Compiled by Allie Teaze and Joe Piasecki

Edward Webster (center), a formerly homeless veteran now back to work, poses with JVS account executive Patti Howard and JVS Veterans First Program manager Anthony Rodriquez during the May 8 Strictly Business L.A. lunch

Edward Webster (center), a formerly homeless veteran now back to work, poses with JVS account executive Patti Howard and JVS Veterans First Program manager Anthony Rodriquez during the May 8 Strictly Business L.A. lunch

An ambitious four-in-one restaurant concept operated by star chef Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts, Playa Provisions is now partially open in the former Tower 42 at 119 Culver Blvd. in Playa del Rey. Currently open inside the complex is the King Beach café and the Small Batch ice cream shop. Coming soon: Grain Whiskey Bar and Dockside Seafood Restaurant. (310) 683-5019

REAL Creative Space celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on May 17. A workspace for local artists, designers and tech entrepreneurs, the space also features frequent workshops and special events. 6207 West 87th St., Westchester. (310) 645-7325;

Spa Soleil Massage opened in May at 4728 Lincoln Blvd. in Marina del Rey. The luxury spa provides a sumptuous setting for a variety of massages, including deep tissue, shiatsu, Thai, aromatherapy, pregnancy and sport-related injury treatments, with discounts for veterans and some free treatments for cancer patients. Spa Soleil Massage is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. (310) 822-4200;

Spa Soliel’s richly decorated lobby

Spa Soliel’s richly decorated lobby

The new Mediterranean restaurant Med Café opened earlier this spring at 20 Washington Blvd. in Marina del Rey. With a focus on keeping the menu healthy and the atmosphere fun, Med Café will soon be serving breakfasts for earlier risers and salads to go for those who want to lunch on the beach. (310) 437-0990
The Learning Path celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony for its Santa Monica location on May 28. The tutoring center works with students on math, reading and writing as well as offering SAT/ACT and college prep courses. The new location is at 1212 5th St., Santa Monica. (310) 929-5046;

M. Steves Beauty Cottage is now offering natural anti-aging skin products and beauty services as well as community workshops and special events at 604 S. Venice Blvd., Venice. Outside service providers available by appointment. (888) 533-4449, ext. 2;

Bistro du Soleil will be transforming into a new restaurant called Bacari over the next few months. The new owners, brothers Danny and Bobby Kronfli, also operate Bacaro in downtown Los Angeles.

MUJI — its name derived from the Japanese phrase “mujirushi ryohin,” meaning “no branding, good products” — is set to open on June 20 at 2936 Main St. in Santa Monica. This Japanese lifestyle store will offer apparel, kitchenware, furniture, skincare products, storage accessories, and other goods that reflect Santa Monica’s intersection of natural beauty and urban refinement. (310)-566-8345;

George Petrelli, founder of George Petrelli’s Famous Steakhouse in Culver City, died on
May 30.
A memorial service for Paul Ash, who took over father Sam Ash’s music store chain and died in February, will be held on Saturday at
La Tijera Methodist Church in Westchester.


Patrons interact with vendors at Barker Hangar during America’s Startup Live

Patrons interact with vendors at Barker Hangar during America’s Startup Live

America’s Startup Live, an effort to celebrate local entrepreneurship in all of its forms, debuted last weekend at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The expo-style event featured dozens of local vendors in everything from tech to fashion to home décor, live entertainment, a Google Glass demonstration, wine tastings and an array of speakers conveying advice for startups and those considering opening their own business. Founder Sharon Y. Chen, a former investment banker turned entrepreneur working in support of entrepreneurs, envisions taking the event around the country.
“There’s a great need for entrepreneurship, especially for millennials, who have had a crisis in employment,” said Chen, 30. “Entrepreneurship facilitates an individual who has an idea to take it to the next level and produce something that can potentially influence the productivity of this country. What we want to see is a hipper version of celebrating the wide scope of entrepreneurship. We go from Google Glass to someone who lives their passion by making jewelry, baking cookies, selling candles. All of this is entrepreneurship. What we’re saying is ‘Don’t give up.’”
Learn more about America’s Startup Live at

The LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chamberfest! LA Expo takes place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on June 12 at the CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista. The event features tastings from area restaurants (including The Warehouse, Café del Rey, Beach Pizza, Whiskey Red’s, Tony P’s and more) with a mini-convention and networking conference, a kids’ zone with face painting and red-carpet moments for the adults courtesy of Venice Paparazzi. Food tastings are 10 for $10. (310)-645-5151;

Audi’s #PaidMyDues crowdsourced event invited 15 musicians, filmmakers and other creatives to set up shop for a creative experience at Hanger 8 in Santa Monica on May 7. Highlights from the event included edible rosettes made with farm-fresh ingredients, a 3D printer and a half pipe that doubled as a painted canvas.

The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to present Westchester’s 15th annual Fourth of July Parade. So far more than 50 entries are participating. To become a sponsor, call (310) 645-5151 or email

The Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) Veterans First Program, which aims to help potential wage earners overcome barriers to employment, honored military veteran Edward Webster with its JVS Inspiration Award on May 8 at its annual Strictly Business L.A. networking lunch in Beverly Hills. Webster was living at a VA homeless center and had no car or phone. In conjunction with the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Dept., the JVS Veterans First Program assisted Webster with his résumé as well as interview techniques and general preparation for a job. He soon landed a $63,000 annual salary managing a large condo complex in Playa del Rey. JVS locations include a Marina del Rey branch at 13160 Mindanao Way, Suite 240. (310) 309-6000;

The travel website TripAdvisor named Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade a recipient of a Certificate of Excellence Award for 2014, placing the destination among the site’s top 10% of attractions nationwide and No. 4 in Santa Monica. The honor comes as the Promenade celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

Pacifica Hotels’ Hilton Garden Inn, a boutique-style hotel in Marina del Rey, was recognized on May 28 by Hilton Worldwide as the franchise’s “best conversion property” for its recent eight-month renovation. Formerly known as the Marina International Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn is at 4200 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-2000;