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Biz Buzz November News Roundup

Coming Soon The Rose Café, which closed for remodeling and a concept reboot in February, is expected to reopen any day now. A fixture in the heart of Venice since 1979, The Rose reopens with expanding meal offerings through a&...

Tracy Phan’s Spa Soleil therapists (pictured: Jack Starskiy) give free 
or discounted massages to American military veterans and active 
duty personnel
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Biz Buzz: For Veterans, a Healing Touch

Once a refugee of the war in Vietnam, Spa Soleil’s Tracy Phan gives back one massage at a time By Jasmin St. Claire While kids in America enjoyed a quiet night’s rest, Tracy Phan would often fall asleep to the…

Hava Monet’s Blu Sugar truck —  “Blu” for cool, “sugar” for sweet — delivers boho, chic and vintage clothes

Fashion on the Go

Taking a page from food trucks, four local entrepreneurs hit the streets to make their dreams a reality Story and photos by Christina Campodonico Pull up to The Coffee Co. in Westchester this weekend and you might just get a&he...

Actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mark-Paul Gosselaar helped Mattel raise $1 million for UCLA Children’s Hospital during the Sept. 27 Mattel Party on the Pier
Photo by Mike Windle / Getty Images 
for Mattel UCLA Children’s Hospital

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Openings LaRocco’s Pizzeria (8806 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester) holds a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Call the LAX Coastal Chamber for info: (310) 645-5151. Barrister Execu...

The CarMax Foundation gave $10,000 to the Westchester Family YMCA last month to support exercise programs for kids

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

GIVING BACK Spa Soliel (4728 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey) joined the wounded military veterans nonprofit Operation Homefront on Aug. 26 to launch a free massage program for wounded veterans in collaboration with the Hearts of...

NiteSpa owner Julia Lolita Marin-Wrobel and Full Circle co-founder Andrew Keegan
Photo by Kent Purdy

Biz Buzz: NiteSpa Comes Full Circle

Squeezed out of Venice by gentrification, the business throws a party for its new digs in the basement of Andrew Keegan’s Rose Avenue spiritual center By Kathy Leonardo Julia Lolita Martin-Wrobel opened NiteSpa in 2005 on San...

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Openings Verizon Wireless opened its first West Coast “Destination Store” last month on the Third Street Promenade. The nearly 8,000- square-foot retail store boasts numerous interactive features showing off the brand’s l...

The 5 POINTS pop-up store hosts frequent creative happenings

Community Counsel

Whole Foods Playa Vista is equal to the sum of its parts, which were largely influenced by locals By Michael Aushenker Walk into the brand new Whole Foods Market in Playa Vista, and you’ll see things that you won’t see…

Eric Ong stays ‘humble’ as his business grows

Attack of the Killer Potatoes

Eric Ong spreads his ‘Humble’ mission from Westchester to Culver City By Michael Aushenker A funny thing happened to Westchester restaurateur Eric Ong on the way to creating a patio garden at his new Humble Potato restauran...

Marina Peninsula resident Nan Summerfield’s first Doyle auction centers on what she knows best: jewelry
Photo by Theo and Juliet Photography

Seizing a Golden Opportunity

Nan Summerfield, Doyle New York’s new director of California operations, on transitioning from auctioneer to business owner and back again High-end auction house Doyle New York opened its first West Coast branch last fall, pu...

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