February 5th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Southern California matchmakers

Whether you’re a single looking for a soulmate or a couple seeking to rekindle the flames of romance, the upcoming three-day Valentine’s Day weekend is fraught with possibilities. Dinner for two? Dinner alone? Box of chocolates for your sweetie? Or gobble a box for your private pity party?

We asked two well-known Southern California matchmaking specialists for advice about how to make the best of what can be either a tough or terrific time for those on both sides of Cupid’s arrow.

“If you’re a couple, you’ve got the money and are successful, get out of town, do the weekend deal,” said Patti Stanger, aka “The Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo TV. “Take a day trip. Find the cute little country town that’s not too far from your house. Go into nature, go for a hike. If it’s cold and snowy, you can get a cabin in the woods with fires brewing. Think romance. It’s the one time of year it falls on a three-day weekend, so utilize it.

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January 29th, 2015 at 8:15 am


David M. Cabot, our President and CEO, has been ranked No. 31 in the 2014 Swanepoel Power 200 list, a comprehensive roster of leading CEOs and senior executives whose leadership and experience drive the industry and their organizations.

“The SP200 serves to identify those leaders that impact and lead the residential real estate brokerage industry,” said Rob Hahn, Executive Editor of the Swanepoel Power 200. “We acknowledge their enormous influence and contribution to our industry by detailing their role in improving the overall home buying transaction and the real estate business in particular.”

“I am honored to be listed among the accomplished executives on the Swanepoel Power 200,” Cabot said. “And I am pleased to note that another 21 executives from HomeServices of America, our parent company, also are on the list. Their contribution to our collective success is an ongoing source of pride for the entire organization.”

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January 23rd, 2015 at 8:30 am

Author: Shannon Adducci, Amanda Friedman, and Roopika Malhotra
Photo: Courtesy of the Brands
Information provided by: Angeleno

Gucci’s Rodeo Drive store gets a face-lift; Piaget and DSquared2 open their first L.A. boutiques; Krigler’s West Coast spot debuts.


Beverly Hills’ most famous street already has a posh reputation, but recent store openings and renovations have given Rodeo Drive an even glossier sheen. Case in point: the reopening of Gucci’s L.A. flagship. The Italian luxury goods brand has been a mainstay of the street for more than four decades (it first opened in 1968), and Creative Director Frida Giannini looked to both the past and future to redo the 22,000-square-foot space, working with architects to create a vintage-esque brass-rod exterior and installing a massive, two-story LED wall with 3-D animation to showcase seasonal collections. During the private cocktail party held in October to fete the reopening, the screen was lit with video images of artist Kris Knights’ Flora prints, which he designed in collaboration with Giannini for the new cruise collection. Meanwhile, guests like Charlotte Casiraghi, Eva Chow and Lapo Elkann gathered on the new wraparound terrace adjacent to the shop’s third floor, which is now dedicated to red-carpet dressing. To celebrate the revamp, Gucci also introduced an exclusive, limited-edition style of its iconic Jackie bag—another wink to the brand’s past. 347 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.3451 –SA

Nearly 20 years after founding Italian fashion brand DSquared2, brothers Dean and Dan Caten have chosen Rodeo Drive as the location for their first-ever United States store. The two-story boutique carries the entire DSquared2 collection, including signature men’s suits and tuxedos procured by Isaia (from $1,200) and a capsule line of Old Hollywood-inspired cocktail and evening gowns ($800). “L.A. has made us feel so welcome,” says Dean. Adds Dan, “From the operative opening to the party, everything was in the right place, surrounded by the proper atmosphere!” We agree. 461 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.0117 –AF

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January 13th, 2015 at 2:00 pm


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January 1st, 2015 at 2:00 pm

San Diego microbrews

With its year-round sunshine, unique water profile and influx of immigrants bringing their unique spin on the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage, it’s no wonder that San Diego is the microbrew capital of the world. Anyone who is anyone comes to San Diego to develop their brewing, and some of the most successful microbrews have launched from just about every location and corner of America’s Finest City.

One of the newest locations with a unique take on the art of the microbrewery is Groundswell Brewing Company in San Diego’s Mission Valley. This location is ideally suited for their operations, as it is conveniently situated in the center of the county, is close to many residential areas and San Diego State University, and near the nexus of the area’s freeway system. That’s not what sets it apart, however.

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