Los Angeles Business Journal

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Events Firm Makes Time for Temporary Stores

RETAIL: Everwish pitches pop-up shops as chance for designers to meet customers.

Everwish Events believes now’s the time for a business orchestrating temporary pop-up shops.

Business Friendly Finalists Named

Ten cities in L.A. County were named as finalists for the most business-friendly city award, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. made the announcement on Thursday.

Company Tries Hand at Longer Touchable Videos

TECHNOLOGY: Approach by Cinematique lets viewers stockpile touted products.

Cinematique hopes to make the scene with interactive videos that tout products.

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CGI Now Rising Star in Ad Agency Campaigns

ADVERTISING: Process gaining in popularity with clients as price decreases.

Agencies increasingly like the look of CGI for ads as the price of the technology comes down.

Grooming Business Brushes Up on Men of Color

BEAUTY: Inspiration for Hue for Every Man line came from celebrity barber.

Downtown L.A.’s Hue for Every Man last week launched a line of luxury grooming products specifically targeted to men of color.

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Italian Eatery Hopes to Feast

DINING: Caffe Primo’s plans for expansion called aggressive.

Duo behind Caffe Primo will brave heat of launching a chain despite being burned by previous ventures.

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Direct Quotes

ADVERTISING: PK4’s new ad tech eases online placement.

PK4’s new ad tech will let customers take a more direct approach with online placement.

Blow-Dry App More Than Just Hot Air

Beautiq lets customers bring range of beauty services to them.

Beautiq looks to air out the industry with an app letting users bring blow-dry and other styling services to them.

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Direct Lines

BEAUTY: M. Steves’ salespeople to target networks of family, friends to move company’s skin care products.

M. Steves looks to flesh out a direct sales model to deliver its skin care line to consumers.

Investment Firm Pulls Into Operator of Gas Stations

RETAIL: Fortress’ deal for Appel-owned United Oil also includes Apro.

Appels pull out of United Oil after the family-founded gas station operator’s sale to Fortress.

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Boutique Hotel Project Checks Into Redondo Beach

development: Work starts on Shade with scheduled opening for November 2015.

Nearly a year after its ceremonial groundbreaking, construction has begun in earnest in Redondo Beach on the second location of Shade, a luxury boutique hotel.

Beer to Take Wing at Airports

Golden Road crafts special brew as means to boost brand.

Craft brewer Golden Road targets airport distribution to help the brand take off.

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Mother Helping Family Punch Up Bottled Sangria

ALCOHOL: Wine business hopes to tap celeb appeal of Lisa Vanderpump.

Vanderpump Wines and Spirits looks to mix it up in the bottled sangria market with its premium product.

Classic Approach

Restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump says she takes a classic approach to clothing.

Miami Restaurateur Turns Up Heat in Los Angeles

DINING: Barton G. Weiss chooses West Hollywood for his second namesake eatery.

Miami restaurateur and event coordinator Barton G. Weiss has brought his theatrical culinary experience to West Hollywood with the opening last week of his second Barton G. restaurant.

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Buying In?

RETAIL: Del Amo Fashion Center enters second phase of renovation with hopes tied to Nordstrom as big draw.

Nordstrom’s tenancy could be the key to selling shoppers on the Del Amo Fashion Center’s renovation.

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Polish Maker Nails Down Paint Line

OPI teams up with Ace Hardware to bring home branded shades.

Nail polish maker OPI Products tries its hand at home maintenance with a branded line of paints.

Violinist Not Ready to Bow Out

Shortly after Andrew Silber opened his Whale & Ale pub in San Pedro, he hired a retired violinist to provide entertainment every Friday night.

Technology Makes for a Perfect Fit

JS Apparel licenses tailoring system that employs body scan.

The custom tailor may be a thing of the past as garment fitting goes automated.

Dolls Strike Right Chord With Music Fans, Brands

MANUFACTURING: Startup toy venture parlays focus on streaming music into licenses.

Doll maker Popstar Club has struck a chord with music fans and merchandisers with Beatrix Girls line.

Veteran Executive Ready to Speak Up for Himself

LAUNCH: Bill Harrison rejoins former worker to form Third Street firm.

Public relations veteran Bill Harrison has reunited with former employee Jackie Feldman to launch PR agency Third Street Media Group.

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Skin Care Executive Puts New Face on School Items

MANUFACTURING: Yoobi brand aims for wow factor, bright colors with supplies.

Yes To co-founder looks to apply lessons learned in the skin care business to making school supplies.

Katz Out of Bag

Though they’d both been lawyers for at least 30 years, Ira B. Katz and Ira N. Katz first met three years ago over lunch – though they didn’t eat together.

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Pie Fixings

DINING: California Pizza Kitchen revamps restaurant interiors and menu to reclaim share of fast-casual market.

California Pizza Kitchen seeks to reclaim a bigger piece of the market pie with restaurant and menu overhauls.

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Mattress Cost To Lose Sleep Over

E.S. Kluft looks to pad sales with $65,000 Grande Nuit à Paris.

E.S. Kluft & Co. piles up the price with a new mattress that goes for $65,000.

T-Shirt Maker Goes From Boutique to Mass Market

APPAREL: Signorelli gets big boost from deals with Forever 21 and Wal-Mart.

High-end T-shirt business proved a good fit for Meredith Garrett after a rough start.

Restaurant Chain Looks To Add to Overseas Plate

DINING: Middle East foray spurs Cheesecake Factory to try Asian markets.

Cheesecake Factory now looks to Asia after getting a taste for overseas expansion in the Middle East.

Chef Makes History With Small-Plate Approach

PASADENA: Raymond letting go of formal lineup in milestone menu change.

Pasadena’s historic Raymond Restaurant has changed up its menu, the first major realignment in nearly 36 years.

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Tall Order

DINING: Four franchises fold after Counter redesigns menus, restaurants in bid to compete in gourmet burger space.

Counter clashes with franchisees as the gourmet burger chain serves up expensive improvements.

Beverly Hills Off to See ‘Wizard of Oz’

Chamber sky high on drive-in movie event at Greystone Mansion.

Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce rolls into Greystone Mansion with a drive-in movie benefit.

Beverly Hills Landmark Kate Mantilini’s to Close in June

Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills will be closing its doors next month after 27 years in business.

BeautyCon Owner Hopes Online Fame Worth Look

MARKETING: Made With Elastic lines up Internet stars to boost convention.

Made With Elastic links up with online stars to grow its BeautyCon events.

Three L.A. Agencies Claim Ad Industry Awards

Ad agencies Deutsch LA, CAA Marketing and North Kingdom might go head-to-head when competing for new clients, but last week they celebrated with wins at the 50th Annual International Andy Awards in New York.

Sporting Goods Chain Drops Ball With Investors

RETAIL: Big 5 hits targets but slow sales of guns, ammo knock down stock.

Big 5’s stock falls as sporting goods chain hit by disappointing guidance.

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Waiting Rooms

Hoteliers’ plans hinge on NFL stadium project

Downtown Los Angeles could score more hotel rooms if a plan for a pro football stadium fails to pan out.

Apparel Maker Suited To Music Biz

Diystro cues up items in partnership with indie performers.

Diystro bands together with indie musicians to create special apparel items.

Oakwood Worldwide Strikes $4 Billion Expansion Deal

Extended-stay and corporate housing specialist Oakwood Worldwide on Wednesday announced a $4 billion joint venture deal that is expected to more than triple its global reach over the next five years.

Fish-Free Filets Angle For Sales

Gardein looks to hook more than just vegans with meatless product.

Gardein hopes to scale more than vegetarian and vegan markets with its fishless filets.

Companies Not Sweet on Tweets

PR: SEC’s change in disclosure regulations sets firms atwitter.

PondelWilkinson says its public company clients have yet to click with using social media to inform investors.

You’re Going to Ecuador and Coming Back a Star

It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Furniture Maker Loses Standing After Stock Sale

MANUFACTURING: Shares of Nova Lifestyle fall even as company eyes China market.

Nova Lifestyle Inc., a Commerce furniture manufacturer and distributor, had an up and down week last week.

Sold on South Gate

development: Primestor buys into low-income city as prime shopping spot.

City leaders sold Primestor on low-income South Gate as the site of a $100 million shopping center.

Perspiration Inspiration For Apparel

Creators hope exercise attire works out as clothes for office.

Ortiz Industry fashions a line of exercise clothing that also can be worn at the office.

Shoemaker Pairs Well With Luxury

FOOTWEAR: Collector steps it up as $1,000 sneaker designer.

Former Wall Street exec has proved a high-end shoo-in as the maker of $1,000-plus sneakers.

Gymnasium Muscles Into Kids’ Market

Cave CrossFit looks to make play with new program for children.

Cave CrossFit works out a plan for a new kids’ program.

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Minding Stores

Pasadena taps eclectic lineup to pull in crowds

Pasadena looks to sell itself as a hip shopping and dining spot by courting quirky and high-end stores.

Snack Maker Puts Accent On Exotic

Bridgepoint’s new Zouq line serves up South Asian flavors.

Bridgepoint looks to spice up the snack market with its new South Asian-influenced line.

Sheer Appeal of Jobs Program Pulls in Hair Stylists

NON-PROFIT: LMG Studio offers makeovers to women after Chrysalis training.

Hair salon holds event to help women in workplace counseling program make the cut at job interviews.

New Eatery Aims to Jazz Up South Los Angeles

DINING: Chef Richard Petty to serve up Southern cuisine at legendary music venue.

Chef Richard Petty plans to bring a Southern-style dining experience to a South L.A. site once known as a venue for jazz legends Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Caruso Affiliated Names GolinHarris Exec to Run Communications

Caruso Affiliated has tapped Judy Johnson, Western Region president for communications firm GolinHarris, to head up its marketing and communications functions.