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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 4, 2013
Sixty years ago, buses carried tens of thousands of Boy Scouts down a little dirt road in Newport Beach to the third national Jamboree - a gathering of troops from across the country. Thursday, about 25 of those Scouts returned to a drastically different landscape. That dirt street had become Jamboree Road, and the land they had camped on turned into a sprawling shopping center - known as Fashion Island - where they gathered around a small monument near Macy's. "Fashion Island was the site of the Jamboree, and the road got its name from that," said Devon Dougherty, chief development officer for the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council.
By Rhea Mahbubani | September 26, 2013
Kendra Scott's jewelry empire began with wire-wrapped stones, a tea box and $500. Oh, and her 3-month-old Baby Bjorn-clad son, Cade, for company. In 2002, the Austin, Texas, resident dipped into her savings to convert her passion for fashion into a full-time business. Her decision, although decried by many, was aimed at digging her family out of a particularly deep financial pit. The risk paid off when every local boutique door she knocked on led to an order. Armed with a mini-collection of only about two dozen pieces, she kept her promise to her husband and doubled their starting costs.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 3, 2013
Cucina Enoteca, an Italian restaurant that is part food, part retail, is opening a second Orange County location at Newport Beach's Fashion Island next year. "I think it's a perfect fit for us," said Tracy Borkum, principal of Urban Kitchen Group, which operates the Cucina restaurants. Cucina Enoteca markets itself as a modern-meets-rustic Italian kitchen with a "restaurant to retail" concept, where just about everything is on sale. Diners can buy the chairs they're sitting on, the light fixtures above them or hand-selected wines from the dedicated wine shop.
By Tiffany Hsu | July 30, 2013
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
June 27, 2013
Hidden, but very close, a stray tortoiseshell cat lies under the Birds of Paradise plants at Fashion Island, going unnoticed until now. According to witnesses, the cat has been seen around the shopping center since fall 2012. Kaitlin Agee sees the kitty under the Birds of Paradise frequently near the sidewalk when walking from her office building to the center. Community Animal Network has been asked to assist in the rescue of the Fashion Island kitty that we have named "Paradise.
By Carrie Luger Slayabck | June 7, 2013
Miserably out of breath, exhausted, searching desperately for the balloon arch at the finish, I ran a 5K around Fashion Island 35 years ago. "Never will I sign up for another race. " I resolved. I longed to be home with my husband and baby son, breakfasting in our cozy kitchen. Fast-forward to May 18 and running coach Bill Sumner's Magic Shoe 5K Race around Eastbluff. In my element, I located current running partners, recognized old friends and, after the gun sounded, ran with joy. I completed 3.1 miles at a pace of 8 minutes and 15 seconds a mile.
May 1, 2013
Highlights for Wednesday at the Newport Beach Film Festival : Pilot Picks I Declare War Canadian drama by Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson about a "Lord of the Flies"-style conflict between neighborhood kids. 8:15 p.m.; Island Cinema 7. Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago Documentary by Lydia B. Smith about a group of pilgrims who attempt to cross northern Spain on foot. 2:30 p.m.; Island Cinema 7. Geography Club Comedy by Gary Entin about high school students navigating the world of campus cliques.
April 26, 2013
Roads near Fashion Island will be closed over the weekend for the March of Dimes walk, authorities said. Beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, San Nicholas Drive will be closed between Avocado Avenue and Newport Center Drive because the area is designated the festival zone for the walk, according to the Newport Beach Police Department. It will remain closed through Sunday afternoon. All roads around Fashion Island and Newport Center will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. Sunday. Parking structures near Santa Rosa and Center drives will be available.
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