Archives for June 5, 2014

Del Amo Fashion Center Unveils New Store Lineup and Announces Consolidation of Macy’s Stores Transformation to include new shopping and dining experiences

Del Amo Fashion Center is getting ready to welcome an impressive new group of retailers as part of the ongoing transformation of South Bay’s premier retail destination. Many of the brands will debut their latest ‘concept stores’ to coincide with their Del Amo opening.


Simon, a leading global retail real estate company and an owner of Del Amo, also announced that Macy’s will consolidate its three current locations at Del Amo Fashion Center into two stores to make for a more convenient trip for Macy’s loyal shoppers.


Peter Sachse, Macy’s Chief Stores Officer said, “Macy’s supports Simon’s plan to redevelop and upgrade Del Amo Fashion Center, which we believe will further improve the shopping experience for our customers in an outstanding and successful mall. As part of the redevelopment, Macy’s has the opportunity to consolidate its three stores in the mall into two locations – the current Macy’s four-story “Main Store” at the north end of the mall, and the current three-story full-line department store. We foresee very little disruption to our business.”


Simon’s discussions with a new anchor to locate in the space Macy’s is vacating are progressing and an announcement is expected in the near future.


South Bay residents and visitors will soon be able to enjoy these retail destinations as part of their Del Amo shopping experience: Finish Line by Nike (including a Nike Track Club), Hollister Co., Pandora, Purity Cosmetics, Quiksilver, Skechers, The Disney Store, and Vans. Some of these top names are new to the center while others are relocating into improved spaces, in the first phase of Simon’s thorough redevelopment of this iconic grand mall of the South Bay.


“We’re excited to welcome this exciting collection of retailers to Del Amo Fashion Center this summer as we work toward improving the shopping experience at the center with our updated look and feel,” said Lindsay Hermance, director of marketing and business development at Del Amo Fashion Center.


Simon now turns its full attention to the replacement of much of the old mall north of Carson Street. Nearly 200,000 square feet of 1960’s-era vintage mall space is now gone (with most materials fully recycled) and work is nearly complete to turn over the store site area for the South Bay’s newest Nordstrom store. Foundation work for that store – and some 400,000 square feet of brand new, state-of-the-art retail space – should commence within the next 60 to 90 days in anticipation of the grand opening of Phase II which is expected to be in October 2015. Construction of a nearly 2,000-car parking deck has begun along Fashion Way, between the Marriott Hotel and Del Amo’s newer Outdoor Village.


“Most of our loyal customers’ favorite retailers who used to have stores in the section that is now gone have been relocated elsewhere in the center,” said Hermance. “We’ve placed construction-period directories throughout the center to provide shoppers with the new temporary locations.” Hermance added that nearly all of these stores will be back in new full-line stores as part of the Phase II mall that is under construction.


The nearly complete comprehensive transformation of Del Amo Fashion Center includes the recently completed garden-like Patio Cafes dining pavilion, which has opened to rave reviews. Pasadena-based Blaze Pizza is already open. Blaze Pizza uses an interactive ordering format that allows guests to create their own custom artisanal pizzas at lightning fast speed – each for around $8.00. The generously sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are “fast-fire’d” in less than 180 seconds.  Blaze Pizza’s opening at Patio Cafes marks the eatery’s first dining terrace experience in the U.S.


Later this fall, Sumo Salad will open its first-ever U.S. location at Del Amo Fashion Center, offering shoppers a healthy dining option while on the go. The Australian-based eatery will serve fresh “design your own” gourmet salads that are made to order, using fresh, nutritious ingredients; including serving only free-range chicken with no added hormones and no GMO (genetically modified organisms). They will also offer delicious wraps, rolls, toasted sandwiches, pasta, soup, fruit salad, yogurt, coffee and more.


First in the series of new retailers to join the center is Purity Cosmetics, a prestige cosmetic company utilizing pigments from fruits and vegetables along with nature’s best resources. New to the South Bay, Purity Cosmetics is slated to open a 551 square-foot space near Macy’s Court (north store) this week.


Specializing in athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, The Finish Line by Nike including a Nike Track Club has opened a 8,700 square-foot store near the new Patio Cafes. The Finish Line employs more than 14,000 “sneakerologists” who help customers every day connect with their sport, their life and their style.


Also set to call Del Amo Fashion Center home is Pandora, which will carry hand-finished and modern jewelry made from genuine materials at affordable prices in its 1,000 square-foot store. Pandora is scheduled to open in July.


New to the South Bay, Quiksilver will open later this month, a 5,800-square-foot store at Del Amo Fashion Center. The store will house a Roxy pop-up shop inside, and will pay homage to Quiksilver’s authentic roots and heritage in surf, snow and skate.


In addition to the new stores, a number of retailers have been relocating from the north end of the center to new permanent spaces, as Del Amo Fashion Center makes room for the construction of a new two-level mall.


Skechers, the worldwide shoe company headquartered in Southern California’s own Manhattan Beach, opened a 4,300-square-foot new prototype store on April 24 near the new Patio Cafes dining experience. Skechers offers a diverse range of lifestyle and performance footwear for men, women and children.


Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., also recently relocated and opened a new prototype store in Juniors Court on May 1. Opening earlier this year in the Juniors Court were Aeropostale, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Gymobree, and Zumiez.


Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, has relocated to its new and improved 3,100-square-foot space in the Juniors Court near the Patio Cafes.


Also later this month, The Disney Store, will return to Del Amo Fashion Center with some Disney magic in a 4,800-square-foot space near Macy’s Court (north store). Soon after will be the re-opening of Starbucks, the world-renowned roaster and retailer of high-quality Arabica coffee, in a kiosk near The Disney Store.


For ongoing updates and to learn more about the transformation of South Bay’s retail destination follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at, Twitter or Instagram at Check out a 3D architect rendering animation at for a bird’s eye perspective on the future Del Amo Fashion Center once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete.

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Gates of Power by Nomi Bachar

Gates Of Power Book Cover

Looking for an inspirational book that offers wisdom and is a very practical guide for those who are passionate about their living up to their potential. Gates of Power: Actualize Your True Self is a book based on the Gates Of Power Method created by the Author Nomi Bachar. I found it very inspirational and insightful and recommend it to everyone.

More info from the Author:

We all know we’re busy. That’s no surprise.


Work with all of its complexities and demands has become a full time, 24 hour commitment. We no longer feel like we have space for the things and people we truly love. Not only that, but these  things we love are often muddied by the countless choices, to-dos, and technicalities we juggle everyday.


Summer is that one time we allow ourselves to take the  vacation we’ve been dreaming of. We might tell ourselves “This weekend. No cell phones. No work email. Just time for me.”


But why does it take something as superficial as a change in temperature before we allow ourselves the just relaxation we  deserve all along. This period of rest is something  we all deserve, no, actually need daily.  Without this rest our lives are out of balance and our spirit feels imprisoned by countless to-dos we can never hope to entirely complete.


Can you imagine a life without summer? At least we are given one legitimate period to reconnect with our playful selves.

Find out more about this Self-Help book at

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Celebrate Father’s Day with Vanilla-Infused BBQ Recipes Make Dad’s day with Nielsen-Massey’s flavor-packed rub and BBQ sauce

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 On June 15, delight ‘Dear Old Dad’ and all of your father figures with some lively new recipes for a tasty Father’s Day BBQ. Treat Dad, Grandpa, and even uncles to a delicious meal utilizing flavorful rubs and barbecue sauces featuring the flavors of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, then send each of these men home with those same ingredients for his own at-home grilling.

“Whether Dad prefers a heartier meal like ribs or lighter fare such as chicken, we’ve created versatile rub and BBQ sauce recipes using vanilla to add a depth of flavor to grilled meats,” said Craig Nielsen, chief executive officer of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. “I’m an avid griller, and I always use vanilla as my secret weapon when I’m grilling out. Experimenting with a new recipe and spending time together as a family is truly the best gift you can give Dad this Father’s Day.”

When planning your Father’s Day BBQ menu, consider trying the following easy-to-make rub and BBQ sauce recipes from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. In addition to livening up your traditional Father’s Day BBQ, both recipes also make perfect gifts for anyone who loves to grill; just package in jars with the following descriptions for a thoughtful handmade gift:

  • Sweet and Spicy Vanilla BBQ Rub – Featuring the flavors of chili powder, cocoa and Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder, this rub is perfect for pairing with chicken, pork, beef or fish. Simply apply generously and rub all over meat before grilling or oven-roasting for a blast of spicy, smoky flavor. Make a large batch and store the remaining rub in an air tight container; keep in a cool, dry place for a ready-to-use addition to your next grilling recipe.

  • Nielsen-Massey Signature BBQ Sauce – This sweet sauce surprises the palette with Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Chocolate Extract and Pure Coffee Extract and makes the perfect accompaniment for all of your favorite BBQ recipes. Brush onto ribs or chicken during grilling or serve on top of your favorite burger recipe. Store in the refrigerator for an accessible, multi-purpose sauce.

Delight Dad with the Sweet and Spicy Vanilla BBQ Rub and Nielsen-Massey Signature BBQ Sauce recipes below. Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Chocolate Extract and Pure Coffee Extract highlight these recipes that are sure to be new summer favorites.

Sweet and Spicy Vanilla BBQ Rub
(Makes about ⅓ Cup)


1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon Mexican style chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground marjoram
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cocoa (Dutch processed)
1½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper

In a small bowl, add vanilla powder, paprika, sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, marjoram, onion powder and cocoa powder, salt and pepper; combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

This BBQ rub works great with chicken, pork, beef or fish. Whether grilling or oven roasting, generously apply rub before cooking.

Nielsen-Massey Signature BBQ Sauce
(Makes about 1½ Cups)


2 tablespoons
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons dark molasses
1 tablespoon chocolate flavored syrup
2 teaspoons hot sauce (adjust to taste)
2 teaspoons natural hickory liquid smoke
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract*
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract

In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add sugar, molasses, chocolate syrup, hot sauce, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, ketchup, vanilla, chocolate and coffee extracts; stir to combine. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes; stirring occasionally.

* Substitute Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract with any of your favorite Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extracts.

Visit the Nielsen-Massey Website for more grilling recipes, including:

Salmon with Vanilla-Balsamic Marinade
Ribs with Smokey Vanilla BBQ Sauce
Coconut Spiced Lemon Shrimp Skewers
Kona Rubbed Steak
Savory Pork Tenderloin

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Prince Iggy & The Kingdom Of Naysayer Giveaway!

Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer

About the Book

Title: Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer | Author: Aldo Fynn | Illustrator: Richie Vicencio | Publication Date: November 5,2013 | Publisher: Boa Press, LLC. | Pages: 156 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: All Iggy Rose wants is for the kids at the Naysayer Academy to like him, and one special girl in particular. But instead, he gets teased and taunted. Every day, he eats alone in the cafeteria and gets beaten up after school on the playground. But when a cruel prank leads to Iggy’s escape from the academy, a wild, unimaginable adventure begins.

Why is King Naysayer offering a hefty reward for Iggy’s capture? When Iggy joins forces with an eclectic cast of characters, he discovers the answer. But before he can escape from the kingdom of Naysayer, Iggy must first reclaim what is rightfully his. Does this sad, lonely boy have the courage to battle the biggest school bully, a mean headmistress, and a greedy, cruel king? Will Iggy finally believe in himself and discover his true destiny?



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The Buzz

“An entertaining fantasy with a quirky, inventive storyline that shows how things invariably turn out badly for bullies.” Kirkus Reviews

“The book is going to be devoured by readers of any type, whether they’re looking for some fun fiction, a comical read, or a page-turner.” 5 Star Review, San Francisco Book Review

“Fynn’s book reminded me a bit of Harry Potter, but he adds his own cast of characters and a boy (Iggy), fun dialogue, and an amazing story that you can’t help but root for. If you are looking for a great book to get your kids hooked on, then I recommend the Prince Iggy series.” 5 Star Review, The Pen and Muse Book Reviews, Amazon

“Has the flavor of a Dickens and a Harry Potter story while remaining wholly original. It just shares those characteristics that make it such an enjoyable read. This book should be on every child’s must read list and if I’m to be perfectly honest it should be on every adults list too. It has enough subtle adult humor well within its boundaries to make it an entertaining read for the parents too. It certainly has a modern message. It shows just how heartbreaking bullying can be by children as well as adults. It’s a story about losing yourself and finding yourself. It shows being a bully doesn’t pay off but believing in yourself does.” 5 Star Review, April S., Amazon


About the Author: Aldo Fynn

Aldo FynnAldo Fynn enjoys writing wacky, fantastical stories. Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer is his debut novel. It’s the first book in the Adventures of Prince Iggy Series. He’s also written two wacky, laugh-out-loud picture books. He lives under his desk and promises he won’t come out until Book 3 in the series is complete. Which is a shame because his desk is based in Los Angeles, where it’s sunny and 70 degrees most of the year.

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Spoil the Ones You Love at Burke Williams Give Dads, Grads and Friends the Gift of Relaxation this June

This June Burke Williams Day Spa invites you to spoil the ones you love with the gift of a spa treatment. For each generous spa gift purchased, you will receive a gift for yourself in return.


Guests that spend $150 on a gift card at Burke Williams Day Spa will receive a complimentary $25 gift card. For each $250 gift card purchase you will receive a gift card for $50. Whether it’s a gift for your Dad, husband, new grad, best friend or bride-to-be, purchase a gift card in June and receive a little something special for yourself at Burke Williams Day Spa.


This special offer expires June 30, 2014. Connect with a Burke Williams Day Spa near you to purchase your next gifts for the ones you love.


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Hispanic Favorite Gets Poppin’ in a Big Way Pepe’s Introduces New Sweet and Savory Flavor: Dolce Caliente Popcorn


Pepe’s El Original, produced by Rudolph Foods, the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds, is pleased to announce their latest flavor innovation—Dulce Caliente popcorn. The new popcorn is being introduced to drive home the company’s commitment to adding more variety to its growing roster of authentic Hispanic snacks. Beginning June 2014, Dulce Caliente popcorn will be available at leading retailers throughout California.


Pepe’s newest flavor meets growing consumer demand for a variety of tasty snacks and a vested interest in authentic Mexican flavor profiles. Dulce Caliente means “sweet hot” in Spanish, reflecting a traditional flavor mix found in Mexican cuisine. The new popcorn balances the mix of sweet and savory accents a kick of spice for a distinct flavor profile authentic to its Hispanic roots.


“We are committed to bringing our consumers new, yet authentically Hispanic inspired snacks the entire family can enjoy,” said Mark Singleton, VP of Marketing and Sales, Rudolph Foods.  “The new Dulce Caliente Popcorn will add an extra kick to Pepe’s family of snacks with its combination of sweet, savory and spicy.”


Pepe’s, Rudolph Foods’ oldest brand, is rooted in its Hispanic heritage that is celebrated through new spicy flavors and snack innovations. Dulce Caliente Popcorn is the most recent addition to the Pepe’s product line, which includes Flavored Pork Sticks, Chicharrones, Cracklins, Chicharinias and Giant Cracklins.


About Pepe’s

Pepe’s, produced by Rudolph Foods Company, Inc., began as a Hispanic-based brand in San Antonio, Texas. Rudolph Foods’ oldest brand, Pepe’s rich heritage and authentic promise continues today with a line of chicharrones and other authentic Hispanic-inspired snacks.Rudolph Foods Company, Inc. is one of the world’s largest suppliers of branded and private-label snack products, including the world’s largest manufacturer of pork rinds. With plants in Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and California, Rudolph is solely dedicated to providing its customers with the best quality products and the highest levels of customer service at the best price. For additional information, please call 1-800-241-7675, or visit


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