Dolce Designs Studio
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  • December9th

    As a full service event production studio, our work takes us on the road quite a bit but when the day is done and it’s time to kick up our feet and catch our breath, Los Angeles is where we do it.  Home sweet home.

    A while back we realized that our team of talented individuals would greatly benefit from finding a prime location to set up shop, pow-wow, and meet with clients.  A fun, creative space.  Centrally located in a cute environment with great businesses next to us.  Perhaps, with a bunch of great shops and places to eat right outside our door.  A designer has got to eat.  Sometimes, in the excitement of production we forget to do that and yes, we are indeed human.  And human’s need fuel.  How great would it be to walk out the door to handle it quick?  Low blood sugar is not good for anyone.  Roar.

    Less than a month ago Zaid and I were feeding the beast in both of us at the Urth Cafe in West Hollywood and saw a ‘for lease’ sign right across the street and decided to check it out.  We finished our food and walked across the street to discover what turned out to be a charming courtyard alive with businesses set up in individual bungalows – wow!  We ran down our list of wishes and realized that we had found our new home.

    We made a call.  We ran the numbers.  The lease was signed and the keys were placed in our hands. lickety split.  We knew it would be a lot of work but Zaid and I knew that an occasion like this most definitely deserved a party to celebrate it so we rolled up our sleeves and got to the business of setting up shop and have been working like a bunch of maniacs to get our new location ready.

    Ladies and gents, it’s ready.  The end result is beautiful.  And we would love for you to stop by to enjoy the new space and see what we’ve done.

    Tonight, (Thursday, December 9th) we’re having an opening reception.  If you would like to attend, please send us an RSVP at info@dolcedesignsstudio.com.

    The reception begins at 5pm and goes until 10pm.  Our address is:  8568 1/2 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA.  You can get directions here.

    Hope to see you soon.

    Zaid likes decaf lattes with almond milk.  In case you were wondering.  Just saying.

  • December5th

    A few months ago my dear friend Lindsay Price invited me to a dinner party at the home of Curtis Stone.  In between many wonderful and delightful courses she shared her enthusiastic vision of her recently founded organization, Children Raising Children. Also at the table was Malena Ruth, the founder of African Millennium Foundation (AMF).  As the night progressed, I learned about them joining forces to create a fund raising event. The main purpose of the event was to create awareness and a better lifestyle for children around the world. Very seldom do we encounter individuals willing to make a difference in the world; such kind and selfless acts automatically command my respect and admiration. Touched by their passion and commitment, I immediately offered our services and Dolce Designs Studio jumped on board.

    We definitely had our work cut out for us. We planned weekly meetings via conference calls and whipped out our Rolodex to reach all the main players to make this event a success. Next up: location, location, location! We were able to land a great property with an amazing view of Santa Monica beach in Pacific Palisades. Curtis Stone also joined the party and provided amazing food. The publicist made endless calls to everyone willing to participate and Lindsay called upon her friends such as Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O’Connell, Martin Sheen and Brooke Shields among others to join the party. We began receiving generous donations as well as more power players willing to participate in the main event and the excitement just kept rising.

    Being a full event and production company, we were able to reach out to other colleagues such as lighting designers, rental houses and media outlets to play key parts in building the framework for this notable cause. The challenge was to outline a grand event while keeping in mind the cause and purpose: fund raising, not spending.

    Fundraisers can be very rewarding as well as time consuming. It was important for us to stay true to the cause while maintaining the integrity of the event. Creating the perfect team was the true key to our success. And on the day of the event the weather was wonderful while vendors and friends of the organizations worked hard setting up the midday brunch.

    We experienced a fantastic turn out! The silent auction, live auction and tickets sales reached our estimated goal and beyond, and we met fantastic new friends. It is so gratifying to create a space for individuals to come together and take a stand in the world!

    Here is a link with more info and pictures from the event:

    http://1amf.org/news_20101010.php