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 →


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 and write in a... Read more →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


The Albright celebrates 40 years on the Pier

Marina Andalon This month The Albright will not just be celebrating the New Year but also their 40th anniversary and owners Greg and Yunnie Morena are taking pride in their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. When the restaurant opened in 1977 it was named Santa Monica Pier Seafood, and owned and by... Read more →


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 →


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 →

Real Estate

Santa Monica real estate firm marks 50th anniversary

The first property that Albinas “Mark” Markevicius bought in Santa Monica was an old house in the 1200 block of 17th Street with a couple additional units in the back. The year was 1958. He spent $26,500. “One of the brokers said I way overpaid,” he said. “But I felt there was a future. I was looking long-term.” Markevicius... Read more →