Business / In Brief • Feb. 7, 2014

Charlotte Russe to open Maui store

National young women’s apparel retailer Charlotte Russe will open a store at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in the late summer, according to an announcement.

Named after a French dessert, Charlotte Russe opened its first fashion store in Carlsbad, Calif., in 1975. The store focuses on clothes for women in their teens and early 20s.

The retailer has more than 500 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico.


Businesses may seek disaster loans

Small, nonfarm businesses in Maui and Kalawao counties are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared the emergency Jan. 15. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15.

The loans are to offset economic losses caused by a drought that began Jan. 1 in the counties, said Tanya N. Garfield, acting director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses due to the drought and business es directly impacted by the disaster, Garfield said.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at

Disaster loan information and application forms also are available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disaster

Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

For more information, see


ROOTSTOCK Maui event set for today

A ROOTSTOCK Maui event, an informal gathering of the local food production community, will be held at 5:30 p.m. today in the University of Hawaii Maui College’s Pilina Building.

ROOTSTOCK is a partnership of UH-Maui College and Whole Foods Kahului. Each gathering has a topic, and today’s session will focus on packaging, including sourcing materials, design, label considerations and branding.

There also will be a minitrade show with design houses and packing suppliers.

A panel presentation consisting of local producers, who will share information and experiences, is scheduled as well. Panelists will include Shaun Bayles of Chic Naturals, Anthony LaBua-Keiser of Maui Preserved, Robert Mitnick of Maui Taro Burgers and Tim Parsons of Adoboloco.

Light pupu will be served at the free event. For more information or to register, go to root