Compiled by Chloe Jory and Joe Piasecki

OPENINGS

Actress Maria Bello, second from left, joined Salon Tru for its Jan. 16 grand opening celebration

Actress Maria Bello, second from left, joined Salon Tru for its Jan. 16 grand opening celebration

More than 100 people, including actress Maria Bello, gathered on Jan. 16 to celebrate the grand opening of Salon Tru in Santa Monica. The salon at 614 Santa Monica Blvd. hosts 10 stylists and offers an array of services and eco-friendly products.

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor held the giant scissors during the Jan. 19 ribbon cutting  for Arthur Murray Dance Center Santa Monica

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor held the giant scissors during the Jan. 19 ribbon cutting
for Arthur Murray Dance Center Santa Monica

Arthur Murray Dance Center celebrated the launch of the franchise’s Santa Monica location with a grand opening party on Jan. 19. Arthur Murray specializes in teaching couples and individuals of all levels of experience to dance and offers private and group instruction. Its doors are open from 1 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 928 Broadway in Santa Monica.
Dogtown Realty Inc. recently opened a Santa Monica office at the historic Zephyr building — made famous by artists, Z-boys and surfers in the 1970s — at 2009 Main St. Dogtown Realty is a partnership of local agents who specialize in Santa Monica and Venice and live, work and surf locally.
Snow Flower Ice opened on Jan. 12 at 4260 Lincoln Blvd. in Marina Del Rey. Its specialty is a unique frozen treat that combines traditional shaved ice with ice cream and customizable toppings to create “delicate ribbons of ice that feel like eating frozen cotton candy.”
The mother-daughter team of Ann and Sharon Lee opened a Yogurtland self-serve frozen yogurt franchise at 8752 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester on Feb. 1.
FIN, Ken Whang’s Japanese fusion restaurant, opened its doors late last year at 12223 W. Washington Blvd. in Mar Vista. Test out the menu and full bar during happy hour, from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
800 Degrees Pizzeria, which specializes in Neapolitan pizza, opened a Santa Monica location in January at 120 Wilshire Blvd.

NAME CHANGE
Shershah Cuisine of India is operating under new management and a new name. New India’s Oven, located at 13444 Maxella Ave. in Marina Marketplace, offers Indian delicacies for sit-down dining, delivery and catering. New India’s Oven now also offers a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

CLOSINGS
Just Tantau closed its doors for the last time on Jan. 25 after 32 years in business on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The shop, winner of last year’s Spirit of Venice award, is one of many longtime businesses that claim they’ve been priced out of the trendy area.  Just Tantau will reopen in the near future at 5742 W. Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles.

COMING SOON
Maria’s Italian Kitchen will open in March at 4248 Lincoln Blvd. in Marina del Rey, a company spokesman said. The original Maria’s opened in 1975 in Brentwood and this will be its third Westside location and tenth in Southern California.

MILESTONES
Rebecca Hill, The Inn at Playa del Rey’s innkeeper, was recently published in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul book, titled “Just Us Girls.” The hotel, named One of the World’s Best Places to Stay by Condé Naste Publications, is at 435 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey.

EVENTS
The West Los Angeles Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. Media coach and trainer Shawnee Duperon is the featured speaker and will discuss “The Power of Forgiveness in Business.” Cost is $5 to attend. Visit HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com.
The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly night networking mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Westin Hotel, 5400 West Century Blvd., Westchester. Cost is $20 or $10 for members. Visit LAXcoastal.com.

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