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•  L.A. Explained - which describes itself as "a digital community designed to connect locals with the best places to play, shop, and eat in the City of Angels, while explaining the history behind what helped put these iconic places, spaces, and plates on the map" - announced a new partnership with local specialty grocer Bristol Farms "to invite hungry, history-loving Angelenos to celebrate Los Angeles' vibrant culinary culture through a dynamic new series of gourmet events & experiences."

The events will take the form of a series of LA Gourmet Bus Tours, which will cost $99 a ticket and give patrons a a curated selection of relevant foods worth more than $150.  The tours will offer "partners and patrons alike an opportunity to add their own ingredients to L.A.'s ever-expanding culinary timeline and explore a new way to cook, eat, shop & connect inside some of the City's most iconic and beloved cultural landmarks."

Bristol Farms has long been an important part of the LA food scene, and so this is a perfect partnership that builds on its longtime presence.   I just hope that Randy Newman music is part of the soundtrack:  I Love LA!

•  Save A Lot announced this week the completion of the renovations to a Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, store that features a rethinking of its traditional shopping experience.

According to the announcement, "Customers entering the store will notice a lighter, brighter and easier-to-shop footprint that includes new décor, fresh interior and exterior paint and new signage inside and out. The store fully reflects Save A Lot’s new brand image, providing a fresh look and enhanced functionality … This remodel is part of the brand’s efforts to modernize its stores across the country and the re-design reflects Save A Lot’s continued mission and commitment to its local communities, providing value, quality products and neighborhood support. As part of the new initiative, the Company is working with its independent license owners to remodel stores. The new store design features a contemporary evolution of the brand inspired by customer and employee feedback and each neighborhood store will feature a strong assortment of regional products to better serve customers in meaningful ways."