Celebrate St. Patty’s in the Montrose Shopping Park

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In the Montrose Shopping Park, we enjoy all the special holidays and seasons of the year. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Isn’t it nice to have a place close to home where you can celebrate? Corned Beef and cabbage is a “must have” today and there are several places that […]

The Montrose Shopping Park Board Welcomes the City of Glendale!

Did you know that the Montrose Shopping Park is one of the oldest B.I.D.’s (Business Improvement Districts) in the state? The MSPA (Montrose Shopping Park Association) comprises close to 200 businesses that are run by the MSPA board who contracts with the City of Glendale. The elected board is made up of local business owners […]

Destination: Montrose

With its many restaurants, salons, boutique shops and small-town charm, Montrose Shopping Park has become a popular shopping destination for many in southern California. It wasn’t so long ago, however, that Montrose was the shopping destination for nearby residents, offering most anything they might need within a couple of blocks. While a handful of businesses […]

Come Along with Me on a Gift Show Buying Trip!

Today is my first day off after an intense eight-day shopping spree. I would like to share with you part of what it’s like to be a small store owner in the Montrose Shopping Park. One of the things that sets our little stores apart is that each owner has a vision of the marketplace […]

It’s Christmas open house time!

Did you know it’s only seven weeks until Christmas? It is true — the older we get, the faster time seems to fly by. All the more reason to enjoy the weeks leading up to the holidays. The Montrose Shopping Park has had a Christmas Open House tradition among two of its gift stores for […]

Let Jane’s help you decorate your Halloween cupcakes!

by Mary DAWSON I could go nuts in this store. Being one that “paints with merchandise,” I believe when serving food, presentation is almost equally important as taste. Jane’s Cake and Chocolate Supply carries everything you need for baking, cake decorating, and candy making. We’re not talking the ordinary stuff you find in the big […]

Enjoy guilt free desserts at Doris’ Slender Sweet Shoppe

There’s some-thing about walking into the Slender Sweet Shoppe that makes me feel like I’m on the boardwalk, at the ocean, back East. It reminds me of the candy shops there with their fresh smells and bright, happy interiors. The big difference being at the Slender Sweet Shoppe is you don’t need to worry too […]

Pho 22: Its All About the Broth

By Mary DAWSON A few weeks ago I found myself wandering down Honolulu Avenue in search of something new. Most of us lead such busy lives and we tend to do what we are comfortable with and what we know. One of the by-products of writing this column is that it gets me out of […]

Life in the MSPA

By Mary DAWSON Right off the bat you might well ask, “So what in the world is the MSPA?”  It’s an acronym for the Montrose Shopping Park Association, formed way back in 1968 for the purpose of representing the interests of the then “newly created” Montrose Shopping Park.  The Shopping Park is a B.I.D. (another […]

Montrose Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend

By Mary O’KEEFE This weekend shoppers and artists will meet on common ground along Honolulu Avenue in the Montrose Shopping Park as they have for the last 27 years. The Annual Montrose Arts and Crafts Festival is well known to artists throughout several western states as the place to show and sell their art and […]