Consider L.A.’s minimum wage hiked.
Activists are planning to show up by the busload outside of Nestle Waters North America’s bottling facilities in downtown Los Angeles and Sacramento on Wednesday.
Jen Mojo launched Paper Dolls to host female entrepreneurs.
Jen Mojo started Paper Dolls to provide office space that works for women entrepreneurs.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith is staying put.
Adrian Watson had been thinking of attending the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight since the matchup was first floated years ago.
RESALE: Owner launches Mama San Boutique to let expectant moms try on items.
April Lawrence didn’t want to compromise her budget or style just because she was pregnant.
TOURISM: Businesses feel cuts as summer season nears.
Business owners fear water restrictions could sink Catalina’s busy summer season.
RETAIL: Warehouse Shoe Sale prepares expansion plan based on setting up in low-cost properties in working-class locations.
Warehouse Shoe Sale has stepped past malls to set up standalone shops in working-class neighborhoods.
Downtown building grows profile with 80-foot ‘living wall.’
Rising Realty Partners looks to elevate the status of its PacMutual Campus with a towering “living wall.”
INTERNET: Viyet.com offers owners of high-end items marketplace to sell online.
Viyet.com, an online consignment shop for designer furnishings, is hitting up a new market – Los Angeles.
FOOD: Smaller companies plan to compete on service if Syscom, US Foods merge.
Smaller restaurant suppliers hope to feast on new clients if a merger of the industry’s largest companies goes through.
FASHION: Authentic Brands Group sees Frederick’s of Hollywood as online vendor.
Suitor looks to retailor struggling Frederick’s of Hollywood for online-only sales.
Film, TV work drives Trailer Park’s draw with brands
Trailer Park has leveraged its knowledge of TV and film promotion to hitch up to brands pursuing creative videos.
ADVERTISING: Playa Vista agency looking for more space after hiring spree.
It’s almost a game of musical chairs at the offices of Playa Vista ad agency Deutsch LA: The firm has hired so many employees lately that some of them are having to share desks.
Samantha Barbera found herself rocking out, again, at the Austin, Texas, music festival South by Southwest last month.
COMMERCE: Violent transient attack may boost call for district.
Venice café owner’s violent loss of a finger may help the funky neighborhood gain a business improvement district.
DEVELOPMENT: Can the BID behind Third Street Promenade steer Lincoln Boulevard businesses to similar success?
BID behind Third Street Promenade looks to put Lincoln Boulevard’s businesses on the map.
EMPLOYMENT: Team One uses educational promotion to learn about applicants.
Ad agency Team One in Playa Vista wants its new round of job applicants to ditch the traditional process of submitting a resume.
BEAUTY: Blinkbar looks to pricey extensions to help bolster expansion plan.
Mink stole. Mink coat. Mink lashes?
Onestop Internet tracks shops’ items online, in stores
Onestop looks to link up shops’ online and brick-and-mortar sales and inventory.
Bryn Mooser’s love for Haiti runs deep.
Zevia sees tonic water as means to extend reach of brand.
Soda company Zevia looks to get business bubbling with its branded tonic water.
Malls put money on drawing Chinese visitors.
Some L.A. malls work to make sure they are on the map as stops for Chinese bus tours.
MARKETING: Zealot says two acquisitions will boost content-creation business.
Venice digital media company Zealot Networks has been on a shopping spree this year.
Stitch sees silver lining in becoming national chain for tailoring services.
Alterations shop Stitch tailors its business for nationwide expansion.
DINING: Umami founder Adam Fleischman channels physics into new venture.
Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman serves up a consulting business with a side of ‘continuum physics.’
Foreign-born business owners talk about how they sowed success by putting down roots in Los Angeles.
fashion: Muralists add retailers to suit over alleged use of work in products.
Italian fashion brand Roberto Cavalli, as well as retailers Amazon.com, Nordstrom and Zappos.com, are headed to court to face off against some unlikely opponents: a group of L.A. graffiti artists.
SHIPPING: Executives discuss how they fight to stay afloat.
Execs at port-dependent businesses discuss being left high and dry by ongoing labor negotiations.
Marco Giannini’s move into retail unleashed growing pet chain.
Former food maker Marco Giannini has found a new leash on life with his retail chain.
MARKETING: Scout 22 says it expects steady diet of clients with new restricted focus.
It’s common for public relations and marketing firms to have a specialty, but new firm Scout 22 is taking things to an incredibly specific level: The firm bills itself as the first vegan public relations and marketing agency in Los Angeles.
BEAUTY: Markwins buys Lip Smacker, Bonne Bell lines with plans for revival.
Markwins International expands its cosmetics coverage by buying two youth-oriented brands.
RETAIL: Kitson says operator of shops running stores into ground.
Kitson’s deal for two LAX shops has resulted in nothing but turbulence with store operator Hudson.
Red Interactive turns ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ joke into reality.
Red Interactive Agency channels TV show’s fictional Kwazy Cupcakes! into real-world app.
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.
LAX-area hotels hope business will take off with the addition of new event spaces.
ADVERTISING: Firm prefers personal touch for online ads.
YP, formerly Yellow Pages, believes online ad placement still calls for a human sales staff.
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.
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.
Why Mercury General’s new TV commercials will air in states it’s not licensed to operate in.
Blind’s interactive process lets viewers control storyline.
Design studio Blind looks to increase bands’ options by giving viewers choose-your-own-adventure videos.
Labor unions in Los Angeles are going head to head with Paramount-based grocery chain El Super, again.
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.
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.
ESalon launches sites specifically to handle overseas markets.
ESalon heads overseas with websites tailored to sell its hair-color kits in specific Euro markets.
Replenish Bottling eyes repeated success with resuable product.
Replenish Bottling looks to mix it up with cleaning products that use refillable concentrate.
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 has been fired by American Apparel Inc., this time for good.
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.
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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