Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Posted February 3, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns

Varnish Lab, a high-end nail salon specializing in nail beauty and care, opens on Feb. 6 in The Runway at Playa Vista, 12751 W. Millennium Drive, Ste. 5110, Playa Vista. (310) 862-5779;

Following extensive renovations, the Laemmle’s Monica Film Center reopened last week at 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica. (310) 478-3836;

The Butcher’s Daughter, a vegetarian café and juice bar from New York, opened in January at 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 981-3004;

Salt & Straw, a Portland-based ice cream kitchen specializing in small batch ice cream handmade from local, organic and sustainable ingredients, opened in January at 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 310-8429;

After being forced to leave its longtime Rose Avenue location, La Fiesta Brava has moved to 259 Hampton Drive in Venice. (310) 399-8005


Big changes on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Joe’s Restaurant will serve its last meal on Feb. 14, and Roosterfish has announced it will shutter in May. See the news section for more information.

Chamber Events

Fri., Feb. 5: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts “Speak Up: Using Improv to Succeed in Business” at 11:30 a.m. at its Chamber Office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. Pitch Polish’s Liz Adelman teaches improvisational acting techniques that also help with business communication. Free.

Wed., Feb. 10: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts its annual City of Angels Awards Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott, 5855 W. Century Blvd., Westchester. This year’s honorees include L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, “Happy Days” actor turned entrepreneur Anson Williams and Google Inc. $145.

Thurs., Feb. 11: LAX Coastal’s LifeStyle Committee hosts an 8 to 9 a.m. talk by Coleen Janeway, CEO of Epithereal Inc., about health and beauty for businesswomen on-the-go. Marina Del Rey Hospital, 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey.

Wed., Feb. 17: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts a Biz @ Sunset networking mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Del Frisco’s Grille, 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. $25 or $15 for members. (310) 393-9825, ext. 114;

Wed., Feb. 24: The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly Venice Connect networking session from 6 to 8 p.m. at Creative Chakra Spa, 3401 Pacific Ave., Marina del Rey. $20 or $10 for members and first-timers.


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