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By Dave Brooks | April 13, 2006
A trio of local businessmen are breathing a little Aloha spirit into the old Costa Mesa Job Center site. Brothers Gene and Dave Ahlo, natives of Hawaii, have teamed up with cousin Bryan Calvero to open X'Quizit Designs, an automotive custom tailoring garage at the corner of 17th Street and Placentia Avenue. X'Quizit installs car stereo systems, redesigns interiors, and puts on custom bumpers, rims and exhaust systems. Once ground zero for Costa Mesa's ongoing immigration debate, the building has been transformed by the three businessmen, who use island-style hospitality to welcome customers into their extended ohana.
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By Sarah Peters | January 23, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Andrea Popa Williams knows 22 points on every woman's body that hold the potential for fashion greatness or disaster. As proprietor of Andrea's Couture in Corona del Mar, which specializes in high-end custom gowns, it's her job to make sure the latter doesn't happen. "Every gown we do, we fit to the body and concentrate on a woman's physique," Williams said. "We fit a real woman. The reality is that most mothers are not a size 6 or size 4. " This is where a tape measurer and 22 specific measurement points across the female body come into play, she said.
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By Len Bose | November 21, 2012
I am taking a new approach to Newport Beach's most interesting boats this year by limiting the list to 10. The previous four lists have contained 20 boats, both power and sail. To qualify, the boat must have resided in Newport Harbor for most of the year and not have been on last year's list. Not an easy task in today's time and with our city's recent tideland rent increases. Most of the boats are custom and have been in the harbor for a long time. To be honest, I am just hoping to get the listing on these boats, or at least be invited aboard.
NEWS
February 24, 2011
Mark Patterson, a New York-based custom jeweler, this week announced that its flagship store has moved to Newport Beach, according to a press release. The store, which has opened on East Coast Highway, features certified gemologists, 11 goldsmiths and diamond expert Frank Conforti, according to the release. "All shoppers will find a unique experience at Mark Patterson, whether they are looking to make their first jewelry purchase or to have a custom piece designed around a loose stone they can choose themselves from an exclusive collection of gemstones," the release said.
NEWS
January 5, 2003
Lolita Harper The holidays are a busy time at Bud's Custom Tailor in Costa Mesa. A button has popped off, a skirt needs a last-minute hem or a tuxedo just doesn't fit as well as it did for the last New Year's Eve party. All patrons are equally frantic and all projects are equally important to tailor Anibal de la Cruz, who took over the 36-year-business last year after his father's untimely passing. "My dad could never say no to anybody," de la Cruz said.
NEWS
February 2, 2003
I love home improvements. The planning and research are almost as much fun as the finished product. I don't always love the financial part, and I certainly don't like the inconvenience, but freshening up the house is high on my list of priorities. When you buy an older home, you know you've signed a contract for continuous care. If it's not the water heater, it's the paint on the eaves. If it's not the paint, it's the plumbing: it's an old story, you know how it goes.
NEWS
June 30, 2005
GREER WYLDER The best place to buy a used car in mint condition is Carl Mazzie Motors. You won't be disappointed by the good-as-new quality and selection. Owner Carl Mazzie hand-picks cars and then has them completely certified and reconditioned, including new brakes and tires; all get oil changes; and mechanical problems are fixed. There are always 30 to 35 cars to choose from, mostly luxury German and Japanese, as well as all types of sport-utility vehicles.
LOCAL
By Paul Anderson | December 11, 2008
The holiday season is in full swing and your boss has put you in charge of the office party. You need help planning. Who to call? How about Where’s the Party? in Costa Mesa. This week we check in with Candy Hirte, owner of Where’s the Party?   What does your business offer? Do you have various pre-set packages, or is it more custom-made and tailored to the client’s goals? Our store has everything you need to have a party, starting with the invitation.
NEWS
February 12, 2004
GREER WYLDER Charles H. Barr Jewelers offers extensive jewelry services, including an on-site jeweler and watchmaker. Custom work, repairs and appraisals are specialties. Choose from an array of jewelry designs that include bridal sets, loose diamonds and precious gems. Hard-to-find fine watches come from Cyma, a line sold exclusively at independent jewelers that employ watchmakers. Popular gifts include the slide bracelet, a modern version of an old-fashioned charm bracelet (14-karat slides can also have gemstones)
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 1, 2013
A successful Orange County interior designer with aspirations of catering to high-end shoppers has expanded his business to a new two-story showroom in Costa Mesa. Marc Pridmore Designs, 3089 Bristol St., displays a variety of furnishings but also offers custom flooring, drapery and interior design. The 42,000-square-foot showroom held its grand opening Thursday. FOR THE RECORD: This story has corrected the spelling of Marc Pridmore and Marc Pridmore Designs. Also, bedroom sets go up to $40,000, not bedding.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | January 22, 2014
Save for breaking in, how can someone gain entry into a family's home and hear about the experiences that form the tapestry of their lives? By cooking for them - or so Bay Ewald and Nick Nigro, founders of comewecreate, have found. The Costa Mesa couple, self-proclaimed foodies, launched the in-house catering service last summer after picking cooking as their creative outlet of choice. Since word got out, they've served at birthdays, business events and Christmas parties, provided romantic meals for two and even fed people with special dietary needs.
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By Emily Foxhall | November 23, 2013
Forget Black Friday, it's "Fabulous Friday" to South Coast Plaza. The high-end shopping center plans extra concierges armed with complimentary bottled water and added valets to ease crowded parking lots. Preferred customers and media can sip cappuccinos and champagne as part of an invite-only "Holiday Suite" in the "penthouse," a luxury area that includes storefronts for the likes of Christian Louboutin and Oscar de la Renta. But Black Friday implies deals, not luxury, and while major savings may be found at departments stores, such as Sears and Macy's, which will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, many of the center's famed designer retailers have no plans to welcome visitors before official mall hours start at 8 a.m. Friday.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | October 22, 2013
For the first seven years of his life, Paul Hortobagyi never tasted a waffle. Then one day he found himself surrounded by them. The Fountain Valley resident was strolling through the streets of Liege, Belgium, with his parents when he encountered artisanal street vendors selling waffles at nearly every corner. They would grab a piece of paper, sprinkle the buttery-sweet treasure with powdered sugar and hand it out. He recalled no fancy stuffing or topping. The confection, in its purest form, was a great indulgence.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | October 2, 2013
Six students from Okazaki, Japan, took center stage this week to share a bit of their culture with students at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach. For more than 30 years, the Newport-Balboa Rotary Club, working in conjunction with the Newport Beach Sister City Assn., has organized an annual student exchange that involves six students from Okazaki spending a week with host families in Newport Beach in October. In return, six students from Newport Beach travel to Okazaki in July to spend a week immersing themselves in Japanese culture, said Rotary Club board member Richard Oberreiter.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | September 24, 2013
A Newport Beach wig shop owner must pay $24,000 after a state appeals court affirmed that she libeled a customer in online posts. The panel of three judges, in a Sept. 17 opinion, upheld Orange County Superior Court Judge Charles Margines' ruling that Constance Walsh, owner of Wiggin Out, wrote defamatory posts online about Cheryl Sanders, who bought a wig from the Newport Beach store in 2009. "The patently false nature of the claims, Walsh's false denial that she posted the statements, and Walsh's hostile attitude towards plaintiff are substantial evidence to support the trial court's finding of malice," Justice Raymond J. Ikola wrote in the opinion.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
Mesa Water operates a water district of which our customers and community members can be proud. Our residents and water users expect, deserve and receive safe, high-quality water from an efficient, financially sound and transparent agency. As one of the most efficient water districts in Orange County, Mesa Water has the lowest annual expenditures, at $230 per capita, of any water district in the region. Mesa Water's revenues are solely from water sales. The district does not receive property taxes, as many other districts do. Mesa Water is financially strong and transparent.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | March 12, 2013
To meet demand, The Camp is using several off-site parking lots during peak hours, according to a presentation given Monday to the Costa Mesa Planning Commission. The popular Bristol Street shopping center in the Sobeca District uses 10 off-site lots for customers and employees. The lots, some of which are portions of other business' parking lots, are on Bristol, Baker Street, Randolph Avenue, Century Place and a section of St. Clair Street east of the 73 Freeway. The lots hold as few as five and as many as 40 cars.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 9, 2013
Gayle Jones sat down at the counter Friday morning and ordered what could be her last serving of the best scrambled eggs she's ever had. "It's such a shame," the Corona del Mar resident said as she settled in to read a couple of newspapers and enjoy breakfast. The neighborhood Coco's Bakery Restaurant, where she orders said scrambled eggs, will close its doors for the last time at 2 p.m. Sunday . The site will be reborn in a few months as a Chase Bank. Friday, longtime residents lamented the impending loss of a community gathering place and grumbled about the prospect of yet another financial institution joining several others along East Coast Highway.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 1, 2013
A successful Orange County interior designer with aspirations of catering to high-end shoppers has expanded his business to a new two-story showroom in Costa Mesa. Marc Pridmore Designs, 3089 Bristol St., displays a variety of furnishings but also offers custom flooring, drapery and interior design. The 42,000-square-foot showroom held its grand opening Thursday. FOR THE RECORD: This story has corrected the spelling of Marc Pridmore and Marc Pridmore Designs. Also, bedroom sets go up to $40,000, not bedding.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 1, 2013
According to Gisberto Bertucci, there are two ways to get anywhere in the universe: your imagination or through a black hole. "Why would God create such a large landscape if we can't see it?" he mused Friday morning on a bus trundling down Coast Highway toward Laguna Beach. "In your mind, there are no limits. Or in a black hole, there's no time and no space. If you got through, you could be anywhere. " Bertucci, who lives in a camper parked in a friend's Costa Mesa yard, catches Orange County Transit Authority's Line 1 to Main Beach every morning about 9 at a stop on East Coast Highway.
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