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By Emily Foxhall | December 21, 2013
Holiday shoppers weren't the only ones who planned to spend Saturday at Fashion Island. Two Newport Beach police officers - mounted on horseback - were also set to arrive during the hectic hunting of last-minute Christmas gifts. They will return once more on Monday. This year marks the first time the horses, named Pistol and Levi, have helped with the seasonal watch, said Lt. Matthew Graham, one of the two officers certified for mounted patrol. Graham and Officer Shawn Dugan joined the Orange County Regional Mounted Enforcement Unit in June . Newport Beach is one of six agencies involved, along with the Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Buena Park and Anaheim police departments and the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
By Rhea Mahbubani | December 19, 2013
It can take anywhere from one to two hours for the smell of clean clothes to infiltrate your senses at a laundromat. But Elson Lai and Chris Carey were determined to do one better. They established a company that completes a laundry cycle in just 10 minutes. There's only one difference: the material in question is skin, not fabric. The aptly named Skin Laundry offers facials that employ medical-grade lasers. It caters to on-the-go customers, providing an alternative to the beauty treatment that in some places can take 60 minutes.
December 12, 2013
Community Animal Network's Willow is hoping to celebrate Christmas with a family that will give lots of love and attention. Willow likes to know what's going on around the house and watches the chores being done. He is very verbal and carries on conversations with those he loves. Guests are amazed at how he greets them at the door, too. The Fashion Island pet adoption cages are festive-looking and the volunteers are wearing red Santa hats. Cats can be seen from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at the Fashion Island adoption event sponsored by Russo's Pet Experience.
By Beau Nicolette | December 2, 2013
On Sunday, the fifth night of Hanukkah, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) joined a local rabbi in lighting a nearly 7-foot Jerusalem stone menorah at Fashion Island. With Thanksgiving and the Festival of Lights falling on the same long weekend, the Christian congressman highlighted the struggles for religious freedoms faced by the Pilgrims and the Maccabees. "Its very symbolic to me because I identify with America first and foremost," he said, "and America, first and foremost, is about respecting other people's faith, or lack of faith.
By Hannah Fry | November 25, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court judge found enough evidence Monday to move forward with a case against a Garden Grove man accused of firing 54 rounds at Fashion Island in December 2012. Marcos Gurrola, 42, is charged with shooting at an occupied building and aggravated assault, with sentencing enhancements for the use of a firearm, after he allegedly fired a Glock .40 semiautomatic handgun into the air in the parking lot near Macy's just 10 days before Christmas. The shooting occurred the day after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and within a week of another fatal shooting at a shopping mall outside Portland, Ore. In addition to charges tied to the December shooting, prosecutors said Gurrola faces 10 counts of negligent discharge of a firearm after he allegedly fired 10 shots, also at Fashion Island, in November 2011.
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.
By Beau Nicolette | November 15, 2013
Fashion Island was filled with holiday spirit Friday night like a scene from a Disney Christmas special as crowds gathered to watch this year's 90-foot Christmas tree twinkle for the first time. Guests filled the plaza in front of Bloomingdale's and were treated to a custom Disney performance complete with songs from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy dressed as Santa Claus. The nearly 20-minute song and dance show was capped by falling snow and the illumination of the 20,000 lights adorning the towering tree.
By Emily Foxhall | November 14, 2013
When a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island lights up for the first time Friday night, it will mark just one mega-tree in a series sparkling to life for the holidays in shopping centers throughout Southern California. Fashion Island's white fir, which soars above many of the surrounding stores, cost roughly $1,000 per foot of height, a price that covered transportation, set-up and decoration. But even with such a hefty price tag, the tree still falls 25 feet short of being the tallest in the area, and perhaps the country.
By Emily Foxhall | November 5, 2013
When installing a 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island - for a fee of roughly $1,000 per foot - one certainly hopes it will stand straight. The tree's arrival Monday morning to the famed Newport Beach shopping center kicked off the preparations for an influx of holiday shoppers and more than 10,000 people expected each night for the Disney-themed tree lighting ceremonies Nov. 15 and 16. Over the coming weeks, 4,000 poinsettias will be...
By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 21, 2013
To start the day in Newport Beach, Kathy Leek had a black bag that could have fit two people. That is if it wasn't so full of yarn. Throughout Saturday, about 35 people whittled down the raw material in the Fashion Island Macy's, knitting or crocheting items to sell in support of breast cancer awareness and research during the sixth annual Knit One Cure Too "knit-a-thon" put on by Spa Gregorie's. "This young gentleman is teaching me how to finger knit," Leek said, motioning to one of the youngest volunteers, who had yarn hanging off their hands.
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