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April 16, 2014 | By Susan Denley
French luxury children's label Catimini plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new Beverly Hills boutique with a family-friendly event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Kids can enjoy a balloon artist, coloring station, popcorn and juice while adults sip champagne, munch on snacks and, of course, shop. The two-level store at 9511 S. Santa Monica  Blvd. contains clothing, accessories and shoes for boys and girls from newborn to around age 14. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
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BUSINESS
January 22, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
A Pennsylvania developer spent $85 million on a Beverly Hills apartment complex it plans to turn into a luxurious extended-stay hotel. Korman Communities bought the Crescent Beverly Hills apartments from C-III Capital Asset Management. The upscale apartments at 155 N. Crescent Drive were completed in 2006. When the property reopens this summer, it will be called AKA Beverly Hills. Rent for the AKA's 88 suites will start at about $400 a night and guests must agree to stay a minimum of 30 days, Korman said.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Arizona home builder Taylor Morrison Home Corp. has agreed to purchase a swath of coastal Orange County land, kick starting a long-stalled development that fell victim to the recession. The builder, in a deal announced late Tuesday, said it would buy nearly 200 acres in San Clemente and start construction next year. The 308-home Marblehead development has been in the works for decades. It faced stiff opposition from environmental groups, which sought to save one of the last open spaces along the Southern California coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros.  set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans. There was little indication outside that there was anything special about the white tent that sprouted up for the first time this year. Located in between the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H, where the most popular panels for movies and TV shows are held, and the "Extra" stage where Warner touted many of its TV shows in an outdoor setting, it was surrounded by shrubbery.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Luxury retail chain Saks Inc. reported an unexpected fiscal third-quarter profit, its first in more than a year, after it reduced inventories and expenses to counter a sales drop. Net income was $1.93 million, or 1 cent a share, in the quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with a loss of $43.7 million, or 32 cents, a year earlier, New York-based Saks said. Revenue declined 8.5% to $631.4 million. Sales at stores open at least a year fell 10%. Revenue has dropped as consumers crimped luxury spending amid job losses and lower home values.
NEWS
September 29, 1985
Luxury is fun! I do hope you will feature more and more homes of elegant opulence, of drop-dead decor. I much prefer to peek through the windows of a simply marvelous mansion than a boring, bourgeois bungalow. (Actually, the former provides many more decorating tips I can endeavor to emulate. I know for a fact that real people abide therein and thoroughly enjoy them.) Not all of us dine in our BVDs. Eunice Blauk Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1992
I would like to respond to the article Aug. 21 ("Gallegly Tries to Save Oil Museum") regarding the closing of the Unocal Museum in Santa Paula. It is unbelievable that Rep. Gallegly regards a mere building to be more important than the loss of jobs. Unocal for the last year has been terminating employees by the hundreds under the guise of having to pay down the debt that they incurred beginning with the proxy fight with T. Boone Pickens in the mid-1980s. As stated in the article, Unocal spent at least $2.5 million on refurbishing the building for its 1990 centennial celebration.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2010 | By Alana Semuels
The condo in the Palacio del Mar development just south of Mexico's Rosarito Beach spares no luxuries. Travertine tile. Stainless steel appliances. A customized wine rack. Then there's the view. On one side is the glittering Pacific. On another, just 30 feet away, is the half-completed shell of an adjacent condominium project. The building looks like an abandoned parking garage, with floors of concrete piled atop one another and steel spikes poking out from the floor. This luxury condo belongs to Dan McNeil, a Phoenix real estate investor who put it up for sale a year ago after the value of his properties above the border tanked.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a trip that lets you tool around the Emerald Isle in style and sleep in luxury digs without mortgaging your castle. With the “ Ultimate Luxury Chauffeur Ireland ” vacation, you get the use of a private chauffeur-driven vehicle for touring the countryside and transporting you from one destination to the next. You'll stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the G Hotel in Galway, the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney and the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow. Trip highlights include Dublin's Temple Bar area and cultural sites; the imposing Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast; the 15 th century Bunratty Castle and 19 th century Bunratty Folk Park; and Blarney Castle and its renowned stone.
NEWS
September 2, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Here's a luxury trip that comes with bragging rights: The SeaDream Yacht Club has put remote Papua New Guinea on the itinerary of a two-week Australia-to-Bali cruise next year. Passengers on this trip will board Zodiac boats with an expedition team to explore the rarely visited South Pacific island nation, known for its biodiversity and unspoiled local cultures. After hiking, visiting villages and other activities, they will “return to their comforts of Champagne and caviar” aboard the 112-passenger SeaDream II, said Pamela Conover, chief executive of the two-ship line.
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