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Pigment of her imagination

Posted: January 13th, 2017 | Feature, News, North Park, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Amy Paul has built an artistic dynasty with talent, perseverance and a desire to showcase the artistry of others.

The artist, entrepreneur — owner of North Park art and gift shop Pigment — teacher, wife and mother began showcasing her art 13 years ago in a small studio on Ray Street.

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The ultimate chili challenge

By Ken Williams | Editor

The oh-so-popular SoNo Fest and Chili Cook-Off has rapidly morphed into a spicy smackdown for local chefs seeking big-time bragging rights.

Organizers expect up to 20,000 people will turn out for the seventh annual chili fest from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of 32nd and Thorn streets.

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North Park institutions Olympic Café and John Kotselas will stay in neighborhood

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | PastMatters In 1985, John Kotselas decided to open a restaurant featuring his family’s delicious recipes. He says, “Greeks stay put,” and true to his heritage, he has maintained his restaurant, Olympic Café, in the little shopping center on the northwest corner of Texas Street and University Avenue for 31 years.

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Where the sea meets 30th Street

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Food & Drink, North Park, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Limes, avocados and fresh fish rule the day at Ceviche House, a brick-and-mortar offshoot to a farmers market venture started a few years ago by Mexico City native Juan Carlos Recamier.

In the absence of a stove and fryer, the ceviches incorporate a variety of raw fish choices in lively constructs inspired by different regions of Mexico and Peru.

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Artistic flair

Community-inspired murals to enliven Barons Market décor

By Lucia Viti

Barons Market is gearing up to open its North Park store by Thanksgiving, and will be treating shoppers to organic, natural and specialty food along with the pride of local artwork.

Amy Baca Lopez of North Park is one of five local artists chosen by Barons to create custom murals in the grocery store and parking garage. Baca Lopez is showcasing a color fest painted on a four-sided, 9-foot-wide, 20-foot-high column towering inside the store.

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