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 latest technology, including a selfie booth that allows customers to create custom cell phone cases, an interactive soccer space for testing fitness accessories or apps, a virtual reality football experience and stations for mixing music and playing games. 1322 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 526-5206

Hatchet Hall, an expansive restaurant and bar concept that emphasizes local ingredients on the plate and a bit Southern flair in the kitchen, opened in July at the former location of Waterloo & City. 12517 W. Washington Blvd., Mar Vista. (310) 391-4222;

The Point, the new outdoor shopping and dining destination at Sepulveda Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, celebrated its grand opening on July 30. Anchor tenants include Lucky Brand, prAna, Athleta, Soul Cycle, Six:02 and Superba Food +Bread. 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo. (310) 414-5280; the

 Coming Soon
Whole Foods Market has announced that Santa Monica will be among the first six cities where it will introduce a 365 by Whole Foods location. The 365 concept retains the chain’s natural and organic foods niche while streamlining store shelves to emphasize a lower price point. A press release on the Whole Foods website doesn’t cite a location for the Santa Monica store but looks to a 2016 opening.

 Chamber Events
Aug. 11 – Venice Tech Meet-and-Greet: The Venice Media District, a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce geared toward creative professionals and entrepreneurs, hosts a Venice Tech, Media & Entertainment Meet-and-Greet from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wurstküche, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. Free entry; cash bar. Raffle prized by Creative Chakra Spa. (310) 822-5425;

Aug. 11 – Tech Talk Tuesdays: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce’s Tech Talk Tuesday series continues with Jonathan D. Brown of JDB Consultants discussing the business benefits of cloud computing technology. The talk is at 11:45 a.m. at General Assembly, 1520 2nd St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-9825;

Aug. 15 – Young Professionals Beach Cleanup: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and Young Professionals of the Westchester Rotary Club team up at 10 a.m. to take on trash at Dockweiler State Beach, 6200 Pacific Ave., Playa del Rey. Call (310) 645-5151 or visit

Aug. 20 – Meet Rep. Ted Lieu: The LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce hosts a meeting of its membership with the congressman from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. at FantaSea Yachts, 4215 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $60, or $45 for members. Call (310) 645-5151 or visit