My name is Kathy Ross. My husband and I have owned Blast From The Past since 2003. Our current location on Magnolia Blvd is our third location in Magnolia Park and our largest. We are happy to say that our business has grown with each move. We are a TV, movie and comic book related toy and collectibles store, so we fit in with a lot of the other family owned collectible stores in Magnolia Park. I have been active on the MPMA Holiday in the Park committee since 2013 and have been on the MPMA Board since 2016. I have a great love for this area and want to see it succeed. I have seen how much this area has grown since the creation of the Magnolia Park Merchant Association through the hard work that has gone into getting the Magnolia Park area branded, advertised on social media and noticed on a much larger scale. I want to see it continue to grow and thrive. I believe in areas like this where families can come to shop, make friends and enjoy what their community has to offer. But above all else, I want to see the small and unique businesses in our area work together for the common goal of keeping Magnolia Park alive, growing and safe -- where we can share information with each other, help each other and watch out for each other. We are a retail/business community.
Tamala Takahashi is a 20 year resident in the Magnolia Park neighborhood. She has 3 adult and teen children, the youngest of whom is a student at Burroughs High School. She is currently the secretary of the Burbank Library Board of Trustees, the chair of the Our Burbank volunteer committee in the Burbank Public Information Office, and a member of the Burbank Homelessness Steering Committee as a resident liaison. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters, as a regular speaker for civic education. Tamala is the owner of High Bridge Solutions, consulting for non-profits and leaders who aim to make a difference. Tamala believes that Magnolia Park is an icon of the Burbank community and she joined the MPMA board to keep it that way.
My name is Ashley Largey. I am the founder/owner of Darling Nikki’s Salon, a Prince themed salon offering hair, makeup, and skin services. I am also a founding member of the “Save Magnolia Park” movement, a community driven movement to help preserve the charm and preserve the small businesses that make up Magnolia Park. My father grew up in Burbank. I spent countless hours visiting Burbank as a child and fell in love with the small town feel. I opened Darling Nikki’s in 2014 after working elsewhere in Magnolia Park for the better part of five years. Darling Nikki’s is not your momma’s hair salon. We are a unique business, made for a unique place like Magnolia Park. DN’s has been voted best Rock salon in the San Fernando Valley multiple years in a row and recently we were featured in LA Weekly’s “Best of LA 2019”. The success and recognition we’ve received within the community has been an amazing experience and only made my love for Mag Park and Burbank even stronger. In 2018 I ran for and won a seat on the MPMA board, and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to bring more fundraising and awareness to Mag Park. My goals as a board member include fundraising to grow existing events, developing new community events, and growing Magnolia Park by continuing to support and promote small business.