Montrose Shopping Park Flourishes During the Holidays

First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By Jonathan Williams
Glendale News-Press

For virtually all merchants in and near the Montrose Shopping Park, the year 2020 brought many challenges.
Some businesses closed for months; others struggled to keep their doors open. Now, as 2021 wraps up and vaccinations continue, the holidays have brought shoppers back to those small businesses. Supply chain issues continue to plague major retailers and as a result, more shoppers are flocking to Honolulu Avenue, according to some merchants.
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Outdoor Dining: Making It Permanent

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

They will be gone, but not for long.
After removing several al fresco dining zones ahead of the Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend, the city of Glendale aims to replace the popular spaces at the Montrose Shopping Park area with more thoughtfully designed and built parklets. While the prior areas, divided from parking spots by concrete K-rail barriers, were intended as a temporary solution to coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the parklets figure to be a part of the shopping park for the foreseeable future.
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Montrose Christmas Parade Canceled

Because of concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the Montrose Christmas Parade Association recently canceled what would have been its 44th annual parade.
The organization announced on its website that it made the decision in coordination with the city, the Montrose Shopping Park, the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and local health authorities. This year’s event would have been on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Instead, the parade group said, the next event is slated for Dec. 4, 2021.
“In order to protect the incredible members of our community, we have decided that it is better to focus our energy on the 2021 event,” it said on its website. “We appreciate your support of, participation in and attendance at this annual tradition and we promise we will return with the bands, community entries, kids and of course Santa flying by in his helicopter that make this parade so special.”
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