Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Posted January 6, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns
Ozel Fine Jewelry has opened in Waterside at Marina del Rey (4718 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey). Founded in 1980 by brothers Abraham and Joe Tekin, the family-run business hand-selects its diamonds and specializes in custom design. (310) 301-9797;

Yalla Mediterranean, a fast casual restaurant emphasizing freshness, opened in December at 9516 Culver Blvd. in Culver City. (310) 280-1650;

Coming Soon
Erewhon Natural Foods, a pioneer of the organic and local grocery movement, is expected to open its third L.A.-area location in February at 585 Venice Blvd. in Venice. The 11,000-square-foot store will feature fresh non-GMO foods, an organic deli and a wood-burning smoker for organic meats.

After months of renovations, Healthy Spot Santa Monica (1110 Wilshire Blvd.) celebrated a grand reopening in December and now includes a Shelter Spot to help homeless animals get adopted. (310) 458-2004;

The Gateway to L.A. Business Improvement District in Westchester has hired former California Highway Patrol Cmdr. Calvin Beard to oversee the area’s security and maintenance as director of operations. Beard replaces Jim Sakalis, who is retiring after more than 14 years in the post. (310) 216-7328;

Chamber Events
Thursday, Jan. 7: The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts a health-conscious happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. at Locali Conscious Convenience Healthy Deli & Market, 701 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free entry, pay for food and drink. (310) 822-5425;

Friday, Jan. 8: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts a free Lunch ‘N’ Learn Goal Setting Workshop with Debra Eckerling of Guided Goals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9100 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 208, Westchester. (424) 290-8745;

Thursday, Jan. 14: The Young Venice Beach professionals host a mixer from 7:30 to
9:30 p.m. at the Bank of Venice, 80 Windward Ave., Venice. Free entry, pay for food and drink. (310) 822-5425;

Wednesday, Jan. 20: The Westside Council of Chambers of Commerce convenes its annual State of the Westside conference from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton, 6161 Centinela Ave., Culver City. This year’s discussion, “The Digital Economy,” features City of Los Angeles Chief Technology Innovation Officer Peter Marx as keynote speaker. $65. (310) 287.3850;

Thursday, Jan. 28: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce convenes its annual State of the City conference, this year celebrating innovation in the sharing economy. SGI – Soka Gakkai International Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. $10 to $150. (310) 393-9825;


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