Ferrigno FIT delivers fitness in a box to your doorsteps.

  The Santa Monica based Ferrigno family are expanding their fitness business with a new set of products designed to bring health into the home. Lou Ferrigno, and daughter Shanna Ferrigno are launching their new pharmaceutical grade line of supplements, Ferrigno Fuel, creating new apparel and packaging fitness products for personal... Read more →


Santa Monica Brew Works opens tasting room

The owners of Santa Monica Brew Works weren’t necessarily planning on adding a tasting room to their production facility. But as the brewery expanded its imprint in Southern California over the last two-plus years, it became clear to executives that the beer-drinking community was interested in sipping their suds straight from the... Read more →


Carousel Café closing for good

As the owner of Carousel Cafe for the last quarter-century, Marcia Jacobs has a special place in her heart for the building on Ocean Front Walk that has housed her business. Positioned on the boardwalk facing Santa Monica Pier, it’s an eatery from which she has served food, snacks and beverages to tourists on summer days and a depot... Read more →


Local entrepreneurs brand coffee pods with emojis

  The best part of waking up is ... well, that depends on how you feel when you get out of bed. Two locally based entrepreneurs are banking on the communicative power of smiley faces and other expressions to sell caffeine, hoping their brand of emoji-imprinted coffee pods catches on with a younger crowd of joe-sippers who are... Read more →


Rustic Canyon celebrates 10 years with 6 course meal

The Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen is a restaurant that transports you from the streets of Santa Monica to a familial atmosphere. It is a vision of owner Josh Loeb, whose passion and love for food helped create this bistro. Loeb recalls the first night Rustic Canyon opened in 2006, feeling anxious, excited and nervous. Now... Read more →


Grasping a future dominated by drones

Growing up in Santa Monica, Ben Marcus dreamed about a world in which futuristic robots zipped through the air en masse. Now he’s busy bringing that future closer to the present. Marcus is the co-founder of AirMap, a locally based company whose software informs drone operators about the airspace in their vicinity to improve user... Read more →


Former businesses deemed delinquent on taxes

  Four businesses that are no longer operating in Santa Monica owe more than $3.1 million combined in taxes to the state. A former car dealership, two owners of the same restaurant space and an automotive service shop are considered delinquent by the state Board of Equalization even though they’re out of business. The local... Read more →


City looks to extend tourism fees

City Council took preliminary steps last week to extend and increase fees paid by hotel guests to fund ongoing tourism and marketing efforts. Local hotels pay a self-imposed assessment that contributes to the operations at Santa Monica Travel and Tourism, a nonprofit agency that promotes Santa Monica as a travel destination worldwide. The... Read more →


Santa Monica ad agency RPA approaching milestone

Thirty years ago, the employees at Rubin Postaer and Associates weren’t worried about developing a social media campaign for a client or figuring out how to build a company’s presence through a smartphone app. But potential consumers have dispersed to more places than perhaps ever before, pushing the Santa Monica-based firm to adapt... Read more →


Santa Monica studio owner stretches her yoga universe

  The two women had been Ally Hamilton’s yoga students for years, but she had never met them. They live in Norway and access her guidance online, where she uploads several new studio sessions each week. But on a recent trip to Santa Monica, they decided to attend a class in the space they have come to know well from... Read more →

Non Profits

Pico Boulevard transformed into mural mecca

Strewn garbage and graffiti-covered walls are commonly found in neglected areas of town. And as far as Beautify Earth is concerned, those ills are invitations for more blight. “If you have an area that has trash or has an ugly wall that keeps getting tagged, it gives off the impression that the people who live there or the people who own... Read more →


Amid uncertainty, restaurant celebrates anniversary

By Lea Yamashiro Daily Press Intern Significant, history-packed landmarks are hard to find in a modern, constantly growing city. However, there exist some locations that indeed hold significant historic meaning; often, they take can take customers back in time and help trace the city's evolution. Spitfire Grill, located at the Santa... Read more →


Fence gives rise to controversy at 5th/Arizona site

If good fences make good neighbors, then questionable fences apparently create 4-hour City Council hearings. City Council on Tuesday heard an appeal of the proposal to reoccupy the former post office building at the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. However, the vast majority of the hearing focused on how a fence around the property... Read more →