Business

Locally launched app connects kids through music

If the transcendent power of music hadn’t yet dawned on Nicolle Ruetz, it certainly did as she and her Iraqi taxi driver bonded over the Shakira song playing through the car stereo. “We laughed,” said Ruetz, a Peru-born composer and inventor who has traveled around the world. “Music crosses borders.” The idea that people of... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica businesses up for compliance inspections

By Jeong Park Daily Press Intern State inspectors will be visiting Santa Monica businesses starting in July to check if they are complying with the state regulations. Eight representatives from the California Board of Equalization's Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program will inspect retail businesses in the 90403, 90404 and 90405 ZIP... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica minimum wage rules take effect

As of today, July 1, Santa Monica has one of the country’s strongest minimum wage laws. Santa Monica's rules are now officially on the books and the impact on workers will be similar to the rules in Los Angeles City and the County. The minimum wage will begin at $10.50 an hour this year and increase to $15 an hour by 2020. Santa Monica's... Read more →

Business

Cancer victim honored through Mia La Maven Med Spa

Late in her battle with a rare form of cancer, Mia Sidaros flew to New York for a photo shoot with Vogue magazine. The publication had connected with the fashion-forward teenager through her blog, and they wanted to meet her for a feature about women dealing with hair loss. “Beauty to me was about fitting in,” she was quoted as saying... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica Brew Works seeks approval for tasting room

Santa Monicans might be able to drink a Santa Monica beer in Santa Monica if the Planning Commission approves an application from Santa Monica Brew Works for a tasting room at the company's existing Colorado Avenue production facility. The brewery has requested a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a 112-seat indoor beer sampling area with... Read more →

Business

Video doorbell company Ring expanding in Santa Monica

At 9:35 p.m. May 29, Santa Monica police were notified of a burglary on a quiet cul-de-sac off San Vicente Boulevard. At 11:39 a.m. June 2, authorities responded to the 2300 block of Montana Avenue regarding an attempted burglary. They’re the kinds of calls that convince Jamie Siminoff his locally based company, Ring, is... Read more →

Development

7-story building approved at former Fred Segal site

City Council has approved a Development Agreement for a new 7-story building at the site formerly occupied by Fred Segal (500 Broadway). The agreement received initial approval at the Council's May 10 meeting and returns for a second reading on May 24. While the project was approved, three minor modifications were made to the staff... Read more →

Business

Business groups hope Expo will deliver economic gains

The opening of Expo on May 20 is frequently framed as a transit event; however, a growing movement exists to expand the expectations for Expo from merely a transit solution to a tool for economic development. Multiple agencies and organizations are working on plans to utilize Expo as the backbone of regional economic programs including... Read more →

Development

Carousel Cafe could become city’s 22nd Starbucks

If the Landmarks Commission agrees with a staff recommendation at their meeting tonight, a cluster of buildings at the foot of the Santa Monica Pier could be demolished and replaced with the city's 22nd Starbucks location. The Commission will meet tonight, May 9, to hear a report regarding a group of buildings from 1601-1615 Ocean Front Walk... Read more →

Business

From Caltech to the catering business

It was about 4 a.m. in a research lab when Kim Vu stopped to think: Is this what my life is going to be like? A biochemistry student at the California Institute of Technology who went on to work as a staff scientist at UCLA, Vu was on track to go to medical school and having trouble coming to terms with her career path. “I felt really... Read more →

Business

UCLA grad brings multipurpose beach towels to Third Street

On regular visits to Santa Monica’s beaches during college, Katie Everds had a routine. She’d plop down near the shore, bunch sand together to build a makeshift pillow and then place her towel down. She and her boyfriend at the time got to thinking: What if beach towels came with built-in pillows? That question now has an answer in the... Read more →

Business

Finding a fresh start with Chrysalis

With the help of a local nonprofit group, Ramirus Cobbs is getting his life back in order. After spending time in jail for trespassing and drug possession, Cobbs is participating in the county’s collaborative Breaking Barriers program, which aims to break the cycle recidivism. Cobbs gained employment as a street cleaner through... Read more →