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Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

OPENINGS Varnish Lab, a high-end nail salon specializing in nail beauty and care, opens on Feb. 6 in The Runway at Playa Vista, 12751 W. Millennium Drive, Ste. 5110, Playa Vista. (310) 862-5779; varnishlab.com Following extensi...


Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

OPENINGS Ozel Fine Jewelry has opened in Waterside at Marina del Rey (4718 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey). Founded in 1980 by brothers Abraham and Joe Tekin, the family-run business hand-selects its diamonds and specializes in ...


A Sun Shield dispenser helps protect swimmers from harmful UV rays at the Annenberg Community Beach House Pool in Santa Monica

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

A Startup Springs from a Sunburn Westchester-based Sun Shield aims to bring free sunscreen dispensers to a beach near you By Christina Campodonico A Sun Shield dispenser helps protect swimmers from harmful UV rays at the Annen...



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 Tracy Phan’s Spa Soleil therapists (pictured: Jack Starskiy) give freeor discounted massages to American military veterans and ...


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 Hava Monet’s Blu Sugar truck — “Blu” for cool, “sugar” for sweet —...



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

The CarMax Foundation gave $10,000 to the Westchester Family YMCA last month to support exercise programs for kids GIVING BACK Spa Soliel (4728 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey) joined the wounded military veterans nonprofit Oper...


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 NiteSpa owner Julia Lolita Marin-Wrobel and Full Circle...



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...