November 8, 1999
De Murl Tosh moved from Kansas to Costa Mesa in 1953 and opened a flower shop on Newport Boulevard. Throughout the decades, she was an important force in helping local culture to blossom. Tosh was a patron of the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, a director of the Friends of the Library and a member of the Costa Mesa Historical Society. She also created the first scholarship for the Girls' Club of the Harbor Area and was a charter member of the Costa Mesa Art League.
August 8, 2005
A new flower shop has opened in the same Corona del Mar location where a longtime florist once did business. For more than two decades, the corner of East Coast Highway and Jasmine Avenue was home to Joe Porto's Flowerman shop. In June, Porto closed Flowerman, clearing the way for a new floral venture, KW Creative Designs. The new store is owned by Mark Kimmel and Robert Wood. At their shop, customers can still buy flowers, but they can also shop for jewelry and art objects such as colorful blown glass.
March 11, 2000
COSTA MESA Bristol Street: Approximately $948 worth of pottery and assorted plants were missing from a flower shop in the 2700 block between Feb. 28-29. Commercial Way: A box of tools and other construction equipment valued at $2,283 was reported stolen from an office in the 100 block at 5 p.m. Feb. 17. Harbor Boulevard: A beach cruiser valued at $500 was reported stolen in front of a department store in the 2200 block at 8 p.m. Feb. 28. West 19th Street: A mountain bike worth $600 was reported stolen from a fitness center in the 500 block at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. NEWPORT BEACH La Jolla Drive: Personal items valued at $520 were stolen from a residential parking garage at 5 p.m. Mar. 6. Newport Center Drive: A cellular phone valued at $70 was reported missing from an office in the 400 block at 4 p.m. Feb. 29. Park Newport Place: A cellular phone valued at $300 was reported missing from an apartment in the 1800 block at 1:30 p.m March 8.
October 19, 2000
A musical of high camp, low comedy and voracious appetites is shaping up as the finest offering of the Trilogy Playhouse's first year in Costa Mesa. "Little Shop of Horrors," the Howard Ashman-Alan Menken sendup of a Roger Corman B-movie, makes a delightful repast for theatergoers. It's a wild and outrageous treatment with its black comedy well charred and its '50s-style musicality in high voice. Alicia Butler, artistic director of the Trilogy, ramps her theater group up to another level with this ravenously satirical production.
August 23, 2003
Deepa Bharath Last year, Leilani Gutierrez's family didn't know if she would make it out of the hospital. But come Sept. 2, the 5-year-old will start kindergarten at Newport Heights Elementary. On Mother's Day in 2002, Leilani suffered serious chest and head injuries when a vehicle that ran a red light struck the Ford Explorer she and her mother, June Gutierrez, were in. The car rolled and ejected Leilani from her car seat. The Costa Mesa girl, who woke from a coma in June 2002, was left quadriplegic.
February 15, 2000
Greg Risling COSTA MESA -- An expected series of storms that promised to bring needed rain over the weekend hardly quenched a county that has barely registered an inch of rainfall over the past seven months. Dark skies and a smattering of showers kept many people indoors over the weekend, but did little to improve the county's thirst for rain. Totals for rainfall the last three days at John Wayne Airport were about a third of an inch, according to the National Weather Service.
January 30, 2005
Elia Powers Before Harbor Boulevard became home to car dealerships and retail chains, Albert Hollister's store was one of the main attractions. Residents of the Mesa Verde community frequented Hollister's Nursery and Flower Shop to buy products for their burgeoning outdoor gardens and fields. Hollister spotted a business opportunity in 1946, after returning to Southern California from Marine Corps duty. Operating out of what customers recall as a "small shack" at 1969 Harbor Blvd.
November 19, 2007
Annie Morgan rises every morning around 2:30 a.m., drives through dark streets to her tiny restaurant at the far end of an Eastside strip mall, and sets to work preparing meals for the day. The meals might go to a private school, a California State University chancellor’s meeting or a presidential candidate. Regardless, Morgan approaches her job the same way. The owner of the Taste Buds restaurant and catering business on East 17th Street sets her alarm shortly after midnight, spends the next 20 hours or so in the kitchen or visiting clients, then calls it a day around 11 p.m. Morgan, a Hawaii native, has been in the professional food business for more than a quarter-century, and not much can keep her from it — least of all sleep.
October 3, 2007
COSTA MESA — A cluster of white umbrellas stood in the center of South Coast Plaza’s second-level parking lot Wednesday afternoon, shading buckets of dirt, cardboard boxes of flowers and the beginning touches of one of the most famous images in the world. As the clock ticked toward the opening of “Italy at South Coast Plaza” today, a group of five American and Italian artists prepared to work overnight on recreating Michelangelo’s painting “The Creation of Adam.