History: Chamber was there

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Chambers of Commerce have been around for more than 400 years and pre-date the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War in the United States. A presentation called "The Chamber was There" at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce's annual Planning Conference Thursday (Jan. 22, 2015) noted that Chambers have been responsible for or played an integral role in thousands of major achievements including the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, Pony … [Read more...]

Derby owner invests heavily in eatery

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Updated Feb. 19, 2015 Dustin Nicolarsen, owner of The Derby, is so excited and confident about the future of his restaurant that he exercised the option to purchase the property last year, put $100,000 into a remodel of the patio in time for last year's Breeders' Cup, put $50,000 into a masonry twin-sided fireplace, and just spent $40,000 on a sprinkler system. "I didn't dump all this money into The Derby just to sell it," Nicolarsen told … [Read more...]

Leahys named Citizens of the Year

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Jim and Terry Leahy have been named Citizens of the Year by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. The longtime Arcadia residents who have donated years of their lives to support and make tremendous improvements in Arcadia schools and local organizations will be recognized during the Chamber's annual Installation Dinner sponsored by Singpoli on March 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 924 W. Huntington Drive in Monrovia. Tickets ($65 for … [Read more...]

City buys, closes 100-to-1 bar

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The 100-to-1 cocktails bar, which closed earlier this month, will officially become the property of the City of Arcadia this week following a recent agreement between the City and the property owners. The City is paying roughly the appraised fair market value of $1.4 million and will eventually receive proceeds from the sale of the liquor license, according to City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. Lazzaretto says the City will retain the iconic … [Read more...]

Readers: Arcadia has best places

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Congratulations to nearly 70 businesses in Arcadia that were named winners in the Beacon Media (includes Arcadia Weekly) annual Readers' Choice awards for 2014 (nearly 50 are also members of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce): Hot Spots / Hot Spots / Hot Spots - Botanical Gardens: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (Gold) - Bowling: AMF Bowling Square Lanes (Gold) - Golf Courses Santa Anita Golf … [Read more...]

Westfield Winter Wonderland Dec. 14

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Westfield Santa Anita will host its annual Winter Wonderland party this Sunday, Dec. 14, from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Promenade. This year the center will treat guests to fun festivities, activities and goodies including an ice rink decked out with artificial snow, arts and crafts for kids, live music, hot cocoa, a dessert bar, and live entertainment. The Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills will perform Christmas songs and the Pasadena … [Read more...]

Book Rack named Business Icon

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The Book Rack used book store in Downtown Arcadia at 204 S. First Avenue was honored as an Arcadia Business Icon Thursday, Oct. 17, 2014, by the Arcadia Historical Society and Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. Book Rack owner Ms. Karen Kropp was on hand to receive the tribute for the 30-year-old business along with longtime staffer Jackie Barnes, and Karen's daughter Andrea Ines. For the past ten years, Karen has run the store that was founded … [Read more...]

More Taste than ever Sept. 22

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There will be more to taste than ever at the 2014 edition of the Taste of Arcadia and Business Showcase at the Taste on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Arboretum. A record 45 food and beverage vendors offering tastes for no additional fee include high-profile first-timers such as Benihana and Hai Di Lao Hot Pot with its noodle dance performer. And of course all the myriad offerings of entrees, desserts, wine and beer to satisfy every palate. The … [Read more...]