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Saturday, February 9, 2013


CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                   2013

One of the things that I love most about my walks in the San Fernando Valley, is the chance to discover a space destined to be on my list of special places. Doan's classic bakery in Woodland Hills is just such a location.
In 1983, Karen Doan was thinking of ways she could augment her family's income.  A friend recommended that since she was a terrific baker, she should consider opening a shop featuring her talents. 30 years later, Karen with Eric Doan, are master bakers, featuring what might be the best cup cakes in the Valley.

Karen Doan arranges some of her famous cup cakes.
22526 Ventura Boulevard - Woodland Hills

 Native Spirit Lodge offers a variety of objects generally themed on American Indians. The store also advertises "spirit quests available". 

Near the Native Spirit Lodge is a store that features palm reading.

 These hand sculptures and the ball may light up at night.


The metal disks attached to the exterior walls of the Palmistry shop, shimmer in a breeze. It creates a mystical effect.

Images, such as these of the Buddha, are increasingly popular as decorative objects, as the San Fernando Valley becomes more secular.

A pillow cover with a hand sewn image of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

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