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October 12, 2003
Costa Mesa's crack "shopping cart patrol" may have set a bar even the most by-the-book traffic cop can't meet. In its first month on the job, the patrol -- consisting mainly of Hernandez Cart Retrieval Services, with a little aid from the city's code enforcement division -- netted 740 abandoned shopping carts. That rounds up to 25 per day. (And, if the workers keep up the pace, it'll mean a cost of $5.45 per cart at the $48,000 annual cost. That cost could be offset by the $150 fine for stores for each cart the city retrieves after the fifth one in any 12-month period.
March 13, 2004
Alicia Robinson On a Friday night, it's not unusual to find trendy twentysomethings listening to hip hop music, drinking cocktails, and ... shopping? South Coast Plaza already has the shopping covered, so a handful of the shopping center's stores have added the music and drinks in the hope of wooing the elusive younger crowd in greater numbers. A "block party" with music, fashion shows, hors d'oeuvres and giveaways held Friday at South Coast Plaza was the third such event the center has tried, and it was expected to be the most successful.
By Amanda Pennington | October 6, 2006
CORONA DEL MAR — Looking beyond carved Halloween pumpkins, Roger's Gardens is set to show off its 2006 holiday collection today with 24 themed Christmas trees. For the last two days, more than 1,000 preferred customers were able to mosey around and check out what they may want for their home come December. "The themes are like childlike wonder," said Eric Cortina, the garden shop's creative director who helped develop the themes. "Unfortunately we think back when Christmas was full of awe and wonder and just to have that back for an hour or so while shopping is great."
December 25, 2003
Marisa O'Neil On Christmas Eve, few people could match 5-year-old Brian Robinson's excitement. Brian jumped and danced and twirled excitedly as he waited in line at South Coast Plaza to have his photo taken with Santa Claus and tell him his Christmas wish. "I've been asking him what he wants, but he said it's a secret, he'll only tell Santa," said Brian's grandmother, Carole Meldau. "He really wanted to see Santa, and no one had time to take him, so I thought I would."
By Candice Baker | March 4, 2010
As all ladies know, shopping is an intensely individual experience. Finding a store or designer that dovetails perfectly with one’s own personality can be the highlight of a day (or week). Enter , a Costa Mesa-based blog that seeks to pre-evaluate area stores for their devoted readers. Co-founder April Madigan and her crew separate the wheat from the chaff — and give away tons of goodies during their popular Facebook Friday giveaways. What made you decide to found Boutiquing.
By B.W. Cook | December 2, 2009
It has been a most fashionable and festive time on the Orange Coast to kick off the holiday season. The Junior League got Newport-Mesa in the mood with their annual Christmas Company shopping extravaganza at the Orange County fairgrounds. The four-day event began with a gala opening night followed by a shopping breakfast, afternoon tea parties, cooking demonstrations with a special event featuring the League’s own cookbook “Orange County Fare,” celebrity speakers including Olympian Janet Evans and best selling authors Dr. Beth Hamilton and Dr. Stephanie McClellan , and of course holiday items showcased by some 90 international vendors.
By Mona Shadia | November 27, 2009
Shoppers from all income levels were out in force at Newport-Mesa malls and stores Friday. They were scouting around for post-Thanksgiving Day bargains on clothes and electronics on Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season. Black Friday 2009 promised to attract more shoppers to South Coast Plaza, as the upscale shopping center recorded a 6% increase in sales by early afternoon, compared with last year. But while many were out shopping, others, who are still struggling with the economic downturn, were shopping more conservatively or cutting out spending wherever they could.
By Dan Pittman | December 8, 2009
Calling all shoppers. Let The Westin South Coast Plaza be your headquarters for holiday shopping this year by providing exclusive special offers and valuable savings. With internationally renowned South Coast Plaza within walking distance, The Westin is offering an ultimate shopping package just in time for the holidays. For $199 per night, you?ll receive a $100 South Coast Plaza gift certificate, complete with a discount coupon book to over 100 stores, complimentary access to the shopping center?
June 25, 2002
The Daily Pilot went to Metro Pointe at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa to ask kids, 'What's your favorite summer pastime?' 'Hanging out with my friends because I like to go shopping or to the movies.' JULIE TRAN, 12, Santa Ana 'I like to go to water parks because it's hot.' JOSEPH TRAN, 12, Santa Ana 'I like to go shopping because I want to go buy clothes.'JACQUELINE TRAN, 9, Santa Ana 'I like to go on vacation. I went to Germany to see my uncle.
February 16, 2008
Shopping fanatics unite: One of the world’s largest and highest-grossing malls just got a little bigger. Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza announced the opening of nine new stores in its 280-store mall, including an Oscar de la Renta, ROLEX flagstore, and Calvin Klein shop. “Offering the finest shopping experience is our No. 1 goal,” Executive Director of Marketing Debra Gunn Downing said in a news release. “[This year] promises to be an exciting year as we welcome world-renowned international fashion houses, classic American designers and a celebrated restaurateur to the center.
By Bradley Zint | April 12, 2014
For Garry Lukas and his allies, their opinions on the matter are clear: It's a case of Costa Mesa planners "gone wild. " Much to Lukas' chagrin, a proposal for a 240-unit apartment complex is wending its way through the City Hall approval process, which means that his sheet-metal manufacturing business could have residential neighbors as soon as next year. With so many new dwellings, Lukas and other business people near him contend, will come the inevitable traffic, decreased land values and the stomping on business owners' interests in favor of developers.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 10, 2014
Karen Mahmalji is in it for the wagging tails. It's common for the owner of Top Dog Barkery to see pooches, quivering with excitement, pulling their owners in the direction of the store. "It's hilarious and we love it," said the 49-year-old Irvine resident. "The dog knows he's going to get his favorite treat, so that makes us laugh and it's a great feeling. " The venue - with its tagline, "The Dog Lover's Boutique and Bakery" - is located in the Corona del Mar Plaza alongside Chico's, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sienna Brown, Brighton Collectibles and other shops.
By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times | March 12, 2014
Newport Beach, one of Southern California's most affluent cities, is about to transform an industrial area near John Wayne Airport into a distinctly urban community of homes and shops. Uptown Newport Village will replace a pair of aging industrial buildings on 25 acres near the airport with a walkable neighborhood of shops, restaurants, parks and upscale homes and apartments, according to Shopoff Group, an Irvine developer. Mayor Rush N. Hill, who is an architect, said he is excited about the project and pleased that it will be a dense neighborhood by local standards.
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 12, 2014
In 1989, Ling Chai joined friends and fellow students at Tiananmen Square for what she believed would be a peaceful protest. They gathered at the Beijing site to rally for political and social reform, better career prospects and a free media. But in response, China's leader at the time, Deng Xiaoping, and senior officials declared martial law and mobilized as many as 300,000 troops. In the resulting massacre, demonstrators were injured, killed, sentenced and exiled. Placed on the government's list of 21 most wanted students, Chai fled.
By Jill Cowan | March 7, 2014
A recent study says many of Orange County's supermarkets and convenience stores make buying tobacco, alcohol and other unhealthy items too convenient for kids. The study is part of a statewide campaign called Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, which aims to improve Californians' health by "informing them about the impacts of unhealthy product marketing in the retail environment," according to an Orange County Health Care Agency news release. The survey - which included data from more than 7,300 businesses ranging from big-box chains to drug stores in all of California's 58 counties - found that 76.7% of tobacco retailers in Orange County sell flavored tobacco products and are near schools.
March 7, 2014
Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum, and the Eastbluff Village, Crystal Cove and Bayside shopping centers, have announced the openings of multiple new businesses. Each of the centers is owned and operated by the Newport Beach-based Irvine Co. Some of the new businesses opened in the latter half of 2013, others early this year, and additional ones are coming in the months ahead. Offerings include shops, restaurants, apparel boutiques and a comedy club. "More than ever, our retail centers offer more than just a place to come shop," Stacie Ellis, senior marketing director for Irvine Co. Retail Properties , said in a news release.
By Jullian Fredericks, Special to the Daily Pilot | February 28, 2014
After 37 years of service at the grocery check stand, Linda Coughlin started celebrating her long-anticipated retirement Friday. Early-bird shoppers will surely be disappointed big time when they learn that she won't be there to greet them anymore. Linda has been a dedicated employee of the Pavilions on Bayside Drive in Newport Beach. Diligently commuting from her home in San Clemente, rain or shine, she has arrived bright and early to open the store, and always with a cheerful smile.
By Rhea Mahbubani | February 13, 2014
Chase Bray was stumped. On the verge of launching his own business, the Newport Beach resident had a business plan formulated, investors lined up and a location in mind. What was missing was a name. One day, while working as a valet at the Montage Laguna Beach, he spent his lunch break flipping through a Latin dictionary. And there he saw the words "porro" and "vita," which together mean "long life. " "I'm basically trying to extend people's lives, be it a cancer patient or someone who is just trying to provide his body with healthier options and more nutrients," Bray said of his year-old venture, PorroVita, which offers healthy juices, acai bowls and smoothies.
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.
By Emily Foxhall | January 4, 2014
Newport Beach, accustomed to entertaining visitors, lavished luxury on a special clientele this week: Bowl Championship Series football players and their fans. The coastal city geared up to serve as the home base for the teams participating in Monday's BCS game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Florida State and Auburn teams, coaches, alumni associations and bands are spread across Newport-Mesa at the Island Hotel, Balboa Bay Resort, Hyatt Regency, Radisson Hotel and Westin South Coast Plaza.
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