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The Toluca Lake Chamber loses one of its own; Toluca Lake loses an icon.


Milt Chortkoff
1929 – 2017

The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Edie Chortkoff and the rest of the Chortkoff family for the passing of Milt Chortkoff. On December 28, 2017, at the age of 88 years young, the beloved Toluca Lake husband, father, and businessman passed away after a long and illustrious life.

The proprietor of the local mainstay Milt & Edie’s Drycleaners and Tailoring Center, Milt started in the cleaning business over 70 years ago at the age of 17. The reason for his stellar success both in business and as a family man was apparent to anyone who ever met him, even if it was just in passing. His infectious optimism and gregarious nature was always on display.

In an age of increasingly casual appearance, Milt always reminded you that looking sharp mattered. And he meant it, because he put his money where his mouth was. He was often quick to hand even complete strangers his business card with the hand-scribbled note “$20 off” with a wink and the encouraging comment, “This is too nice of a shirt – go get that stain taken care of!” His humor, graciousness, and generosity made everyone he ever met feel significant and important. And as a longtime member of the Chamber, he was always eager to volunteer his time, resources, and financial assistance in all manner of quiet and little-known ways.

He embodied the very best of what makes Toluca Lake special and great. More accurately, Toluca Lake is special and great today because of Milt. His legacy is enormous, and for this he will be sorely missed by all of us. Rest in eternal peace, Milt.

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Toluca Lake rings in the season with Annual Holiday Open House street party

Everything_Toluca_Lake-Holiday-Open-House-2016Up and down Riverside Drive, holiday music could be heard in front of the many shops, including a 20-piece ukulele ensemble. Every year the Village of Toluca Lake ushers in the Holidays with its Annual Holiday Open House, hosted by…

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Metropolis Bikes is named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016

Long time member of the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, Metropolis Bikes of North Hollywood, CA, has been named one of America’s Best Bike Shops for 2016 by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. Continue reading

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Garry Marshall – November 13, 1934 ~ July 19, 2016 

Garry-Marshall-250The Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the Marshall family on the passing of its patriarch, Garry Marshall. Garry was of course a legend in the world of entertainment for decades.

But those of us here in Toluca Lake also knew Garry as a friend, a neighbor, and an active & longtime supporter of our community as well as the Chamber. He called Toluca Lake home. And for that, we in Toluca Lake are better for it.

We would like to extend a very special condolence to his beloved daughter, Kathleen Marshall, who helps run the Falcon Theatre and currently serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors. May his wife Barbara and the entire Marshall family be remembered in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Garry Marshall
November 13, 1934 ~ July 19, 2016

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Metropolis Bikes named Best of LA

BestBikeShopMetropolis Bikes

has been named one of the Best of LA® winners, as announced in the August issue of Los Angeles Magazine.   We have been voted the Best Bike Shop for Commuters (and the only bike shop selected in the issue!)

Metropolis BikesWe are grateful for our fantastic team and for our wonderful customers who help make us who we are!

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Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness voted “Best Health & Fitness Club”


Saying goodbye to Helen Ohania

It is with great sadness that we say good bye to Helen Ohanian. She and her husband Van, owned Ohanians Jewelers. Helen went on to assist Peter Generales, her son in law and Sylvia, her daughter, at Generales & Generales, Fine Jewelers. Helen will be missed. A true Tolucan.    Read more…


Ernie Borgnine, Helen & Van Ohanian, Rose & Anthony Chimo. Circa 1970


Ricki Stambaugh

Ricki StambaughRicki Stambaugh, Banker, Devoted Volunteer, Beloved Mother, Dies at 86.

Ricki Stambaugh passed away in her home on Sunday, April 12, 2015 after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Ricki had a successful career in banking, working in Lincoln, Nebraska, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lubbock, Texas and northern California.   Read more…

Guy Weddington McCreary Left This Earth October 12th

Guy Weddington 225Guy Weddington McCreary, devoted husband, loving father, philanthropist, community leader and historian, left this earth on October 12th at the age of 77 years, after a brave battle with cancer.   Guy leaves behind his loving wife Diane, his son Jon and many devoted friends.

Guy was the venerable patriarch of the historic Weddington family, who owned and developed much of North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and Studio City.  Guy’s family came to present day North Hollywood in 1886.  In 1892 Wilson Weddington, Guy’s Great Grandfather, was appointed the first Postmaster of the town of Toluca.  He was also Constable of that same community. Continue reading

Jim Barrett

Jim BarrettA fireman, Korean War veteran, and a real estate broker for Ramsey-Shilling for over 40 years, former Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce President Jim Barrett passed away June 9th, 2014. He was a former professional baseball player, as well as a “Legendary” Little League and Senior Manager for Toluca Lake Little League. He changed the lives of so many young men who played baseball for him — a coach forever.   Read more…

1969 Chamber Installation of Officers

1969 Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce Installation

James Potter, Dorothy Lamour, Ed Reinecke, Ann Blythe, John and June Broughton

Thank you to Richard Bogy who has preserved this photo sent to him by Rickie Stambaugh. It was taken at the Chamber’s installation of officers banquet on February 15, 1969.

From left to right are James Potter (City Councilman), Dorothy Lamour (“movie queen” and co-star of the Hope-Crosby “Road Pictures”), Ed Reinecke (Lt. Governor of California), Ann Blythe (Movie Queen – Oscar nominee for Mildred Pierce), Chamber President John Broughton and his wife June.

Ann Blythe served as Honorary Sheriff and Dorothy Lamour was our “Ambassador of Goodwill.” Both lived in Toluca Lake; Dorothy on Placidia Avenue and Ann on Toluca Estates Drive.