T R I B U N E Spring ahead at 2am Sunday S erving B ixBy K nollS , C alifornia H eigHtS , l oS C erritoS , W rigley and tHe C ity of S ignal H ill Your Weekly Community Newspaper Vol. 32 No. 40 Local brothers assume LB furniture legacy March 11, 2011 Mayan artist illustrates plan for a greater cause Stephanie Raygoza Editorial Intern A delicate paintbrush guided by a detailed stroke glides across handmade paper to create the image of a little girl and woman standing before the pyramid of knowledge. The painting, much like the function of the amate paper made from tree bark, is a piece of Mayan his- tory that represents the gift of storytelling and fruit of knowledge. Sixty-two years and 150 drawings later, the little girl in the painting has taken the stories inherited from the woman standing next to her, her grandmother, to canvas in hopes of continuing the spread of Mayan culture and knowledge. Raised by her Mayan grandmother, Mila, up until the age of 10, Carlotta Giangualano’s inspiration and dedication to retelling Mayan mythologies comes from the knowledge passed on to her through bedtime stories. “The best years of my life were the first 10 years I lived with my grandmother,” said Giangulano, (or “Tita,” as she affectionately likes to be called). “Every night she’d tell see Mayan page 11 CJ Dablo/Signal Tribune Gregg Munro (left) and Kent Munro at one of the oak dining tables from their Amish line of furniture at their new House to Home Furniture Store in Long Beach, located on Lakewood Boulevard. CJ Dablo Staff Writer The Munro brothers looked comfortable enough in their furniture showroom last Monday evening to prop their feet on top of a coffee table. Seated at one of their livingroom sets on display at their west store of the House to Home Furni- ture on Lakewood Boulevard and Stearns Avenue, Long Beach business owners Kent and Gregg Munro acknowledged there’s a lot of a history they’ve inherited– and a lot of history they’re about to put behind them. “One of our problems I think see Munros page 14 Photo by Matt Sun For 20 years, Carlotta Giangualano has been sketching and painting out her childhood memories in a primitive style of art in hopes of reviving the Mayan tradition of passing knowledge on to others. Bixby Knolls UPS Store celebrates its success by opening new location Vivian Malauulu Contributing Writer At Monday’s grand reopening event were: UPS Store owner Anthony Wingfield (third from left, pictured with his wife Stephanie and daughter Amaya); Jerry Caliguiri from Councilmember James Johnson’s office; and John Howard from Chick-fil-A of Long Beach Towne Center. Anthony Wingfield, owner of the UPS Store at the Bixby Plaza, attributes the success of his business to good, old-fashioned customer service. On Monday, he celebrated the grand opening of his newest store, after operating from his former location for eight years. The significant growth of that first store, in spite of an unstable economy, prompted him to lease a larger space just two doors down. The grand re-opening gala, held right in the center’s parking lot, ran from 3pm to 7pm and included performances by the Grace Christian School Advanced Band and local musician Michelle Mangione, who says she is a loyal customer of the UPS Store. Jerry Caligiuri, a representative from Seventh District James Johnson’s Office, conducted a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, and the UPS Store gave guests water bottles and other items bearing the store’s logo in show of their appreciation. The new store’s larger space has allowed for an expansion of products and services such as more mailboxes and advanced copying and printing services. “We have been blessed with a very loyal customer base,” said Wingfield. “Many of our customers stop by just to say ‘hello,’ even if they don’t need anything, because they tell me it feels good in the new store and they feel welcome. I look forward to many more years of continuing to serve this great neighborhood and its wonderful residents.” Wingfield shared the secret to his business: greeting customers with a smile and calling them by name. ß Photos by Neena Strichart/Signal Tribune The Grace Christian School Advanced Band provides musical entertainment for the UPS Store’s re-opening event.