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.
September 16, 1999
HE IS: Keeping track of time A BOYHOOD INCLINATION The number "57" must be Bruce Blackman's favorite number. Not only has he been working for that amount of time, he opened his own jewelry shop in 1957. The 70-year-old owner of Blackman Ltd. Jewelers in Newport Beach seems to have as many titles as the queen of England dispenses to her court. Blackman is a master watchmaker, diamond setter, gemologist and hand engraver -- just to mention a few. His career began when he was 13 at a shop in Altadena owned by a Swiss craftsman.
October 16, 2002
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Police looking for invasion robbers Newport Beach police are looking for three people suspected of barging into a Balboa Peninsula home Saturday morning, robbing its residents at gunpoint and getting away with cash and jewelry, officials said. The trio was spotted in the 1900 block of East Bay Avenue at about 10:30 a.m., Sgt. Steve Shulman said. "The owners of the residence thought they were solicitors and opened the door," he said.
February 2, 2001
-- Deepa Bharath Huntington Beach police on Thursday arrested a 36-year-old parolee suspected of burglarizing several Newport Beach homes, officials said. John Robert Hershowitz was caught by detectives as he was allegedly trying to break into a home near Newland Street and Arnett Drive, police said. Officers received Hershowitz's license plate number from Newport Beach police. They spotted his 1977 white utility truck Thursday morning. Hershowitz tried to escape in his truck but was caught after a brief vehicle chase and foot pursuit.
December 27, 2001
-- Story by Deirdre Newman, photo by [TK] HE IS In the business of making his customers sparkle DESIGNING WITH FLAIR Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but jewelry designer Bruce Lambert is a close second because his customers can be assured that no one else will be sporting the same distinctive design. While most of Lambert's work is in engagement, wedding and anniversary rings, his specialty is designing custom jewelry. Lambert tries to get to the heart of exactly what his clients are looking for, like when he designed an angel pendant for a man whose wife was battling cancer.
December 9, 2002
Pia Jones David Yurman, an American phenomenon in fine jewelry and watchmaking, is now located in South Coast Plaza with a brand-new showcase boutique. The recently opened location is only the second David Yurman retail store in the world, the other being the original New York store. "It was time for us to venture to the West Coast," says David Yurman. "This store provides a showplace for us to offer our loyal customers a chance to experience our exclusive one-of-a-kind pieces as well as our classic designs, which have become the recognized hallmarks of the brand."
March 20, 2012
Sometimes a trip is more than just a great escape. That's what happened to Kallie Dovel when she first traveled to Uganda in summer 2007. It was there that she saw what women were going through: little to no education, lack of health care, extreme poverty. But there was one thing they had: paper beads they made by hand and turned into jewelry. Unfortunately, there wasn't a market for them to sell the items. Dovel started thinking. She brought home a box of jewelry and showed it to friends and family who were amazed.
October 22, 2004
Paul Saitowitz At a small workbench with her blowtorch's blue flame mercilessly turning a sturdy, chord-like piece of raw silver into putty, Shirley Price performs her version of alchemy. But instead of turning lead into gold, she turns raw, jagged metals into twisty works of wearable art. Then she takes the scraps and turns those into art. Between the sinewy silver, she inserts ovular stones, sometimes more than 2 inches long, to punctuate the appearance and create necklaces, rings and earrings.
February 1, 2007
Costa Mesa police on Wednesday said they have found one of two men who pepper-sprayed a Tiffany & Co. security guard while 20 customers looked on, then smashed a display case and ran off with more than $100,000 in jewelry in a dramatic crime last February at South Coast Plaza. Yet the man accused already sits in prison, convicted of an unrelated charge in December. Citing DNA evidence found at the scene, Costa Mesa police obtained an arrest warrant for Emerson Paul, 20, of Los Angeles on suspicion of second-degree robbery.