Business

Samohi grad launches local barbershop

The walls of Parlor 33 are dotted with old photographs. Dark wooden panels give the place a rustic vibe. Even the analog cash register, an ornate bronze-colored machine that rests atop the front counter, adds to the vintage vibe. It’s exactly the aura that Jody Ruiz, a Santa Monica High School alumna, was trying to create when she opened... Read more →

Development

Downtown construction moving toward completion

Despite years of future construction on the schedule, City Hall thinks conditions in Downtown Santa Monica are poised to improve with the pending completion of several large projects. City Manager Rick Cole used his regular report to City Council last week to provide updates on Downtown construction projects. While many of the currently... Read more →

Business

New owner spruces up Café 212 Pier

A year ago the over 30 year old Café 212 Pier was a hangout for the homeless and people who exploited the coffee shop's free Wi-Fi. Now, under the management of new owner Roopinder Bhullar, it is home to art shows and poetry readings. “It took almost a year to get it like this,” Bhullar said. “But I've cleaned it up. I've painted it,... Read more →

Business

STEM-ing out over spring break

If your kid is going to be spending their spring break playing Minecraft they may as well be gaining something more out of it than expanding their imaginary world. Enter Zaniac, a company that offers STEM enrichment after-school programs and camps for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. The organization aims to deliver a math and... Read more →

Business

YWCA to close

YWCA Santa Monica/Westside will permanently close on June 30. The organization announced its impending departure to staff on Feb. 26 and to the public on Feb. 29 citing a persistent funding shortfall. “Over time, community needs and funding priorities have shifted. During the last few years, we have explored many options that might allow... Read more →

Business

Most Loved voting ends Feb. 29

Time is running out to vote for your most-loved business. Voting for the annual Most Loved contest runs through Feb. 29 and organizers are encouraging everyone to log their votes to guarantee their favorite local businesses receive the recognition they deserve. To vote, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MostLovedSM and write in a... Read more →

Business

Local exec judging entrepreneur awards contest

Whether he's working in real estate, technology or health care, Mark Stagen has always held the same job title: irrational optimist. It's the position he assumed when he ran a comic book store at the age of 15, and it's one he's kept as an entrepreneur over the last two decades. “If you work hard enough, it's going to work out,” he... Read more →

Business

A modern spin on cotton candy

When Cloe Lane thinks back on her childhood, she has vivid memories of a particular puffy, sugary confection. Whether she was at Santa Monica Pier, Dodger Stadium or Disneyland, she often found herself clamoring for a stick of cotton candy. “It's always been my favorite treat,” she said. “I was surprised no one had really thought to... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica vetting new car-sharing service WaiveCar

A new car-sharing service in Santa Monica allows people to drive for free in electric vehicles that are sponsored by advertisers. Simple enough, right? Maybe. The City of Santa Monica is currently assessing the legality of WaiveCar, which launched locally this month. Officials must make sure the business doesn't run afoul of a maze... Read more →

Business

Laemmle theater scheduled to reopen this month

Greg Laemmle was somewhat reluctant to announce an official opening date for the completely renovated Monica Film Center. After all, the Laemmle Theatres CEO had already postponed the relaunch several times due to delays in construction and inspection. But with a new power supply scheduled to be delivered this week, Laemmle was targeting... Read more →

Business

Local shoppers keep millions centered in Santa Monica

Buy Local Santa Monica is celebrating 2015 as another successful year for the economic development program with $45 million generated for the local community. The Santa Monica Buy Local program is a partnership between local businesses and the City that encourages shoppers to spend money within city limits, particularly at mom and pop... Read more →

Business

Tar & Roses to reopen after fire

It was the message that fans of the popular Santa Monica restaurant had been waiting to hear for months. “We're baaaaaaaack,” the Facebook post boasted. Last Monday’s announcement, which explained that Tar & Roses will reopen its doors to patrons Jan. 8, came more than six months after a fire broke out at the restaurant on the... Read more →