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Oakley, Ferrari Share Ride in Style

$450-a-Pair Glasses Grew Out of OC-Italy Collaboration

Foothill Ranch-based sunglasses and apparel maker Oakley Inc. has partnered with Ferrari SPA to produce an eyewear collection that carries the name of the famed automaker and a price tag of around $450 a pair.

Elephant Bar Cuts Back Amid Casual-Dining Slowdown

RESTAURANTS: Chain closes about 1/3 of restaurants

Costa Mesa-based S.B. Restaurant Co. has closed 16 of its 45 Elephant Bar locations.

BJ’s Introduces Diners-In-a-Hurry App

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. launched a mobile application that aims to reduce customers’ wait times and increase the Huntington Beach-based chain’s sales volume.

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BJ’s App for Speedy Service

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. launched a mobile application that aims to reduce customers’ wait times and increase the Huntington Beach-based chain’s sales volume.

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First OC Spot for Trendy Popsicle Chain

Popbar opened its first Orange County location, at the new Anaheim Packing District food plaza.

Different Kind of Car Culture

How Little Saigon’s Cluster of Repair Shops Works

James Do had big plans for his auto repair business after nearly two decades in a cluster of about 50 mechanics and body shops that fill one side of a whole block just off Little Saigon’s main drag of Bolsa Avenue.

Vans’ New Website Streamlines Company’s Message

Aims to Boost Engagment, Product Profiles

Cypress-based Vans Inc. has relaunched its website, a collaboration with the Huge Inc. digital agency in Los Angeles.

Quiksilver Touts New Shoe, Price Plan on Apparel

APPAREL: Strategic shifts come amid rugged week for shares

Quiksilver Inc.’s shares took a beating last week, but its management might have an ace or two up its sleeve to get the company on track in the second half of the year.

Wilson Automotive Buys 2 Dealerships

Wilson Automotive Group in Orange will spend more than $100 million on two acquisitions, including a deal to buy a Toyota dealership from Fletcher Jones Motorcars.

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Restaurant Chain Enters OC

Redding, Calif.-based Black Bear Diner opens its first Orange County location June 9, in Buena Park.

Wilson Automotive Buys Fletcher Jones Toyota in Vegas

Wilson Automotive Group in Orange will spend more than $100 million on two acquisitions, including a deal to buy a Toyota dealership from Fletcher Jones Motorcars.

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Quiksilver Shares Plummet

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. fell 28% to near $4 and a market cap of less than $700 million in after-hours trading Monday after the retailer posted a $46 million loss for the quarter ended April 30.

BJ’s Restaurants Ups Ante on New Ad Campaign

MARKETING: Casual dining chain boosts marketing to $20M

A new, full-scale approach to advertising looks to be a game changer for BJ’s Restaurants Inc.

Apparel Makers Grow Sales, Local Workforce Flat

Largest Based Here Bring In About $9B in Revenue

The 49 largest apparel companies based in Orange County raked in roughly $9 billion in sales, a 9.2% increase from a year ago, according to this week’s Business Journal list. 

Recent Changes Stir Orange County Fine-Dining Pot

Some Very Good, Another Remains to Be Seen

Restaurants keep opening, many of them good, but when we spent time at the new Watertable in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Hotel & Spa, we realized dish by dish that there are still culinary frontiers being conquered and ways to set the bar much higher. It has been one of the most eye-opening, palate-pleasing forays into fine dining on a comfort-food level that I’ve come across in a long time.