DENISE CAROLYN TO CLOSE:
A reader sent a notice to CTN that Denise Carolyn was closing and added, “Well, this is a bummer. We loved this cute little clothing store. I guess it will be another bank or real estate office.”
Located at 15276 Antioch Street, across from the Palisades Village Green, the store features clothing, accessories and gifts, and was a favorite of this editor, too. The store will close at the beginning of May.
Store owners, Ben and Denise Carolyn Myerson sent a note to customers thanking them for their loyalty, business and for allowing them to be part of this community for the past two decades.
They wrote: “Unfortunately, our landlord is opting to not renew our lease and has filled our space with a ‘corporate’ business. We will be having a month long ‘Going Out of Business Sale,’ where everything must go!”
Owners say that even new merchandise will be highly discounted and furniture and fixtures will be sold at discount rates.
The Myersons said that they will transition to an online store for their Palisades customers. They also have plans for a new store in Franklin, Tennessee, near Nashville.
“My family and I are so excited to start this new chapter in our lives,” Denise wrote. “Meanwhile we will continue to provide all of our quality merchandise at competitive prices, and most importantly provide customers with that personal shopping experience!”
BLIN BLIN TO CLOSE:
Blin Blin, owner Alena Logvinenko, told customers that she was closing. She opened her little café on 857 Via de la Paz in April 2022.
Logvinenko was born and raised in Kyrgystan. She said that with help from her brother Igor, who is a professor at Occidental College, the two wanted to invest in a small business. They first found the location, and then came up with the business.
They decided on blinis, which are delicious, thin pancakes, similar to crepes, because “whenever I made them all of my friends loved them,” Logvinenko said. “These are made from my grandmother’s recipe.”
Residents loved the blinis. But like many local restaurants, the rain this winter/spring has kept many residents from frequenting local establishments.
The daughter of a Russian father and a Ukrainian mother, Logvinenko finished high school in her country and then traveled to San Diego as an exchange student in 2003-2004, where she also graduated from an American high school.
She returned to her country and attended the American University in Central Asia, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and then obtaining her master’s degree in business from the same school.
A single mom who divorced three years ago, Logvinenko has two boys, (ages 10 and 5), who were living with her parents in Kyrgyzstan, before moving to the United States.
The store was closed on Thursday when CTN stopped by, and this editor was unable to ask Logvineko her immediate plans.