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Kirsten has been on our covers many times over the years, and she has long been one of our favorite artists.


Kirsten Söderlind started drawing about the same time she could hold a pencil. Her parents marveled when she could “stay within the lines” of the coloring book, a feat probably less remarkable than it seemed but even then allowed her to feel as if her profession had been established at this early age.

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This is our 32nd year publishing Boulevard and our love for our clients and our communities only continues to grow – and why not? After all, we are blessed to live in Southern California where we can pick from “the cream of the crop” all year round. Whether it is food, fashion, health and fitness, beauty or services for our homes, we have enjoyed access to all of it for over three decades and counting, thanks to the dedication, hard work and diverse talents of the names you will see below.

Keep your eyes peeled for our special awards stickers next time you’re out and about!

And now – drum roll, please – here are Boulevard’s annual staff picks for excellence for 2016.

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Southern California is not just a place…it’s a lifestyle! Just ask any restaurateur trying to develop a menu that at once touches on the state’s year-round bounty of produce, health-conscious reputation and ever-expanding hunger for new and exotic flavors. The term “California Cuisine” was coined about 30 years ago, right around the time the aerobics craze was at its peak and just about the time Boulevard planted its seeds as a long-running magazine known for its restaurant coverage.

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Our favorite restaurants thrive on variety and change. However, we often have to admit that at certain go-to spots, there are always at least one or two dishes that keep us coming back for more. A mix of flavors we crave and can’t live without. And the owners and chefs who are always willing to oblige by keeping that dish or those dishes on the menu no matter what the trends du jour surface.

The dish may be something as familiar as a hamburger, fried rice, spaghetti and meatballs or a chopped salad. It may be something exotic that every restaurant in its genre has but they do better. It may have to do with technique—the way the chef beats the eggs, grills the bread or rolls the sushi. It may be condiments such as a curry ketchup, wasabi dip or salad dressing that should be bottled and sold to go. No matter what that something is, for our 32nd anniversary “Best Of” edition, we’re saluting restaurants that have been good to us…and to their loyal customers…with dishes that feel new and exciting every time we order them.

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Little Toni’s has been that pizza place for North Hollywood and beyond for 60 years, where Vineland and Lankershim cross. And Little Toni’s continues to be that dependable stalwart, as Italian-American trends have come and gone, and comfort food is currently “a thing.”

Of course, a few things should change in order for an establishment like this to be current in this arty neighborhood. In the past year, BarToni’s was brought to life, with a retro-cool craft cocktail menu designed by noted Los Angeles mixologists Aidan Demarest and Marcos Tello that are as inspired by the 1950s as they are 21st century-cool. We’re talking Grasshoppers, Italian Mary’s (made with Dirty Sue olive juice, another proudly local product), Negronis, Lemon Drop Martinis and Pink Squirrel ice-cream cocktails.

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In Studio City, that place happens to be Rocco’s. As its owners intended, it is as familiar and comforting as pizza and eggplant parmesan, with an ample and well-stocked bar, packed patio and red vinyl booths. Numerous flat-screen televisions line the perimeter of the bar venue, and there is no attitude or pretense.


If anything has changed at Rocco’s, it’s the ongoing efforts to make itself the neighborhood’s most welcoming go-to spot any time of day. According to Remi, the manager on duty, it provides a nice counterbalance to the trendy, California-style spots in the area, and draws a lot of New York and New Jersey transplants to boot.

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Hello, bloom!  After 32 years of keeping our pulse on fashion trends and where to find them, we promise the best is yet to come. There is as much variety in where to shop as there are upcoming fashion trends. For Spring 16, designers are paying homage to 90’s grunge, Spanish-inspired flourishes, Victorian lace and shoulder baring dresses and tops. Those addicted to comfort will appreciate the new surge of crinkled fabrics and pajama-like dressing. While more established thoroughfares have become shopping destinations unto themselves, burgeoning micro-neighborhoods have exploded onto the fashion scene, leaving no shortage of choices for the fashionista in all of us.

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Highlighting and contouring techniques are replacing traditional makeup for a sculpted, refined look that show off what mother nature gave us. Seeing a professional is necessary to keep our skin in top shape, correct issues such as acne or sun damage and to learn about the best products for our skin type. And a little pampering never hurts either…

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You really are the best and we want you to stay that way. And staying on top means finding not only the best places to stay in shape, but developing a fitness plan that works comfortably for you and your lifestyle. It may not always be easy, but you’ll never be alone when you have some of the best trainers in the world right here, ready to help you look and feel better than ever.

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“My clientele is both local and world-wide.” That is world natural bodybuilding champion and acclaimed professional trainer, Lacy Weston, speaking. He is a PROPTA certified trainer and nutritional consultant and he is one of our favorite people at Boulevard magazine.


Lacy has been personally training men and women for over 30 years at their homes, set locations and at his studio in La Cañada. He trains by appointment only, beginning at 4:00am, 6 days a week. He is very firm about what sets him apart as a trainer. “I’m not trying to sell you a trend. I assist others in getting their physical and visual jobs done.”
Like each of us, it’s been a journey for Lacy. “I graduated high school one day and left home the next. I got a job at Alpha Beta. It was a 3 hour round trip bus ride to go from Alpha Beta in La Puente to my other job in the phone room at Aerobics and Nautilus Unlimited in Pasadena.” I asked Lacy how many days a week he did this? “I did this every day. After growing up the way I did, nothing seemed hard for me”, he shares candidly.

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There comes a time in our lives when we must ask ourselves this simple question: Should I save or splurge? While massive projects can be intimidating, small changes can make a world of difference. Give a kitchen or bath an instant update by replacing old cabinet hardware and fixtures. Add or switch out a window treatment to add color, texture and softness that can be easily altered with the seasons. While we are more familiar with kitchen islands that function as large workspaces, think outside the box and try a less conventional island that doubles as furniture. A cramped or disorganized kitchen or bath can look new again with pretty baskets, tins, shelves or other creative storage spaces. You can paint cupboards instead of replacing them (fun retro colors are in) and nothing makes a bigger impact than new light fixtures. Try pendants instead of track or recessed lights for a completely modern look.

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In the case of Rebound Furniture Consignment, there’s a personal and uplifting reason behind the name of this funky and eclectic Woodland Hills furniture emporium. Jeanne Bulmer left a successful commercial real estate career behind in order to experience more adventures in life. By 2010 she was living in London with her new husband when she learned that her mother, Faye, had been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer. Jeanne and her husband immediately rushed back to Los Angeles to support her mother on this journey. As it turned out, mother and daughter would walk that walk together, because shortly thereafter, Jeanne received the same diagnosis herself.

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Owner Doron Polus is justifiably proud of the fact that his Chatsworth business has locales all over North America and is widely recognized for providing homeowners with interior glass door solutions direct from the factory.


“Our business model does not include dealers or distributors, and this allows us to control the quality processes from beginning to end and from factory to field for our residential and business/corporate clients”, says Polus. “This translates into beautifully designed closet doors, room dividers and office partitions at the very best prices.”

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That is when The Skirball Cultural Center will graciously allow the first ever Annual Art Affaire LA show to be held in the Skirball’s elegant Guerin Pavilion on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st. But first, here is a little history on the genesis of Art Affaire LA.

Beginning in 1985, the Contemporary Crafts Market was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium until that venue closed three years ago. From there the CCM moved to the Pasadena Convention Center, where the CCM continued to put on their annual June and November shows. That is, until this year. When long time CCM vendor Jane Mohr learned that the 2016 June show had been cancelled, she sprang into action, because, as she says, “It left a lot of vendors homeless this June.” That’s when this admitted “Triple ‘Type A’ Personality” decided to turn this challenge into her first art show.

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Has your dream vacation been a dream for too long? Get some traveling practice close to home by visiting Malibu Wine Safaris. Visit with zebras, camels, alpacas and more while sipping on some of the finest local wines with some of the most majestic views while cruising around a 1,000 acre vineyard on a ranch in … Malibu? Yep, an otherworldly experience is waiting right next door.

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The 2nd Annual Spring Into Wellness Health Expo takes place on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks. In association with the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce, over 40 vendors will be onsite offering free health and safety services such as bone density scans, thyroid scans, blood pressure screenings and a whole lot more. There will be a rock wall and a bounce house for the kids to play, cooking demonstrations and lots more!

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Cyndi Lauper has been blessed with one of those kinds of voices. Since she first stepped onto the world stage in 1983 telling us “Girls just wanna have fun”, she’s continued to be one of the most inspirational and unique artists making records today. With a voice as powerfully poignant and passionate as her spirit is vivacious, she’s recorded a vast range of great music over these decades, all unified by a remarkable four-octave voice, and a spirit both delicate and dynamic. She’s won Grammys, Emmys and even a Tony, and has sold more than 50 million records around the world.

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Most famous of course for Eurythmics, his collaboration with Annie Lennox, his genius is for humbly standing behind the singer – whether it’s Annie or Mick or Tom Petty (they concocted “Don’t Come Around Here No More”) or any of the other stars with whom he’s written songs such as Bob Dylan (yes, that Bob Dylan), Bono, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bryan Ferry, Stevie Nicks or Sinead O’Connor, and making them shine. He’s also recorded his own chain of inspired solo albums, such as the critically-acclaimed, Nashville-conceived and produced The Blackbird Diaries.

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Having earned an Emmy for her starring role in Mike & Molly, an Academy Award Nomination for her supporting role in Bridesmaids, and soon reinforcing her already legendary status in the third installment of Ghostbusters later this year - Melissa McCarthy is, without a doubt, one of the queens of comedy today.

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