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Harvesting Profits

Cosmetics: Pravana launches hair care line with exotic oils grown at its Amazon plantation.

Cosmetics: Pravana proves a small firm can underprice bigger competitors.

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Organic Snacks Now with Bugs

Crunchies enlists wascally wabbit and friends as pitchmen.

MARKETING: Crunchies Food and Warner Bros. want to make healthy snacks fun for kids.

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Beauty Firm Taps Profits from Moroccan Tree

Manufacturing: Oil from exotic Argan nut greases sales at Earthly Body Inc.

Manufacturing: Moroccan tree oil and hemp-based fragrances make Earthly Body a sweet success.

Avery Dennison Peals Off Labels

Manufacturing: Firm moves to Glendale after selling office business.

Manufacturing: Avery Dennison’s move to Glendale is part of a retrenchment after selling its office-supply division.

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Boys & Girls Club Runs Mile Fundraiser at Mall

Event: West Valley group asks for mile’s worth of quarters at Topanga center.

What’s a mile of quarters worth?

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Grill Concepts Hopes for Buzz With Gastro Pub

Restaurants: Chain’s Public School eateries seek bite out of market.

Will the gastro-pub format spice up the stock performance of restaurateur Grill Concepts?

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Update: Avery Dennison Reports Third Quarter

Avery Dennison Corp. on Friday reported earnings, as the company was hit by raw material and restructuring costs.

The Beer Engineer

Luis Cayo’s mechanical engineering degree got him jobs running Budweiser breweries worldwide, and now Van Nuys.

Q&A: Brew master Luis Cayo traveled the world for a good beer and found it in Van Nuys.

Power Play

J.D. Power built up his auto industry consultancy into a worldwide brand that defied his more modest expectations.

Profile: J.D. Power looks back on how he revamped the auto industry.

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A Real Mensch

Israeli native Amit Kleinberger led Menchie’s expansion from a single Valley yogurt shop to 18 countries. He’s a good guy too.

Q&A: Amit Kleinberger bought and sold companies until he found himself as CEO of frozen yogurt chain Menchie’s.

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Ice Cream Man

Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman wamts to make Chatsworth’s L.A. Creamery the next big thing in frozen desserts.

Q&A: Umami Burger’s Adam Fleischman has a new favorite food: ice cream.

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Making Good

Burbank native Michael Cusumano has helped build his family’s company into a leading developer in the Media City.

Q&A: Michael Cusumano followed his family’s heritage into real estate.

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Sporting Goods Chain Slims Down for Downtown

Espansion: Sport Chalet’s new L.A. location first to feature Expert Center.

After watching the Internet steal market share for years, the people at Sport Chalet Inc. think they’ve found the answer.

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Late Bloomer

Bill Watkins went back to school in his 40s to earn his Ph.D and now leads Cal Lutheran’s economic forecast – when he’s not playing blues or climbing rocks.

Q&A: Cal Lutheran Professor Bill Watkins left banking to become an economic forecaster.

HOT PROPERTY

Local farmer is sole pepper supplier for Sriracha

Agriculture: A farm in Ventura County grows the chilies causing the big stink at Sriracha hot sauce.

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Dimitry Slabyak

Dimitry Slabyak wants to be in control of everything.

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Fully Stacked

Harold Ginsburg has taken over Art’s Deli from his father, who opened the Studio City institution four years before he was born.

Q&A: Art’s Deli opened 55 years ago, but for Harold Ginsburg it’s a fresh opportunity.

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Sour Dough?

Former partners open competing bakeries after dispute

RESTAURANTS: Two former partners run competing bakeries with different business styles.

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West Coast Cool

Former Fannie Mae CEO Mike Williams left the Washington D.C. maelstrom behind to lead Valley lender Prospect Mortgage.

Q&A: Mike Williams, former chief exectutive at Fannie Mae, now runs Prospect Mortgage in Sherman Oaks.

Burbank Council Rattles Cages with Canine Ban

Pets: City joins trend to stop sale of dogs from so-called ‘puppy mills.’

Peggy Wood’s Pet Emporium has been known as the place to buy puppies in Burbank.

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