Business in Brief
December, 2008 - Issue #50
Keyes Lexus of Valencia Notes that it's a Great Time to Buy a New Car
Bill McClendon, GM of Keyes Lexus of Valencia says, "The fact is, there's never been a better time to buy a new car!" Lexus will begin their most aggressive financing and leasing program in history (as low as 0.9 percent on certain models) when they launch their 10th Annual "December to Remember" sales event in the second half of November. Lexus was the first manufacturer to "take on Santa Claus," says McClendon. They have a great selection of new and certified pre-owned vehicles immediately available. Visit their showroom at 24033 Creekside Road in Valencia; 260-2000

Wolf Creek Wins Two Gold Medals at 2008 International Beer Competition
The 2008 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition boasted entries from all over the world in 75 specific style categories. Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co. won a gold medal for its Timber Wolf Red Ale in the category of wood and barrel-aged beers, a gold medal for its Big Bear Brown Ale in the category of American-style brown ale, and a bronze medal for its WolfBier in the category of French-Belgian style saison; 263-9653

Lee's Wine Bistro, the SCV's newest wine bar, is now open and boasting 75 to 150 different wines by the glass. The ambience, sound system, great food and wine make it the newest hot spot to meet friends and relax. Lee's is located at 24510 Town Center Drive, near the Hyatt; 259-7754

Beyond Harmony Med Spa Adds Chiropractor to Staff
Deborah Kucharski, Doctor of Chiropractic, provides safe, gentle and effective care to remove nerve interference and improve nervous system function so that the body can heal naturally. Her services include bio energetic synchronization technique, touch for health, applied kinesiology and cranial adjustments. She also performs nutritional testing and counseling for specific health issues; 298-8008

Many call McKenna & Greene the friendliest gift store in town - and that was before they provided champagne and charitable donations at their second-anniversary party. Co-owners Beth Hetu and Nanette Ferrara, pictured here with Karen and Kevin Leahy of Candleman and Lil Lepore of Vino 100, helped clients designate 15 percent of their purchase price to one of three charities during the three-week celebration: Circle of Hope, Carousel Ranch and Henry Mayo Hospital Guild. McKenna & Greene is located at 27951 Seco Canyon Road at the corner of Copper Hill Drive in the CVS Plaza;

Valencia Executive Boxing Introduces Corporate Wellness Package
Santa Clarita's premier boxing studio is taking their fitness and nutrition package on the road to help business owners increase the health and vitality of their employees. The goal is to provide a fun, stimulating and challenging fitness environment for all employees. Business owners can reduce healthcare, reduce workman's comp, improve productivity and improve overall work environment morale. A complimentary nutrition seminar is included in each corporate wellness package; 367-2444

The newest Robek's is almost a year old - the "official" opening for business was December, 2007 - but owners Marv and Miriam Aardahl (pictured center and right, along with Manager Maureen Van Grinsven), hosted their Grand Opening celebration in May of 2008. Robek's North Park Village is located at 27730 McBean Parkway at the corner of Decoro and McBean in Valencia; 297-4915

Shepard Insurance gets Extreme Web Makeover has a whole new look along with some useful new features. Online payments, claim information and commonly-used forms are right there at visitors' digital fingertips. The Reference Library contains back issues of their monthly newsletter, along with helpful information - and getting a quote has never been easier.

SCV Bank sees Growth in Third Quarter of 2008
SCV Bank recently announced its third quarter financial results which show loan growth at $8.8 million and deposit increases of $4.9 million. According to SCV Bank officials, that loan growth consisted primarily of commercial real estate loans. As a five-star bank, depositors moved assets to SCV Bank from several troubled banks. The bank's FDIC insurance, which goes up to $50 million dollars, is also an effective program for many depositors. SCV Bank's Valencia location is at 24300 Town Center Drive, Suite 100; 255-9250

Infinity Medspa Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
As a premier aesthetic practice in the area, Infinity Medspa has performed over 25,000 medical procedures at the Valencia location. Visit them at 27019 McBean Parkway in Valencia; 259-8100

Allstate Insurance Joins with Jaycee's to Serve as "Santa's Helpers"Join hundreds of SCVians and local businesses by donating new and unused toys to the Santa Clarita Jaycee's Santa Claus helper project. Make your donation at Allstate Insurance and they will give you a holiday stocking stuffed with goodies that will make you smile; 298-5011

Mission Valley Bank's President/CEO Featured in Prominent Publication
Tamara Gurney was featured on the cover and in a five-page spread in the recent edition of Bankers' Edge. Gurney is a Boys & Girls Club Foundation Board member and major supporter of Carousel Ranch.

Threads owners Christina Baxley and Jennifer Castro recently hosted the Holly Morgan Trunk Show. The pair is seen here wearing Holly Morgan designs. Threads is located in the Bridgeport Marketplace at 24011 Newhall Ranch Road in Valencia;

Vino 100 Celebrates Second Anniversary
Co-owners Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier were honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year by the SFV Business Journal earlier this year. Celebrating two years of extraordinary wines, wine-savvy service and customer appreciation, Vino 100 announces a special anniversary sales event on Saturday, November 22. Vino 100 is located in the HighRidge Crossing Center at 28112 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia; 294-6886

Runners Lane Celebrates Fourth Anniversary
Runners Lane has been a frontrunner in providing a special niche that extends their services to the active running and walking community. In store, they perform a fit analysis, gait analysis and a treadmill test to make sure that clients are in the right shoes. Flo Mina and Meliza Bautista, the owners of Runners Lane, combine over 14 years of experience in shoe fitting and the medical industry. Runners Lane is located at 26248 Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita; 260-3368
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