LABJ WEEKLY EDITION
DINING: Pizza chain Fresh Brothers cuts in investor to feed growth.
Fresh Brothers decides to take dough from Nolan Capital to feed the pizza chain’s expansion.
INTERNET: Social media giant vies with upstart for millennials.
Facebook has launched an unfriendly feud by aping the features of social media upstart Snapchat.
Photographers have expanded their focus to protecting copyrights in the internet age.
After a midyear lag, Santa Monica’s leasing market is on the rise.
Halloween pop-up shops expect presidental race, hit films to lift costume sales.
Halloween pop-up shops expect to scare up healthy returns before they go dark.
Judith Khakshouy taught herself to make challah, a braided egg bread served on the Jewish Sabbath, while studying at Southwestern Law School.
A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week
When an estimated 90,000 attendees descend on the Los Angeles Convention Center for Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con on Oct. 28, they won’t find a host of movie stars ready to unveil clips from the latest superhero blockbusters.
Swell Energy plugs batteries along with financing packages to homeowners
Swell charges into the home battery market on back of its financial packaging plan.
POWER: Verengo files for Chapter 11 after Eastern states’ cooler reception.
Verengo Solar files for bankruptcy after getting burned by an overambitious expansion plan.
MANUFACTURING: Nova LifeStyle’s rise follows exec shakeup, China exit.
Furniture maker Nova LifeStyle gains ground on Wall Street after exiting Chinese market.
BIOTECH: Phenomenex’s CEO to share $12 million from sale of his company.
Chemical testing firm Phenomenex spreads the wealth by sharing $12 million windfall with employees.
ENTERTAINMENT: Push by Paramount Pictures part of industry’s turn to analytics.
Paramount Pictures sees a bigger role for analytics in guiding its production decisions.
POLITICS: BallotCon to offer videos, debates on all 17 statewide measures.
While Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con is set to overtake the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday, political junkies will have their own chance to geek out the following day at City Hall.
Iconic gym to toe new branding line with foot-shaped shoe
Brand Sense Partners announced an unusual deal last week between its client, fitness chain Gold’s Gym, and footwear company Vibram, known for its FiveFingers brand athletic shoes.
Calendar of events
ACQUISITION: Tishman Speyer pays $25 million for couple of properties.
The company that owns New York’s Rockefeller Center is making a foray into L.A.’s up-and-coming Arts District.
Fasha Mahjoor stood at the precipice.
Investment in transit infrastructure would help drive local economy
Measure M could help get L.A. transit moving in the right direction, according to Mary Leslie, Nadine Watt, and Deborah Kallick.
Educational efforts will help ensure future labor force will make grade
Christian B. Teeter would like to see more work done to train future employees.
INVESTMENT: Kobe Bryant’s Partner Courted Controversy
A previous firm of Kobe Bryant’s venture capital partner Jeff Stibel netted several lawsuits with its business practices.
MUSIC: Recording industry fights YouTube-derived MP3s.
Record labels’ piracy lawsuit could be a tune-up in the fight against converting videos into MP3s.
CedarLane puts food packaging under pressure
CedarLane Natural Foods touts its investment in high-pressure processing as a packaging deal.
Partners Trust opens office to designer showcases with sales donated to charity.
Partners Trust buys into a retail experiment by showcasing designers at its office
Jon Rollo maps out future of salad-sandwich chain with outposts outside California.
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop hopes to feed its expansion drive by opening out-of-state outposts.
Los Angeles has a new power couple: Brian and Michelle Duff.