MANUFACTURING: Jakks pins hopes on licensing deals, interactive products.
Toymaker Jakks hopes to get a handle on higher sales with interactive products and action figures.
FITNESS: Robeks, Jamba among chains looking to fatten up offerings.
Restaurants and shops offering more pressed vegetable juices and leafy green smoothies have been sprouting up all over Los Angeles.
DINING: Umami looks to feed growth with equity investment.
Umami will tap a recent $20 million equity investment to feed the burger chain’s expansion plan.
Shares for Cheesecake Factory Inc. closed down 1 percent Wednesday after the casual dining chain reported that sales fell in the fourth quarter due to superstorm Sandy.
FOOD: Nutrition bar firm ThinkThin adds outlets while mulling new items.
Nutrition bar maker ThinkThin looks to expand by adding retail distributors and branching into new sectors.
Regus Group says traffic drives interest in its flex office space.
Traffic might be creating in-roads for flexible office space in Los Angeles.
HOSPITALITY: Co-owners reposition boutique Sirtaj with kitchen and bar.
A small Beverly Hills hotel, once a 1920s boardinghouse, reopened last week with a new name and image after three years of renovations.
Sugarfina offers up bittersweet labels for jokey candy kits.
Sweets maker Sugarfina unwraps tartly named treats for Valentine’s Day such as Men Are Pigs.
APPAREL: Joe’s Jeans looks to pocket more retail revenue with strategy to launch additional stores.
Joe’s Jeans is fashioning a stock surge with help from its retail store strategy
Analysts at Benchmark Co. in New York have said they believe Vernon denim maker True Religion Apparel Inc. is currently negotiating a sale of the company, likely to a private equity firm.
Brand licensing company Cherokee Inc. said that it has reacquired the school uniforms category of its Cherokee Uniforms line from Strategic Partners Inc. in Chatsworth.
True Religion’s Jeffrey Lubell has found jeans business good fit for his free spirit.
Independent spirit Jeff Lubell has fashioned a career out of high-priced denim as founder of jeans maker True Religion.
MANUFACTURING: Avery Dennison finds taker at 10 percent below 3M deal.
Canadian buyer peels off label maker Avery’s office products and design divisions.
Oofkas co-creators hope their cuffs wear well at trade show.
Show business veterans try their hand at the apparel business with pricey wrist warmers.
Chinese hotel ownership group Shenzhen New World Group Co., which owns the L.A. Hotel Downtown on Figueroa Street, said that it will spend $20 million to covert the independent hotel into a Hyatt Regency.
FOOTWEAR – Out-of-step K-Swiss becomes shoo-in with investors after acquisition by South Korean company.
DINING: Blaze co-founders sign two deals to open eight SoCal locations.
After launching two build-your-own artisan pizza restaurants last summer in Pasadena and Irvine, Wetzel’s Pretzels co-founders Rick and Elise Wetzel are lighting a flame under expansion plans for their Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza concept.
Reports - The Hollywood office market fared slightly better in the fourth quarter than the third, though a quick glance at the numbers might have one believe otherwise.
Deep discount retailer 99 Cents Only Stores has announced that three top executives – Chief Executive Eric Schiffer, Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Gold and Executive Vice President of Special Projects Howard Gold – are no longer employed by the company.
Glendale restaurant company DineEquity Inc., owner of IHOP and Applebee’s restaurants, announced Wednesday that it will eliminate the use of cramped pig cages in its pork supply chain by 2020.
INTERNET: Investors fill ChowNow’s plate with $3 million in funding.
ChowNow gets funding and seeks to get restaurants to add its online ordering system to the menu.
APPAREL: Planet Blue looks to tap growing draw of SoCal beach lifestyle.
Fashion retailer Planet Blue plans to extend its global reach by opening stores in Tokyo.
Fortune cookies have some choice words about life in L.A.
Former journalist hopes his citycentric fortune-cookie messages speak to Angelenos.
When David Wilstein was younger, his commercial construction career gave him some thrills that he just doesn’t get anymore.
DINING: Fatburger adds Buffalo’s Cafe items to menu at two-for-one site.
Burger chain Fatburger Corp. is working to entice loyal diners to try chicken wings, too.
Henry Stupp left T-shirt company he co-founded to take over brand licensing business Cherokee.
Cherokee CEO Henry Stupp made a name for himself after jumping from T-shirts to brand licensing.
RETAIL: Operator of short-term online fashion sales HauteLook looks to parent Nordstrom for some staying power.
HauteLook sees long-term support from parent Nordstrom for its limited-time online sales.
GROCERY: Industry newcomers seek to feed hunger for store in downtown L.A.
Two industry rookies hope to produce sales with a small upscale market to serve downtown Los Angeles.
DEVELOPMENT: Owner to replace old Sunset Inn with trendy Moment.
From Hollywood to West Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard is home to some of L.A.’s most prominent destination hotels.
Joe’s Jeans Inc. said that it received a delisting warning from Nasdaq because its stock has been trading below $1 a share for 30 consecutive trading days.
L.A. brand licensing company Sequential Brands Group Inc. has agreed to buy Dallas sports footwear company Heelys Inc. for about $63 million.
APPAREL: Hot Topic brings its Goth sensibility to new Blackheart line of lingerie stores.
Hot Topic looks to rock the lingerie world with Goth-influenced undergarments at its new Blackheart stores.
Clothing: Japanese buyer may back J Brand’s launch of retail stores.
Jeans maker J Brand looks to fashion expansion after acquisition by Japanese company.
EXPANSION: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf debuts concept store in Manhattan Beach.
While people just call it Coffee Bean and forget the Tea Leaf, executives at family-run chain Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf want to change that by highlighting their love of Orange Oolong and other whole-leaf tea selections.
Company hopes small snowboards for each foot find traction.
Dual Snowboards tries to pull off sales feat with its small boards that strap to each foot.
REAL ESTATE: Macerich looks to improve portfolio with sales and pickups.
Mall operator Macerich picks up three retail properties during recent shopping spree.
APPAREL: Sequential hires chief executive to guide expansion beyond jeans.
Sequential brings in new chief executive to refashion apparel maker as licensing company.
Cycle House converts pedal power into meals for nation’s homeless.
Fitness studio Cycle House gears up for charity with calorie-burning program that feeds homeless.
DINING: Panda hopes new store concepts can serve as models for modernizing.
Panda Restaurant Group cooks up two prototype store models as it looks to maintain its growth pace.
Growing a company quickly one year or two is impressive. But major growth, year after year after year, is a much more notable achievement.
AVIATION: $250 million deal for Row 44 questioned.
Small airline Wi-Fi company Row 44 fetched an eye-popping price when it was bought earlier this month. Was it worth it?
It’s not uncommon to find startups that double or triple revenue in their early years.
Hospitality: Renovated Holiday Inn reborn as Luxe City Center.
Luxe City Center Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has completed a $10 million renovation that began more than two years ago.
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
News and notes from communities across Los Angeles County
Pasadena design firm helps plan world’s tallest Ferris wheel.
A Pasadena firm got a turn at designing the world’s biggest Ferris wheel in Las Vegas.
Playboy looks to hit home with subscription delivery service.
SPIRITS: Playboy aims to pop wine drinkers’ corks with a delivery service.
Belly Bandit wastes no time in helping moms cover up baby weight.
Lori Caden’s girdlelike Belly Bandit helps new moms keep their baby weight under wraps.
High rent raises doubts about plan to move in by 99 Cents Only.
In the haute couture boutiques that line Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, shoppers would be hard pressed to find much priced below $100, much less $10 or even $1.
Deep discount retailer 99 Cents Only Stores said that it’s looking for space to open a store on famed Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Not likely, chic street's committee says.