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There's a little bit of everything

March 17, 2005

dolls and Ravensburger puzzles. There are also Madame Alexander

dolls, Kettler tricycles, Leap Frog learning toys, Steiff

collectibles and more.

The shop offers free gift wrapping and excellent customer service,

including free assembly of tricycles and wagons.

Toy Boat at Fashion Island is located between Barnes & Noble and

the Iris Fountain. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday; 11 a.m.


to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. (949) 729-9800.


On May 5, California First Lady Maria Shriver will be the guest

speaker at the Women of Vision luncheon at the Balboa Bay Club and

Resort. For reservations and information, call (949) 768-9207.


A new designer eyewear boutique, Eye Five just opened at the Lab

in Costa Mesa. It offers the latest in eyewear designs from Hurley,

Dita, Blinde Design, Penguin Original, Mosely Tribes, Spy Optics,

Paul Frank Optometrics and Persol.

"The vision of Eye Five is to offer an innovative and hands-on

eyewear store that is warm and inviting," said owner Todd Moore, an

experienced eyewear and retail professional. "The open style format

invites individuals to explore mid to high-end sunglasses freely."

Moore stocks some classics like Ray Ban, but leans toward

fashion-forward brands that are available only at specialty stores.

In mid-March, Eye Five will host an opening party and introduce new

eyewear lines.

Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday. 2930 Bristol Street in Costa Mesa. (714) 557-2044.


Since 1924, Wilshire Fireplace has provided a premium selection of

fireplace equipment in all styles. It also offers installations and

custom designs of mantles and screens in a variety of finishes and


The showroom stocks travertine, wood and marble mantles, as well

as reproduction and one-of-a- kind chenets, andirons, toolsets,

fenders, mailboxes, barbecues and gas and wood stoves. They also

carry decorative, cast-iron fire backs that protect the back wall of

the fireplace and, most importantly, increase heat efficiency. They

can install fireplace inserts, prefabricated fireboxes, mantles and


Wilshire Fireplace has provided fireplaces for seven U.S.

presidents in their homes and in the White House, including Ronald

Reagan's Bel Air residence.

Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday. 1522 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. (949) 650-2640.

* BEST BUYS appears Thursdays. Send information to Greer Wylder at

greerwylder@yahoo .com; at 1375 Sunflower Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626;

or by fax at (714) 966-4679.

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