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Going back to college with Hengame Abassi

Going back to college with Hengame Abassi

Tiago Barreiro, Video Editor

October 29, 2020

Hengame Abassi is going back to college. She is non-traditional student: a student at the end of her 60s. Originally from Iran, Abassi was a nurse and reporter who had to flee political persecution while pregnant and lived in Germany for over 20 years before immigrating to the United States. She has ho...

5 ways to celebrate Halloween safely

5 ways to celebrate Halloween safely

Camille Lehmann, Reporter

October 26, 2020

Celebrating any holiday or event this past year has been tricky. In the wake of COVID-19, many have assumed that Halloween 2020 is canceled. Luckily for my ghost and ghoul lovers, there are various creative ways to celebrate safely this year. With Halloween around the corner, the Daily Sundial came up...

Business as (un)usual: Topanga Nursery

Topanga Nursery is owned by Danny and Robin Finkelstein, who also co-own The Valley Hive with Kieth Roberts.

Monserrat Solis, Assistant Culture Editor

October 23, 2020

Topanga Nursery sits on busy Topanga Canyon Boulevard, where a hiring sign is sitting against the window. Unlike other businesses, the nursery is fortunate to have a boom in sales during the pandemic. Danny and Robin Finkelstein have owned the property since 2016 and co-own The Valley Hive with ...

Business as (un)usual: Waffle Love

The mural inside Waffle Love located in Northridge, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 14, 2020.

Gevork Apikyan, Reporter

October 19, 2020

Like all other small businesses, Waffle Love, located on Reseda Boulevard, has been at a constant battle with COVID-19. Boyd Bell, the franchise owner, considers himself very lucky to have been self-employed and to own a business during this time. “It has definitely become more mundane. Most...

Dish Diaries: Vegan food stand Pacha Tacos’ food packs a flavorful punch

Three vegan tacos, wrapped in blue corn tortillas, in a to-go box from Pacha Taco on Oct. 4, 2020, in Sun Valley, Calif.

Monserrat Solis, Assistant Culture Editor

October 15, 2020

It’s not surprising when a new taco stand pops up on my corner, but when a vegan stand emerges — oh, I’m there. Pacha Taco followed me on Instagram a few days before National Taco Day, a beautiful day where tacos in every shape and form are celebrated. They promised their audience a new form of tacos tackling traditional...

Business as (un)usual: Strong House Training

Rosangela Lunsford, left, attempts a deadlift while Evina Del Pizzo, the co-owner of Strong House Training, coaches her about proper deadlifting form during a private training session in the back parking lot of the training facility in Chatsworth, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

Chris Torres, Photo Editor

October 13, 2020

Wedged in the corner of a popular Chatsworth strip mall at the intersection of Lassen Street and Topanga Canyon Boulevard is Strong House Training — a gym which has a spacious interior with pull up bars, squat racks and dumbbells lining the facility’s walls. But due to the pandemic, all the equip...

Business as (un)usual: Forever Healthy

Rachel Howry, the owner of Forever Healthy, poses with the top-selling drink Birthday Cake protein smoothie in Chatsworth, Calif,. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.

Daniel Mendez, Reporter

October 10, 2020

Forever Healthy, located inside the Chatsworth Center on Devonshire Street and Mason Avenue, provides the community with nutritious drinks, supplements and dietary plans to help people get in shape. Although the pandemic has slowed foot traffic, Forever Healthy has stayed open as an essential busi...

Business as (un)usual: A Sweet Design

Customers' favorite cupcakes are displayed behind food labels that describe their flavors and ingredients at A Sweet Design bakery in Granada Hills, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Daniel Mendez, Reporter

October 1, 2020

Ranging from a wide variety of flavorful cakes, cupcakes to macarons and cake pops, A Sweet Design in Granada Hills has all the delicacies your sweet tooth could ever desire. On a regular day, A Sweet Design would be catering out orders, their phones would be ringing and customers would walk in to make...

Business as (un)usual: Mambo International Kitchen

Raymond Magsaysay, the chef and co-owner of Mambo International Kitchen, takes the pork adobo off the stove and gets ready to serve it to a customer.

Samantha Bravo, Assistant News Editor

September 29, 2020

With a dining room usually filled with students, families and local residents, Mambo International Kitchen satisfied everyone's cravings in one place by offering a menu filled with a variety of international food options — a goal shop owners Raymond and Donna Magsaysay had in mind as they wanted to pr...

Business as (un)usual: Modern Barber Room

David Lopez, the owner of Modern Barber Room, cuts Jose Chavez's hair at his shop in Northridge, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

Gevork Apikyan, Reporter

September 25, 2020

Modern Barber Room, located on Roscoe Boulevard in Northridge, was one of the many small businesses whose profits took a huge hit when the pandemic struck. David Lopez, the owner of Modern Barber Room, and his employees felt lost while waiting for the state to give them a green light to return to work after...

Black in the Valley: More than a marketplace

Shoy Phillip plays the steel pan at the

Danielle Tranter, Reporter

September 23, 2020

A young boy appeared beside his mom Cheron Lewis, the owner of “A Mother’s Touch,” recommending customers to try his favorite product – the organic body butter – from their booth at the Black in the Valley Marketplace. It was made by his mom with him in mind. Using natural ingredients and homeopathic...

Local businesses in Reseda band together to give away free student lunches

Lang Duong receives a bag with free school supplies for her grandchildren for the Free Back to School Event hosted by 818 Plates at Reseda, Calif., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

Monserrat Solis, Assistant Culture Editor

September 15, 2020

The sun is starting to rise when Jalise Johnson starts her day by going to the grocery store, filling her cart with hot dogs, chips and other snacks, the next few hours are spent cooking and preparing to give out free student lunches. Jalise Johnson and her husband, Exavier Johnson, started their o...

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