A la minute opened in February looking to bring a new twist to the culinary world by creating ice cream flavors using liquid nitrogen.
The concept of creating ice cream using science has been discussed for several years, but Chef Ryan Berk - after seeing a cooking demonstration - seized the idea and opened a shop in Redlands where he grew up.
Using a base consisting of cream, eggs, buttermilk and sugar, Berk was able to create sweet additions to the store's menu, including the Balsamic Strawberry to the Salted Carmel.
A la minute - which means "made to order" - is one of 10 spots around the country using liquid nitrogen to create ice cream.
Berk and his wife, Cassi, are behind the Redlands ice creamery, which they tagged a modern creamery.
Berk, a graduate of the Grove School in Redlands, brought his passion and expertise for the culinary arts to the business while his wife manages the register, the restaurant and finances.
Since its opening, a la minute has partnered with several businesses around the downtown area, including Augie's coffee.
A la minute is at 19 Citrus Ave., Suite 105 and is open from noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
In July, the Redlands Planning Commission approved a tasting room/retail facility on the west side of Hangar 24.
Preliminary plans had the tasting room occupying 3,000-square feet of a 21,600-square foot building on the corner of Park Avenue and Nevada Street already used to store Hangar products and administrative services.
The approval came on July 10.
The property was built in 2008 within a four-building industrial park that had been subdivided into four separate properties.
Hangar acquired the property in 2011.
The tasting room will provide the brewery with an expansion of product and services that will be hosted only indoors.
Tasting and retail sales will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The tasting room wasn't the only expansion on the menu for Hangar 24.
In mid-December, the brewery became the first craft brewery to bottle and can beer with the release of its Helles Lager and Orange Wheat in 12-ounce cans.
A 12-pack of Hells or Orange is available for $18.75.
Hangar's new line of product was made available on Dec. 17 and can be purchased at the craft brewery at 1710 Sessums Drive during business hours.
Other retailers are also selling those drinks.
The idea to make canned beer available has been in the works for two years, said Kevin Wright, head brewer and brewery manager at Hangar 24 in December.
"This was something we felt was pretty natural," he said.
The brewery has experienced positive reviews from customers since the launch, Wright added.
Hangar 24 is also expanding its facility to increase annual brewing capacity to 35,000 barrels, installed three new fermenting tanks, a new bottling line, a loading dock and a lab for testing new recipes.
Hangar also moved its cold box where it houses product waiting to be shipped to accommodate the 50-square-feet of space it needs for the tasting room's expansion and remodel.
The lights came back on at Cajon Pharmacy in mid-December when the landmark was reopened by pharmacist Khalid Mahfouz.
The landmark facility, which was originally opened in the late 1960s, was closed in 2011 under the ownership of CVS who opened not to renew its lease.
With a new owner and new look, Mahfouz had plans to keep the same old-fashioned customer service the facility was known.
New light fixtures, countertops and floors were added, along with new signs advertising the store. It took his team several months to complete, Mahfouz said.
"We signed the lease at the end of March, but I started to do the improvements almost immediately (while waiting) for the legal papers to be completed," he said. "All that was done by the end of October. It took me quite a long time."
The location was very dear to Mahfouz's heart. He worked for Cajon Pharmacy when it was owned by Stan and Ellen Weisser. The Weissers later sold the business.
Opting not to renew its lease, CVS closed Cajon Pharmacy on Sept. 23, 2011, and sent staff and customers to other store locations within the city.
When Mahfouz heard of the closing, he wanted to do something about it. It was his home for several years, he said, and he wanted to see it flourish once again.
"I had to save it and make it live," he said.
Mahfouz was able to use the name "Cajon Pharmacy" with Stan Weisser's blessing.
The pharmacy is at 232 Cajon St., Suite A, and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
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