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RESTAURANTS: Farrell’s, Creamistry proceed separately
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants’ parent, Lake Forest-based Parlour Enterprises Inc., and Irvine-based Creamistry separately said they will begin franchising.
FINANCE: Semaphore rollout helps ‘Tubers’ brand and more
Irvine-based financial services firm Semaphore is betting on the growing field of YouTube entertainment and its increasing capacity to attract brands to advertise to the younger crowd.
Two Orange County-based investment firms have partnered to acquire a majority stake in Mob Scene LLC, an entertainment marketing and production company in Beverly Hills.
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau said it would integrate sales efforts with two other cities to target meeting professionals for multiyear bookings.
Seeks Photos Illustrating What Fans Are ‘True To’
The summer is all but gone, but two Orange County-based brands are offering a chance to keep it alive in a social media contest.
Visit Laguna Beach has a new website.
Anaheim and Newport Beach were among the most-sought U.S. cities for events in the past year, according to a list released by a McLean, Va.-based online database of meetings venues.
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau said it would integrate sales efforts with two other cities to target meeting professionals for multi-year bookings.
Four Orange County-based restaurant companies will compete in a fundraising food event at the upcoming Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Chain Gets Past Downturn, Puts Corporate Vet in Kitchen
Wahoo’s Fish Taco wants to keep it casual for customers even as it tightens up the way the 61-restaurant chain goes about its business.
REAL ESTATE: Lease-back an option for newspaper’s operations
Santa Ana developer Mike Harrah is closing in on a deal to buy the headquarters of the Orange County Register, according to sources.
Despite Blips, OC Trading Partner Still Number One
Mexico City-based discount airline InterJet ceased flights out of John Wayne Airport on July 19.
The 12 largest hotels near the Anaheim Convention Center offer 588,000 square feet of convention space and about 8,200 rooms that can accommodate the big gatherings that converge on the area every year. But space can also be small when necessary. Many hotels and resorts offer space for small groups, whether the traveler or business groups needing a working “staycation” or some privacy. Those clients have specific needs and are willing to spend money for them. The meeting spaces can be as different as the clientele, with everything from the county’s largest hotel to a boutique beachfront experience, with prominent and premium resorts in the mix. Business groups also sometime include guests who have different needs but want the same attention to detail corporate clients require. The Business Journal’s Paul Hughes asked executives at local venues how they serve high-end meetings and conventions guests. Here are edited excerpts of their responses:
Changes Mirror National Trends, Cast Wider Net
What’s in a name? A lot more than before for Orange County business and tourist groups.
HOSPITALITY: Name change could accompany retro makeover
The new owner of the Laguna Cliffs Inn plans to emphasize what it calls the unique qualities of its location with a $1 million renovation of the 36-room boutique hotel.