Staff Reporter (Retail, Hospitality, Nonprofits)
Champaign covers retail, hospitality, corporate philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
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.
CATERING: Stonefire Grill supplied bargain meals for 600 marriage parties last year.
DIY weddings boost Stonefire Grill’s sales.
New tobacco laws thin the crowds at hookah bars
Smoking age is now 21. What’s in store for local hookah bars?
Guitar Center Inc. has appointed a new president to oversee all aspects of the company’s operations.
Cheesecake Factory Inc. expanded into Eastern Asia this month with the launch of its Shanghai location at Walt Disney Co.’s Shanghai Disney Resort.
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.
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.
Hues include ‘Pale to the Chief’ and ‘Madame President.’
Local nail polish maker capitalizes on election season to debut new colors influenced by politics.
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?
As consumer preferences continue to swing in favor of fast-casual restaurants, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and other casual-dining chains are losing market share.
Cheesecake Factory is on a winning streak, and it announced it will expand in the Southeast.
Search engine ranking figures into content for hospitality clients.
Moravia IT expands from technology to travel website content creation.
HOSPITALITY: Three projects are part of plan to make the city a ‘destination.’
A six-story boutique hotel proposed in downtown Glendale was unanimously approved by the city’s Design Review Board earlier this month.
Simi theater offers alternatives to studio movies with popcorn.
Iconic movies and online interactive games lure audiences to Studio Movie Grill in Simi Valley.
RETAIL: Burbank location starts hiring for summer opening.
Three years delayed, Walmart is set to open its Burbank supercenter.
DineEquity Inc. has moved forward with a franchise agreement to launch six IHOP locations in Panama in the next five years – the first opened in Panama City on Monday.
Sports Authority’s decision announced earlier this week to shutter all of its more than 460 stores means seven Valley-area locations will close.
NetSol Technologies Inc. has named Jeffery Bilbrey as its president of North American operations, a new position at the company.
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar announced Monday it has completed a $75 million overhaul of its menu in hopes of revitalizing the chain to increase foot traffic and boost same store sales.
FUNDRAISER: Event collects money for spinal cord research foundation.
Thousands of Santa Clarita residents participated in an innovative global charity race May 8 in support of the Wings of Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation.
BEAUTY: With the Z Potter heater, consumers can reconfigure their makeup cases.
Z Palette inventor introduces depotting heater.
Ex-homemaker puts product on shelves of Bed Bath & Beyond.
Buttering up: entrepreneur Joelle Mertzel’s new dish cleans up countertop.
Talon International Inc. beat analyst estimates on revenue in its first quarter earnings, and attributed the gain to strong performance from its trim products segment.
Cherokee Global Brands has inked deals with new licensees to get its Cherokee brand on the shelves of U.S. retailers.
DineEquity Inc. on Thursday reported first quarter earnings and revenues that fell well short of analysts’ forecasts. The company’s stock dropped nearly 3 percent on a day when the overall markets declined only slightly.
Salem Media Group Inc. on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings that fell short of Wall Street expectations even though the company had a sizable increase in revenues due to the political season.
DINING: Cheesecake Factory sees mobile as recipe for success.
New mobile app adds icing to Cheesecake Factory’s foray into technology.
Both Burbank and Glendale saw an uptick in office investments in the first quarter.
Salem Media hopes to give online financial advice to its on-air audience of Christians and conservatives.
Salem Media Group expands by offering its audience financial advice.
RETAIL: Originally a tennis and ski shop, the chain will shutter in bankruptcy.
With consumers growing increasingly health conscious, sporting goods are in high demand. But it seems some retailers still aren’t making the cut.
Cherokee Global Brands will enter the Czech Republic this fall through one of the country’s large retailers, the company recently announced.
First Banks Inc. has appointed a regional manager for its Central Coast and San Fernando Valley locations, the bank announced earlier this week.
Sport Chalet Inc. will close all existing stores in the coming weeks and has ceased its online operations effective immediately, parent company Vestis Retail Group announced Monday.
Skincare line called Eclair Naturals to connote purity, luxury.
What’s in a name? For new Éclair Naturals skincare line, it conveys decadent food at everyday prices.
Eatery cooks up new roles for staff amid wage hikes
Encino restaurant cuts wait staff to mitigate rising labor costs.
MENTORING: James Castro’s future nonprofit will help youth get into college.
It’s a demanding time of year for high school seniors. Most are filling out college applications, taking mind-numbing standardized tests and waiting to hear back from their first-choice universities.
Two San Fernando Valley companies made it on the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 50-fastest growing women-owned businesses list this year.
Cherokee Global Brands reported quarterly earnings that beat analyst estimates, attributing the gain in part to the recent acquisition of retailer Flip Flop Shops.
Salem Media Group on Monday announced it has acquired finance newsletter Retirement Watch, a website that offers advice and resources to retirees.
Zekkle slips product into gift bags for award nominees.
Those pricey Oscar night gift bags includes Zekkle’s $39 wallets.
Six Flags looks to VR tech to shake up coasters
Magic Mountain and Samsung collaborate on virtual reality-enhanced roller coaster.
RESTAURANTS: Encino chain encourages customers to try out-of-the-box flavors.
The Stand, a restaurant chain with a focus on American cuisine, has jumped on the trend of chef-driven menus and hopes to reap the rewards at its new San Fernando Valley location.
Soon roller-coaster enthusiasts will be soaring through the air on fighter jets and shooting alien targets at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Viking Cruises took delivery Thursday of its second ocean cruise ship, the Viking Sea, and will christen it on May 5 in London.
Santa Clarita’s Princess Cruises has appointed a new head of guest operations to help drive its marketing initiatives and offer new guest experiences.
Viking Cruises announced Monday it is sponsoring the Viking Exhibition, a showing of centuries-old artifacts that debuted in New York City’s Discovery Times Square museum last month.
Kohl’s Corp. has announced it will close 18 underperforming stores in the next quarter, one of which is in West Hills.
Students learn by promoting on-campus mobile retail day.
Retail trucks visit Cal Lutheran University to help students learn event planning.