Category: Biz Buzz

New Branch

City National Bank opens location in downtown Santa Monica By Kamala Kirk As part of its continued growth in 2021, City National Bank opened a new office in downtown Santa Monica in addition to downtown Los Angeles on Bunker Hill. Since the start of the pandemic, the bank has opened seven new branches, including five on the East Coast in 2020. This marks the bank’s second Santa Monica location. The first, located in the Water Garden on 26th Street, reopened on July 12 after it was remodeled during the pandemic. “It was important for us to have a presence in downtown Santa Monica and be part of the walkable downtown core that the city is developing,” said Erich Klein, senior vice president and head of branch strategy and innovation at City National Bank. “We especially wanted to build our presence there so we could better serve small businesses, entrepreneurs and other professionals as the economy reopens. Santa Monica draws more than 8 million visitors a year, and we’re excited to support our clients as they drive activity in the area.” Jennifer Rueda, senior vice president and group branch manager with City National’s Personal & Business Banking Division, has been chosen to lead both Santa Monica locations. Rueda is based in Santa Monica and works directly with clients and colleagues to deliver personalized service to entrepreneurs, professionals, business owners and...

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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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Biz Buzz: our occasional dispatch of interesting business news

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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Biz Buzz: a monthly dispatch of interesting business news

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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