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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2005
Guests at the Costa Mesa Senior Center can thank Bill Mills and his team for the bread and baked goods that he stacks on the tables that line the center's bingo room. The 84-year-old Costa Mesa resident picks up donated loaves of bread, cakes and pastries from local shops and supermarkets. Mills has been a volunteer at the center for the past 12 years. For the first eight years, he worked solo. Since then, he has recruited a team that helps make the rounds.
August 8, 2000
COSTA MESA Avenue of the Arts: A $400 compact disc changer was lifted from a car parked in an underground parking lot in the 3400 block between Wednesday and Thursday. Fairview Road: More than $1,850 worth of alcohol was taken from Mr. Buck's Liquor in the 2900 block at 3:20 a.m. Thursday. Bristol Street: A $350 wallet was swiped from a counter at FAO Schwarz toy store at South Coast Plaza while the victim paid for a purchase at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
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