Los Angeles Business Journal

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.

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.

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.

Tractor Dealer Has Pull

Westrax helps China’s LiuGong break ground in California.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Women’s Clothing Makers Man Up With New Lines

Apparel: Clover Canyon among local businesses moving into male market.

Apparel: Women-focused clothing companies are looking to fashion new business out of men’s lines.

Murad to Open L.A. Flagship Store

Skincare brand Murad Inc. of El Segundo announced plans Tuesday to open its first retail location on Third Street near Miracle Mile.

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Treat Makers Sweet On New Space

Sugar lab lets trio of tenants get creative with confections.

B&K Sugar Arts Lab’s resident treat makers tout their chemistry at a shared space.

Formerly Foodie-Focused Vet Adds More to Plate

LAUNCH: Bryanne Lawless founds firm Blnd to work with lifestyle brands.

Sticking with restaurant clients was great, but public relations executive Bryanne Lawless wanted to mix things up a bit more.

Design Firm Sees Gas Stations as Creative Fuel

architecture: Built teams with nightlife maven to renovate 76 property.

Design firm and nightlife impresario look to pump up gas station’s sales with nautical makeover.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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