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 special forces personnel who trained at the beach while based at the then-new hotel. The Suite 700 bar remains open for rooftop cocktails.
Epithereal Skin Care (13400 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey) held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 24. (310) 439-1926; epithereal.com
A Liberty Tax Service franchise opened last month at the Villa Marina Shopping Center (13450 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey) and is open seven days a week. “The Marina del Rey team’s goal is to make taxes fun by offering a friendly, inviting atmosphere. We know taxes can be challenging and stressful, so we want to provide customers the best experience possible,” said local franchise owner/operator Pamela Bennett. (310) 306-2000
Super-food café Beaming (1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica) recently opened its biggest storefront yet, offering super-food smoothies, cold-pressed juices, plant-based items and other organic, non-GMO gluten- and dairy-free foods as well as soups, salads and snacks that include a create-your-own super-food trail mix). Cooking classes and wellness instruction are also offered. (310)299-7622
Plant Food and Wine restaurant will soon inhabit the old Pose Marketplace spot at 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
The Arclight Cinema movie theater coming to Santa Monica Place will contain café seating and a full bar, according to toddrickallen.com. A Cheesecake Factory restaurant is also coming to Santa Monica Place.
Caffe Primo is coming soon to the southeast corner of 7th Street and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica.
Bill Chait and chef Jason Neroni are soon to open Catch & Release at the former Paiche space at 13488 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey, according to Eater L.A. The menu focuses on New England seafood and craft cocktails.
A third Coffee Commissary opens later this month at 3425 Motor Ave. in Palms.
Arrivals and Departures
Al Watson, owner of Sweet Fish Sushi Bar and Restaurant in Playa Vista (13020 Pacific Promenade, Suite 8), is now the owner of Piknic (13020 Pacific Promenade, Suite 1), which is soon to become Gulp Brew Pub. Sweet Fish: (424)228-2298; Piknic: (310) 496-3966
Lincoln Carson and Jason Travi are leaving Superba Food + Bread (1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice). Owner Paul Hibler has brought on Jennifer Toomey (former executive sous chef at Milo and Olive) as new executive chef, David Rex (Stella Barra) as general manager, and C.B. Gersch (Eureka! Restaurant Group, Hillstone) as CEO of Hibler’s American Gonzo Food Corporation. (310) 907-5075; superbafoodandbread.com
After being priced out of its lease near the Venice boardwalk, Alpha Venice fitness center is teaming up with P-fit Gym and will be sharing P-fit’s space at 1500 Lincoln Blvd. Alpha Venice is a leader in TRX tethered suspension training, and the partnership combines those classes with P-fit’s high-tech workout options. (310) 392-7949
The Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band, two decades into a residency at Harvelle’s Santa Monica (1432 4th St.) has added keyboardist Don Preston, an original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention who has also contributed to film scores such as “Apocalypse Now” and recorded with John Lennon and Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. (310) 395-1676; santamonica.harvelles.com
The Santa Monica Museum of History has installed three new members on its board: Jeffrey H. Haskett, a partner in Cohen & Bender Accountancy Corporation; Dr. Michelle Christie, founder and executive director of No Limits for Deaf Children; and Annette Doss, head cataloguer at UCLA Film and Television Archive. The board also chose a new chair: Bandini Johnson, whose great-aunt Arcadia Bandini de Baker (her name graces the Arcadia Terrace near the Santa Monica Pier) was the wife of Santa Monica co-founder Col. Robert S. Baker. (310) 395-2290; santamonicahistory.org
Honors and Awards
The Automobile Club of Southern California announced on Jan. 17 that The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, (4375 Admiralty Way) was one of only nine Southland hotels to receive its AAA five-diamond rating. “The AAA Five Diamond Rating is a rating award that’s earned through very hard work while providing guests a highly personalized luxury experience, and doing so through personal assistance or new technology options such as iPads and TV menus,” said Patricia Marenco, the Automobile Club’s approved accommodations supervisor. (310) 823-1700; ritzcarlton.com
Feb. 5: Venice Chamber Happy Hour, 6 to 8 p.m. Chef Jesse Barber opens up his soulful, rustic restaurant for this month’s happy hour event. Barnyard Venice, 1715 Pacific Ave., Venice. (310) 822-5425; venicechamber.net
Feb. 5: Santa Monica Chamber Networking Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. At The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica. $25 to $35. smchamber.com
Feb. 10: Santa Monica Chamber Tech Talk Tuesday, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the chamber, 1234 6th St., Santa Monica. smchamber.com
Feb. 13: Free Lunch Friday at LAX Co-working, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Inaugural event for co-workers and not-yet-co-workers alike at 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 208, Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com
Feb. 19: Venice Art Crawl Mixer, 6 and 9 p.m. See the works of Tom Everhart, Berberyan, Peter Max and Jules Muck at QART.COM Gallery, 480 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey. veniceartcrawl.com
Feb. 21: LAX Co-Working, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste.208, Westchester. Free. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com
Feb. 26: LAX Coastal Chamber Networking at Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Location TBD. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com Feb. 28: Green Venice Expo, 6 p.m. Actor and activist Ed Begley Jr. serves as the keynote and Whole Foods Venice serves as the event’s primary sponsor. Mark Twain Middle School, 2224 Walgrove Ave., Mar Vista. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 2: International Women’s Day Networking Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, 530 Pico Blvd.,Santa Monica. $50 to $65. smchamber.com