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March 14, 2005
Andrew Edwards The name is a tongue twister. The store is like a giant toy box. Gary and Diane Naumann opened the fourth branch of Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat last Tuesday at Fashion Island. The store is filled with tricycles, dolls, trucks and pirate ships. "We carry just about everything -- we have Mattel; we have Hasbro; but we have a lot of specialty toys," Gary Naumann said. Some favorite toys at the store, the Naumanns said, are the bright plastic Bruder trucks that are stacked near the doorway.
NEWS
March 23, 2003
Lolita Harper Pat Huak is putting a little leisure back in her life. After vowing to work until her 80th birthday, the former toy store employee has surpassed her goal and now spends her time walking her scenic Corona del Mar neighborhood and attending as many sporting events as possible. With six grandsons in the area, all involved in various sporting events, that task in itself is a full time job, she joked. "I felt pretty good staying at Toy Boat until I was 80," Huak said.
NEWS
December 20, 2003
Deepa Bharath A 30-year-old Costa Mesa woman who ran a red light on Friday morning and got broadsided by another car escaped injuries after her pickup truck hurtled backward, felled a palm tree and then barreled through a toy store window, officials said. Maria Carmen Sanchez was driving eastbound on Coast Highway toward Laguna Beach at about 6:05 a.m. when she went through a red light at the intersection of Marguerite Avenue, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Shulman said.
NEWS
November 18, 2002
South Coast Plaza welcomes new toy store A new toy store came to South Coast Plaza this week, replacing one that went out of business. Puzzle Zoo, an eclectic retailer based in Santa Monica, opened up on Monday. The store, near the shopping center's carousel, is the fourth of its kind in Southern California. Billing itself as a specialty shop that carries high-end chess sets, hard-to-find novelties such as the Rubik's Cube and an array of dolls, Puzzle Zoo also carries more familiar merchandise such as Barbie dolls and puzzles.
OCNOW
July 30, 2012
Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Corona del Mar could be saved from the brink of closing with the help of a local radio station. Bill Handel, KFI A.M. 640 Talk Radio host, is hosting a "Cash Mob" outside the toy store Tuesday, according to the station's website , which asks community members to either buy a toy for their children or to donate to the local children's hospital. If Mike and Lori Curtin, the co-owners of the 20-year-old toy store, fail to pay this month's rent, the beloved local toy store will have to close its doors, the Curtins said.
NEWS
November 25, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- That time has come again, when children begin pinning up Christmas lists on refrigerators stuffed with Thanksgiving leftovers. And they have no trouble knowing what they want. Milea Austin, 6, of Newport Beach said she craves a bike for Christmas. "I like burgundy," she said. "That's a good color for a bike." Devon Davis, a third-grader at Mariners Elementary School, said she wants a beach cruiser. "And Mary Kate and Ashley dolls -- they're Barbie dolls that are Mary Kate and Ashley," she said.
NEWS
December 13, 2004
Andrew Edwards Animatronic reindeer, electric snowmen and lots of illuminated Santas set the scene Sunday night at the kickoff for one neighborhood's annual Christmas decoration contest. About 40 adults, accompanied by several boisterous children, met for the second annual "Cider on the Corner" event, where they shared cookies, coffee and hot apple cider before taking a walk together to gaze at holiday decorations in Costa Mesa's Halecrest and Hall of Fame communities.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 18, 2013
When Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat owners Lori and Mike Curtin locked up at 5 p.m. Friday, they cried. "We put our life into this business, and we're just tapped out," said Lori, 40. "We can't do any more. " The store's website encourages customers to say its name - a classic childhood tongue twister - three times, fast. There won't be much need for that anymore, however, since the Curtins shuttered the Corona del Mar specialty toy store last week. A note stuck to the door alerted passers-by: "It is with a very heavy heart we have decided to close our beloved iconic toy store in Corona del Mar. "Like so many other small businesses this economy has taken its toll on us. Unfortunately we did not have the necessary capital to stock the store to our satisfaction or our customers.
NEWS
May 24, 2004
Alicia Robinson The concept of fun may be as old as the human race, but a visit into Jennifer Johnston's Balboa Island store gives visitors the impression that she invented it. Our Gang's General Store, a long, narrow shop on Marine Avenue, is jam-packed with every conceivable type of toy, game and novelty. A shopper can find retro amusements such as sea monkeys and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, classics such as crayons and kites, and popular new toys like Wham-O's Battle Boogie, a boogie board with a swiveling nozzle that aquatic playmates can use to squirt each other.
NEWS
November 1, 2001
Deepa Bharath Anthrax scares and terrorist threats did not discourage the little ghosts, goblins, monsters and fairies who came to Fashion Island's annual Halloween event. Several children and their parents walked around the center holding little pumpkin candy baskets in their hands that soon filled up with treats the merchants and businesses there supplied. Most parents said they were not going to allow terrorist threats to force them to give up celebrating a holiday their children enjoy.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 20, 2013
When Newport Beach children's store Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closed in March, about $200 worth of gift certificates still in the hands of elementary school students seemed suddenly worthless. For years, the beloved local toy store had sponsored the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, an annual racing event that raises money for area schools. The top three boys and girls from each age group - all under 8 - won a small gift certificate to the store. But about two weeks after the March 3 race, financial difficulties finally sank Toy Boat, leaving about 20 kids with nowhere to spend their winnings.
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NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 18, 2013
When Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat owners Lori and Mike Curtin locked up at 5 p.m. Friday, they cried. "We put our life into this business, and we're just tapped out," said Lori, 40. "We can't do any more. " The store's website encourages customers to say its name - a classic childhood tongue twister - three times, fast. There won't be much need for that anymore, however, since the Curtins shuttered the Corona del Mar specialty toy store last week. A note stuck to the door alerted passers-by: "It is with a very heavy heart we have decided to close our beloved iconic toy store in Corona del Mar. "Like so many other small businesses this economy has taken its toll on us. Unfortunately we did not have the necessary capital to stock the store to our satisfaction or our customers.
NEWS
By Amy Senk | August 4, 2012
A cash mob may have saved Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat, which was scheduled to close this week but instead remains open with brisk business, its owner said. "We thought we would be packing up right now," Lori Curtin said in an interview, squeezed between customers and gift wraps. "This has been such a blessing. I don't even know what to say. " Lori and her husband, Mike Curtin, announced last week that financial troubles had forced them to close three of the four Toy Boat branches, and that the Corona del Mar location at 3331 E. Coast Highway might close at the end of business on July 31. As word spread of the couple's plight, longtime customers of the iconic toy store began stopping by to shop and show support.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 31, 2012
A Los Angeles radio host's “cash mob” held Tuesday at Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat drew hundreds of shoppers to the store, which had been in danger of closing at the end of business Tuesday because of financial pressures. “I've never seen a long line like this - not even at Christmas,” said Lori Curtin, who owns the store with her husband, Michael Curtin. “Everything is selling.” The Curtins'  announcement last week about the possible closure of the store  at 3331 E. Coast Hwy. brought customers through the doors, they said.
OCNOW
July 30, 2012
Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Corona del Mar could be saved from the brink of closing with the help of a local radio station. Bill Handel, KFI A.M. 640 Talk Radio host, is hosting a "Cash Mob" outside the toy store Tuesday, according to the station's website , which asks community members to either buy a toy for their children or to donate to the local children's hospital. If Mike and Lori Curtin, the co-owners of the 20-year-old toy store, fail to pay this month's rent, the beloved local toy store will have to close its doors, the Curtins said.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 25, 2012
The large red, white and blue drum with the word "toys" lit in large, neon orange letters is hard to miss. The distinctive metal sign is rusting, its paint chipping after some 50 years of being hung above the entrance of the Corona del Mar storefront. But the sign that's been something of a beacon for customers soon may be turning off permanently if Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closes its doors. Inside the primary-colored and nautical-themed specialty store - which, before becoming Toy Boat was the Toy Shop of Corona del Mar - the shelves and display stands are noticeably bare.
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | October 1, 2007
COSTA MESA — Like a number of toy store managers, Debi Tsuchiyama has had to send back products this year due to safety concerns. She’s not inclined, however, to blame everything on the manufacturers. The general manager of the Puzzle Zoo at South Coast Plaza has stripped her shelves of Easy-Bake Ovens and a number of Thomas the Tank Engine products over the last few months, but she said many problems could be averted if parents kept a better eye on their kids. “I feel really bad for these toy companies when they have to take a lot of this,” Tsuchiyama said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SUSANNE PEREZ | July 12, 2007
Director Michael Bay gives us a live-action version of "Transformers" based on the popular action toys that came out in the '80s. Like most of Bay's previous efforts, ("Armageddon," "The Rock," "Bad Boys," "Pearl Harbor") there's lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Giant robots have come to earth from outer space that can shape-shift into cars, trucks, cell phones, etc. and back again. The bad robots (Autobots) seek world domination and the good robots (Decepticons) don't want any humans harmed.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | December 10, 2006
Not in the market for a new Lexus or Mercedes for a loved one? No worries, Newport-Mesa is brimming with stores that will have something for the ones you love, as well as clever hostess gifts and other knick-knacks. Holiday parties are most likely approaching, which raises the question of what an appropriate hostess gift might be. Oftentimes the most practical gift is a bottle of wine — something that can be enjoyed by everyone at the party or can be saved for later. "But instead of just bringing the wine, why not bring the matching glasses with it," said Bloomingdale's manager Erin Bianchi.
NEWS
By: Catharine Cooper | October 7, 2005
It started innocently enough -- a kayak in the Elkhorn Slough. Little did we (Emma-Cherril and Catharine) know that that this simple dip into a wildlife refuge would lead to an all-encompassing search, a few hundred miles of diversion, and hours and hours of laughter. Piles of soft, cuddly stuffed birds -- squeaky toys, really -- crafted by the Audubon Society filled the rack of the Elkhorn Refuge Visitor Center. Each bird is a close representation of the actual species, rendered in poly-fuzz with the bird's vocalization recorded on an internal device that can be activated by a soft squeeze.
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