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Vans Brand Cues Up Song Lists for Apple Listeners

Chosen to Be One Of 60 Curators of PlaylistsHouse of Vans, a string of music venues hosted by Vans Inc. in Costa Mesa, is now one of more than 60 curators for Apple Music, tasked with perusing 40 million songs available on the streaming platform and developing playlists that its audiences would appreciate.

Karma Names CEO

Irvine-based Karma Automotive LLC tapped Liang Zhou to replace Thomas Corcoran as chief executive of the luxury carmaker.

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Island Hotel Changes Name

Island Hotel changed its name to Fashion Island Hotel.

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Galardi Group Gets President

Galardi Group Inc. appointed J.R. Galardi president, replacing Dennis Tase who retired in May 2016.

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'Grey Friday': Nov. Sales Mixed for OC Carmakers

OC-based automakers saw mixed sales results in November and year-to-date.

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Boardriders Wants to Buy Billabong

Huntington Beach-based Boardriders Inc. offered to buy the shares of Billabong International Ltd. (ASX: BBG) it doesn’t yet own for $1 apiece, in a deal that values Billabong at about $150 million.

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Hyundai Bows Kona

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. today unveiled its small utility vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Lazy Dog Hires CMO, CPO

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Huntington Beach named John Williams its chief marketing officer and Mariah Machnikowski its chief people officer, both new roles.

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Advantage Solutions Buys Complementary Company

Advantage Solutions Inc. will buy Daymon Worldwide Inc. on undisclosed terms in a deal that links two private equity-backed big players in brand and retail sales and marketing work.

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Juice It Up Adds Drive Thru

A Juice It Up franchisee will offer the chain’s products for the first time in a drive-thru location next month.

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Karma to Open NB Showroom

Irvine-based Karma Automotive LLC will open a showroom and its first company-owned dealership on Monday along the Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach.

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Remembering Fifi: “A Big Part of Orange County History”

Chefs, Owners, Foodies Reflect on Her Legacy

“Knew her almost 30 years. One of the most important people I’ve known for the business I’m in. And then she became a friend. She knew so much about this business, who’s doing what, what direction I, the industry should take. Her column taught us. A wonderful person.” —John Ghoukassian, owner, Bistango, Bayside Restaurants

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Taco Bell Shifts Senior Execs

Melissa Lora will retire next summer from her position as president of Taco Bell Corp.’s international division. Chief Financial Officer Liz Williams will move into Lora’s role and Rahul Shinde, currently GM in India for KFC will become Division CFO at Taco Bell.

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Five Point Sells More Land for Homes, Plots Retail

Five Point Holdings LLC said it has sold the 103 acres of land that will hold the next batch of homes at Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods, for $475 million.

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'Dinesty' Ends: Fifi Chao Dies

Fifi Chao the longtime Orange County restaurant columnist died Monday. She was 81.

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New Owners for Costa Mesa’s Triangle, $55M Sale

REAL ESTATE: Caps $150M in deals for Greenlaw Partners

The Triangle, the Costa Mesa entertainment center that’s home to some of the city’s busiest nightspots, restaurants and other venues, has been sold to a Los Angeles-based real estate investor who’s no stranger to the dating scene.

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