Here’s the latest on new businesses in La Jolla:

Bottega Brandina

, a shop reminiscent of European boutiques, last week celebrated its opening at 1273 Prospect St. The store specializes in handbags and accessories from the Italian Riviera of the 1950s.

Scott Sullens, VP of Marketing and Brand Development, said they picked La Jolla and the San Diego area for a store because “locals as well as visitors enjoy the shopping experiences associated with premium specialty boutiques.”

The company opened its first store in Charleston, S.C., in May and is considering Carmel, Miami, Coral Gables and Las Vegas.

Destination Event Center La Jolla

, a 6,000-square-foot space in the building at 1020 Prospect St., is the newest event venue in town. The open space in the building, which has decks with views of Prospect and the ocean, is available for rent on a daily basis for weddings, business meetings and other special events, said Bill DeLeeuw, who is running the center.

Prime times are nights and weekends, he added, noting that catering and other services are brought in as needed.

The center is the site for the Aug. 18 La Jolla Town Council Sunsetter and plans are in the works for an Oktoberfest event. Go to