Monthly Archives: March 2017
Mar 5 2017
Vallarta Market Opening Location in Pasadena, CA June 2017 @626food @dbwelljr

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Vallarta Supermarkets is opening a location in Pasadena.  Location currently occupied by Vons at Orange Grove and Fair Oaks will be vacated and Vallarta Supermarket will become the new tenant.

Neighborhood reaction is mixed, but having a vacant building would not be a good option.

The location at: 655 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Renaissance Plaza owner and entrepreneur Danny Bakewell, Jr., also confirmed to the District 3 meeting crowd that the Vons Market at the 20 year-old shopping center at North Fair Oaks Avenue at Orange Grove Boulevard will be vacating the property by June and will be replaced by a Vallarta Markets store. Vallarta is described on their website as a Latin-based market with 47 stores throughout California including Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Kern, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Orange and Fresno counties. The company employs approximately 8,000 employees. Vallarta Supermarkets intends to “positively impact” 100 communities by the year 2030, according to their website.

“This is a first-class market,” said Bakewell, “We have toured their markets, and it provides everything that Vons provided, with a diverse range of products. It’s not Whole Foods or Bristol Farms, but it’s not Food 4 Less, either. It’s a first class market.” Bakewell also noted that the Renaissance Plaza is currently 100% full with the inclusion of its latest tenant, Blaze Pizza, which officially opened Thursday evening after a very successful “free pizza” giveaway on Tuesday, in which the store gave away over 1,000 pizzas throughout the day.

The shopping center tenants include Subway, Starbucks, donut shop, Chase Bank, and the recently opened Blaze Pizza.

Vallarta caters to the Hispanic community with foods from Mexico and Central and South America.

The most similar store already located in the Pasadena area includes SuperKing and Baja Ranch, this should increase competition in the area.

You can learn more about Vallarta on their website.


Mar 5 2017
The Snapchat Effect on LA Equity Funding How the company’s mega IPO may enhance the odds of your startup getting funded @snap @CaltechEntForum

The Snapchat Effect on LA Equity Funding – Tickets being snap-chatted up!

The Snapchat Effect on
LA Equity Funding
How the company’s mega IPO 
may enhance the odds of your startup getting funded.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
8:00 – 9:00 AM Coffee & Networking
9:00 – 11:30 AM Program
Several LA-based companies have gone public this millennium, but no IPO has been as highly anticipated as that of Snap Inc., the social media behemoth the likes of which we’ve previously seen only in Silicon Valley. Not to mention Dollar Shave Club’s $1B acquisition by Unilever in 2016 and Riot Games’ acquisition by Tencent in 2015. What can we anticipate as a result of these watershed events?
Will LA overtake New York as the second most interesting tech ecosystem after Silicon Valley?
Will we witness more venture funding and increased company valuations in the region?
What other benefits can entrepreneurs expect to see?
Our program will open with Chang Xu delivering a presentation she co-created with Upfront managing partner Mark Suster for the recent Upfront Summit, highlighting the current state of the venture capital industry as well as the unique qualities of LA Tech. Panelists Rebecca Kantar and Gene Sheridan will share their experiences and insight gained from successfully raising venture capital for their respective companies, and Chris Shoff will provide a lawyer’s perspective on the “dos and don’ts” of fund raising in the current environment. We’ll close the program by turning the mic over to our audience for an opportunity to query our speakers.
Keynote Speaker:


Producer / Moderator
Managing Director
General Admission – $20.00   ($30.00 at Door)
Students – $10.00*
Caltech Students – No Charge*
Advance Registration closes at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 24th.  
Registration available at door for $30.00 (General); $15.00 Students (other than Caltech). 
All Students must show current valid ID or will be charged full price at door.
For more info and to register, visit

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