Business

Incubator planting seeds of success

AT WORK: Science Inc.'s CEO Mike Jones discusses some of the startups that operate at the company's Second Street offices. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SECOND STREET ‚Äî Where can you find a mobile application that makes dating easier or pick a chef who can whip up a gourmet lunch or dinner in the comfort of your own... Read more →

Business

Brief: SM stores to offer major discounts

Threadcrawl, a seven-day fashion sale event across Los Angeles County organized by a collective of Angeleno fashionistas, is coming to Santa Monica from Aug. 19-25. Shoppers can go online to ThreadCrawl.com to purchase a $17 ticket that they must present at participating stores to score discounts ranging from 15 to 70 percent... Read more →

Business

Izzy Freeman: The Deli Lama

The man, the myth, the Deli Lama Izzy Freeman seated in one of his 40-year-old restaurant's plush booths. The walls of Izzy's Deli are covered by photos of celebrities who call Freeman a friend, helping his eatery earn the title 'Deli to the Stars.' (Photos by Michael Ryan) Just under 3 million corned beefs on rye, 6,386,129 pickles and... Read more →

Business

Bike Center exceeds expectations, revenue

Mechanic Emily Sullivan works on a rather furry bike at the Santa Monica Bike Center on Thursday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) COLORADO AVE ‚Äî Business is bustling at the Santa Monica Bike Center. On Friday, the center rented and returned 80 bikes, but still had about 50 to 60 rented out, mostly to tourists, said Ron... Read more →

Business

Downtown still thriving after all these years

BUSTLING: Downtown visitors pass by a massive mural on Second Street on Thursday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITYWIDE ‚Äî Downtown is in good shape. That‚Äôs the message business leaders and city officials wanted to get across Thursday during the annual meeting of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the public-private... Read more →

Business

Downtown plan environmental review goes to City Council

THE SITE: The Wyndham Hotel on Colorado Avenue is one of a handful of proposed hotel projects. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî The¬† Planning Commission on Wednesday recommended a slightly modified Downtown Specific Plan for environmental review, paving the way for the City Council to finally take a stab at it. The plan... Read more →

Business

Program offers elderly tools to give up clutter

The book 'Buried in Treasures' was part of a discussion on senior hoarding at the Ken Edwards Center on Wednesday. (Ameera Butt ameera@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Mary knew she was in trouble when she realized she couldn‚Äôt park the new car she received as a gift in her garage earlier this year. That was because her garage was... Read more →

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City Hall unveils plan to increase affordable housing

CITYWIDE ‚Äî Realizing that living in the city by the sea is expensive, city officials are introducing a new plan that may increase construction of more affordable housing. The new proposed housing element will get its first draft review Wednesday in a Planning Commission hearing. The 2013-21 draft housing element, which is renewed... Read more →

Non Profits

Brief: Local launches countywide food drive

Laura McHolm, co-founder of NorthStar Moving and a Santa Monica resident, recently launched a food drive with Coldwell Banker offices in Los Angeles and Orange County to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. According to a press release from the nonprofit, the need for food pantry services increased by 73 percent in 2011. "Factors... Read more →

Business

Concerns persist over planned hotels

COLORADO AVE ‚Äî There are still a handful of concerns from the Planning Commission and a local union on the proposed six-story Hampton Inn & Suites on Colorado Avenue and Courtyard Marriott on Fifth Street spearheaded by South Carolina-based OTO Development. The Marriott planned for 1554 Fifth Street would include 136 guest rooms,... Read more →

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Doughnut shop caught in cronut controversy

DK's Donuts offers a wide variety of DK's Double-Decker-O-Nuts. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SANTA MONICA BLVD ‚Äî A local doughnut shop is in a sticky situation after a New York bakery threatened to sue over a doughnut-croissant hybrid that‚Äôs taken the nation by storm. The Cook Law Group, on behalf of its client, the... Read more →

Business

Atlanta company buys Lantana complex for $310M

OLYMPIC BLVD ‚Äî An Atlanta-based real estate investment and management company has bought the Lantana office complex in Santa Monica, the company announced Thursday. It was reportedly sold for more than $310 million, the L.A. Times reported. Lantana, located on West Olympic and Exposition boulevards, is the first acquisition in... Read more →

Business

Main Street newsstand bites the dust

Morgan Sykes organizes magazines at Main Street News in July. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET ‚Äî For about 23 years the magazine stand Main Street News provided the Ocean Park neighborhood with a unique space to meet-up, hang out and purchase rare and international publications. In the last four years, store... Read more →