Jim Cascone didn’t realize becoming a partner at Huntington Meats & Sausages at the Farmers Market in L.A.’s Fairfax District a decade ago also meant inheriting a shiny new hobby: owning a collectible car.
You don’t have to do anything extraordinary to achieve great wealth, Charles Crumpley writes. Just do the ordinary better.
When Eric Sikola’s company, ExpenseCloud, moved to its new Santa Monica office last year, he instituted the most Santa Monica-appropriate worker perk possible: surfing lessons.
L.A.’s tech companies are creating many things, but public stock probably won’t be among them, Charles Crumpley writes.
Rick Caruso is many things. Developer. Billionaire. Philanthropist. But he’s no Enrico Caruso.
Charles Crumpley thinks the bold decisions from the Mouse House stand as good examples for pipsqueak managers.
When a non-profit that advocates for foster children lost its government funding, the group found a friend in Frank Addante.
Charles Crumpley is pretty exercised about the city of Santa Monica’s proposal to make outdoor fitness classes pay big fees to the city.
Developer Andrew Meieran is plenty busy. He owns downtown L.A. nightclub the Edison and has undertaken the multiyear, multimillion-dollar redo of the nearby Clifton’s Cafeteria.
It’s a mighty tall order to accept the height of Millennium Hollywood’s proposed towers, Charles Crumpley writes.
For those who don’t know commercial real estate, the license plate on Paul Sablock’s GMC Suburban doesn’t mean much. It reads 32FTCLR.
Spinmeister by day, spinmeister by night.
Nobody seems able to bring down the higher cost of higher education, but Charles Crumpley has a thesis on how to make college affordable.
Charles Crumpley revives his praise for non-profit KickStart International’s business model, which lifts people out of poverty
A few months back, when Storage Mobility Inc. exec Ben Orze was visiting his family in Arizona, he decided to go out for a motorcycle ride.
Dick Lippin, founder and chairman-CEO of L.A.-based entertainment PR agency Lippin Group, said he owes a lot of his success to his alma mater, Penn State.
March Madness is spreading through offices everywhere and employment attorney Lonnie Giamela couldn’t be happier.
Not only can Texas tout its low tax rates, but it now can brag that it has the most affordable house prices, Charles Crumpley writes.
When entertainment attorney Jordan Bromley bought a house on Effie Street in Silver Lake in 2010, he realized that a half-dozen musicians he represented lived within a few blocks.
Greg Fass at MeUndies knew he had to jump on the “Harlem Shake” fad as fast as possible.
L.A.’s business community has cause for optimism after last week’s mayoral primary results.
Neal Baer has plenty of reasons to take a break and engage in some deep, balanced breathing.
Tim Lappen is living the car lover’s dream.
Charles Crumply digs the prospects the Monterey Shale oil formation could hold for California.
Josh Altman, a 33-year-old real estate broker to the stars and cast member of the Bravo reality TV series “Million Dollar Listing,” recently landed the ultimate celebrity client: Barbie.
Charles Crumpley sees the LAX chamber headed in the right direction on moving the airport’s runway.
Startups Uncensored, Jason Nazar’s monthly coffee klatch, is normally a tech industry affair.
Charles Crumpley wonders why DreamWorks Animation is a public company, and he congratulates a state tax panel – for angering Democrats and Republicans.
Movie industry critic Charles Crumpley would like to pull the red carpet out from under the Oscars.
Costume designer Luke Reichle has good, basic advice for his star clients as they get ready for awards shows: Lay out your outfit in advance. Preparation is the best way to avoid last-minute, red-carpet emergencies.
COMMENT – Charles Crumpley is troubled that the producers of “Shark Tank” take a bite out of contestants.
California may feel the heat as other states cut taxes to lure businesses, Charles Crumpley writes.
Peter Mullin has had a lifelong enthusiasm for cars.
Public relations veteran Jackie Lapin went through a grueling stretch in 2006, working on intense publicity campaigns for clients including World Poker Tour, Mazda and Commerce Casino.
Charles Crumpley thinks it’s time that Herbalife Ltd. makes a healthy choice to abandon multilevel marketing.
Aspiring brewery owner Dave Hodgins recently acquired some noteworthy fans.
Charles Crumpley believes building more roads should be driving the discussion over solutions to L.A. traffic.
Charles Crumpley is aghast that reality TV may not be so real
Gary Drake might not have a white beard or a sleigh, but he looks an awful lot like Santa Claus to one local school.
Charles Crumpley plans to pay no never mind to the steady stream of health scares.
As a veteran trial lawyer, Dan Stephenson has seen plenty of high-stakes competition in bet-the-company cases.
It’s not every day that a local business person gets to spend an hour with the president and the vice president in the White House, but that’s exactly what happened to Arnulfo “Arnold” Ventura.
COMMENT: The strike at the port complex may be over, but Charles Crumpley thinks the real problems are just starting.
The strike at the port complex may be over, but Charles Crumpley thinks the real problems are just starting.
Dentists warn their patients not to eat too much Halloween candy. But this year, Dr. Vijay Patel of Claremont decided to put his money where his mouth is.
L.A.’s lame Christmas decorations haven’t put much holiday cheer in Charles Crumpley
They might not hand out Mickey Mouse ears at the front door, but there’s a touch of the Magic Kingdom in the Bel Air Bar & Grill.
Charles Crumpley checks out the new way of doing business in Silicon Beach, and he finds it bracing but a little scary.
Years ago, accountant Barbara Rosenbaum came up with a quote that she has lived by: “Facing fear leads to courage, strength and powerful choices.”
Charles Crumpley revives a call for a citywide coalition to help L.A. reach its goals.
An all-day forum this Friday in Santa Monica will bring together all kinds of business people – entrepreneurs, crowdfunding experts, investors – from 10 countries all over the world.