April 11, 2013 |
Sanuk, the Irvine footwear firm known for selling its quirky sandals in surf specialty shops, is coming to beachy Santa Monica this week with its first-ever company-owned store. The flagship shop on the Santa Monica Promenade opens Friday. The lo-fi design is meant to evoke a garage - inspired in part by the space out of which Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley first started crafting shoes in 1998. Jake Brandman, Sanuk's president, said in an interview that he considers the store “a place to play.” The 1,000-square-foot location features a wall display crammed with a hodgepodge of yard-sale and thrift-store finds, including a guitar, a surfboard, a Buddha statue in a fish tank and a pile of videotapes such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Free Willy.” “Consumers are looking for a diversion from all the serious brands they see in a marketplace,” Brandman said.
June 15, 2010 |
How about this for a Starbucks order: venti cappuccino with soy milk, two squirts of vanilla syrup — and a side of free Internet. Starting July 1, Starbucks will offer free wireless Internet at all 6,700 company-operated locations in the U.S., Chief Executive Howard Schultz said Monday. The service will be offered through AT&T Inc., but will no longer require a Starbucks loyalty card, which entitled registered customers to two free hours of access. Starbucks has about 4,300 franchise stores in the U.S. that will not offer the promotion.
June 1, 2006 |
Sony Corp. marked the launch of its online music store two years ago by hiring Sheryl Crow to belt out songs in the aisle of a jet at 30,000 feet. The store, called Connect, has lost altitude ever since and the Sony executive who was at the controls, Phil Wiser, is bailing out as Connect limps along with less than 3% of the digital music market.
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June 15, 1999 |
In the Old West, they tried to hang suspected horse thieves. Now they would just sue them. At least that is the approach Hong Kong-based Lanard Toys Ltd. took last week after one of its employees discovered alleged "knockoff" copies of the corporation's trademark toy ponies for sale at an Oxnard discount store. The company's attorney, former Republican congressional candidate Richard Sybert, sent a letter two months ago demanding the store halt its sales of the small pastel-colored pony dolls.
October 20, 1998 |
The event: A Holiday on 5th Avenue, the Junior League of Orange County's shop-'til-you-drop Christmas Company gift show at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The league, which raises funds to reduce the risks of child abuse and teen pregnancy, kicked off its four-day show with an opening-night gala Saturday.
May 12, 1998 |
The owner of the Discovery Channel, the cable TV station known for its "Explore Your World" motto, will be searching for a successful format in the highly competitive retailing wilds of California as it rolls out a new chain of stores. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery Communications launched its retail venture this month when it converted a Nature Company shop in San Diego into a Discovery Channel store. Discovery Communications acquired Nature Company in 1996.