Minnie T’s has moved from Abbot Kinney Boulevard to 1624 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica

Minnie T’s has moved from Abbot Kinney Boulevard to 1624 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica

Compiled by Michael Aushenker


ULTA Beauty opened its doors in Marina del Rey on Sept. 19 with a celebration that included free giveaways. The new location at Marina Marketplace features 20,000 beauty products, 4,000 testers and more than 1,000 scents. 13455 Maxella Avenue, Marina del Rey. (310) 301-8261; ulta.com

Carvery Kitchen — founded by Roman Shishalovsky, a former Olympian wrestler who represented the Republic of Uzbekistan — recently opened its doors in Santa Monica, where it serves a menu of wraps, sandwiches, salads and other deli fare based on Shishalovsky’s recipes. 3101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 450-0880; carverykitchen.com

Manufacturer Trelleborg Sealing Solutions holds a ribbon cutting for its new El Segundo facility at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 9. El Segundo Mayor Suzanne Fuentes is speaking and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The original Trelleborg facility is located in Torrance; the new site is at 200 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 1650, El Segundo. tss.trelleborg.com

Melody Pizza celebrated its grand opening at 9146 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 25. (424) 227-7686; melodypizzalax.com

Starbucks has taken over the former Tommy’s Original World-Famous Hamburgers location that stood for 20 years at 1900 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica. Meanwhile, the Starbucks at 2671 Main St. near Santa Monica’s Civic Center now has a permit to serve alcohol as part of its “Starbucks Evenings” campaign. (310) 392-3559; starbucks.com


Restaurateur Eric Ong recently announced that a second Humble Potato will open later this year on Washington Boulevard in Culver City, across from A-Frame, Waterloo & City and The Corner Door. Unlike Ong’s original Lincoln Boulevard location in Westchester, the new restaurant will feature beer and wine, a back dining patio and an open view of the kitchen behind the counter. humblepotato.com

Jennifer Lane is launching Leftover Luxuries, a high-end furniture and home accessories consignment retail operation, with a pop-up store open from Oct. 15 to Dec. 30 at 712 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. leftoverluxuries.com


Pammy’s Place, a gift shop at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey that sold jewelry and crafts by local artisans, closed its doors on Sept. 28.

Roll ’n Rye owner Rita Zide has decided to retire and shutter her beloved Jewish deli in Culver City, which served the area for 40 years. Without much advance warning, the restaurant closed on Sept. 14. The restaurant’s equipment, furniture and decorations — including old Hollywood photos, a hanging pickle blimp, a vintage wall clock and deli-themed figurines — are up for auction online, with bidding ending Oct. 4. Visit assetliquidations.net


Ayara Thai Cuisine in Westchester recently won the top prize from the Specialty Food Association for its homemade sauces, which it now bottles and sells under the brand Ayara Products. 6245 W. 87th St., Westchester. (310) 410-8848; ayarathaicuisine.com

Teresa Peters Executive Realtors Inc. in Westchester celebrated its 25th anniversary with a Community Appreciation Day BBQ on Sept. 21 at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. (310) 665-1145

On Oct. 1, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce joined Le Pain Quotidien at its location on 13455 Maxella Ave. in Marina del Rey to celebrate the location’s one-year anniversary with a tweed cutting ceremony (a twist on the traditional ribbon cutting). lepainquotidien.com


Dale Franzen, founder of the Broad Stage in Santa Monica and its director since its 2008 opening, announced last week that she is stepping down from her position overseeing the 499-seat performing arts theater.  She will continue as strategic advisor for the Santa Monica College venue as it searches for her successor. Chief Operating Officer Mitchell Heskel is serving as interim director.

After 13 years at her original location on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Barbara Phillips has moved her retail store Minnie T’s to Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Boulevard on Aug. 16. Phillips takes with her the old location’s 100-year-old dormer windows and another Minnie T’s tradition: supplying dog treats for neighborhood canines. The new shop is located at 1624 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 664-3600; minniets.com