Category: Biz Buzz

Send in the (Virtual) Clowns  

Santa Monica-based children’s party planner makes Zoom celebrations pop with princesses and superheroes By Shanee Edwards Having a birthday during the pandemic can be a bummer, especially for children. Sure, drive-by parties with decorated cars and honking horns are an option to help your kiddo feel special, but it’s hard to engage with Grandma from her Buick. Now, there’s a new way to celebrate that special day that’s actually exciting, fun and meaningful: Santa Monica-based children’s party company Send in the Clowns is offering Zoom parties with your favorite movie and comic book princesses and superheroes. Send in the...

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The iconic Chez Jay (1657 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica) celebrates its 60th anniversary on Saturday (Nov. 16), with guests encouraged to wear 1950s attire, original 1959 menu pricing — Filet Mignon Béarnaise at $5.95, top sirloin and lobster tail at $6.95 — and live jazz on its new The Backyard patio from 4 p.m. to close. chezjays.com The Warehouse (4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Nov. 6 with birthday cake, a champagne toast and live entertainment, donating 10% of the day’s sales to Heal the Bay. The restaurant is featuring a special menu of...

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Compiled by Christina Campodonico and Joe Piasecki Openings 826LA’s Time Travel Mart (12515 Venice Blvd.) reopened to whimsical fanfare during the Mar Vista Art Walk on March 1. The youth literacy nonprofit celebrated Animi Design’s transformation of its storefront into a Victorian-era curiosities shop with cotton candy, popcorn, carnival games and a tarot card reader. (310) 915-0200; timetravelmart.com Culinary school & kitchen The Gourmandise School has announced that it will expand to a larger space in Santa Monica Place the first week of April. (310) 656-8800; thegourmandiseschool.com Closings Online ticket marketplace Razorgator declared itself fiscally insolvent, laid off its...

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Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

— Compiled by Christina Campodonico and Joe Piasecki Openings Fitness equipment and education pioneers Madd Dogg Athletics — the corporate parent for fitness brands Spinning, Peak Pilates, CrossCore, Ugi, Resist-A-Ball and Spin Fitness — have been based in Venice for two decades. Now they’re expanding their mission to offer spin, yoga and Pilates classes (it’s all about integration) in the former YAS Fitness space on Main Street. Industry (245 Main St., Venice) soft-opened in January and presently offers expert-guided spin, yoga and mat Pilates classes. Peak Pilates equipment is currently being installed, with those classes coming online in the...

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Biz Buzz a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

Compiled by Christina Campodonico NEWS & EVENTS Co-working/co-living company Outsite (think Airbnb meets WeWork) opened their Venice location with a housewarming party on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Boasting locations in Hawaii, New York and Costa Rica (to name a few), Outsite offers members ($99/year) the opportunity to crash and clock a few hours for typically less than $100 a night. The five-bed, three-bath Venice facility features a kitchen and communal workspace for digital nomads. “For a growing segment of millennials, the dream is no longer a 20-year, mortgaged house close to an urban center but the ability to live different...

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