Wednesday, November 25, 2015


As we all know SHOP SMALL Saturday is almost upon us and I wanted to give a shout out to all of our local establishments here in Whittier, California. I encourage all of the Whittier residents to "SHOP WHITTIER" and that also means eating and having a drink in Whittier as well. As we get ready to see our family members and compose Christmas lists consider these 5 reasons to Shop Small, Shop Whittier.

It makes such a huge difference when
you Shop Small & Local

#1 Shopping local helps our local economy.The money we spend in our community has a greater impact on your community than spending your money at large national brands. 



Trax Shoes
13013 Philadelphia St

Why? The tax dollars we are spending at local businesses support city programs and improve community services. It is estimated that every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, over half of that money remains in our local economy, compared to less than half of the $100 you spend at a non-locally owned store. Sounds like a win for Whittier!


#2 Support Entrepreneurship. I am a huge advocate for the entrepreneurs of Whittier. With a weak job market and so many companies asking workers to go above and beyond their job title without compensation, starting your own business is almost a no brainer for some.

Many entrepreneurs do it for the love and offer great products and personal service.

Follow these great business on Instagram

#3 Local Business = Local Jobs. I can tell you first hand how good it feels to shop, eat  & drink local. Every time I do I know that my money helps support local workers in my community.


13009 Philadelphia St

So many great food and bar destinations here in the city of Whittier. We are quickly becoming a foodies paradise! After you do tons of shopping in Whittier grab some lunch and dinner at one of our many local eateries and watering holes. 



6740 Greenleaf Ave
One of Whittier's best places to grab some food and drink

#4 Shopping local helps build a communities character. Whittier is such a unique place to live and visit. We have a growing population of 83,000 plus but we still have a small town feel. 

Whittier offers some of the best restaurants and bars around. The Rusty Monk and Phlight are just two restaurants out of many to choose from here in Whittier.


Follow Phlight restaurant on IG #phlightrestaurant
6724 Bright Ave
Whittier also has a unique mix of shops, boutiques, salons, barber shops and so much more. I suggest you venture out and see what Whittier has to offer this holiday season.


Tip Top Barber
13127 Whittier Blvd & 6749 Bright Ave
Visit your favorite barber this holiday season

#5 Special Attention. How many times have you walked in to a large nationally owned chain and practically had to run someone down to help you? It has happen to me several times and it really bugs the heck out of me. The other day I was trying to fix a leaky tub at my place. I needed a few parts and some help with the job. I am no plumber but I wanted to do the job myself to save some cash. So I decided to drive to Battles Hardware on Whittier Blvd. Without boring you with the details I parked, walked in received the help I needed regarding my repair and parts I needed within 10 minutes. It is the personal care and attention you get when you shop small.

Battels Hardware
always provides a personal touch.

I really hope you do spend some of your hard earned money here in Whittier. I can tell you first hand if you do shop in Whittier you will receive great service, unique items and you will help out your community. I will be out and about this holiday season and I hope to see you out as well.


Happy Thanksgiving Whittier!

A Champion for My Whittier
Since 2012

Thursday, November 19, 2015


It looks like we are bidding our old friend El 7 Mares Express a farewell.
Located at 11114 Whittier Blvd El 7 Mares Express was churning out fish tacos and delicious Civeche for many years. After driving by I noticed it was now closed. We posted the picture of the now vacant building on our Instagram feed and got some answers.

Follow them on Instagram #coloniatacosguisados

 Colonia Tacos Guisados has been making great tacos for quite some time in the La Puente area. It has a really great following and people have been raving about this place. Delicious tacos served with beer and other delicious drinks. With this unique location and set up this could be a hit!

If you want Colonia Tacos you need to come to our town
Whittier, California
They will be serving fish tacos and from what I understand their menu will also include tacos like the battered cauliflower taco, sounds delicious! Queso fresco & bacon, Lengua, Shrimp tacos with cocnut rice, Camaron, Taco campeon, Barbacoa, crunchy avocado tacos, Steak Vampiro steak taco, Carnitas, Taco de nopales, calabaza and much, much more! 

I hear these taste as good as they look!
Can't wait to get my hands on them

This is another feather in the cap for the Whittier food scene. Fresh, new, outside of the box ideas that burst with originality. Not only is it a fresh new idea but it is a high quality item as well. I have said it before and I will say it again you can't ignore what is happening in the city of Whittier regarding food. We are on the map and are quickly becoming a "foodie" destination.

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Please get out and explore Whittier and see what it has to offer. See you soon! 

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Whittier, California

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015


"THE BEST" is really an over used term. We throw that term out on a regular basis and more than half of the time it is not warranted. But there are exceptions to every rule and that exception goes to Tony and the Bottle House Liquor store. Yes every liquor store pretty much carries most of the same items but when it comes to "customer service" Bottle House Liquor takes the cake in my book. 

I have visited just about every Liquor Store in town at one point or another. There are some really great ones out there but Bottle House is my spot.

Bottle House Liquor
6018 Norwalk Blvd
Whittier, CA

The Bottle House Liquor is perfectly located right off of the 605 freeway on Whittier Blvd and Norwalk Blvd. You can stop in on your way home from work or quickly exit the freeway and grab what you need and be back on the road in no time. (if you live out of the area) Close to Pico Rivera as well many customers come from the Pico area. 

"I just try and provide the best customer service I possibly can. That is the least I can do if someone is coming in to my store" Tony

Customers always come first at Bottle House!

Carlos is digging in to a fresh delivery of

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There is a craft beer movement here in Whittier and Bottle House is one of the key players. Stop by and check out the walk in craft beer fridge loaded with hundreds of beers!

Awesome Walk In Craft Beer Fridge!
Stop by and check it out
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With the holidays quickly approaching Tony is stocking up on Craft Beer, Spirit gift sets and much, much more. Make sure and visit Bottle House Liquor if you need a gift for someone special.

No gimmicks just an old school liquor store 

#thanksgiving #christmas #newyears #birthdays #weddings

You can also contact Tony if you are having a party. He provides Kegs, Bartender and many other amenities you might need. If there is something you are interested in give Tony a call. 
All questions are welcome and encouraged.

#americancraft #domestic #imports #wine #liquor #champagne 

Unmatched Customer Service
Bottle House is "Our House"

At the end of the day it is about the lost art of customer service. You can provide the goods but can you back it up with your service? There is a new wave of business owners in this town that have stepped up and do provide top notch customer service and for that I salute you. 

If you are ever in the area and need some spirits stop by the Bottle House and meet Tony.  Make sure you let him know that My Whittier sent you. Tony and the Bottle House Liquor are proud sponsors of the My Whittier Podcast and we appreciate it!

#Bottlehouse #Mywhittier 

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My Whittier Caps and T-Shirts
now available at Bottle House Liquor!

Please never, ever, ever, ever drink and drive. Always drink responsibly.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nohemi Gonzalez Gone To Soon

Terrorist attack in Paris

Paris seems like a world away but when tragedy strikes the world seems to shrink in size and we are affected and forced to witness the harsh reality of what is going on in the world today. Not only was the world affected but the city of Whittier also received an unwanted reality check when one of our own was taken by this tragic event.  

Our Whittier community mourns the loss of Nohemi Gonzalez.
She was a Whittier High Alumni Class of 2010 
and also a Cal State Long Beach Alum

Forever a Whittier Cardinal 

On Tuesday 11/17 at 4pm the community of Whittier will unite on the front lawn of Whittier High School for a candle light vigil to honor the life of Nohemi Gonzalez.

She knew exactly who she was. I wish I could have met her.

If you would like to make a donation to the Gonzalez family 
Please Click the link below

Thoughts and Prayers to you Nohemi you left us to soon.
When you open your eyes in the morning feel blessed. Hug the ones you love a little tighter, let the people in your life know exactly how you feel about them. We are never guaranteed tomorrow so it is so important to live and love for today. In a few weeks we will all sit down to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner. Please take a moment to give thanks and prayers to everyone you have lost and to everyone you love.