Stephanie Forshee

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DineEquity CEO Gobbles Up Attention

Profile: Julia Stewart raises profile of IHOP with wacky menu items.

Profile: Julia Stewart, chief executive of DineEquity, talks about her favorite dishes.

Gathering Up That Loose Change

Mall kiosk exchanges foreign currency for gift cards, charity.

Retail: Spare change in a foreign currency could buy gift cards at a Northridge mall kiosk.

Snack Maker Faces Crunch

Finance: Westlake Village firm files for bankruptcy.

Finance: Despite soaring sales, snack food maker Crunchies has declared bankruptcy.

Valley Classrooms Get Stocked Up for First Day

Giving: Campaign by Honda sends paper and other supplies to district.

Honda’s ubiquitous Random Acts of Helpfulness campaign may be marketing at heart, but that doesn’t mean real people and institutions aren’t benefiting.

Entrepreneur Scores Birdie With Old Snack Bar

Retail & Hospitality: Former waitress upgrades eatery at Verdugo Hills course.

Growing up in Tujunga, Tiffany Casper worked at the snack bar at nearby Verdugo Hills Golf Course, dispensing nachos, drinks and frozen burgers.

Former Avery Dennison Chairman Passes

H. Russell Smith, former chairman of Avery Dennison Corp., passed away on Sept. 7. He was 100 years old.

Update: Colossus Coaster Damaged in Fire

Monday’s fire on the closed Colossus roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain will not delay plans for the ride’s transformation into the Twisted Colossus, officials said Tuesday

Fireman’s Brew Burning Up Prime Time TV

Retail & Hospitality: Canoga Park brewer lands placement in ‘Ray Donovan’ drama.

After appearing on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike & Molly” last season, Fireman’s Brew Inc. beer is heading to Showtime’s hit crime drama “Ray Donovan.”

When All Natural Is High Tech

Derma E says its ‘full spectrum’ Vitamin E is real skin pleaser.

Innovation: “Full spectrum” Vitamin E is the key to Derma E’s new skincare line.

Taking a Chomp Out of Child Labor

Supply chain: Executive at Nestle’s Glendale offices helps lead initiative.

Supply Chain: Nestle USA in Glendale has a plan to grow a sustainable cocoa supply.

Crunchies Files for Bankruptcy

Crunchies Food Co. LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in response to what it said was a small group of investor-creditors taking hostile and aggressive actions.

Magic Mountain Announces New Coaster

Six Flags Magic Mountain unveiled plans Thursday to revamp its famous Colossus roller coaster and turn it into a hybrid coaster, Twisted Colossus, which will open next spring

Making Waves

Valencia offices playing key role in resurgent Cunard Line

Tourism: Historic cruise line Cunard proves an old company can learn new marketing tricks.

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Curtain Rises on Thousand Oaks Theater Group

Giving: Local businesses, residents save season for Cabrillo Musical Theatre.

Back in April, Cabrillo Musical Theatre wasn’t sure if it would see the opening of another show.

How ‘Queer.’ Oxnard a Top Gay City

Ventura County city surprises with high score on LGBT index.

Hospitality: Oxnard wins recognition as a gay-friendly tourist destination.

Nestle USA Signs Animal Pledge

Nestle USA pledged on Thursday to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain by implementing stricter standards on its 7,300 suppliers.

Avery Dennison to Embellish Chinese Apparel

Avery Dennison Inc.’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions announced a joint venture for the company to provide embellishments and labels to a Chinese knitwear manufacturer.

Shareholders Approve Sport Chalet Sale

Sport Chalet Inc. shareholders have approved a $70 million acquisition of the La Canada Flintridge retailer by a Connecticut sporting goods company, the companies announced Monday.

DineEquity Refinances $1.4 Billion in Debt

DineEquity Inc. announced Wednesday plans to refinance $1.4 billion of debt and credit, as the company looks to take advantage of low interest rates.

New Table Etiquette: Snap While You Eat Please

Retail & Hospitality: Applebee’s asks diners to post their own pics on firm’s Instagram.

Applebee’s International Inc. is letting its customers get behind the camera and be the sole source of photos to its Instagram account for the next year.

Solar Car Wraps Up Victory

Winning team makes use of slick covering by Avery Dennison.

Innovation: Solar-powered car gets the aerodynamic treatment from Avery Dennison.

Westlake Village Center Hits the Bullseye

Retail: Target, other stores tone down logos at Shoppes outdoor mall.

Retail: Shoppes at Westlake Village brings Santa Barbara style to the Conejo Valley.

Update: Nestle Closing Chatsworth Plant

Up to 360 workers could lose their jobs after Nestle USA announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down its Chatsworth Hot Pockets plant and moving operations to Kentucky.

Sport Chalet Tender Offer Extended

Sport Chalet Inc. shareholders received a deadline extension until midnight Aug. 15 to approve the sale of the sporting goods retailer at the highest price being offered by a Connecticut sporting goods company.

Princess Cruises Orders $800 Million Ship

Princess Cruises announced Wednesday it will add a third ship to its Royal Princess fleet, a 3,560-passenger vessel expected to set sail in 2017.

Universal City TV Station Spreading the Love

Corporate: KNBC starts comedy fundraising series with serious purpose.

KNBC (Channel 4) has been feeling generous this summer.

Animal Hospital Chain Snagged by L.A. Firm

Investments: NVA is bought by Ares, which also acquired Guitar Center.

Investments: Ares Management purchases pet hospital chain NVA in Agoura Hills.

Looney? Not Really

Education: Woodland Hills tablet maker scores big success with Warner Bros. characters.

Education: Looney Tunes characters help sell children’s tablets at $99 apiece.

crunch time

Concussion furor, rivals rattle helmet-maker Riddell

SPORTS: Concussion controversy has engulfed the NFL, but helmet supplier Riddell remains committed to football.

Landlords May Have Shot Themselves in Foot With Rent Raises

Major office and industrial deals in Conejo Valley.

Update: Six Flags’ Ninja Cleared to Reopen

Following an accident that injured four riders last week, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Ninja roller coaster was cleared to reopen Friday.

Briefs: AmaWaterways, Fireman's Brew

AmaWaterways debuts three ships. Fireman's Brew enters Michigan market.

Stop & SHOP?

Outlets at Tejon Ranch hopes drivers will exit from all directions

Development: Outlets at Tejon Ranch are opening next month after years of planning.

Can Catering Work for Customized Dishes?

Retail & Hospitality: PizzaRev says customers want its do-it-yourself entrees on site.

PizzaRev is dishing up a new recipe for business: catering.

Sporting Goods Chain Looks to Recover in Private

Retail: New owner Vestis plans to take Sport Chalet’s stock out of public sector.

Acquisition: Sport Chalet Inc. was sold earlier this month to a private equity firm for $70 million.

Youth Quest Reaches to Fingertips

Polish maker launches new product to smooth and brighten nails.

Innovation: Orly International in Van Nuys wants to preserve your nails.

Hilton Heads List of Large Non-Profits

Philanthropy: New Agoura Hills office is first of four-phase project.

Philanthropy: Hilton Foundation is the largest non-profit in the region after moving to Agoura Hills.

Nestle Mixes Coffee-Mate with Keurig Brew

Nestle USA’s Coffee-Mate has made a multiyear agreement to sell branded coffee and creamer for Keurig coffee makers.

Sport Chalet Sold for $70 Million

Sport Chalet Inc. will be acquired by Vestis Retail Group for about $70 million, the company announced Tuesday.

Moorpark Town Center Project Complete

Moorpark Town Center has finished work on its redesign of the 140,000-square-foot retail complex.

The Numbers

The Numbers: Two companies own nearly half of all San Fernando Valley retail real estate.

Très Street Chic

Development: An effort by the city to improve Thousand Oaks Boulevard is starting to pay dividends with new streetscape and shops.

Development: An initiative to improve and attract businesses to Thousand Oaks Boulevard has shown results.

Disney Characters Animate Pediatric Waiting Area

Giving: Media giant donates $104,000 to Henry Mayo in Valencia.

Walt Disney Co. is headquartered in Burbank right next to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, but its largesse has extended all the way to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

Raising the Barre

Former dancer Richard Giorla tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit to found Cardio Barre.

Q&A: Richard Giorla danced for Michael Jackson. Now he’s running Cardio Barre, a hot exercise concept.

Troubled L.A. Valley College Gets President

Erika A. Endrijonas has been appointed president of Los Angeles Valley College amid an effort to turn around the debt-ridden institution, which also has been threatened with the loss of accreditation.

Bugs Bunny Puts Six Flags in First

Six Flags Magic Mountain has completed upgrades on its Bugs Bunny World rollercoaster, making it the amusement park with the most children’s rides in the country.

Talon, Levi Strauss Partner on Dockers

Talon International Inc. announced on Monday it is partnering with Levi Strauss & Co., which will use an advanced Talon waistband for its Dockers pants.

Cherokee Ramps Up International Expansion

Cherokee Inc. announced on Monday new strategic alliances in five countries as it continues the international expansion of its brands.

Bakery Veteran Ready to Rise in ‘Foodie’ Cities

Retail & Hospitality: ‘Cupcake Wars’ champ plans to expand with franchising.

People are finally eating out again, so much so that many Valley restaurateurs are expanding.

Rancho Deluxe

Developer plans five-star resort at low-key Simi Valley spread

Real Estate: Hummingbird Nest Ranch could become a five-star resort in Simi Valley.

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