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By Matt Brown and Jennifer Frehn | December 4, 2008
Most people feel this is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can often be a pain for those trying to find something fun and unique for their little munchkins. So we thought we could help out by checking in with Lori and Mike Curtin, owners of Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Newport Beach, to see what might appear under the tree.   Tell us about how Toy Boat began. Toy Boat has been a local toy store for more than 15 years. In the last seven years we have grown from one to four locations throughout Newport Beach.
February 3, 2002
Young Chang Melinda Seely, her daughter and her granddaughter saw a different side of Paris last December. They played in the playgrounds, visited the oldest toy store in the city, drank hot chocolate at a cafe famous for the creamy treat and visited a children's museum. "We saw and went to only things that were child-friendly," said Seely, a Newport Beach resident. "We didn't try to see museums, we didn't try to see the great landmarks other than the Eiffel Tower."
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 3, 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, according to Corona del Mar Today . “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 East 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.
August 19, 2002
Christine Carrillo High-end watch retailer Tourneau has begun construction that will nearly double the size of its South Coast Plaza store. The company has a strong presence on the East Coast where its largest store, The Tourneau TimeMachine in New York (featured in the Guinness Book of World Records) offers an elaborate four-story selection for customers. It made its first move to the West Coast market when it opened the Costa Mesa store in 1993.
December 23, 2002
Deepa Bharath Quite a few Costa Mesa kids know Joanne Shields. Or at least they recognize her store -- Village Toy Shop on Newport Boulevard -- as the one-stop source for Yu-Gi-Oh cards, a game based on a Japanese animation series. "Pokemon is dead," says Shields. "Yu-Gi-Oh is the new thing." The story has it that Yugi, and his best buds, Joey, Tristan and Tea share a love for a game called Duel Monsters. It's a card game in which players pit different mystical creatures against one another in wild duels using monsters and mighty spell cards.
October 26, 2002
Corona del Mar Home Tour brings in $92,500 The 29th annual Corona del Mar Home Tour raked in about $92,500, which will go toward programs and equipment for students at Corona del Mar High School. The tour, which took place Tuesday, was sponsored by the school's PTA. The owners of six Corona del Mar homes opened their doors to about 1,800 guests throughout the day. "I think it went great," co-chair Janice Newfield said. "I think it was a nice variety of homes and there was something for everybody."
By By Andrew Edwards | November 28, 2005
Early shoppers strip the shelves bare of the new Xbox 360. Grandma might buy a `pentop' computer.It might be best to cross one gift off the kids' holiday gift list already -- either that or get ready to play a real game of patience. Microsoft's new Xbox 360 video game system went on -- and just about off -- the market a week ago. At the Target on Harbor Boulevard, a sign informs customers that the store has already sold out of the consoles, which go for $300 and up. Electronics Boutique and the Circuit City store at Fashion Island were also sold out of the video game system as of Sunday.
December 28, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- Although South Coast Plaza officials said the number of visitors this holiday season matched last year's figures, retailers said shoppers spent their money differently this year. Jamie Prada, manager at toy store FAO Schwartz, said customers bought less clothing and more housewares, toys and electronics. "It was much better than last year for us," Prada said. "We were one of the few retailers in South Coast Plaza that did fairly well.
November 18, 2002
Paul Clinton Diane Naumann isn't counting on her order of plush horses for the holiday shoppers. It's still hung up at the Port of Long Beach, packed away in a container stacked at a loading dock. But all is not lost for Naumann, who owns two Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat shops in Newport Beach. Many of the "classic toys" will still be available at her specialty shop. "Most of the things we were expecting have come through," Naumann said. "We had some blockage."
November 22, 2002
Deepa Bharath From the second he saw the gray pouch lying near a dusty sidewalk on Newport Boulevard, Chris Dickson knew what he had to do. The Costa Mesa High School junior picked it up, walked up to the nearby toy store, where he spent most of his afternoons playing games, and called the owner of the bag. In the pouch were a thick wad of $20 bills adding up to more than $600, credit cards and several signed blank...
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