Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)
Los Angeles County beginning today entered the less restrictive yellow tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing increased operating capacity for many businesses while letting some other businesses open indoors for the first time in months, albeit with limits.
Input 1, a Woodland Hills-based digital billing and payment processing provider for insurance carriers, has been selected to service Universal Bank’s new insurance premium finance business.
SRAX Inc., a Westlake Village-based financial technology company, announced today that its stock surveillance operating system, Sequire, has grown to over 5 million retail investors.
Calabasas-based restaurateur Cheesecake Factory nearly climbed back to profitability during the first quarter, according to financial data the company reported on Wednesday.
In a letter to cruise industry leaders Wednesday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention signaled that U.S. sailing operations may resume as soon as mid-July.
Bold Collective, a Thousand Oaks-based brand consulting studio, announced a rebrand last week with a new name as well as the launch of their new connected television ad management division, SecondPage.
Universal, Disney, Six Flags open with limited capacity.
The month of April will mark the reopening of three major theme parks crucial to the Valley economy
Closed after five days last year, Pasta|Bar comes back.
Five days after its first dinner service in March 2020, Encino restaurant Pasta|Bar closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Zef BBQ opts for pop-up model at other restaurants.
Logan Sandoval’s Zef BBQ leaves Simi Valley garage to try ghost kitchen model.
LIST: Room occupancy has improved, but don’t expect business as usual this year.
Room occupancy has improved but won’t return to normal this year.
Valley Economic Alliance lists Sherman Oaks digs for $7 million.
Valley Economic Alliance lists Sherman Oaks digs for $7 million.
Princess Cruises to offer onboard Wi-Fi for remote employees.
Princess Cruises ups technology to offer remote work at sea option.
A small update to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Tuesday allowed vaccinated out-of-state visitors to attend venues and events – including theme parks – restricted to in-state visitors only.
Business software provider Cforia Software has announced that Karl Florida will succeed founder Chris Caparon as chief executive officer.
Universal Studios Hollywood opened for guests to visit the theme park’s rides and attractions, including the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride.”
REGULATION: Burbank police condemn ‘persistent unlawful behavior’ despite arrests.
The city of Burbank and local business owners of Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill continue to face off in their ongoing battle over coronavirus closures
Civil protests spur sales at bookstore in Sylmar.
Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center expands larger location.
Three Valley organizations join the training program.
The Los Angeles Office of Diversion and Reentry has partnered with several Valley nonprofits to launch a new job training and mental health support pilot program called SECTOR.
Camarillo’s kidSTREAM to promote science, math.
The former Camarillo Library will soon be donated to nonprofit kidSTREAM to develop an interactive children’s museum.
RETAIL: Food trucks operate in new venues as customers’ eating habits evolve during pandemic.
Food trucks operate in new venues as customers’ eating habits change.
Marketing campaign stresses safety for conference and trade shows.
California Resources Corp. appoints Mark “Mac” McFarland as permanent chief executive.
Vaccination requirement allows face-to-face interaction inside.
North Hollywood bar becomes members-only club.
TECHNOLOGY: BIGtoken adds BitCoin to cashout options.
CRYPTO Data marketplace BIGToken adds Bitcoin as a cash-out option for its users.
Laemmle Theaters Newhall celebrated its grand opening Friday after extended delays caused by the coronavirus.
Hermès, a luxury retailer of men’s apparel, fragrances and fashion accessories headquartered in Paris, has signed a lease for a new store to anchor an expansion at the Westfield Topanga shopping center in Woodland Hills.
The Valley Economic Alliance has listed its headquarters at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks for sale.
Following the lead of other cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Burbank City Council has adopted a temporary ordinance to cap commission rates for food delivery to assist in the reopening of businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The city of Burbank and the owner of Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill continue to face off in their ongoing battle over coronavirus-related closures, most recently with the arrest of the owner’s son, Lucas Lapejian.
The city of Burbank on Wednesday morning put a red tag of condemnation on the defiant Tinhorn Flats Saloon and Grill and padlocked its doors for a second time.
The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. reported an optimistic outlook for the county in its monthly economic briefing this week.
The Fernando Award Foundation board of directors announced Monday the election of co-chairs Mark Levinson and Pegi Matsuda.
Ten hotels in the Valley region have signed agreements with the U.S. Attorney’s office to resolve investigations of non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ventura County Lodging Association has launched a virtual tour to assure meeting planners it is safe to schedule in-person conferences and trade shows at local hotels.
Chain continues expansion during the pandemic.
A new Chick-fil-A franchise has opened in the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale.
Catering fleet carries meals to Valley vaccination sites.
As part of an initiative to increase community service in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Habit Burger Grill is hosting over a dozen events at local vaccination sites to feed frontline workers.
Closed rink conversion to provide bridge housing.
Roller rink Skateland has permanently closed after six decades in business, with the iconic Northridge building slated to become a bridge-housing facility through the nonprofit Hope of the Valley.
REGULATION: Restaurants and gyms in Ventura County organize to ‘fight back’ on COVID rules.
Ventura County businesses that defied lockdown orders and formed a group to fight local governments now want to set up a branch of that group in Los Angeles County.
RESTAURANTS: DIY operators avoid DoorDash and the like.
Frank Howell is something of an anomaly. He’s a local restaurateur who didn’t join the lockdown-induced rush to allow services such as GrubHub and Postmates to deliver his food to customers.
Roller rink Skateland has permanently closed after six decades, with the Northridge building slated to become a bridge housing facility through the nonprofit Hope of the Valley.
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to drop lawsuits against five remaining businesses that had ignored coronavirus restrictions forbidding indoor operations.
With COVID-19 restrictions loosening for most indoor businesses this week, several movie theaters in the area are opening their doors for the first time in months and, for some new cinemas, the first time ever.
While Ventura and Los Angeles County restrictions loosened this week, several museums in the area say it will be a bit longer before they’re ready to reopen.
Although many long-suffering Los Angeles County businesses were allowed to reopen Monday – at very limited capacity – at least some in the Valley area said they don’t plan to reopen just yet.