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February 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Two popular chains -- confectioner See's Candies and British retailer Topshop -- are arriving at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles this month. Topshop, along with its menswear offshoot Topman, is opening its 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles flagship store at the outdoor mall Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. The chain's fourth American store will feature two floors of styles, including colorful jeans, neon vests and a collection exclusive to Los Angeles and handpicked by actress Kate Bosworth.
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February 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Two popular chains -- confectioner See's Candies and British retailer Topshop -- are arriving at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles this month. Topshop, along with its menswear offshoot Topman, is opening its 30,000-square-foot Los Angeles flagship store at the outdoor mall Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. The chain's fourth American store will feature two floors of styles, including colorful jeans, neon vests and a collection exclusive to Los Angeles and handpicked by actress Kate Bosworth.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 1991 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The candy making business isn't always a sweet one. Vigorous competition, high costs and fickle public preference have left the landscape littered with the melted remains of failed candy makers over the years. But See's Candies--they of the little-changing white-and-black stores and the cherubic smile of Mary See--is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the company's birth with special candy tins, free Victoria Toffee hammers and commemorative advertising.
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November 3, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Warren Buffett: party boy? It's no secret that the octogenarian Oracle of Omaha knows how to get down. He plays pingpong at shareholder meetings for his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway Inc. He plays the ukulele on television. He has sung songs while dressed as a paperboy, a rapper and rocker Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. Now, the multibillionaire financier can have even more good times, with his purchase Friday of discount party goods retailer Oriental Trading Co. The mail-order merchant sells a cornucopia of more than 40,000 party supplies, crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties directly to consumers.
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July 24, 2012 | By William D'Urso
Someone, let the lollipop guild know. See's Candies now owns the Guinness World Records title for the largest lollipop. The company constructed the behemoth in its See's Candies Lollypop Factory (yes, See's spells it with a 'y') in Burlingame on July 18. The chocolate flavored confectionary collossus weighs in at 7,003 pounds and is 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width and 5 feet 11 inches in height. With the stick, the lollipop is nearly 12 feet long.  See's Candies is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which bought the company from the See family in 1972.
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Billionaire financier Warren Buffett already has his hands in newspapers, jewelry, insurance and other holdings. Now, with the acquisition of Oriental Trading Co., the 82-year-old can add party planning. Buffett said Friday that his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. firm will buy Omaha-based Oriental Trading, the largest direct retailer of more than 40,000 discount party goods, for an undisclosed sum. Berkshire Hathaway is also headquartered in Omaha. The mail-order merchant, which sells supplies, crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, burdened with a huge debt load, and suffering from low consumer spending and higher costs.
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September 25, 1996 | JASON TERADA
The Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation invites local connoisseurs of gourmet food, fine wines and premium beer to its 11th annual Lakeside Party fund-raiser Sunday at Lake Casitas. Directors of the foundation, which raises money to support programs at the Ventura County Medical Center and related facilities, said this year's event is more important than ever because the hospital recently incurred funding cuts totaling more than $1 million. The event, from noon to 5 p.m.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Warren Buffett: party boy? It's no secret that the octogenarian Oracle of Omaha knows how to get down. He plays pingpong at shareholder meetings for his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway Inc. He plays the ukulele on television. He has sung songs while dressed as a paperboy, a rapper and rocker Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses. Now, the multibillionaire financier can have even more good times, with his purchase Friday of discount party goods retailer Oriental Trading Co. The mail-order merchant sells a cornucopia of more than 40,000 party supplies, crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties directly to consumers.
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November 2, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
What does the Oracle of Omaha know that you and I don't? OK, sure, given that Warren Buffett is America's second-wealthiest man (behind only Bill Gates) with an estimated net worth of $46 billion, the smart money is on the obvious answer: “A lot.” Which explains why I'm so interested in his latest acquisition : Oriental Trading Co., the mail-order merchant that sells supplies, crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties.  Is this just a matter of buying local?  After all, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is based in Omaha, and so is Oriental Trading Co. Or is the 82-year-old Buffett a major party animal ?
BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Billionaire financier Warren Buffett already has his hands in newspapers, jewelry, insurance and other holdings. Now, with the acquisition of Oriental Trading Co., the 82-year-old can add party planning. Buffett said Friday that his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. firm will buy Omaha-based Oriental Trading, the largest direct retailer of more than 40,000 discount party goods, for an undisclosed sum. Berkshire Hathaway is also headquartered in Omaha. The mail-order merchant, which sells supplies, crafts, school supplies, toys and novelties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, burdened with a huge debt load, and suffering from low consumer spending and higher costs.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2012 | By William D'Urso
Someone, let the lollipop guild know. See's Candies now owns the Guinness World Records title for the largest lollipop. The company constructed the behemoth in its See's Candies Lollypop Factory (yes, See's spells it with a 'y') in Burlingame on July 18. The chocolate flavored confectionary collossus weighs in at 7,003 pounds and is 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width and 5 feet 11 inches in height. With the stick, the lollipop is nearly 12 feet long.  See's Candies is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which bought the company from the See family in 1972.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1996 | JASON TERADA
The Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation invites local connoisseurs of gourmet food, fine wines and premium beer to its 11th annual Lakeside Party fund-raiser Sunday at Lake Casitas. Directors of the foundation, which raises money to support programs at the Ventura County Medical Center and related facilities, said this year's event is more important than ever because the hospital recently incurred funding cuts totaling more than $1 million. The event, from noon to 5 p.m.
BUSINESS
May 10, 1991 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The candy making business isn't always a sweet one. Vigorous competition, high costs and fickle public preference have left the landscape littered with the melted remains of failed candy makers over the years. But See's Candies--they of the little-changing white-and-black stores and the cherubic smile of Mary See--is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the company's birth with special candy tins, free Victoria Toffee hammers and commemorative advertising.
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