Kari Hamanaka

Staff Reporter

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

Email: hamanaka@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 271

Recent Stories

Midday Stock Roundup

Veritone, Tri Pointe rise

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Big Lots Exec to Boot Barn Board

Gene Eddie Burt becomes eighth board director

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Goodwill Online Shop Sales Hit $1B

Inventory pulls from 129 Goodwills

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El Pollo Loco Boosts Digital Efforts With New Agency

Chain tapped Organic to be strategic digital agency of record

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Tilly’s Head Buyer Resigns

Tricia D. Smith’s resignation is effective March 19

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ATI Expands Internal App to Customer Use

Aims to Be Tech Solution For Crisis Management

Anaheim-based, family-owned firm ATI Restoration LLC has made an app its workers had been using within the company available to its broader customer base.

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NB Automotive Group Bullish on Luxe Market

AUTOS: Work starts on Bugatti showroom

To close the deal on a $3 million car, a seller can hardly treat the transaction like any other vehicle sale.

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Loraine Dowdy Builds Cosmetics Powerhouse in San Clemente

Loraine Dowdy builds cosmetics powerhouse in San Clemente

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Vans Channel Arrives; New Livestream Station

Broadcast Blends Radio And Public Access TV

Vans Inc. just elevated the meaning of branded content with the launch of its Channel 66 livestream station.

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Evolus jumps on settlement; Clean Energy bounces back

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EV Maker ElectraMeccanica Opening at The Shops at Mission Viejo

OC mall location part of Canadian automaker’s retail expansion

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Drybar Inks Franchise Deal with WellBiz

Blowout-focused salons expected to ‘scale quickly’ with help of franchisees

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Rollout Begins for Rivian, Amazon Delivery Vehicles

Automaker Helps With Retailer’s Delivery Routes

OC’s fastest-growing automaker and one of the world’s largest online retailers are making headway on making e-commerce deliveries a little greener.

Sears Waves Goodbye To OC With Village Closure

Digital, One Heavy Weight On Physical Retail

Another anchor store space in Orange County is set to be vacated with the Sears at Village at Orange liquidating.

Wil Power Connects Salons to Advertisers

MARKETING: Network of 100,000 barbers, salons

Wil Shelton never set out to be a marketing guru when he obtained his license in cosmetology, but 25 years later, the executive sits from a powerful perch when it comes to connecting global brands with the African American consumer.

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Yogurtland Australia Franchisee to Close All Stores

COVID restrictions cited as reason for decision

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Midday Stock Roundup

ClearPoint Neuro, Inari Medical stocks rise

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BJ’s Keeps Eye on Longer Term Growth Plans

Beer club, virtual brand and potential for a minimum of 425 restaurants in cards

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Report: Rivian Said to Be Eyeing IPO

Electric automaker reportedly would be valued at $50 billion

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Change in Design

Carol Dobbs Expands Boutique Offerings, and Community Dialogue

Carol Dobbs sews, paints, tie dyes, and runs the specialty boutique C Dobbs in Newport Beach

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Blue C Takes To TV to Market Services

Campaign Pitches Agency’s Digital-focused Offering

Costa Mesa marketing and advertising agency Blue C has taken to TV to nab new clients.

Lido Marina Village Location for $2.1B Co.

Orange County shoppers need not trek to West Hollywood anymore to search for the latest in luxury consignment goods.

Paradise Group Expands Into the US

RESTAURANTS: Base in Irvine, South Coast food hall

Din Tai Fung owned by Paradise Group Holdings Pte. Ltd. from Singapore is looking to go toe-to-toe with the popular Din Tai Fung restaurant chain for its U.S. expansion kicking off at South Coast Plaza

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Oncocyte rises on public offering pricing; STAAR Surgical up

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January Auto Sales Rise for OC Firms

Local automakers start year with vehicle sales on the up

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Former North Face President to Boardriders CEO

Arne Arens’ appointment is effective March 1

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Chipotle Plots Another 200 New Restaurants in 2021

Outlook comes as company ended 2020 with $6 billion in revenue

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Arbonne Nabs Former Beautycounter Exec for CMO

Amy Humfleet joins amid Arbonne rebrand

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Wine Chips Launches Digitally, Now in Stores

$1M in Online Sales For First Year of Ops

Wine Chips Inc. aims to put the couture in potato chips with its fast-growing line of specialty snacks in flavors such as smoked Gouda and Asiago.

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PBS SoCal Rebrands; Streaming, New Website

Station Looks to Remain Relevant Amid New Media

PBS SoCal in Costa Mesa and sister station KCET are touting a new look for the digital age.

Marque Elbows Into Fashion Resale Market

RETAIL: Luxe reseller’s focus is catering to the trade

Quentin Caruana was pushed into the retail business following the subprime mortgage crash of the last recession.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Skyworks up on earnings; Axonics falls

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Kia to Skip Super Bowl LV Ad

Automaker says it will shift spend to philanthropic efforts

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Fountain Among Test Sites for Chipotle Carside Pickup

Restaurant is the only OC location to be part of the pilot

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Chipotle to Mark Super Bowl Spot Debut with Focus on Food Sustainability

Commercial to run during game’s second quarter

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Viant IPO Underscores Rise Of Programmatic Advertising

Automating Ad Buying; Campaign Optimization

Programmatic advertising’s hold on digital display advertising continues to grow, as one company rests its initial public offering on what market watchers expect will only continue to expand.

Xponential Taps Industry Vet as New President

FITNESS: Luna charged with growing 8 brands

Sarah Luna, 34, will help lead one of the largest fitness chains in the country as the recently appointed president of Irvine-based Xponential Fitness LLC

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LoanDepot’s Marketing Spend Tops $1.2B

Pairs Big Data, Analytics With Traditional Marketing

Foothill Ranch-based loanDepot Inc.’s initial public offering compares much different to its current pending IPO, with sales of more than $3B in the first nine months of 2020, and a workforce topping 10,000

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Midday Stock Roundup

Restaurants, led by BJ’s, fall; ClearPoint on the rise

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Parcel Pending 2020 Locker Installations Jump With Rise in Online Shopping

Pandemic helped fuel demand for contactless delivery

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BJ’s Q4 Sales Hampered by Pandemic Restrictions

Improvement seen in some states since the start of the year as restrictions ease

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Rivian Raises $2.65B

Amazon Climate Pledge Fund among investors

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High-Tech Injection For Allergan Marketing

Data Labs Unit Hiring; Loyalty Program Refresh

The digital marketing and analytics arm of Botox maker Allergan, whose Allergan Aesthetics division is based in Irvine, continues on its quest to apply a high-tech touch to reach customers, new and old.

Marque Luxury’s Shopping Spree Includes Blog Buy

Luxe Reseller Adds Closet Full of Cash

Irvine-based luxury reseller Marque Luxury ended its 2020 growth on a high note with the purchase of the blog Closet Full of Cash.

Pacsun Keeps Its Cool

Alfred Chang Talks Retail, Fashion—and the Importance of Having a Voice for Brands

PacSun and its 43-year-old President Alfred Chang seem to have cracked the code, becoming one of the country’s largest “cool kid” brands

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Skyworks falls; Inari Medical rises

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Kura Sales Fall as Sushi Firm Grapples with COVID-19

Losses also widen in the quarter

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Tilly’s Rounds Out Holiday With Good Cheer

Retailer reported net sales up; online jumped 65%

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Chipotle Aims to Hire 15,000 in Restaurants

National hiring event scheduled for Thursday

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