The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated achievements of area leaders on Tuesday during its annual City of Angels Awards Gala, which took place at the Los Angeles Marriott Hotel in _. This year’s honorees were: Liam Collins, head of YouTube Space LA in Playa Vista; Javier Cano, general manager of the JW Marriott Hotel at LA Live and The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles; the Coca-Cola Co., Boeing and Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander. Gail Goldstein, regional leasing director for Equity Office and a member of the Playa Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, received a Spirit Leadership Award for community engagement.
Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica, 1551 Ocean Ave., kicked off its “Movember” celebrations of Men’s Health Care Month on Nov. 1 with a ‘Stach bash party that offered free shaves, trivia and prizes. The restaurant features a special food and cocktail menu this month to raise funds for the Movember Foundation, a men’s health awareness group. On Moustache Mondays, guests sporting a well-groomed ‘stach get a complimentary appetizer. (310) 395-7333; delfriscosgrille.com/santa-monica
On Oct. 16, LA Fitness opened an expansive new workout center at the corner of Lincoln and Jefferson boulevards in Playa Vista on Oct. 16. The 5570 Lincoln Blvd. location features a pool, sauna, basketball court, spa, fitness classes and lots of new equipment. An official launch party is set Nov. 16. (310) 881-3460; lafitness.com
On Oct. 18, Goodwill Southern California celebrated the opening of a new retail store at 7600 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester. (310) 981-9191;GoodWillSoCal.org
Menotti’s Coffee Stop opened in early October at 56 Windward Ave., Venice. 310-854-8631.
Marina Marketplace celebrated two openings last month at 4371 Glencoe Ave.: Yogurtland, (310) 577-9572, yogurt-land.com; and European Wax Center, (310) 302-9299, waxcenter.com.
Famous Shanghai Red’s is now calling itself Whiskey Red’s after getting a facelift and rolling out a new menu. It’s still at 13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 823-4522; shanghairedsrestaurant.com
Outlaws Bar & Grill at 230 Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey has closed.
Marina Marketplace (13450 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey) is soon to welcome Ruth Chris Steakhouse, Phenix Salon (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) and Ulta Beauty.
A See’s Candy shop is popping up for the holiday season next door to Brooklyn Bagel, on the 8700 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester.
The popup restaurant Ostricaro Fisico Seafood Restaurant is in Venice through November at a pop-up through November at 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
In collaboration with Santa Monica College and the Small Business Development Center, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin has hired a staff member to focus exclusively on supporting local small businesses. Moises Cisneros will host workshops and provide direct counseling to business owners in need of a helping hand. Cisneros previously founded a small business, was a manager for the Economic Development Agency of San Bernardino County and led the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Office. “His job,” Bonin said, “will be to show small business owners that local government is on their sides, not on their backs.” Cisneros can be reached at Bonin’s West Los Angeles office, 1645 Corinth Ave., No. 201, (310) 575-8461, and Westchester office, 7166 W. Manchester Ave., (310) 568-8772.
— Compiled by Joe Piasecki and Argonaut staff