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Halloween Businesses Brace for a Scary Season

When the state’s Department of Public Health “strongly discouraged” trick-or-treating last week, it put a damper on already weak Halloween spending.

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YogaWorks Files for Bankruptcy

YogaWorks Inc., citing pandemic-related studio closures, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 15, with its secured-debt holder Serene Investment Management as a stalking horse bidder.

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Lemonade Signs Up for CloudKitchens Space

CloudKitchens, a Pico-Union-based operator of several shared commercial kitchen locations, has a new tenant — El Segundo-based Lemonade Restaurant Group.

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Fast-Growing Etailer FabFitFun Could Be Considering IPO

Six months after hiring its first chief financial officer, FabFitFun Inc. is looking to expand its finance and accounting teams, possibly with an eye on a bigger prize.

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Daring Foods Raises $8 Million to Expand

Daring Foods Inc., a startup that makes plant-based chicken substitute products, has raised $8 million, bringing total capital raised by the company to $19 million since 2017.

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Wonderful Co. Sets Up $1 Million Waste Challenge

West Los Angeles-based agriculture giant Wonderful Co. is offering $1 million to biomass innovators who can figure out the best way to reuse 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks.

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LA’s Al Fresco Program Gives Restaurants a Boost — But Is It Enough?

The L.A. Al Fresco program offers no-cost permits to local eateries to expand outdoor seating into adjacent areas while indoor dining is shuttered during the pandemic.

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Plant-Based Startup Daring Foods Raises $8 Million

Daring Foods Inc., a Culver City-based startup that makes plant-based chicken substitutes, raised $8 million to support its marketing, innovation and staffing efforts.

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Beyond Meat Launches Ecommerce Site

Beyond Meat Inc., a maker of plant-based meat alternatives, launched an ecommerce website last month as part of a strategy to explore new or under-tapped retail opportunities.

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Ecommerce Returns Service Happy Returns Adds Dressbarn

Dressbarn, a women’s apparel brand that emerged from bankruptcy in January as a digital-only retailer, has selected Happy Returns Inc. to handle its in-person returns.

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Jewelry Stores Shine Despite Covid-19

Although Covid-19 has left many L.A. businesses reeling, jewelers said they have been relatively unaffected as online activity kicked up to compensate for lagging in-person sales.

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Southwest to Become Dominant Carrier at LA Airports

Angelenos seeking alternatives to Los Angeles International Airport will soon find Southwest Airlines Co. has become the dominant player at the other regional airports serving L.A. County.

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Surf Air Secures $200 Million in Funding Ahead of IPO

Hawthorne-based Surf Air Mobility Corp., the subscription private air service that initially specialized in flying execs between Silicon Beach and Silicon Valley, has secured a $200 million investment that is contingent upon the company going public.

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JetBlue to Add Flights at LAX

Two months after deciding to abandon Long Beach Airport and make Los Angeles International Airport the focus of its Southern California operations, JetBlue Airways Corp. announced it is adding seven flights at LAX.

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Coffee Startup Bruvi Raises $2 Million

Beverly Hills-based Bruvi's new funding round will help it launch its mobile app-connected, Wi-Fi enabled coffee makers with recyclable single-serve coffee and tea pods.

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