Don Zuidema has a Dutch surname. He’s 65 (a very well put together five and 60), grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and attended university in College Park, Md., where he met his first partner, Michael McGinley.
I write “first,” because he’s been part of a triangle “since 1988.”
“I’ve heard it all,” Zuidema said plainly. “Thruplet … a triad, a threesome.”
The third man (not a reference to the 1950 noir thriller starring Orson Welles) is Alfredo Izaguirre.
Zuidema told me he is “fine” with me mentioning the trio “as long as it’s not salacious.”
“Do I look like I’m a salacious person?” I asked.
“No, but with all that’s been going on, who knows anymore?” he said, laughing. Was he referring to Trump … the flurry of sexual harassment allegations we as a nation have been absorbing…
Laurel Pet is housed in a building constructed in 1926 that for at least 85 years has served as a veterinary hospital that has been owned by the Calsyns for 47 of those years.
But West Hollywood may not be part of Thunder Road’s future
Topiary. Let’s talk about it.
You know, green stuff (i.e. plants). Maybe some Kenilworth ivy or lovely creeping fig wrapped around wire frames twisted into the shapes of beloved animals (dinosaurs anyone?) or specific objects (like a throne)?
If you were asked where to get one, maybe two, right here in WeHo, would you snap your fingers with a knowing smile or draw a complete blank?
“We are the only ones,” Saeed Babaeean, 55, proprietor of The Empty Vase on Santa Monica Boulevard at Willey Lane and Nambo Street says, “as far as I know…for sure…in the city…that does topiaries.”
“Probably in the country there are only a handful,” Babaeean said. “When we have these big elephants, big giraffes or dinosaurs, or whatever, it’s a point of attraction.”
You agree with that? Despite The Empty Vase’s smack…
“It’s a little tricky in the beard,” aesthetician Tony Silla, 51, tells me. I’m lying on his treatment table in a dimly lit room at the Face Place, the WeHo salon he owns with his husband of 30 years, Paul Rogers.
Did I mention my legs rest upon a raised, queer-shaped cushion? It encourages blood flow to the head.
Why so tricky? Well, I’m having my face…vacuumed.
“I’m gonna use a little suction on your skin while I clean it,” Silla says. “And it’s gonna feel like this.”
Whir! Buzz! Thwiiiirrrpp! It’s sort of like being at the dentist – only it’s your face.
The wand Silla calls his “little vacuum” resembles a miniature Hoover. I imagine Barbie putting her little plastic palms around it to suck schmutz from the rugs in her Dream Home.
“Sometimes,” Silla says, “your skin gets a…
When you meet Gina Amir, 34, owner of the jewelry studio in her own name near the corner of Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, the first two physical traits you notice are her long midnight-black hair and her large eyes. Enhanced by eyeliner and makeup, it’s the irises themselves that, well, sparkle, like gemstones she might use in her work.
“I opened my first store in Cologne, Germany,” Amir said, after studying gemology near Frankfurt. “Eleven years ago I decided to expand the business and move to the States.” She opened up about why jewelry is her passion, entrepreneurial joys and challenges – as well as about her naughty kitty cat and why she chose to continue her business in WeHo.
WEHOville: How do you describe what you do?
Gina Amir: What I do is the world of design. Customers can have one-on-one sessions….
Doherty and his brother used their credit cards to finance the purchase of the restaurant more than 20 years ago.
“’I was born in a pharmacy,’ I like to say,” the pharmacist Raja Sannidhi, 39, the newish owner of Capitol Drugs, tells me with a slight smile.
Hold on. You weren’t aware that the local drug store had even changed hands in November 2015? “A lot of times patients are like, ‘We didn’t know there was a change of ownership,’” Sannidhi said. “That’s our point.”
Originally from India, Sannidhi grew up in New Jersey after his father, now 65, also a pharmacist and still working, moved the family to the States in 1982. Sannidhi’s generic American accent doesn’t hint at his being born seven hours outside Hyderabad, a city of nearly seven million. This guy is calm, friendly, and very earnest about his chosen profession – and why he does it.
The family has three additional pharmacies in New Jersey, Brooklyn…
Hill is the president and CEO of Vroman’s and of Book Soup, WeHo’s legendary book store on Sunset Boulevard.
Andrew Modlin is 30. He’s a WeHo resident with blond hair, boyish looks and a slight frame. He’s also the co-founder/COO of MedMen, the 2,100-square-foot retail space selling more strains of marijuana and reefer-infused products than you may have known existed. (Bee tee dubs…did you know there are at least 1,200 slang terms for pot?)
“The store was very dark,” Modlin said. “I did the paperwork and they show you, like, five different things.” By “things” he means types of weed. “There wasn’t edibles or products.” This was about 12 years ago. “You pay at the window and shove the cash through.” Such a nice touch. “And they shove the bag [to you].”
That was then. MedMen is now.
This ganjapreneur wants nothing short of revolutionizing how we think about, shop for and consume pot.
“What I wanted to…