-poisoning outbreak, and it hired a microbiologist to help find the source of the bacterial infection. Meanwhile, the news helped push Sizzler's stock price down nearly 12% on the New York Stock Exchange, falling $1.125 per share to close at $8.50. The scope of the problem remains unclear. The Los Angeles-based company said seven people contracted an E.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2008 | David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writers
After 59 years in business, the Mervyns department-store chain called it quits Friday -- promising a huge going-out-of-business sale just in time for the holidays. And there is plenty of competition for a close-out Christmas. Linens 'n Things Inc. began a liquidation sale Friday, and Shoe Pavilion Inc. starts one this weekend, according to firms that said they were hired to liquidate the stores. Already gone are the novelty retailer Sharper Image Corp.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2005 | Leslie Earnest and Sara Lin, Times Staff Writers
For the surfboard industry, the closure of Gordon "Grubby" Clark's foam factory looms as a wipeout. The 72-year-old Clark said his business withered under federal and state regulation, adding that he faced stiff punishment if he continued churning out the foam blanks that he has sold to surfboard shapers around the country.
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August 12, 2006 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
By midnight the drag queens were at it full throttle, strutting about in billowy blond wigs, faces caked with rouge and offering up ample "cleavage" for those generous or inebriated enough to slip in a few bucks. Women yelped joyfully as taut, leggy guys dressed like Celine Dion and Cher belted out anthems on stage. Elsewhere in the bar, dozens of men huddled close while others slung an arm around their partner. Women preened, and buff men exchanged smoldering stares.
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October 1, 1994 | ROBERT WYNNE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 48 years they have come--troops heading to the Korean War, hippies and housewives, Caribbean tourists in dreadlocks, even the occasional Hollywood star. And for 48 years, Gertrude Miles has sold them tickets, helping them "Go Greyhound" to places as near as Santa Barbara and as far as Bar Harbor, Me. This week, however, that half-century of service came to an end. Friday, at 5:15 p.m., the Santa Monica Greyhound station dispatched its last bus--San Francisco-bound No.
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