Business

Nonprofit shops participate in Buy Local, Give Local Week

This year, participants in Buy Local, Give Local Week will have the opportunity to give nationally by visiting the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop and Cherry Picked Thrift Store. Located at 920 Wilshire Blvd., the Discovery Shop accepts donations of gently used clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture and antiques for resale.... Read more →

Business

Main Street restaurant temporarily closes after fire

Over the next couple weeks, it will pain Drew Adams not to be able to serve barbecue oysters, pork belly flatbread and braised short rib ravioli to diners at Fork in the Road. But the executive chef refuses to see the fire that broke out at his Santa Monica restaurant last week as anything other than a blessing in disguise. "It's... Read more →

Business

Downtown donates to SMMEF

Businesses in Downtown Santa Monica are collaborating to support local education initiatives through the upcoming Buy Local, Give Local Week. From Sept.12-20, participating businesses in several business districts will donate a portion of their proceeds to various local charities. Downtown Santa Monica is supporting the Santa Monica Malibu... Read more →

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Haggen files for bankruptcy

Haggen, the recently expanded chain of grocery stores, has filed for bankruptcy. The company said the Chapter 11 process would allow it to reorganize around a reduced portfolio of locations while hopefully continuing day-to-day operations. Grocery giants Safeway and Albertsons announced plans to merge in 2014. As part of the regulatory... Read more →

Development

Lincoln Boulevard plans praised

Plans to redesign Lincoln Boulevard¬†received an overwhelmingly positive response this week when presented to the Planning Commission at their Sept. 2 meeting. The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor (LiNC) plan calls for substantial upgrades to 17 blocks of the road stretching from the I-10 freeway to Ozone Avenue. The plan includes economic... Read more →

Real Estate

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Water fines open a new front in rental fights

The City of Santa Monica recently reported a drop in municipal water use of 52 percent, but some Santa Monica apartment owners say city policies are making it difficult to motivate renters to save water. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) recently released a study stating that more than 86 percent of rental property... Read more →

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Businesses brace for minimum wage discussion

As the City of Santa Monica considers a local minimum wage ordinance, local businesses are starting to engage with the city, and each other, in preparation for a wage hike. Local business owners gathered for an informal informational meeting last week and members of the business community will have an opportunity to speak with city... Read more →

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SyncFab

Jeremy Goodwin is a leader in the community of executive business development and financial leadership with capital raising expertise and a record of success identifying growth opportunities for corporations expanding internationally. He founded SyncFab in an effort to maintain constant awareness of the external and internal competitive... Read more →

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Whole Foods to open fourth store in Santa Monica

Santa Monica will be home to four Whole Foods stores by the end of next year. The company has announced several new stores as part of their "value-oriented 365 by Whole Foods Market brand" and the Santa Monica location will be part of a nationwide-rollout including stores in Silver Lake, Washington, Texas and Oregon. According to Whole... Read more →

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Business Profile: Mark Verge

Mark Verge wants you to eat well and live well. As the founder of Westside Rentals, he has helped thousands of residents find a place to live and as a partner in four local restaurants (O.P. Caf√©, Ox & Son, Ashland Hill and Arts Table) his crew has fed a significant portion of Santa Monicans. He graduated from St. Monica's High... Read more →