Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Posted April 6, 2016 by The Argonaut in Columns
Compiled by Alyssa Bruell

Standing next to Gelson’s CEO Rob McDougall, Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vasquez brought out the big scissors to celebrate the opening of the new Gelson’s Market on Lincoln Boulevard.

Standing next to Gelson’s CEO Rob McDougall, Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vasquez brought out the big scissors to celebrate the opening of the new Gelson’s Market on Lincoln Boulevard.


The much-anticipated new Santa Monica location of Gelson’s Market opened on March 17 at 2627 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 581-6450;

The Studio (MDR), a fitness center that melds elements of Pilates and cardio training, opened its new location in the Runway at Playa Vista retail and entertainment complex on April 2. The new digs feature Megaformer machines that provide consistent resistance to strategically engage every muscle and houses the nation’s first Sweaty Betty brand premium fashion active wear popup. (424) 835-4210;

Erewhon Natural Foods, a pioneer of the organic and local grocery movement, was expected to open its new Venice location (585 Venice Blvd.) on April 6.

Quinnie & B – A Tiny Toy Shoppe opened on March 19 at 1632 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. (310) 398-8814

L.A.’s sixth Green Leaf Gourmet Chopshop restaurant opened on March 17 at 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice.

Artists & Fleas, a vintage and designer goods pop-up market that got its start in Brooklyn, happens on the first and fourth Saturday of each month at Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.


The Santa Monica YWCA will close its doors permanently on June 30 due to financial shortfalls. (310) 452-3881;

Coming Soon

The Ramen Joint, a new restaurant serving Japanese-inspired cuisine, is expected to open sometime next month at 6220 W. 87th St. in Westchester.


Erik Wexler, chief executive for Tenet Healthcare’s Northeast Region, has been named senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services, Southern California. The group is anchored by six hospitals, including Providence St. John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica.

Chamber Events

Thurs., April 14: A women’s forum designed to promote better relationships and business exposure among local entrepreneurs, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s LifeStyle Committee meets from 8 to 9 a.m. at Marina Del Rey Hospital, 4650 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey. $5 or free for members. (310) 645-5151;

Thurs., April 14: The Venice Chamber of Commerce hosts Venice Beach Young Professionals mixer from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at On the Waterfront Café, 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. Free entry, pay for food and drink. (310) 822-5425;

Sat., April 16: The LAX Coastal Chamber’s Young Professionals hold a beach cleanup event from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Dockweiler State Beach, 6200 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey. Free. (310) 645-5151;

Thurs., April 21: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Sustainable Quality Awards, recognizing local businesses putting economic stewardship in action, at Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica, 530 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. $50 to $60. (310) 393-9825;

Thurs., April 21: The Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce hosts its Monthly Coffee Time from 9 to 10 a.m. at Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista.

Tues., April 26: The Santa Monica Chamber hosts a speed networking event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Arthur Murray Dance Center, 928 Broadway, Santa Monica. $10-$25. (310) 393- 9825;

Tues., April 26: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts a binge networking session from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the chamber office,
9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. $10 or free for members. (310) 645-5151;


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