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JEFF BROWN, formerly vice president of creative at Tarzana, Calif.-based SOMEONE'S IN THE KITCHEN, has formed event planning company BROWN-HOT EVENTS in Los Angeles. The new company's phone number is 323/935-5979; the Web site is www.brown • EMILY ROWAN BROWN, who formerly handled special events for several Napa Valley, Calif., vineyards, has launched EMILY ROWAN BROWN EVENT DESIGN in Santa Rosa, Calif. The company specializes in weddings, corporate events, and wine hospitality and education. Call 707/578-5415; • SUGAR COMMUNICATIONS, an experiential marketing, event planning and public relations firm, has opened its doors in New York. DICK WALSH has joined the company as creative director. Call 212/766-2400; • JOANNE VERDONE has formed SPLENDID AFFAIRS, an event planning company located in Matawan, N.J. Call 732/203-2364;


Atlanta-based rental company TLC RENTS has merged its Norcross, Ga., and Atlanta warehouses into a single centralized operation located in a new 15,000-square-foot facility at 670 14th St., Atlanta, GA, 30318. The phone number is 404/873-0833; the Web site is • DMC ACCENTING CHICAGO EVENTS AND TOURS has added a leisure tours department to its list of services, allowing the company to provide tour services including multi-day itineraries. Call 312/819-5363;


SELECT EVENT RENTALS, formerly headquartered in Philadelphia, has moved into a larger office and warehouse facility located at 7070 Colonial Highway, Pennsauken, NJ 08109. Call 856/910-8687; • Rental company PARTY PLACE has relocated to a new facility at 1375 Heil Quaker Blvd., Lavergne, TN 37086. The new location has more than 70,000 square feet of warehouse space and a 4,000-square-foot showroom. Call 615/641-1111;


Event rental veteran BILL BIE, formerly vice president of Torrance, Calif.-based tent company AZTEC TENTS, passed away on March 1. Bie also served on the board of the Industrial Fabrics Association. He will be greatly missed.

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