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Sales Beat: Jan. 29, 2013

Posted: January 29, 2013 10:50 a.m.
Updated: February 5, 2013 10:50 a.m.

Ken Adams


Before eating out, my family and I seem to have the same conversation.  I ask “What do you feel like eating?” Half my family replies “I want Mexican food” and the rest of the family declares, “I want Italian food.” But why should anyone have to choose just one?  Why not have the best of both worlds? I ran into this great little Italian and Mexican Kitchen in Santa Clarita called Mar-Y- Bella’s Grill. It’s on the corner of Langside Avenue and Soledad Canyon Rd. The food is amazing! The crazy thing about this place is that they specialize in both Italian and Mexican food. Yeah... go figure. They focus on two of my most favorite types of food. I went there with a group of people and everybody ordered a different combination.  Their seafood dishes, like the 7 Mare Sopas, are remarkable. A friend of mine ordered a unique combination of chile relleno, enchilada, and lasagna. I ordered the chicken enchilada combo platter, and it was terrific! Next time, I am definitely going to order the Carne Asada Pizza… it looks crazy good.  Rigo Gomez, the proprietor, will put together any combination you want.  So if you’re craving Mexican food and your significant other wants Italian food, definitely check out Mar-Y-Bella’s Grill. It’s located at 19971 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita 91351. Bon Appetite everyone!

Marie Cooper


The Santa Clarita Valley is made up of many wonderful little communities, Castaic being one of them.  Castaic is a wonderful community tucked away against the mountains with a rural atmosphere and many great activities surrounding Castaic Lake. There is now a great addition to the community that celebrated its grand opening on January 19, 2013 – Castaic Urgent Care, Inc. This one stop medical location has the ability to service all your needs from emergencies to adult and pediatric medicine. They are equipped with the latest on-site technologies such as: EKG, X-Ray, Lab and diagnostic testing.  In addition, the atmosphere is warm, colorful and inviting with an area designated just for children to keep them content while they wait to be seen.  The staff consists of Owner, CEO & President Lee Jackson Jr.; Medical Director, Louis B. Flores, M.D.; Doctors Assistant, Meeshena Burr; Medical Assisant, Dwane Pine; X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant, Jorge Zavaleta;  Attending Physician, Barry Buffman, M.D. and  Radiologic Technologist, Bradley Kerr. This wonderful new addition to the community is located at: 31905 Castaic R., Suite 110 and 130 Castaic, CA 91384 – 661-294-0700.

Alesia Humphries


At The Tea Gardens, it’s all about the tea! Except when it is all about great food and service too!

Sure, they offer over 70 varieties of the highest grade teas from around the globe.

Of course you can enjoy a hot pot of tea, a carafe of freshly brewed iced tea, take one of their brews to go or even brew it yourself and buy loose leaf tea… I mean, The Tea Gardens caters to all your tea needs… And did I mention the food?

The Tea Gardens bakes a variety of pastries and desserts… Oh the baked goods! Their scones are baked fresh every day and are served with clotted cream (oh my!) and jam. They offer a wonderful menu of freshly made sandwiches, paninis, and salads. They bake and prepare all of their food on premises and use the best ingredients available.

Go on… Stop by The Tea Gardens located at 26111 Bouquet Canyon Road.

Michele  Lazzara


If you have lived in Santa Clarita for any length of time you have passed by, visited, or had the privilege of your little one attend St. Stephen’s Preschool. 

Opening their doors in 1969 as a ministry of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the preschool offers a traditional half-day preschool program for 2-5 year olds. Classes meet 2, 3, or 5 days per week, depending on the age of the children. They also offer a 1 day per week parent–tot class along with various enrichment classes.  St. Stephen’s welcomes all children where the Judeo-Christian values of love, acceptance, and inclusiveness are lived out by the staff. The staff members are professionals trained in the field of Early Childhood Education and many of them have been with the preschool for over fifteen years.  This staff longevity is part of what makes St. Stephen’s the quality program that it is.  It also provides continuity from year to year as they offer a nurturing environment where children truly flourish. They focus on a developmental, child centered program which emphasis “play as a child’s work”. They believe children should receive the one on one attention they require to fully develop, and thus, keep the 3 year old and pre K classes at a ratio of two teachers to 13 students. 

Director Amanda Foster stated, “We believe that when your child graduates from St. Stephen’s preschool, it is our goal for them to be self-sufficient, effectively express feeling, problem solve, respect all cultures and customs, and develop an age appropriate attention span.

New family registration for the 2013/2014 school year begins March 2, 2013. They are located at 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia, Ca 91355. Call 661-259-8527.



Congrats to Santa Clarita for having another record year for filming. Not all who work on these projects have to commute to the SCV, though, as it is home for thousands of residents who work in the film industry in different capacities -- including Tom Smith, who has lived in the SCV for a decade and worked in film, TV and commercial production for 30 years. Now he runs Film It USA, a property and vehicle listings site to connect property owners to the film industry. Check out, and find Tom and Film It USA appearing in the SCV Business Journal on January 31, and The Signal’s Service Directory, which begins February 1. Who knows? Maybe your home or car can be featured in a TV show or movie this year! There’s incentive to finally organize your closet.



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