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.
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.
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.
Golden Road crafts special brew as means to boost brand.
Craft brewer Golden Road targets airport distribution to help the brand take off.
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.
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.
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.
Restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump says she takes a classic approach to clothing.
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.
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.
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.
Shortly after Andrew Silber opened his Whale & Ale pub in San Pedro, he hired a retired violinist to provide entertainment every Friday night.
JS Apparel licenses tailoring system that employs body scan.
The custom tailor may be a thing of the past as garment fitting goes automated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills will be closing its doors next month after 27 years in business.
MARKETING: Made With Elastic lines up Internet stars to boost convention.
Made With Elastic links up with online stars to grow its BeautyCon events.
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.
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.
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.
Diystro cues up items in partnership with indie performers.
Diystro bands together with indie musicians to create special apparel items.
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.
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.
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.
It wasn’t Hollywood where dreams of stardom came true for Steve Jaffe. It was Guayaquil, Ecuador.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cave CrossFit looks to make play with new program for children.
Cave CrossFit works out a plan for a new kids’ program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caruso Affiliated has tapped Judy Johnson, Western Region president for communications firm GolinHarris, to head up its marketing and communications functions.
HOSPITALITY: Hong Kong’s Vadi hopes to hook up here with Chinese developers.
Design firm hopes to translate Hong Kong experience into L.A. work with Chinese hotel developers.
Mark Sullivan is a senior litigation paralegal for Century City law firm Cox Castle & Nicholson. He’s also the firm’s resident rocker.
15-year-old peddles mounted stereo device that holds iPhone.
15-year-old Benji Miller wants cyclists to take his hands-free stereo device for a spin.
Cookie Johnson’s line for curvy women adds TV shopping outlet.
APPAREL – Cookie Johnson, Magic’s wife, scores Home Shopping Network as an outlet for her jeans line.
Acquisition: MWW buys Macias Media for focus on marketing to community.
Public relations firm MWW is tapping into the gay and lesbian market with the recent acquisition of Macias Media Group, an L.A. marketing and PR relations firm that focuses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Stikeleather replaces buttons with magnets to attract customers.
APPAREL: Stikeleather sees its snap-on collars, cuffs and sleeves attached by magnets as a big draw.