Locali Venice, a 7-Eleven meets Whole Foods quick-service deli and market that specializes in vegan and organic foods, celebrates its grand opening today with a tasting party from 5 to 8 p.m. that includes a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony by the Venice Chamber of Commerce. Zagat recently named Locali’s Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich, which includes vegan sausage and cheese on a multi-grain English muffin, one of its 10 best new sandwiches in L.A. Locali is at 701 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. (310) 399-2245; localiyours.com
The Candy Bar Hookah Shoppe, a hookah and vapor boutique that aims to rise above the grunge of a typical smoke shop, has opened in the Westchester Triangle. A modern lounge offers comfy couches, television and soft music to help customers relax as they indulge in candy-flavored hookah tobaccos and herbs. Shelves are also stocked with a wide variety of vaporizers and E-pens. The Candy Bar Hookah Shoppe is at 6208 W. 87th Street, Westchester. (310) 670-0708
Active Barbers celebrated its grand opening in Santa Monica on April 11 with a festive party that included the release of two dozen doves and an auto rally by the Westside Originals classic car club. Proprietors Steve Moran and Robert Echiribel, both master barbers, teamed up with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor to pull off the festive occasion, which also included a champagne toast and cake ceremony. Active Barbers is open seven days a week at 2509 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 405-1781; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marina del Rey insurance office of Allstate exclusive agency owner Wayne Duncan has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014, an honor reserved for outstanding business performance and customer service. The award “demonstrates Wayne’s commitment in being accessible to customers and using knowledge to help ensure customers have the insurance products they need to protect themselves and their family,” said John Stolte, regional sales leader for Allstate Insurance Company in California. Duncan’s agency is located at 13160 Mindanao Way, Ste. 260, Marina del Rey. (310) 822-0991; email@example.com
Scottish bakery company Walkers Shortbread is sponsoring BritWeek 2014 in Santa Monica, a celebration of all things U.K. that happens Saturday and Sunday along the Third Street Promenade. Events include a “doggie red carpet” to hour four-legged guests, and proceeds from the sale of Walkers Scottie Dog Tins benefit efforts to end animal cruelty and homelessness. britweek.org
The Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee hosts its 2014 Wave Awards from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 8 at the Rose Café. The event honors one teacher from each of 17 schools or organizations for outstanding work in the community. Google is sponsoring the event for a third straight year. For information, call (310) 804-5079.
The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is hosting an “All You Can Meet” binge networking event from 8 to 9 a.m. on May 16 at the chamber office, 9100 Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 210, Westchester. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com