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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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Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Compiled by Michael Aushenker Party Time: Attorney Kathy Hao and singer Alecia “P!nk” Moore were among 500 guests attending the Santa Monica-based John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary’s 30th annual Odyssey Ball on April...



Orangetheory Fitness is now open in Santa Monica

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Compiled by Michael Aushenker On the move Following social media company Snapchat’s acquisition of several buildings on Abbot Kinney and Venice boulevards, Turning Point Pilates — voted Best of the Westside two years in a r...


Celia Brugman (Kaiser Permanente, HeartThrob Sponsor), Dr. Curley Bonds (Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, WFHC Community Partner) and Celia Bernstein (Director of Development, WFHC) pose at Westside Family Health Center’s “I HEART WFHC” event on February 21, 2015 at TAG Gallery in Santa Monica.

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Openings Palms-based Phorage (opened a few years back by Perry Cheung, Eric Cho and Jesse Duron) has expanded with a new beachside outlet, ASAP Phorage (303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey). The new venue benefits from the magic to...


Epithereal Skin Care held a grand opening ribbon-cutting on Jan. 24 in Marina del Rey

Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Compiled by Michael Aushenker Santa Monica’s historic Hotel Shangri-La (1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica) celebrated its 75th anniversary on Jan. 17 with a champagne reception in the hotel courtyard that featured World War II sp...



Richard Clark, left, gets a tutorial on French cheese from Isigny America’s Benoit de Vitton at The Cheeses of Europe.

Biz Buzz a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Compiled by Michael Aushenker Openings The Cheeses of Europe hosts a free cheese-tasting event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Center Plaza of Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. In addition to&he...






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