Posted by Dikla Kadosh
LA Creamery, the artisan ice cream shop offering bold flavors such as Goat Cheese and Currant, Chai Tea Latte and Olive Oil, has shuttered all three locations, which opened in rapid-fire succession at Westfield Topanga Shopping Center in Canoga Park, The American at Brand in Glendale and Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks.
Owner Brad Saltzman told a reporter from Eater LA that the lack of business at Topanga—a super luxe, but notoriously challenging mall for businesses—brought the entire company down. Some speculators say that the company expanded too quickly and that the owners were so smitten with their concept that their visions of success blinded them to the realities of retail in the current economy. One particularly intriguing note in the comment section of the Eater LA article pointed to the fact that this is not Saltzman’s first over-ambitious and disastrous business venture. It included a link to this Forbes article.
Whatever their faults, being an entrepreneur myself, I can sympathize with LA Creamery’s owners and how devastating it must be to see a dream to fruition—which often feels like the biggest hurdle—and then have it come crumbling down as a result of a heap of business management failures. It takes a lot of chutzpah to dream big and for that, I raise a spoon to LA Creamery.
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Posted by Dikla Kadosh
Temple Judea, whose recent renovation was featured in TRIBE’s September issue, has received recognition for incorporating green strategies in its rebuilding project. The Reform synagogue, located in the West San Fernando Valley, celebrated the new year in September with a new $26-million campus, after a decade of careful planning and 18 months of construction.
And now, according to a press release on Judea’s website, the temple has been named a finalist for an “Energy Oscar,” awarded by the California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL) commission.
“Since we began initial discussions nearly 10 years ago to expand and rebuild our Tarzana campus, our focus has been on community responsibility with energy conservation as an key ingredient of that commitment,” explained Temple Executive Director Ellen Franklin in the press release.
Some of the synagogue’s green features include:
• On-site storm water infiltration pit which prevents storm water from entering and polluting city streets and sewers,
• 25% fly ash content in concrete mix, in lieu of cement, reducing greenhouse gases,
• Formaldehyde-free plywood,
• High efficiency heating and cooling systems,
• Thermal Break aluminum window frames with low-e coating,
• Bamboo flooring, a rapidly renewable source,
• Low VOC paints,
• Drought-tolerant, locally-sourced planting including original San Fernando Valley citrus trees and an edible vegetable garden
Temple Judea will receive the CIPL award at the “Energy Oscars” on Tuesday, November 15, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
To read the entire press release, go to templejudea.com and click on the Community tab.