Champaign Williams

Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)

Champaign covers retail, hospitality, corporate philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.

Phone: 818-316-3121

Recent Stories

Owner Whips Up New Look for Chocolate Shop

CONFECTIONS: Remodel designed to promote new candies, ice cream.

When your establishment has been around since the 1970s without a remodel, change is well overdue.

DIY Weddings on a Budget

CATERING: Stonefire Grill supplied bargain meals for 600 marriage parties last year.

DIY weddings boost Stonefire Grill’s sales.

Taking a Hit

New tobacco laws thin the crowds at hookah bars

Smoking age is now 21. What’s in store for local hookah bars?

Preview: Taking a Hit

Smoking age is now 21. What’s in store for local hookah bars?

Guitar Center Appoints New President

Guitar Center Inc. has appointed a new president to oversee all aspects of the company’s operations.

Cheesecake Opens Shanghai Disney Restaurant

Cheesecake Factory Inc. expanded into Eastern Asia this month with the launch of its Shanghai location at Walt Disney Co.’s Shanghai Disney Resort.

Cycling Studio Spins Forward for Fundraising

FITNESS: Owner hopes to host monthly nonprofit event at the premises.

With the abundance of spin studios in the Los Angeles market, new cycling studio SoloCicla is late to the game. Still, the Studio City establishment has developed a niche it hopes will differentiate it from competitors.

Campaign Paints Nails as Patriotic

Hues include ‘Pale to the Chief’ and ‘Madame President.’

Local nail polish maker capitalizes on election season to debut new colors influenced by politics.

Applebee’s Tab Tops $75 Million

RESTAURANTS: Brand revamp largest in the chain’s history.

Will new grills, new steaks and new staff training cook up a healthy rejuvenation for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar?

The Stick-To-It Man

Mitchell Butier, new chief at label maker Avery Dennison, talks about building a durable company culture.

SoCal native Mitchell Butier talks teamwork and execution as the new head of label maker Avery Dennison Corp.

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