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Posts Tagged ‘Paul Hodgins’

Starbucks Goes Stealth for SoCal Testing of Beer, Wine Sales

We can only imagine the sophisticated levels of market analysis that preceded the decision to start testing “Starbucks Evenings” beer and wine sales in California at just two SoCal locations: Calabasas and Rancho Santa Margarita.

OC Register restaurant reporter Nancy Luna recently checked out the latter location with the newspaper’s “Good Libations” columnist Paul Hodgins. It’s not clear if the chain’s after-4 p.m. alcoholic-beverage options will be in future more prominently featured on the menu and advertised. For now, Luna notes that Starbucks is approaching it very subtly:

The barista counter does not showcase any bottles of beer or wine. A few small signs promote the upscale ["Small Bites"] food and wine list, but they are easy to miss. Paul and I agreed that the uninformed visitor would never know the cafe is selling alcohol.

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OC Weekly Bids Adieu To Register Reporters. But Not To The Ones Who Are Leaving.

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The OC Weekly ends its story about the Orange County Register Layoffs with this juicy tip:

*MORE: Add classical music critic Timothy Mangan and theater guy (and all-around mensch) Paul Hodgins. Per our source, “Paul Hodgins asked for a buyout and will probably get it but it hasn’t been formalized yet.” With those two losses, the Reg has abdicated a large chunk of the arts scene in the county. I forget–is dance critic Laura Bleiberg (sp?) still around?

One problem. It isn’t true. At all. (Well, except for the part about Paul being a mensch.)

Dudes, your offices are in the same area code. Pick up a phone some time and figure it out!

[UPDATE: Paul blogs about the false rumors of his death ... also, we mistakenly thought OC Weekly called Mangan a mensch and reported as such. We've fixed the error, but for the record, they're both mensches.]