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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
COSTA MESA — Natural and organic foods shoppers will soon notice a new sign gracing their local grocer as a merger between Henry's and Sprouts markets takes root across Orange County. The two grocers, which announced the merger in April, will operate under the Sprouts Farmers Market banner, said Doug Sanders, president of Arizona-based Sprouts. A new 27,000 square-foot Sprouts location will open at 225 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, while Henry's Farmers Market in the Costa Mesa Square shopping center on Harbor Boulevard will change over to Sprouts later in the month.
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September 8, 2010
Eco-conscious travel is about to become a lot easier. Beginning as early as January, electric cars will be available at the nation's two largest auto rental companies. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, North America's largest car rental firm, unveiled plans last week to offer about 500 Nissan Leaf all-electric cars, initially at dealerships in Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland and Seattle. However, both rental car companies have outlets in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. The announcement came a few months after Hertz, the world's largest car rental company, said it planned to offer Nissan Leafs next year at a handful of locations in the U.S. and Europe, including New York, Washington and San Francisco.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | August 17, 2011
"Cupcake Wars" winner and Laguna Beach shop owner Casey Reinhardt plans to expand her Casey's Cupcakes shops to Newport Beach and Irvine before the end of the year. Reinhardt has locations on Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach and at the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, which her father owns, in Riverside. "It's always been a dream of mine to expand Casey's Cupcakes," the Laguna Beach native said. "Even before I had Casey's Cupcakes, I knew I wanted to do something huge. " The two new locations, slated for Fashion Island and Woodbury Town Center, are in family-friendly environments.
NEWS
March 28, 2011
Daphne's Greek Café, a casual Greek-inspired food chain, has changed its name to publicize regional locations and a healthier menu. The Carlsbad-based restaurant chain, which has more than locations 60 statewide, including restaurants in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine, changed its name on March 24 to Daphne's California Greek. The chain started in 1991. All locations will soon feature new, healthier menu items, undergo interior remodeling and focus on art, music and community.
NEWS
November 10, 2010
COSTA MESA — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will open a new store at Newport and Harbor boulevards in February, company and city officials said Wednesday. Located in the Costa Mesa Courtyards shopping center, the one-level store will be about 10,000 square feet, said Brendan Wonnacott, communications director for Fresh & Easy, a U.S. division of the British supermarket giant Tesco. The store will have the same general layout as most Fresh & Easy locations and feature the signature in-store kitchen, where customers can sample prepared dishes, fresh produce, health and beauty products, and partial deli and bakery sections.
NEWS
September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA — Volcom, a Costa Mesa-based action sports brand, will collect 50,000 jeans and jean jackets and donate them to the homeless. The Volcom Give Jeans a Chance collection drive, which continues through Oct. 31, benefits the National Coalition for the Homeless, according Volcom's website. New or used jeans in good condition can be dropped off at 500 Volcom stores and affiliates worldwide. Participants are eligible to win a year's supply of Volcom jeans and a Volcom prize pack.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
Much has been made of the brewing fight between Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants and In-N-Out Burger. This summer, Newport-Mesa will become a burger battlefield of sorts, as the two chains with cult-like followings go head to head on Harbor Boulevard. The Virginia-based Five Guys, which is expanding aggressively into Southern California, plans to open a restaurant on Harbor near Baker Street, less than half a mile from the new In-N-Out at Harbor and Gisler Avenue.
NEWS
June 3, 2002
Christine Carrillo Hundreds of devoted church goers played hookie from church services Sunday to serve the community. What began as a scheduling problem between the ROCKo7 harbof7 r Church and the Costa Mesa Senior Center has turned into an important community event. Sunday marked the 3rd annual Serve Day, which began when the ROCKo7 harbof7 r Church, which holds Sunday services at the senior center, was unable to hold their services there three years ago and instead decided to go out and serve the community.
NEWS
February 24, 2011
Mark Patterson, a New York-based custom jeweler, this week announced that its flagship store has moved to Newport Beach, according to a press release. The store, which has opened on East Coast Highway, features certified gemologists, 11 goldsmiths and diamond expert Frank Conforti, according to the release. "All shoppers will find a unique experience at Mark Patterson, whether they are looking to make their first jewelry purchase or to have a custom piece designed around a loose stone they can choose themselves from an exclusive collection of gemstones," the release said.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | May 10, 2012
After more than 30 years of operation at Fashion Island, Coco's Bakery Restaurant will close May 31, officials confirmed this week. The casual, family-style restaurant has seen several months of declining sales, according to Jim Kensinger, executive vice president of operations of Catalina Restaurant Group, which owns the Coco's chain. Concluding the restaurant's lease at the end of this month, the Irvine Co. plans to utilize the space to create a new free-standing structure that will house Fig & Olive and other eateries, said Erin Freeman, the Irvine Co.'s senior vice president of corporate communications.
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By Hannah Fry | April 24, 2014
Hotel California by the Sea, a self-proclaimed luxury drug and alcohol treatment center based in Newport Beach, hosted an open house Thursday evening to celebrate the unveiling of its new outpatient services center in Costa Mesa. More than 80 community members attended the event at the new center, which officially opened this month on East 17 t h Street. Though the Costa Mesa outpatient center is open to all adults, the location specifically targets executives and celebrities who would like a certain amount of privacy during recovery, said Director of Community Relations BJ Hickman.
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April 21, 2014
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar opened its second location in Orange County last week, at 3131 W. Coast Hwy. in Newport Beach, overlooking the marina. The restaurant aims to provide an experience similar to that at its flagship location, at The District in Tustin, which opened its doors in August 2007. The menu focuses on contemporary California regional cuisine and offers wild game and prime steaks, as well as Pacific Rim flavorings, such as fresh line-caught opah, mong chong, ono and mahi-mahi flown in daily from Hawaii.
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From staff reports | March 14, 2014
Tastea , a trendy international tea bar at the Outlets at Orange , is moving to Costa Mesa, according to a news release. The Orange location will close March 24. The Costa Mesa store is set to open in April at 1175 Baker St. Tastea is known for flavored iced teas and smoothies, including "Peach Me Sweetea," which is made with peach and strawberry tea, "Ooh La La," a coconut and pineapple smoothie with strawberries, and taro milk tea,...
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By Hannah Fry and Emily Foxhall | February 19, 2014
A group interested in founding a private Christian high school in Newport Beach found a possible location at the site of their alma mater, a school that has since been converted into the West Newport Community Center. Newport Beach is hoping to get a school to open at the location, which would be shared with the city as it works to finalize a location for a new community center, officials confirmed Wednesday. The property seemed ideal to David Bahnsen, vice president of Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County's board of trustees, which is interested in the former site of Newport Christian High School.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
Machines buzzed and clanged behind a green construction barrier Tuesday morning as crews began the demolition of what was once Nabers Cadillac dealership, a Harbor Boulevard mainstay for nearly half a century. The lot at Merrimac Way and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa was most recently home to Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac, which has temporarily moved its operations into a neighboring facility until construction is complete. The old campus - where bulldozers dismantled rows of aging service ports and an outdoor courtesy car wash stood in decay - will be replaced by a new "state of the art" dealership with 32 indoor service bays and two "Internet-driven" showrooms, according to Orange Coast Buick GMC Cadillac officials.
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By Jeremy Rodriguez | February 12, 2014
Where will you leave your heart? The timeless classic "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" paints a romantic picture of the city by the bay. Are you looking to get away for the Valentine's and President's Day weekend? Making spring break or summer vacation plans? The Newport Beach Public Library can guide you to a destination that may just capture your heart as well. "Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways: The 300 Best Drives in the U.S. ": National Geographic has published a great read for road-trip aficionados.
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By Jill Cowan | February 10, 2014
Thinking about getting hitched on Valentine's Day? Unsurprisingly, you and your future spouse would be choosing one of the year's most popular days to tie the knot, according to the Orange County Clerk-Recorder. To handle an invasion by the love-struck, the department will keep its three marriage office locations open late Friday, with extra staff able to perform ceremonies in more rooms, department officials said. "My staff is dedicated to making this day as convenient and romantic as possible for the couples," Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen said in a statement.
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By Jill Cowan | February 7, 2014
The tapping of hammers still sounded and students still bustled around yellow- and red-striped tents, as the first gaggles of stylishly dressed teens and families meandered through the gates of the Tet Festival of Southern California. As in years past, some made a beeline for the food - pho, banh mi, boba tea, green papaya salad - while others stopped to play games or browse through stacks of DVD's. Not far away, young women prepared to compete in the 2014 Miss Vietnam of Southern California pageant, set to take place that evening.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 25, 2014
Inside Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa Saturday morning, Chef Rachel Klemek was taping numbers to the floor to get ready for the storefront's first birthday Saturday. Klemek was about to have some customers partake in a moment from her childhood. "If it's totally dorky, I apologize," she said. "it's a really big memory of mine. " In fourth grade, Klemek won a cake walk - musical chairs where the person left standing on the winning number wins a cake. As a gradeschooler, she was overwhelmed when she won a giant coconut cake.
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By Candice Baker | January 13, 2014
A new arrival at Fashion Island is bringing a world of visuals to Newport Beach and allowing professional photographers to introduce their work to new audiences. Sleek French art photography gallery YellowKorner offers limited-edition prints from photographers around the world, with a goal of democratizing art photography. Each high-quality print is numbered and supplied with a certificate of authenticity. "After analyzing different options, Fashion Island seemed to be a perfect fit," YellowKorner gallery owner Melissa Geens said.
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