Los Angeles Business Journal


Standing Up For Smokin’ In Boys’ Room

Lone Wolf Cigars aims to make splash with waterless urinal.

Lone Wolf Cigars hopes to smoke out new customers by upgrading its men’s room with a waterless urinal.

Blow-Dry App More Than Just Hot Air

Beautiq lets customers bring range of beauty services to them.

Beautiq looks to air out the industry with an app letting users bring blow-dry and other styling services to them.

Follow the Bouncing Ball

Sandy Lechtick makes sure to exercise regularly when he’s not running Woodland Hills legal search firm Esquire Inc. But the 65-year-old is not much for golf or treadmills.

Regional Report

News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County

Shot in Arm: Arrowroot Capital, a Santa Monica investment firm focused on software and Internet businesses, has invested $4 million in MedNet Solutions, a life-sciences technology company in Minnetonka, Minn.

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Direct Lines

BEAUTY: M. Steves’ salespeople to target networks of family, friends to move company’s skin care products.

M. Steves looks to flesh out a direct sales model to deliver its skin care line to consumers.

Jeans Maker Back in Fashion After Acquisition

CLOTHING: Revenue, cost savings from Hudson deal boost shares of Joe’s.

Joe’s Jeans buttons up more investors on the strength of its earnings report.

Malibu Council Approves Limits on Chain Stores

RETAIL: City also places more restrictive citizens’ initiative on fall ballot.

Malibu City Council OKs limits on chain store space and puts further restrictions up to a public vote in November.

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Seaside Resort Clicks With Technology Conference

hospitality: Terranea has channeled Code into boosting hotel’s profile.

Terranea Resort touts its link to Code Conference to promote itself beyond the Internet industry.

Venture Capitalist to Set Sail for Overseas Startups

INVESTMENT: One-third of Wavemaker’s new fund to go to Southeast Asian firms.

VC Wavemaker seeks to connect overseas with tech startups in Southeast Asia.

Television-Film Company Makes Noise With Library

MEDIA: Lions Gate among content owners boosted by bid for Time Warner.

Producer-distributor Lions Gate’s star rises on increased demand for TV and movie content.

Studio Cues Up Larger Rehearsal, Recording Site

MUSIC: Swing House more than doubles space with Atwater Village facility.

Swing House Studios of West Hollywood routinely rents space to big-name bands such as Aerosmith for recording tracks or rehearsing for tours.

News of the Week

Last week’s major news from labusinessjournal.com and other sources

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Los Angeles last week announced the largest seizure of Giant African Snails ever caught entering the Los Angeles.


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Industrial Strength?

Tenants, buyers have few options as lack of land limits projects to ease tight market.

Dearth of developable land grounds L.A.’s industrial market as rents soar.

Industrial Projects Make Room for Office Space

Interest builds in industrial properties willing to share room with office space.

Vacancies Down, Asking Rates Up Amid Resurgence

Los Angeles County’s commercial real estate rebound was in full swing last quarter as the office vacancy rate declined, asking rental rates rose and construction increased.

Landlords Chase Higher Rents Despite Return of High-Rise Space

Despite starting off the year strong, the downtown L.A. office submarket had another weak quarter as its stable of traditional high-rise office towers continued to hemorrhage tenants.

Entertainment, Creative Companies Help Turn Submarket Into Star

It might not be obvious by the numbers, but Hollywood’s office submarket had a strong second quarter.

West Los Angeles, Culver City Turn Up Heat in Hot Submarket

The pull of the Westside remained strong in the second quarter as employers continued to surf the economic recovery, expanding space and increasing headcount.

Miracle Mile Paces Field as Residential Development Moves In

The Wilshire Corridor arrived at the midyear mark on a raft of steady performance. Data from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. show asking rates of $2.42 per square foot were unchanged from the previous quarter and up from $2.35 the year prior.

Santa Monica, Beverly Hills ... Central Valley? Space at Premium

Vacancy rates across the San Fernando Valley dropped to 13.7 percent in the second quarter, declining significantly from a year earlier, when the region was seeing vacancies north of 15 percent. Reasonably strong tenant demand continued throughout the quarter, with 170,400 square feet absorbed, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Asian Investors, Lot Bidders Crowd Into Already Tight Submarket

A strengthening recovery and an influx of Asian investors kept the vacancy rate in the San Gabriel Valley industrial market the lowest in the region for the second quarter in a row. Vacancy is at 2.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent just a year ago and 3.5 percent last quarter, according to data from Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Decline in Asking Rents Helps Put Freeze on Office Development

Fluctuations in the Santa Clarita Valley office market were minimal in the second quarter, confirming a trend toward stabilization.

Submarket Shakes Off First Quarter as Burbank, Glendale Heat Up

The Tri-Cities office submarket bounced back last quarter from a slow start to the year as activity in Glendale and Burbank heated up.

Office Vacancies Rise While Industrial Market Picks Up Steam

The numbers for the South Bay’s industrial and office markets told different stories on the subject of second quarter performance.