Happy Birthday, Courtney!
About this time last year you could have been sitting in the circle in front of Avignone’s, enjoying your Paradis ice cream and sharing a seat with Courtney Cox and the stars of her new movie “Just Before I Go.” Courtney, who just celebrated her 50th birthday, chose the Montrose Shopping Park for her directorial debut, spending a couple of days here filming, shopping and hanging out on Honolulu Avenue. The film recently opened at the Tribeca Film Festival and the trailer is now online showing the inside of Avignone’s in great detail. Kim Brennan, Avignone’s likeable manager, said the place was literally packed with film folks including Seann William Scott who played Bo Duke in “Dukes of Hazzard,” was in “American Pie” and the world famous “Dude, Where’s My Car?” (had to get that one in!) with Ashton Kutcher. From what I hear, Courtney never takes pictures. This was later confirmed by a longtime publicist for Los Angeles Magazine who shops in town. Apparently the industry folks are well aware of this. It makes me all the more amazed that she took this shot, even having her assistant stop what she was doing and take the time to “pose” us in the right light. Guess we’re “Friends” now!
The Montrose Shopping Park will be featured in other movies coming out this year. Clint Eastwood could be seen sitting on a lawn chair on Honolulu Avenue as he was directing his latest movie, “Jersey Boys” featuring scenes filmed inside Montrose Bowl. The “Murder of a Cat” cast Nikki Reed, Greg Kinnear, J.K. Simmons and Blythe Danner were here for several days filming under the direction of Gillian Greene, daughter of Lorne, and her famous husband “Spider Man” and “Oz” director Sam Raimi. It’s fun to shop & dine in the Montrose Shopping Park where the stars work.
The Montrose Shopping Park is the place women come to get beautiful. We have 12 “one of a kind” salons tucked in all the nooks and crannies that make up the Shopping Park plus numerous others within walking distance of our borders. If you’re looking for something new to try, check out Images Salon & Day Spa (2206 Honolulu Ave.). They are a full service salon and day spa with many different types of facials ranging from $45 to $160 that includes a complimentary skin care consultation. They also offer waxing, nail, hair and permanent makeup services in a peaceful atmosphere. Call (818) 248-9305 to book an appointment.
Remember, tomorrow night is shop & dine Friday with live street music and some of our stores staying open later. Thanks for reading and supporting your small merchants in the Montrose Shopping Park. www.shopmontrose.com
Mary Dawson promotes the Montrose Shopping Park.
She and her family own Mountain Rose Gifts and Revelation Tops.