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Michael Jortner

About Michael Jortner

Michael Jortner writes about entrepreneurs, leaders and influencers running small businesses in and around West Hollywood. More information can be found at michaeljortner.com and Jortner can be reached at writer@michaeljortner.com

The Vision Sisters: Optique by Cynthia & Christine

The Vision Sisters: Optique by Cynthia & Christine

A middle-aged female mail carrier wearing U.S. Postal Service-sanctioned blue shorts and top enters the store while Cynthia Daté, 48, and...

Fri, Jun 02, 2017
Anawalt Lumber: Great Service Brings All the Contractors to the Yard

Anawalt Lumber: Great Service Brings All the Contractors to the Yard

If you arrive at Anawalt Lumber early on a Friday morning, you are likely to see general manager Basil Alexander, 50, making sure his...

Fri, May 19, 2017
Hedley’s: A Restaurant that Offers  Real Connectivity (No Need for a Cellphone)

Hedley’s: A Restaurant that Offers Real Connectivity (No Need for a Cellphone)

Any thoughts on what a fair rent increase might be for a retail space in WeHo these days? Would you say 4%? Maybe 7%? Try ten times...

Fri, May 12, 2017
The Pacific Design Center: Its Impact Is Visual, but What Else?

The Pacific Design Center: Its Impact Is Visual, but What Else?

Meet me at Melrose and San Vicente,” your friend says. What is the first image popping into your mind? Eating a salad on the outdoor...

Mon, May 08, 2017
The Design Bug Bit Jason Scott in the Oil Fields of Orange County

The Design Bug Bit Jason Scott in the Oil Fields of Orange County

Jason Scott, the 43-year-old entrepreneur who owns J. Michael Scott Interiors on the west side of La Cienega Boulevard, half a block south...

Thu, May 04, 2017
Taste: Where Even (Most) Megastars Feel at Home

Taste: Where Even (Most) Megastars Feel at Home

“You know the Hitchcock movie ‘The Birds’?” That’s what Erez Mizrahi asks me as we sit at a table in the year-and-half-new rear...

Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Saint Felix: Rock ‘n Roll Cocktails Served (Not So) Straight Up

Saint Felix: Rock ‘n Roll Cocktails Served (Not So) Straight Up

John Arakaki, 44, co-owner of Saint Felix, sits on a black leather banquet against an exposed brick wall – not far from a black light...

Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Reality Sucking Right Now? Pleasure Chest Offers a Solution

Reality Sucking Right Now? Pleasure Chest Offers a Solution

In the second of a two-part series, WEHOville concludes its interview with the Pleasure Chest’s Brian Robinson, owner, and Sarah...

Fri, Apr 07, 2017
Radical Acceptance:  All in a Day’s Work at WeHo’s Pleasure Chest

Radical Acceptance: All in a Day’s Work at WeHo’s Pleasure Chest

You know you’ve made it when Freddie Mercury, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe know your name. In this first of two parts,...

Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Former Film and TV Director Kathy Skiles Now Collects Beauty in WeHo

Former Film and TV Director Kathy Skiles Now Collects Beauty in WeHo

“I’ve got a lot of stories, honey,” Kathy Skiles told me on a recent Tuesday morning. “Good thing you’re not with the National...

Fri, Mar 24, 2017
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