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Gelson’s Annual Toy Drive Benefits APLA and Other Causes

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WEST HOLLYWOOD– Among the most worthwhile holiday traditions – giving back to your local community – Gelson’s will hold its annual holiday food and toy drives across all of its locations in Southern California.

The food drive runs through November 26, while the toy drive will launch November 28 and run through Friday, December 8.

Local partners for the food drive include APLA, Community Center of La Canada, Feeding San Diego, Food Finders, Food Share, FIND, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest, and Unity Shoppe, in addition to MANNA Food Bank, a new partner for the Thousand Oaks location.

In addition to the food bins and shopping lists of needed items available at all locations, on weekend afternoons, volunteers from several of these organizations are scheduled to assist Gelson’s customers with finding specific food items to buy and contribute at select stores.

Returning partner organizations for the toy drive include Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at Eisenhower Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, Ronald McDonald House/Long Beach, and Toys for Tots.

As in years past, Gelson’s will have bins with suggested toy lists made available. At the end of the promotion, employees visit several children’s hospitals to hand out toys, and other partners will pick up the toys directly.”

Gelson’s has long held in-store food drives to contribute to the communities it serves, while regularly giving to food banks and other worthwhile causes, more than $2 million in donations each year. This year marks its third annual toy drive, spurred by a Gelson’s employee whose son was seriously ill and has since regained his health.

“Our legacy remains the same. It is essential to our founding mission – and the original vision of brothers Bernie and Eugene Gelson – to give back to the communities that we serve,” said Gelson’s President & CEO Rob McDougall.

“We look forward to working with our local nonprofit partners, and our customers, in helping make the holiday season better for families across Southern California and beyond.”

Please visit Gelson’s website for further details on donating to the food and toy drives.

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TikTok Moves into New Gensler-Designed Culver City Offices

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CULVER CITY — TikTok today announced the company is moving into a brand new home… a 120,000-square foot office in Culver City. The move further deepens TikTok’s connection and commitment to the greater Los Angeles area as it continues to grow its U.S. team, including key leaders. 

The new TikTok office spans five floors, which were designed from the ground up to embody TikTok’s fun and joyful personality. Creativity is synonymous with TikTok, so having a space that inspires everyone who walks through the door was a driving force behind the move. The heart of the space is a bright pink staircase that runs through each floor and follows a bespoke mural designed by TikTok’s internal design team.

“Located between the innovative tech companies in Silicon Beach and the streaming content companies at Hayden tract, TikTok truly sits at the intersection of technology and entertainment, physically and figuratively,” said Vanessa Pappas, general manager, TikTok U.S. “While we are a global company, having a permanent office in LA speaks to our commitment to the U.S. market and deepens our bonds with the city, and the talent and companies, that call it home.” 

The new office features a fully open floor plan interspersed with conference rooms, private phone booths, a stadium-style presentation and gathering space, and terraces to support indoor-outdoor work. A TikTok content-creation studio will be completed by the summer of 2020, providing even more opportunities for immersive and entertaining videos from TikTok creators and partners. The office is also dog-friendly, allowing TikTok’s beloved canine creators to visit as well. 

The office was designed in collaboration with global architecture and design firm, Gensler. “The new TikTok LA office is the result of two creative companies out to build a space that was inclusive, collaborative, and fun,” said Chris Mitchell, Design Director, Gensler. “We hope the space gives TikTok’s employees a home to be proud of and a place to inspire more of the entertaining content the app is known for.”

As part of TikTok’s commitment to inspire and encourage a new generation to have a positive impact on the planet, the company selected a LEED Gold-certified building that exceeds California standards. The new office features design and building strategies aimed at energy and water conservation, reducing C02 emissions, and improving indoor environmental quality. 

TikTok continues to be committed to building and growing the app experience for its diverse and growing mix of users, creators, and brands. Last year, the company built out its U.S.-based leadership team with key hires across functions including product, safety, content, music, sales, and operations. TikTok now employs over 400 employees in offices across the U.S., including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and New York. TikTok will also continue to invest in supporting both local and national initiatives relevant to its community.

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A Slightly Unhinged Investigation Into Lisa Vanderpump Conspiracy Theories

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A Slightly Unhinged Investigation Into Lisa Vanderpump Conspiracy Theories

WEST HOLLYWOOD (Vice) — Something is going on over at Lisa Vanderpump’s famed LA restaurants.

In the last week, the star of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, matriarch of the unswervingly-glossy-skinned narcissists on Vanderpump Rules, and business mogul has dealt with a series of unfortunate events befalling her establishments.

The rule of threes suggests that when weird things strike thrice, let alone all in the same place, it probably means something shady is happening—at least if you buy into conspiracy theories. And in the case of anything Vanderpump-related, it’s much more fun if you do. Let’s dive in!

On January 5, a Ferrari crashed into PUMP, her West Hollywood restaurant/bar known for its kind of gross food and ridiculous cocktail names […]

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MedMen Presents ‘New Year, New You’ 2020

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LOS ANGELES (Yahoo Finance) — MedMen Enterprises Inc. has partnered with Los Angeles wellness studios Sweat Yoga, LIT Method, Cycle House, Box Union Robertson and Oraya Movement as part of an enhancement of 2020 community programming.

The goal of the partnership is to discover benefits of wellness and cannabis. MedMen collaborated with Papa and Barkley and Kikoko to provide each studio with samples of their leading cannabis products, as well as including incentives to visit MedMen.

Sweat Yoga, a hot yoga studio with locations in Santa Monica, Playa Vista Westlake Village and Little Tokyo, will partner with MedMen for their Sunday night Yin class at all four of their locations during January and February. Following class, attendees will have the opportunity to sample Positivi-Tea […]

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