March 14, 2005
Andrew Edwards The name is a tongue twister. The store is like a giant toy box. Gary and Diane Naumann opened the fourth branch of Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat last Tuesday at Fashion Island. The store is filled with tricycles, dolls, trucks and pirate ships. "We carry just about everything -- we have Mattel; we have Hasbro; but we have a lot of specialty toys," Gary Naumann said. Some favorite toys at the store, the Naumanns said, are the bright plastic Bruder trucks that are stacked near the doorway.
December 2, 2009
Numerous national and international media outlets are reporting that golf superstar Tiger Woods, a part-time Corona del Mar resident, met with a self-alleged longtime mistress at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach for at least one of their 20 trysts. California cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs, 24, claims that she has had an affair with Woods, 33, for 31 months, according to comments attributed to her in various news reports. Grubbs said the pair met most recently in October at the Island Hotel, where they watched “Angels and Demons” and then had sex. Grubbs claims Woods has sent her hundreds of racy text and voice messages, and has published some of them in US Weekly, a national magazine.
November 19, 2009
A teenager suspected by Newport Beach police of being the lone gunman that got away during a search last month near Fashion Island was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, authorities confirmed. Dalton Rahman, 18, was shot by Los Angeles County Sheriffs SWAT team members when he wrested a gun away from one of them as they tried to arrest him, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s department Nov. 6. Newport Beach police said Rahman was the man who eluded capture in early October, when officers went to a parking lot near Fashion Island where three men were reported acting suspiciously.
November 24, 2011
Location: 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Known for: "Overlooking the ocean, Fashion Island offers distinctive shopping and dining in a coastal resort setting. " That's what it says on its website; that's reason enough to go. Situated on 75 acres on a slope above the Pacific, the center attracts more than 13 million people a year to its mix of indoor and outdoor shopping and dining facilities.
August 15, 2011
Fashion Island welcomed nautical lifestyle and clothing brand Sperry Top-Sider earlier this month at a 2,100-square-foot space between the Nordstrom and Pacific courts. The store is the 75-year-old Massachusetts-based company's first Orange County location and the largest on the West Coast, according to a news release. The brand's full range of men's, women's and children's footwear and apparel will be sold at the store. Signature accessories, such as tote bags and board shorts crafted from recycled sailcloth, will also be featured.
March 7, 2011
A bigger Wahoo's Fish Tacos will soon come to Fashion Island and feature a full bar, said a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach shopping center. Wahoo's will relocate from its existing space upstairs near the Edwards Island Cinemas to a 4,500-square-foot location in the Atrium Cafés, said Fashion Island spokeswoman Jane Gillespie. The new location is almost twice as big as Wahoo's present location at Fashion Island. It's scheduled to open this summer and serve as the company's flagship location.
October 18, 2010
ECCO Shoes will open its first retail store in Orange County next month at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The store is scheduled to open there on Nov. 5, Fashion Island officials said in a news release issued Monday. ECCO, a Danish shoemaker, was founded in 1963, and offers footwear ranging from men's and women's dress and casual styles to children shoes and shoes for golf and other sports. "We are excited to announce the opening of our new retail location at Newport Fashion Island, bringing the ECCO brand to consumers in Orange County," Linda Clohosey, vice president of ECCO's Americas retail division said in a prepared statement.
September 12, 2011
Celebrity fashion designers Rachel Roy and David Meister will host events at Style Week Orange County at Fashion Island. The fourth annual event will include functions at both the Irvine Spectrum, where the event began, and at Fashion Island from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8. Both shopping centers are owned by the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. This is the first time Fashion Island has been included in the event. "With Style Week Orange County's debut at Fashion Island this year, we are thrilled to present two of America's most respected designers, Rachel Roy and David Meister," Laura Davis, senior marketing director of Fashion Island and Irvine Spectrum Center, said in a prepared statement.
May 16, 2011
The Newport Colony Co., sister store to the Laguna Beach Colony Co., has opened a location in Fashion Island. The Newport Colony Co. offers unique furniture, accessories, décor, jewelry, bath products, candles and other gift items. The store also sells in-house interior design services and staging, according to a news release. "Our goal is to create an oasis of beauty, tranquility and comfort in the home," owner Paul Mosley said in a prepared statement. "You dream it … we bring it to life!"
June 8, 2011
Passport to Luxury, an annual event coordinated by Fashion Island and Riviera magazine, returns to the Newport Beach shopping center on Friday. At the free event, there will be food, drinks and one-night deals from center's restaurants and stores. Shoppers will receive a "passport" at the Gazebo in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard. When shoppers collect six stamps from participating stores, they can enter to win a Fashion Island gift card and other prizes. Sales for tickets to enter a drawing for a four-day, three-night stay at the Pueblo Bonita Oceanfront Resort & Spa, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, benefit the Children's Hospital of Orange County.