Orange County Business Journal

Kari Hamanaka covers apparel manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, automakers and hotels/tourism. She can be reached at hamanaka@ocbj.com.

Recent Stories

Fashion Label Likes Look of Competition

Forget about the doom-and-gloom projections that women’s retail is boring, merchandising is dead, and Forever 21 killed the category.

By Kari Hamanaka July 14, 2014 midnight share »

Knott’s Next Ride: Back to Future

Raffi Kaprelyan believes this will be the summer of Knott’s Berry Farm.

By Kari Hamanaka June 2, 2014 midnight share »

Billabong Restructures, Adds Executive Weight in OC

Orange County is emerging as an increasingly important part of Billabong International Ltd.’s operations as the action-sports apparel maker and retailer begins to find some footing on a turnaround.

By Kari Hamanaka May 27, 2014 midnight share »

Hotel Construction, Remodeling in High Gear

Dirt’s turning at a rapid clip for Orange County’s hotel landscape, and there may be no other local company that reflects that activity more than R.D. Olson Construction.

By Kari Hamanaka May 27, 2014 midnight share »

Coordinated Effort Taps Coveted China Meetings Market

It took a perfect storm of the positive persuasion to bring the Perfect group to Orange County.

By Kari Hamanaka May 27, 2014 midnight share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.33% to 1,898.81 in afternoon trading Friday.

By Kari Hamanaka May 23, 2014 10:36 a.m. share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.38% to 1,895.29 in afternoon trading Thursday.

By Kari Hamanaka May 22, 2014 10:54 a.m. share »
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R.D. Olson Construction Appoints President

Irvine-based R.D. Olson Construction has named Bill Wilhelm president.

By Kari Hamanaka May 22, 2014 10:30 a.m. share »
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Marriott Awards R.D. Olson With Top Developer Honor

Irvine developer Bob Olson and his company R.D. Olson were awarded Marriott International's Developer of the Year award this week.

By Kari Hamanaka May 22, 2014 6 a.m. share »
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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 rose 0.61% to 1,884.18 in afternoon trading Wednesday.

By Kari Hamanaka May 21, 2014 10:42 a.m. share »

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