ARTESIA,CA-Sona Chaandi Fashion, Jewelry & Threading Boutique celebrated its 35th anniversary by inviting more than 200 guests to a dinner party at Julio’s Pizza Restaurant here. Amongst the guests who attended to congratulate owner Mala Malani were Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, State Senator Tony Mendoza and...
Sanchez congratulated Malani, for showing that being a woman is no deterrent to being successful in business, and Garcia agreed that Malani should be landed not only for her success as a businesswoman, but also as “someone who is always ready to support her community whenever asked.” Mendoza expressed his pride in Malani’s many accomplishments and wished her much success for the next 35 years.
The evening was also filled with several Indian dance performances as well as a mini-fashion show, and was capped by Malani thanking the guests, her staff and her family for supporting her through all these years.
Malani holds several distinctions in Artesia. Not only was she the first woman to open a successful business on Pioneer Boulevard’s’Little India’, 35 years ago, she was the first Indian to be crowned Miss Artesia, back in 1979. She designs all the clothes and jewelry for her stores, and her creations are manufactured at a facility in India where she employs more than 100 people.
With the help of then Assemblyman Mendoza, AB 265 was passed that made it legal to practice threading in California. Malani was presented with the 2007 Woman of the Year in Business award by Mendoza, and has been an ABC Advisory Board member as well as being an active community member, occasionally attending and speaking at both Artesia and Cerritos council meetings.
On the other side, Malani, a mother of two, and a grandmother of three, is a certified fitness instructor at the local L.A. Fitness. She enjoys volunteering her fitness services to seniors by training them for free at rehabilitation hospitals. “I’m not ready to slow down yet,” said Malani. “There’s still too much that I want to do with my life.”