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.
BEAUTY: Markwins buys Lip Smacker, Bonne Bell lines with plans for revival.
Markwins International expands its cosmetics coverage by buying two youth-oriented brands.
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.
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.
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.
LAX-area hotels hope business will take off with the addition of new event spaces.
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.
ADVERTISING: Firm prefers personal touch for online ads.
YP, formerly Yellow Pages, believes online ad placement still calls for a human sales staff.
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.
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.
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.
ESalon launches sites specifically to handle overseas markets.
ESalon heads overseas with websites tailored to sell its hair-color kits in specific Euro markets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former writer-actress Meridith Baer made room for herself in home decoration.
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.
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.
ONLINE: Thrive plans to deliver with natural foods sold at wholesale prices.
Thrive Market hopes its Amazon-style delivery clicks with shoppers.
Westrax helps China’s LiuGong break ground in California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s going to get pretty bumpy for Sara Rotman next year. She’ll be hitting the road as an off-road race driver.
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.
Cousins Maine to take crack at franchising crustacean business.
Cousins Maine Lobster initiates pincer movement by franchising its food truck business.
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.
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.
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.
RetroSpecs adds own line of pricey frames alongside restoration business.
Eyewear: Frame restorer RetroSpecs & Co. hopes customers like the look of its original collection.
Lemonade Restaurant Group, a cafeteria-style restaurant chain based in West Hollywood, has sweetened a deal with global investment firm KKR of New York.
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.
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.