Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news
Combatant Gentlemen, a menswear e-retailer that Forbes named one of America’s most promising companies, opened a brick-and-mortar showroom on July 20 at Santa Monica Place (395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 200). Like a Warby Parker of menswear, the company by-passes middlemen to curb the cost of designer fashion. (855) 997-4368; combatgent.com
Pedego Marina del Rey, an electric bike retailer, celebrates its grand opening on Aug. 13 with free test rides, prizes and refreshments at 3018 W. Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. The inventory includes cruisers, commuters, folding bikes and even a fat-tire bike that glides across sand. “We are outdoor people and love to ride bikes,” said Jennifer Cullen, who owns the franchise (Pedego’s 16th store in California) with husband Mike Cullen. (424) 228-4356; pedegomdr.com
Popular online bicycle retailer Bike Attack launched a new location in Runway at Playa Vista (12775 Millennium Drive) on July 23 with a grand opening street party and raffles for bikes, skateboards and swag. Former BMX racer Ericson Monslaud founded the company in Berlin 22 years ago, and the inventory has expanded from racers to include everything from electric bikes to around-town cruisers.
Santa Monica dermatologist Dr. Ben Benham has launched DermDash, a time-saving app that allows users to find, price and book appointments with doctors, providing skin, beauty and cosmetic procedures in their local area. New users receive a free phone or Skype consultation and $20 to $50 off their first treatment. The app is free and available at the Apple App Store. dermdash.com
Nightlife impresario Jeremy Hall’s Nighthawk: Breakfast Bar Venice, a late-night lounge specializing in breakfast foods and cocktails, opens on Aug. 4 at 417 Washington Blvd. firstname.lastname@example.org
Frozen Fruit Co., which serves dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly frozen fruit soft serve, opened in July at 729 Montana Ave., Ste 2, Santa Monica. (424) 744-8860; frozenfruitco.com
Chef Nick Erven opened his eponymously named restaurant Erven, which serves only plant-based foods, on July 18 at 516 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.
Australian bridal company Grace Loves Lace opened its first stateside boutique on July 5 at 1510 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Book a consultation at graceloveslace.com.au/grace-loves-lace-la-salon/.
ON THE MOVE
Tech Studio Mac and PC Repair, also specializing in phones and gadgets, is moving after a four year run on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The new location opens Friday, Aug. 5, at 12417 Woodgreen St. (next to Rustic Kitchen Market & Café at the corner of Woodgreen and Centinela Avenue). “The street has changed so much that we are no longer able to survive,” says owner Robert Portillo. “We are truly going to miss being in Venice after having made so many friends and servicing the computers for half of the establishments on the street.” (310) 392-3858; techstudiomacandpcrepair.com
After 15 years on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, spin specialist YAS Fitness is moving to 245 Main St. in Venice, where there’s a party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 4 and classes resume Aug. 5. (310) 396-6993; go2yas.com
Thursday, Aug. 4: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce helps Caffe Luxxe celebrate 10 years in business with a coffee party at 9:30 a.m. at 935 Montana Ave. (310) 394-2222; caffeluxxe.com
Thursday, Aug. 4: Ian Brooks of Berkshire Hathaway sponsors a Santa Monica Chamber networking lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Obica, 606 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 393-9825; smchamber.com
Friday, Aug. 5: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts Cruise N Brews, a beer-tasting party featuring more than 30 craft breweries, aboard a Hornblower yacht. The cruise is from 6 to 10 p.m. and departs from Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. $65. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com
Thursday, Aug. 11: The Venice Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals host a mixer from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at a location to be determined. $5 donation suggested. (310) 822-5425; venicechamber.net
Friday, Aug. 12: The LAX Coastal Chamber hosts a lunchtime presentation by Ocean Street founder Quintin Ford on growing your business or career with authenticity and personal interest. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chamber office, 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. (424) 290-8745; laxcoastal.com
Wednesday, Aug. 17: Frontier Business Edge sponsors a Santa Monica Chamber mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1212 Santa Monica, 1212 Third Street Promenade. $15 to $25, including small bites and two drinks. (310) 393-9825; smcchamber.com
Thursday, Aug. 18: The Mar Vista Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly Coffee Time mixer from 9 to 10 a.m. at Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Ave., Mar Vista. marvistachamber.com
Friday, Aug. 19: The Venice Chamber hosts a social media workshop taught by L.A. Social Karma’s Jennifer Wilson from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Venice Abbot Kinney Memorial Library, 501 Venice Blvd, Venice. RSVP required. (310) 822-5425; venicechamber.net
Tuesday, Aug. 23: The Santa Monica Chamber holds a speed networking event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Arthur Murray Dance Center, 928 Broadway, Santa Monica. $10 to $25. (310) 393-9825; smchamber.com
Wednesday, Aug. 24: The Venice Chamber hosts a mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Venice Love Shack, 2121 Lincoln Blvd, Venice. (310) 822-5425; venicechamber.net
Tuesday, Aug. 30: The Santa Monica Jaycees (Junior Chamber) are hosting a networking mixer from 6 to 8 p.m. at Del Frisco’s Grille, 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. Members and non-members welcome. smjaycee.org
Saturday, Sept. 10: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Lot, 333 Civic Center Drive, Santa Monica. (310) 393-9825; smchamber.com