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June 23, 2008 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Most retailers are tapping the brakes as they navigate a rocky economy. Forever 21 Inc. has its pedal to the metal. The fast-fashion retailer is expanding around the globe, increasing product lines and opening showy new stores. The largest yet, which at 90,000 square feet on three levels will be bigger than the size of the Rose Bowl playing field, is scheduled to open in Times Square next year.
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November 25, 2012 | BOOTH MOORE
It's not just any fashion brand that can get A-listers Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon to come out for a store opening on a Friday night in L.A. on a stretch of Melrose that until now has been a retail wasteland. But British-born, New York-based Rag & Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville did just that when they threw a party last month for the opening of their mammoth, 9,000-square-foot L.A. flagship that was hosted by Bee Shaffer, the daughter of Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour.
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BUSINESS
September 11, 2006 | From Reuters
The haunting Arabic prayer chant echoed among the sterile plastic rows of Coke and Fanta, seeking Allah's blessing for the only major business to open in Afghanistan in more than a decade. Coca-Cola, with its distinctive red-and-white logo, has come to Kabul in what is at once a sign of economic progress and a symbol of the failure of large businesses to open up in the five years since the fall of the hard-line Islamist Taliban.
NATIONAL
September 28, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
MINNEAPOLIS - A man who burst into a sign-making business in Minneapolis, fatally shooting the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, had been fired from the company earlier in the day, police said Friday. Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan identified the shooter, who injured at least three others in the Thursday afternoon attack, as Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36. A fourth victim died Friday after being hospitalized in critical condition. Engeldinger had been fired from his job at Accent Signage Systems earlier Thursday, Dolan said.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
IKEA is hoping to be big in Japan by thinking small. When the Swedish furnishings giant opens up anew in Tokyo today -- 20 years after suffering a rare failure in the challenging market on its first try -- the company hopes to show it has mastered the key to winning over Japanese customers: small-space living. "Small-space living will be a characteristic throughout the entire store," said Tommy Kullberg, the head of IKEA's Japan division.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2009 | Roger Vincent
One of New York's best-known photo studios said Friday it will open a large branch in Hollywood to take advantage of America's changing tastes in magazine covers and advertising campaigns. Professional models based in New York were the first choice of magazine editors and big advertisers for decades, said Mazdack Razzi, creative director of Milk Studios. Now they demand celebrities. "Celebrities are the new models," said fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who is himself based in New York.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2009 | Andrea Chang
When Mervyns called it quits last year, many in the recession-battered retailing world were surprised when Kohl's Corp. rushed to take over dozens of the failed chain's locations. Both department stores sold a similar mix of mid-priced apparel, accessories and home furnishings. There was a significant overlap in the customers who shopped at Mervyns and Kohl's. The retailers' stores were even alike in size and layout. On Sept. 30, Kohl's bold move will be put to the test when it opens 35 stores in former Mervyns locations, 30 of them in California.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
Boutiques are opening so fast along Melrose Place that even their owners aren't able to keep up with them. Three months after fashion designer Carolina Herrera opened the West Coast flagship for her namesake collection, she and her daughter, Carolina, finally were able to visit it and another in Costa Mesa this week. On Monday, Mrs. Herrera and Carolina Jr.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2008 | Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writer
To get the right sound in the little-known world of high-caliber musical instrument repair, some say it takes a certain touch, perhaps even a degree of voodoo. Musical instrument giant Yamaha Corp. has a different approach, involving cryogenics, fiber optic endoscopy and an ultrasonic cleaning lab.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2009 | Richard Verrier
Hollywood is moving closer to downtown Los Angeles. Phil Anschutz's sports and entertainment conglomerate AEG on Tuesday will unveil a 14-screen Regal Cinemas multiplex adjacent to Staples Center that seats 3,772 customers, making it one of the largest movie theaters in Los Angeles. The theater will debut with typical showbiz flair: The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" will play simultaneously on all screens. At a cost of nearly $100 million, Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14, with its three-story Art Deco-style atrium, is also one of the most expensive new movie theater complexes in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2012 | Maria L. La Ganga
Nine months after this former Navy town emerged from bankruptcy protection, its Police Department is about a third smaller than at its peak. The Fire Department has been slashed by nearly a quarter, and the median home price has dropped almost 70%. Half of the downtown storefronts are vacant. But when Shannon O'Hare looks at Vallejo, what he sees is "a dream come true. " A year after the city filed for Chapter 9, the artist and his wife bought their first house together here -- a three-bedroom post-Victorian -- for $142,000.
FOOD
November 10, 2011 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Each year I keep a running log to track restaurants slated to open each month. When this January rolled around and I started my new list, I fully expected the pace of openings to slow to a trickle. That hasn't happened. Instead, despite the curdled economy, L.A.'s restaurant scene this year has busted out with new energy and invention. And it continues to inspire the entire country. I can't tell you how many New Yorkers and even, gasp, San Franciscans have told me that Los Angeles is now their favorite eating town.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2010 | James Rainey
A wealthy philanthropist has kicked in $5 million in seed money. A top management consultant has come up with a business plan. A renowned university will lend not only its students but research help. And the budding endeavor has a chief executive who will pull down $400,000 a year and one of the world's most prestigious newspapers ready to give its future news offerings a home. When the Bay Area News Project launches its website in late spring or early summer, it will be just the latest -- and perhaps the most ambitious -- nonprofit venture among a string of similar start-ups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By Amina Khan
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
It's tough to talk to Bonnie Fuller without getting an earful of Hollywood gossip. "This is similar to what went on between Jen[nifer Aniston] and John [Mayer]," she says casually in conversation. Later on: "Look what's going on with Cindy Crawford and her nanny experience. . . . When Miley [Cyrus] was slamming the 'New Mooners,' we disagreed." Fuller isn't name-dropping, though. She's talking business. The former editor of celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Star, Us Weekly, Marie Claire and Glamour is shifting from print into the hyper-competitive realm of online celebrity news in one more effort to create a media brand for women -- this time as a digital venture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2009 | By John Hoeffel
For a moment two years ago, Los Angeles officials thought they knew how many marijuana dispensaries the city had: 186. That's how many registered to operate under the city's moratorium. The city quickly lost control, and the number soared: 500, 600, 800, now perhaps 1,000. On Tuesday, the City Council will grapple with a question it has barely debated since the number started to rise: How many is too many? Councilman Jose Huizar, whose district includes Eagle Rock, one of the first neighborhoods to recoil from the influx of dispensaries, has suggested a cap of 70. The proposal is one of more than three dozen amendments the council will weigh when it resumes debate on its proposed medical marijuana ordinance.
FOOD
November 10, 2011 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Each year I keep a running log to track restaurants slated to open each month. When this January rolled around and I started my new list, I fully expected the pace of openings to slow to a trickle. That hasn't happened. Instead, despite the curdled economy, L.A.'s restaurant scene this year has busted out with new energy and invention. And it continues to inspire the entire country. I can't tell you how many New Yorkers and even, gasp, San Franciscans have told me that Los Angeles is now their favorite eating town.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2010 | James Rainey
A wealthy philanthropist has kicked in $5 million in seed money. A top management consultant has come up with a business plan. A renowned university will lend not only its students but research help. And the budding endeavor has a chief executive who will pull down $400,000 a year and one of the world's most prestigious newspapers ready to give its future news offerings a home. When the Bay Area News Project launches its website in late spring or early summer, it will be just the latest -- and perhaps the most ambitious -- nonprofit venture among a string of similar start-ups.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2009 | Carla Rivera
Nearly 10 years ago, a group of Silver Lake residents began a campaign for a public library branch in their quirky community, long noted for its modern architecture, indie rock scene and general air of hipness. The long wait ends today with the grand opening of the Silver Lake branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, a $12-million facility that, with its sleek modern facade, eco-friendly design and cutting-edge technology, embodies the neighborhood zeitgeist. The branch is the first to use an automated book check-in and sorting system with a computerized conveyor belt that will speed book returns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles pharmaceutical billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong announced plans Wednesday to provide University of California regents with a $100-million guaranty underwriting the county's latest proposal to reopen long-troubled Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital by 2012. County officials have expressed misgivings about Soon-Shiong's efforts to reopen the hospital in the past. But he said the funding from his family foundation comes "with no strings attached" and is intended to reassure university officials hesitant to reopen the hospital.
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