May 30, 2011
Men's apparel, bags and small goods brand JACK SPADE announced the June opening of its Fashion Island store and first location in Orange County, according to a news release. "We are thrilled to open our first JACK SPADE store in Newport Beach and Fashion Island and look forward to introducing the customers to our brand… it also means more trips for our team to the West Coast, which is never a bad thing," said Cuan Hanly, vice president and general manager of JACK SPADE, in a prepared statement.
December 8, 2010
A Christmas countdown of holiday gift drives is being held at Fashion Island on Saturdays to benefit three local charities. A toy drive was hosted by Becksrand Cancer Foundation on Saturday. The foundation's three youth auxiliaries — Four Pearls, Junior Pearls and Mini Pearls — collected 150 new, unwrapped gifts for children in their BELIEVE program, according to a news release. The drive had a massive increase compared with last year's net of 50 toys because of efforts put forth by a past program recipient, who spent numerous hours raising awareness in the community, said Kaerie Ray, director of development.
April 18, 2011
Fashion Island retail store and clothier Splendid will host an all-day shopping event and rally on Thursday to benefit the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women, according to a news release Monday. The store will donate 15% of sales to the Run/Walk for Women, to be hosted by the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Revlon in Los Angeles on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday. Rally attendees can also sign up to run or walk with Team Splendid and enter to win the Team Splendid Sweepstakes.
November 7, 2011
High-end Spanish jewelry line Uno de 50 has arrived at Fashion Island, the Newport Beach shopping center announced Monday. The 440-square-foot store between the koi pond and Pacific Court near Macy's is the jewelry maker's first West Coast location, according to the release. Although Uno de 50 was started under the premise of keeping each collection to 50 pieces or fewer, the line has since expanded production past that quantity with stores in Europe and the U.S. "Our collections don't follow trends or crazes; they are pieces that emit a unique, categorical and timeless design," Emilio Benzadon, managing director of Uno de 50 in the U.S., said in a prepared statement.
April 18, 2014
A man who fired a handgun 54 times at Fashion Island because it reportedly made him "feel better" was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison. Marcos Gurrola, 42, of Garden Grove pleaded guilty to 54 counts of shooting at an occupied building and two felony counts of aggravated assault. In December 2012, Gurrola drove to Newport Beach, pulled into Fashion Island's parking lot and began firing a .40-caliber Glock toward Macy's. No one was hit, but in the ensuing panic, a woman and her 4-year-old daughter were hurt while trying to run away, leading to the assault charges.
December 6, 2011
Edwards Island Cinemas at Fashion Island will preview the newly renovated seven-screen theater at a charitable event Dec. 14, according to the event website. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" will screen at the event benefiting Oceana, an international ocean conservation advocacy group. While the cinema opens for regular business Dec. 16 — 364 days after it was closed for renovations — tickets to the preview event can be bought through EveningAtTheCinema.org . The Irvine Co. announced the closure of the 21-year-old theater last December as part of its $100-million reinvestment in the shopping plaza, which brought in more than 40 new stores and restaurants, according to Daily Pilot archives . The renovated Island Cinemas will have a spacious lobby, "Italianate" architecture, stadium seating in all auditoriums, larger seats, wider aisles and more legroom, according to the article.
December 27, 2010
Drybar, the Los Angeles-based salon, will open its first Orange County location in Fashion Island in late spring. Opened in 2010, Drybar provides blowouts for a flat fee of $35 while customers watch movies, snack on light foods, or make use of docking stations for iPhones and other personal electronics, according to a press release. "We are so thrilled by the incredible response we're seeing from woman all over Los Angeles for our concept," co-founder Alli Webb said in a prepared statement.
December 18, 2012
The man accused of firing more than 50 rounds into the air at a busy Newport Beach shopping mall on Saturday seemed "totally different" at his grandmother's wake two days before, a cousin said. Jacob Avalos told KTLA the wake was the last time he saw his cousin, Marcos Gurrola, 42, who remained in Orange County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited dwelling. Gurrola is accused of firing a semiautomatic handgun dozens of times into the air at a parking lot at Fashion Island before he was taken into custody, Newport Beach police said.
December 30, 2011
As a longtime Newport-Mesa resident, I read with interest about the $100-million makeover of Fashion Island ("Fashion Island undergoes bustling wave of change," Dec. 27). The article slant was very positive, but here is the flipside. The powers that be have obviously decided the "family-friendly" approach has to go — the merry-go-round, the train and the beloved bubble fountain, for example. The new group that is being courted is the affluent dog owner. In the last six months or so, my friends and I have personally witnessed dogs lifting their legs on the sides of stores; a large shaggy dog in a store rubbing its shedding coat against the velvet slacks we were looking at; a dog having a big problem inside a store and the owner refusing to clean it up. And, of course, there is no such thing now as walking around the grassy mini-park by Macy's to enjoy the ocean view, because that has become a doggy bathroom.