Can Lisa Vanderpump Find Love in Gay WeHo?

Maybe Lisa Vanderpump should shop at Ralph’s?

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Lisa Vanderpump (with Giggy)

The reality TV star (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Vanderpump Rules”) riled up some shoppers at the West Hollywood Pavilion’s yesterday when she showed up with a film crew and pretended to be shopping.

Shoppers contacted WEHOville to complain. And several celebrity gossip websites chronicled what appears to have been a bit of a public relations disaster for the store, which is owned by the Safeway grocery store chain.

“I told the general manager that I will no longer shop here if Lisa VanderPhony gets to come here with a film crew and pretend she’s one of us!” said one shopper quoted by Highlight Hollywood. “Outrageous. This reality TV stuff is staged!”

“She came storming in here like the Queen of England with a film crew,” said another shopper. Didn’t even tell us she was coming, was driven into the parking lot, jumped out with her daughter and brought the crew in here, then out the door, she had to ask her daughter for the money to purchase the items, that shows how prepared she was to shop here.”

Highlight Hollywood reported that several shoppers walked out of Pavilions in protest, leaving carts packed with food behind. Pavilions, at 8969 Santa Monica Boulevard, diagonally across the street from P.U.M.P., Vanderpump’s relatively new gay-oriented bar and restaurant, is known as among the gay crowd as a place to flirt while shopping.

A previous Vanderpump shopping excursion at Pavilions resulted in a few broken eggs. Radar Online reported that a customer threw two eggs at Vanderpump when she visited the store in September of last year (both missed their target).

“A girl threw two eggs at Lisa! They totally missed her but that girl didn’t care. She wanted to make a point to Lisa that she isn’t welcome in West Hollywood,” said a shopper interviewed by Radar.

It seems Vanderpump also wasn’t very welcome at West Hollywood’s Gelson’s grocery store when she and her daughter Pandora appeared to promote Vanderpump’s LVP Sangria drink, with a few shoppers yelling at her to leave.

Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd, live in Beverly Hills. Their restaurant there, Villa Bianca, is up for sale following a successful lawsuit by an employee who alleged she was sexually harassed by the restaurant’s manager. She was awarded $100,000. The restaurant also is facing a lawsuit by a food vendor for failing to pay its bill. Documents filed in the sexual harassment lawsuit show the restaurant has been financially troubled.

In West Hollywood, Sur, Vanderpump’s restaurant on Robertson Boulevard near Melrose, has been the setting for “Vanderpump Rules,” which chronicles the lives of its young and pretty employees and the affairs they are having with one another. It is known for attracting reality TV fans.

Last year Vanderpump opened P.U.M.P. in the heart of West Hollywood’s Boystown, with the intention of attracting a stylish gay crowd. Vanderpump and Todd are dealing with a lawsuit over that property, which is on the southeast corner of Santa Monica and Robertson boulevards, by two men who claim that they already had the right to lease it.

P.U.M.P. is next door to Mother Lode, one of West Hollywood’s most popular dive bars, one of whose bartenders has described Vanderpump and Todd as “neighbors from hell.” Bartender Josh Romine told Radar that his neighbors had described the Mother Lode crowd as “riff raff” and that the couple tossed a receipt at him and laughed while walking by one day and on another occasion tossed a nickle his way.

It’s not clear how long Vanderpump and Todd will be laughing. P.U.M.P. appears relatively empty most nights despite efforts by the couple to attract a gay crowd. During last year’s Gay Pride, shortly after P.U.M.P. opened, they collaborated with Frontiers magazine on an event that won Vanderpump a glowing cover profile in the magazine. But Frontiers these days seems not to be attracting much of a gay crowd either. Its last few issues, at 68 pages each, are the smallest in its modern history, reflecting a significant decline in advertising. P.U.M.P. now is promoting its “Big Gay Brunch” on Sundays and recently engaged veteran gay party promoter Jeffrey Sanker to stage Giggy Tuesdays, a night of discounted cocktails named after Vanderpump’s Pomeranian.


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Tre
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Tre

You see it as exploting and that’s your right! The wonderful thing about opinions is we all have them! However when I look at the fact that she feeds the homeless “gay” community which is something she herself does not even speak of publicly and have done so for the past 11 years, when she speaks out in favor of LGBT rights and we being afforded the same privileges and opportunities to love and marry who we choose which is something else she supports which is why she became ordained to be able to marry! Even when you look at… Read more »

tre
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tre

Paul first I must LOL at how pathetic your post is! Secondly, this woman has been a major supporter of gagy rights since you were probably even able to hold a gay flag! If you check her stats, even in London she was huge in gay rights, and owned several gay bars… So all of your mindless ranting, is just that… MINDLESS RANTING! And yes she does have “allies” because she’s a respected woman, and simply put. She LIKEABLE! So yea, people will speak for her, and defend her, which techinically she doesn’t need because her record is one that… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Hi Tre,

I don’t resort to mindless rhetorical mudslinging when I disagree with someones opinion, but you go right on ahead. However, can you tell me and everyone here what the benefit of her or any of the current corporate and entertainment exploitation of the community would be?

Paul
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Paul

Another mediocre straight owned lounge/ restaurant/ bar in West Hollywood under the guise of being a supporter of the community. In reality, they want to profit off our struggles now that ‘gay’ it has become mainstream. It’s insulting and why mostly only straight people go to these venues. Venues like the Abbey, Pump and Sur. We are not a community on display like circus animals for tourist and people who want to say they have been to a gay bar and “LOVE” the gays. Just leave already, your drinks and food are tragic and over priced. If you want to… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

Thanks, Loran. I felt compelled to say something in an effort to stop this ridiculous nonsense.

Tre
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Tre

Yes JJ I too enjoyed your commentary!!!! And I’m not speaking solely as a Lisa supporter but moreso from a person on the outside looking in, scratching my head asking “what has this woman done so wrong” besides open a business, thus creating revenue for the city and an opportunity for someone who was probably unemployed to be EMPLOYED! She may be somewhat of a shrewd businesswoman but would she have made it this far if she were some wall flower? And people that I know personally that has visited her establements and got an opportunity to meet her all… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

I have owned a home in West Hollywood for the past 12+years just blocks away from PUMP. I wish we had more business owners that would come in and take a … space and fix it up and add to the tax revenue of the City. For YEARS this corner stood empty – an eyesore, a dump and didn’t create any tax revenue. This woman comes in, opens up a business, beautifies this corner and she’s getting bashed?! 30+ years ago, we would have appreciated a straight person with visibility making donations to gay causes, marching in our parades and… Read more »

Loran
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Loran

Best commentary yet JJ! Thank you for standing up for Ken and Lisa ! They do so much good for our community !

kab1200
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kab1200

Yes JJ, exactly!

PeteP
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PeteP

Well, I think that WEHOville has now officially jumped the shark. This is an article written by an unnamed “staff writer” that quotes several unnamed “shoppers” (one shopper and another shopper) about a ridiculously minor episode at a grocery store. Why all of the secrecy here? Lisa is a reality TV show personality, not a KGB agent. Man up if you’re going to bash this woman. If Lisa Vanderpump shopping at a market is so terrible for you that you need to complain to a website and publish a negative story, then you should consider yourself blessed.

Tre
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Tre

Loran if I met her I’d probably be a bumbling fool LOL I’d be so enamored with her grace, beauty, style, and poise… I’ve met celebrities before through my father but it was sorta like “yeah whatever ” for me lol! She’s the only reason I even watch Beverly Hills housewives

Tre
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Tre

Loran I normally hear people speak very well of her and Ken. I’d really like to meet her someday… My parents are actually sponsoring a two week trip to Los Angeles as I’ve al wanted to visit there. Hopefully I’ll get to meet her then, Sur, Pump and Villa Blanca are establements I plan to visit. I’ve had friends that went to pump and they loved it…

Loran
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Loran

Tre they are wonderful people and very inviting. I hope you get the chance to meet them. You will love them ! 😉

Tre
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Tre

Actually I’d pass on that drink as that’s not something I indulge in! Oh I’ll also pass on your dismissive advice as it’s something I didn’t solicit! I take advice from people worth listening to and judging by this dialogue my dear I’m afraid you don’t fit that bill… Thanks anyway though…

Gretchen Schneider
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Misreading me again, I see. That was by no means an invite.

Loran
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Loran

Well said Tre ! Lisa is a dear friend of mine and I hate seeing ridiculous hateful comments about her. She’s also huge dog lover and also supports many dog organizations ! She is a good soul and doesn’t deserve this ! She and Ken both are so good to our community. I’ve never seen them say a harsh word or do a disrespectful thing to anyone. This bashing needs to stop.

Gretchen Schneider
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I’m not bashing them. You need to revisit my comments and yell at the people chucking eggs at them and whatnot.

Tre
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Tre

That commentor would be me, and yes I said it! And I stand by it! If for nothing else for the countless money she donates to homeless gays “in society are viewed VOICELESS” for the charity GLAAD she supports again in society viewed “voiceless” for the anti bullying commercial she recorded and stop the hate commercials she’s recorded! I don’t have to prove my point to a complete stranger whom I’d never meet and more than likely wouldn’t care to. My point is there seems to be a lot of animosity towards a lady who has done nothing but try… Read more »

Gretchen Schneider
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I’ve never knocked her advocacy, nor do I support anyone being verbally or physically assaulted in any way, including aforementioned egg attack. Sounds like you need an over-priced drink from one of your girl’s dining establishments. #namaste