Briefly In Business: Dentists organize holiday food drive

Two Glendale dentists are organizing a food drive for local families this holiday season and offering patients a special bargain.

Kamran Sahabi and Gregory Van Hale are offering X-Rays, exams and two dental cleanings for $49, with all the proceeds going to a local food bank. Sahabi's offer expires Nov. 30, while Van Hale's ends Nov. 25.

The dentists are also accepting nonperishable food donations. Sahabi's two offices are at 3465 N. Verdugo Road in Glendale and 10400 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Van Hale's office is at 247 W. Glenoaks Blvd.

For more information, call Sahabi at (818) 249-1819 or Van Hale at (818) 246-5671.

Merge Fitness wins parking exception

On Nov. 9, the City Council approved a request for an exception to normal parking regulations for Merge Fitness, a new business at 1517 Railroad St.

Owner Alex Castillo said the gym will offer gymnastics and weightlifting lessons at the 2,300-square-foot former warehouse within the San Fernando redevelopment project area.

The building has four parking spaces, but would require 23 spaces under city zoning regulations. Finding that the new business would be a benefit to the community and the required parking spaces cannot reasonably be provided, the council voted unanimously to grant the parking exception.

Kidney Dialysis Center opens in Glendale

A new facility for treatment of kidney disease, the Kidney Dialysis Center of Verdugo Hills, has opened its doors at 1808 Verdugo Blvd., Suite 200, Glendale. Operated by Simi Valley-based Kidney Center Inc., the center offers the latest technology at its 23 dialysis stations and an interdisciplinary approach to assisting patients, according to the company.

Staff members are fluent in Arabic, Armenian and Spanish. The medical director is Dr. Michael Habashy. For more information, call (818) 790-0712 or visit

Honda salesman ready for L.A. auto show

Diamond Honda of Glendale salesman Armen Tutundjian is representing the Honda brand at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The show, which started Nov. 19 and runs through Nov. 28, offers a chance to see new and upcoming production and concept cars from several manufacturers, including Honda's all new CR-Z, Odyssey, Accord, Civic, Pilot, Insight, Fit, CR-V and FX Clarity.

For more information on the show, visit

Diamond Honda of Glendale is at 138 S. Glendale Ave. For more information, call (877) 922-2204 or visit

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