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 →


Small Business Saturday returns Nov. 28

Thanksgiving is the day set aside to be grateful for what we have and the days after Thanksgiving are set aside to get more stuff that you can be thankful for next year. The shopping frenzy now begins on Thanksgiving itself, moves through Black Friday and includes the online blitz known as Cyber Monday. With thousands of dollars to be spent... Read more →


Santa Monica High grads launch TheLead for sports news

It's been more than a decade since Tim Livingston developed his writing chops as a member of Santa Monica High School's student newspaper. And look at him now. A former college baseball player who had been working as a recruiter in the tech start-up scene, Livingston recently combined his interests in athletics and entrepreneurship by... Read more →


Giving thanks, giving back

Thoughts were swirling in Bala Natarajan's head as he rode his Honda Shadow motorcycle on Pacific Coast Highway early one morning, stopping at a local cafe for breakfast. What is passion? What is purpose? What is one without the other? It's the season of giving thanks, but Natarajan wanted to offer more than a token of gratitude to the... Read more →


Tourist spending rises in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Travel & Tourism summer 2015 statistics on visitor behavior and spending show increases in areas like spending and decreases in certain types of visitors headed to town. The report states that the overall average daily group spending rose to $373 (up from $343 in 2014) and total daily spending of hotel guests rose to... Read more →


Sweet East Coast treat headed to Santa Monica

On Saturday, Nov. 7, Tasti D-Lite will open its doors for the first time on the West Coast in Downtown Santa Monica. But the road to getting the East Coast staple out west was not a fast one, as the shop's owners have had this plan in the works for three years. Owner Kanna Sunkara said he and his business partners first discovered Tasti... Read more →


What’s the future of Downtown Santa Monica?

Did the completion of the LUCE and zoning update leave you with too much free time in your week? Is your Santa Monica experience lacking opportunities to talk about development and complain about traffic? Are you desperately seeking more civic meetings that run past 10 p.m.? If so, rejoice because public hearings have begun on the Downtown... Read more →


The Uber of movers

If your friends won't help you move anymore Bryant Ezeji and Julia Cook will. Well, their new app Trekk will. “Trekk is essentially Uber or Lyft, but instead of moving people, we just move their stuff,” CEO of Trekk, Ezeji, 26, said. “However our service doesn't end at the curb. We take it where you need it. And if you have a couch or... Read more →


Plaza downsized but moving forward

Development in Santa Monica can be a stressful process but Tuesday night the discussion about the Plaza at Santa Monica literally aged planning director David Martin. The Oct. 13 discussion began on Martin's birthday but lasted into the early hours of Wednesday morning following hours of public comment and council debate that swung from... Read more →