Rita’s, offering Italian ice and custard treats, opened at 2307 Main St. in Santa Monica, (310) 450-5042, www.ritasfranchises.com.
Water Grill restaurant opened at 1401 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica. (310) 394-5669, www.watergrill.com.
Pork Belly’s sandwich shop opened at 1146 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (424) 777-8875, www.porkbellysla.com.
Bristol Farms, a grocery retailer of gourmet, organic and natural foods, opened a new location at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. (310) 829-3137, www.bristolfarms.com.
Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey, operated by Pacifica Hotel Company, offering 134 guest rooms housed in a collection of individual bungalows and small buildings, opened at the site of the former Marina International Hotel at 4200 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. (310) 301-2000.
BluePrintJuice, offering 100 percent raw and organic juices, is scheduled to open a retail location at 1422 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. www.blueprintcleanse.com.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO:
Selena Brown, a U.S. Army veteran and employee of Rest Assured Nursing, Inc. in Marina del Rey, has been named a “Caring Champion” of 2013 and earned the grand cash prize from Caring.com, a website for family caregivers. The Caring Champions program honors and rewards professional caregivers of seniors at home care agencies and senior living communities. Brown was among only 10 professional caregivers in the nation to earn the award this year and was chosen from among 83 nominees.