Los Angeles Business Journal

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LAX Hotels Aim To Land Events

LAX-area hotels hope business will take off with the addition of new event spaces.

Denim Maker Forges Links To Greens

AG Jeans swings for golf wear market with new line for men.

AG Jeans joins golf club with its new sportswear line for the links.

Yellow Pages Calls In Staff

ADVERTISING: Firm prefers personal touch for online ads.

YP, formerly Yellow Pages, believes online ad placement still calls for a human sales staff.

Restaurateurs Plan to Fill Plate With More Eateries

DINING: Blackhouse’s two co-founders look to pick up pace on new locations.

Since starting their Blackhouse Hospitality restaurant group in Los Angeles three years ago, chef Tin Vuong and business partner Jed Sanford have opened four restaurants, with one passing the test of famed Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold.

Expectant Dad to Feel Heat

Barry Knudson is expecting his first child in March with his wife, Kelsi. But before the baby arrives, Knudson, a beer enthusiast and casual home-brewer, concocted one more memorable batch: a spicy India pale ale.

Studio Offers Choice in Music Videos

Blind’s interactive process lets viewers control storyline.

Design studio Blind looks to increase bands’ options by giving viewers choose-your-own-adventure videos.

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Insurer to Test TV Boundaries

Why Mercury General’s new TV commercials will air in states it’s not licensed to operate in.

Labor Unions Take On El Super Grocery Chain

Labor unions in Los Angeles are going head to head with Paramount-based grocery chain El Super, again.

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99 Cents Only Chain to Pay $2.3 Million in Waste Disposal Settlement

Discount chain 99 Cents Only Stores of Commerce is opening up its register to pay out more than $2.3 million in penalties to settle a hazardous waste disposal suit brought by more than two dozen county district attorneys and city attorneys throughout the state.

Former Best Western Shores Up Seaside Appeal

RENOVATION: Owner pays $13 million to upgrade look of Redondo Beach Hotel.

The Redondo Beach Hotel has reopened its doors after wrapping up a $13 million facelift.

Online Vendor Aims to Click In Europe

ESalon launches sites specifically to handle overseas markets.

ESalon heads overseas with websites tailored to sell its hair-color kits in specific Euro markets.

Cleaner Has Solution To Cut Waste

Replenish Bottling eyes repeated success with resuable product.

Replenish Bottling looks to mix it up with cleaning products that use refillable concentrate.

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Beefing Up

FOOD: Premier Meat sees any additional business from launch of consumer-targeted Internet sales venture as gravy.

Premier Meat Co. looks to prove its chops by expanding into online sales.

Dov Charney Fired -- Again

Dov Charney has been fired by American Apparel Inc., this time for good.

Have Child, Will Travel

Being a new dad to a crying baby can be tough. But Erik Evens and his wife, Robin Lee, found a way to cope when their daughter was born six years ago.

Meal Ordering System Adds Review Site to Plate

INTERNET: ChowNow joins with Yelp to drive more orders to restaurant clients.

The menu is getting larger for clients of Venice’s ChowNow, an online ordering system and marketing platform for restaurants.

Clothing Maker Falls Out Of Fashion With Investors

APPAREL: Guess shares fall on rough quarter; analyst upbeat about e-commerce.

Clothing company Guess continues to look for answers as quarterly revenue and profit fall.

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Male Delivery

HEALTH CARE: Plastic surgery center Marina ManLand joins retail trend of crafting attractive settings for men.

Plastic surgery center Marina ManLand has joined some retailers in presenting its businesses as a guy thing.

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Byline Sideline

ADVERTISING: Agencies produce digital, print magazines to tout content-creation skills to clients.

Agencies take a page from publishing and produce magazines to show off knack for content creation.

City Brought Meat to Table

San Gabriel lobbied hotel for steakhouse as part of push to diversify dining.

Development: San Gabriel has so many Chinese restaurants it told a hotelier to make room for a steakhouse.

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Screenwriter Homed In On Interior Decoration in Hedder hery and hery

Former writer-actress Meridith Baer made room for herself in home decoration.

Travel Has Vintage Appeal

When Grant Kirkpatrick, partner at architecture firm Kirkpatrick Architects in Marina del Rey, decided to make his four-acre plot of land in Paso Robles into a vineyard seven years ago, his wife, Shaya, had an idea.

Mystery Key To Event’s Attraction

Guests get 60 minutes, clues to figure way out of Escape Room L.A.

Interactive attraction Escape Room L.A.’s 60-minute mystery puts participants on the clock.

Tractor Dealer Has Pull

Westrax helps China’s LiuGong break ground in California.

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Grocer Hoping for Long Shelf Life on Internet

ONLINE: Thrive plans to deliver with natural foods sold at wholesale prices.

Thrive Market hopes its Amazon-style delivery clicks with shoppers.

Shaved Snow Makes Cut at Snack Shop

Co-owners see frozen version of acai bowls as potentially hot item.

Snow Flower Ice looks to heat up sales with a frozen version of acai bowls.

Furniture Firm to Make Rooms With Brand Deals

licensing: Amini looks to partnerships to add lines in art, rugs, light fixtures.

It takes more than furniture to make a home feel like a home.

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Solo Shops Buy Into Franchises

RETAIL: Investors spur quick jump into expansion mode.

Franchising is for established, growing chains, right? Not anymore, as one-location shops are quickly getting into it.

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Goods To Go

Online retailer ships away on partial payments

Le Jolie believes it has the goods on low-price online rivals with its partial payment financing policy.

Mattel's American Girl Brand Expands to Mexico

American Girl is packing up and taking a trip to Mexico. El Segundo toy maker Mattel Inc., which owns the doll brand, on Thursday announced plans to open three shop-in-shop American Girl boutiques through a partnership with El Palacio de Hierro, a high-end retailer in Mexico. The first two American Girl shops will open next summer in Mexico City followed by a third location in fall 2015.

Road Less Traveled

It’s going to get pretty bumpy for Sara Rotman next year. She’ll be hitting the road as an off-road race driver.

Wall Street Likes What It Sees in Medical Scanner

HEALTH CARE: RadNet sees boost in patient visits courtesy of Obamacare.

Obamacare nurses gains in patient visits and stock price for medical imaging center operator RadNet.

Sightseeing Business to Offer Rolling Digital Ads

TOURISM: Starline moves to equip one of fleet’s buses with electronic billboard.

It’s easy to spot the double-decker buses, often filled with tourists, driving down Rodeo Drive or Hollywood Boulevard.

Wall Street Takes Car Parts Seller’s Stock for Spin

AUTOMOTIVE: Shares of U.S. Auto Parts rise after investors back subsidiary.

Outside parties’ investment in struggling subsidiary revs up shares of U.S. Auto Parts Network.

Lobster Truck Coming Out Of Its Shell

Cousins Maine to take crack at franchising crustacean business.

Cousins Maine Lobster initiates pincer movement by franchising its food truck business.

Facial Provider Heads Into Single-Service Sector

Retail & Restaurants: Face Haus bases low-cost treatment on model used by Drybar.

Luxurious facials last an hour, often have to be scheduled in advance and don’t come cheap. But one local company plans to change all that.

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With Twist

Matchmaker uses DNA tests to pair up daters

Dating: Matchmaker Julie Ferman looks to turn romance into a science by using DNA tests to pair people.

Eyewear Maker Has New Vision

RetroSpecs adds own line of pricey frames alongside restoration business.

Eyewear: Frame restorer RetroSpecs & Co. hopes customers like the look of its original collection.

KKR Sweet on Lemonade

Lemonade Restaurant Group, a cafeteria-style restaurant chain based in West Hollywood, has sweetened a deal with global investment firm KKR of New York.

Kids Café Tunes Up With Karaoke

Chirp allows children to raise their voices while parents hang out.

Retail: Café Chirp cues up karaoke to pull in kids as well as their parents.

Fashion Week Has Designs on Up-and-Comers

Apparel: Producer hopes fresh focus can help boost status of low-profile event.

Apparel: Producer of Los Angeles Fashion Week looks to tailor struggling event around up-and-coming designers.

DIY Approach Blooms at Flower Shop

Fleurish puts together build-your-bouquet bar to stem expense.

Fleurish serves up DIY bouquet bar to nip flower prices in the bud.

L.A. Has Sixth IPO in Bag as Grocer Goes Public

investment: Wall Street checks out Smart & Final to tune of $160 million.

Smart & Final became the sixth L.A. IPO this year as more businesses are sold on going public.

Law of Jungle in Action

Mark Robinson knew when he embarked on an African safari this summer with his wife, Pamela, that he’d get to see all kinds of wildlife up close. But the executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Century City real estate brokerage never imagined just how close.

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Hides & Seek

West Hollywood fur ban raises hackles, questions

West Hollywood’s fur ban might only be skin deep as city and shop owners remain unsure of its enforcement.

West Hollywood Fur Ban Raises Hackles, Questions

West Hollywood’s fur ban might only be skin deep as city and shop owners remain unsure of its enforcement.

Anti-Gang Program Hits Streets in Food Truck

dining: Mobile operation latest rehabilitation venture from Homeboy Industries.

Homeboy Industries, a downtown L.A. anti-gang program, is hitting the road.

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Data Analyzer Looks to Grow Its Client Numbers

Marketing: Retail sites no longer sole focus of business for Retention Science.

Retention Science looks to get a hold on new sectors for its customer-evaluation data services.

Tall Order

Fashion: Greenberg Glusker’s Jonathan Fitzgarrald goes to great lengths to keep his 6-foot-7-inch frame in tailor-made suits.

Restaurant Aims to Hold Block Party

Rock & Brews brings Tegu toys to table as attraction for kids.

Dining: Rock & Brews adds magnetic toy blocks to menu to pull in kids and parents.

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