February 2015 Business News

Feb 6, 2015


LAX Coworking. The LAX Coastal Chamber launched its new coworking facility, LAX Coworking, on Wednesday, January 21 with a grand opening celebration.

Guests packed the coworking space, which is located adjacent to the chamber’s Westchester office, to network, learn what coworking is all about and sample food from a variety of chamber member restaurants. The goal of the coworking space is to offer entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and home-based workers an affordable place to work, brainstorm and build synergy with like-minded individuals. In the near future, an incubator component called “Elevate @ LAX Coworking” will be available to provide resources and support for launching businesses.

The space is available to work at by the day or by a monthly membership, and LAX Coworking also offers conference and office rentals.

For more information, call (424) 290-8745.

Paper Source now open. Marina del Rey’s Waterside Shopping Center recently celebrated the opening of its newest store, Paper Source. The store is a premier paper and gift retailer offering a curated selection of fine papers, custom invitations and announcements, distinctive gifts, quirky greeting cards, gift wrap, paper craft kits, party supplies and personalized stationery and stamps.

The Paper Source is located at 4700 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.

Brunch service. Playa del Rey has a new brunch spot thanks to Bacari PDR. The restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean-styled small-plates, began serving brunch on Saturday, January 24 and will offer its brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Weekend guests to Bacari PDR can nosh on dishes like Chef Lior Hillel’s Bacaro Pancakes made with oatmeal, flax seed, yogurt batter, whipped cardamom butter and seasonal fruit; savory Goat Cheese Polenta and the Chai Tea Custard with chia seeds, almond milk, coconut milk and macerated berries, among other savory and sweet options.

Bottomless champagne, mimosas, bellinis and sparking sangria will be offered at $15 per person (per 60-minute time period).

Bacari PDR is located at 6805 Vista Del Mar Ln. in Playa del Rey.

Congratulations are in order. Westchester’s Cozette Vergari has recently been named a Rotary District Governor. Vergari, a family law attorney with an office in Westchester, has been a Rotarian for almost 20 years.

As District Governor, Vergari will build a leadership team of approximately 50 Rotarians who will lead the direction of District 5280, which is made up of 63 clubs and approximately 2,500 Rotarians.

The governor is tasked with meeting with every club in the district throughout the year. They also meets with other District Governors from around the world to create partnerships between countries to serve the needs of the underserved. 

Said Vergari, “As District Governor, I will organize and provide for education, resources and guidance as a liaison between Rotary International, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, as well as encourage interaction among the Rotary Clubs within our district.”

The process to select a district governor is rigorous. Each club in a district may nominate a Rotarian after they receive one-hundred percent support of the membership. Candidates are then required to submit a vision statement and are interviewed by a panel of past governors and presidents before being selected.

District Governors go through a two and a half year training period before being installed. Vergari’s official term as District Governor will commence in July 2017.


Marina del Rey beauty boutique. Epithereal opened its first location on January 24 in Marina del Rey. The beauty boutique offers guests a variety of treatments including facials, microdermabrasion, injectables, peels, waxes and wellness therapies.

“We love helping people feel beautiful through skincare and aesthetics; we welcome our guests like old friends,” says Coleen Janeway, Founder of Epithereal. “Dr. Yazdani and I are both residents of the Venice/Marina del Rey area– we understand our community and its lifestyle. Our staff is well trained in their craft and we knew we could offer something different. Epithereal is a byproduct of our passion and we hope people will enjoy and share our unique vision for our boutique business.”

Epithereal is located at 13400 Washington Blvd. Suite 202-A in Marina del Rey.

For more info, visit epithereal.com.

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