Farewell, 2020. Hello, 2021.

In early February 2020, the last event I attended and covered was the bridal expo at Castaway in Burbank. I remember going around with my handy dandy camera, snapping away happily, talking with small business owners, and thinking that this was going to an amazing year. There were already some rumblings about the pandemic but … Continue reading Farewell, 2020. Hello, 2021.

Just Dance

Gail Hatch, owner of FitSquadLA, guarantees two things when you try their Zumba classes---one: you will leave smiling; and two: you will leave sweaty!  When Gail and her instructors teach a Zumba class, an infectious sense of joy and positive energy permeates throughout the studio.  Working out becomes a party with friends you didn’t even … Continue reading Just Dance

A Slice of Family

When restaurant owners Ray and Ellen Azizian opened the doors of The Pizza Cookery, they wanted their customers to feel welcome and comfortable, as if they were visiting and having a meal with their family.  The restaurant was an extension of their hospitality and their strong sense of community. After being in business for 25 … Continue reading A Slice of Family