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Little bean is big business for Irvine's ChocXO chocolate factory entrepreneur

Little bean is big business for Irvine's ChocXO chocolate factory entrepreneur

His name isn't Willy Wonka, but that hasn't stopped him from opening a chocolate factory.

Health-apparel founder had a tough road to inspiration

Health-apparel founder had a tough road to inspiration

Dorian Ayres wanted to be an architect.

Biz News: Ex-assemblyman joins Costa Mesa law office

Southern California law firm Theodora Oringher has added Rod Pacheco as a senior attorney for its Costa Mesa and Los Angeles offices,...

Yep, these freshmen have an app for that

Yep, these freshmen have an app for that

His hair moussed and neatly arranged, Yep Technologies President JohnMichael Jurgensen presented his project, never stumbling over his words...

Food, art and exhibits Friday night at Canvas Costa Mesa event

The inaugural Canvas Costa Mesa event, a one-night program of festivities that spotlight the local arts, will take place from 7 to 10 p.m....

Tree lights up for holidays at Fashion Island

Tree lights up for holidays at Fashion Island

It's the most wonderful time of the year at Fashion Island.

Tax provisions could trip up Costa Mesa marijuana proposals

When it comes to the possibility of medical marijuana returning to Costa Mesa, City Hall is finding itself in a legal morass, caught between...

Old VW gets new life helping to train young drivers

Old VW gets new life helping to train young drivers

Hayley McClements tucks herself into the red crushed-cloth seat of a worn, blue 1969 Volkswagen bus, takes a deep breath and fires up the...

Tesla celebrates new service center, revamped showroom in Costa Mesa

Tesla celebrates new service center, revamped showroom in Costa Mesa

Tesla Motors held a grand-opening ceremony Thursday for its new service center and revitalized showroom in Costa Mesa's business district...

Forging their craft as Costa Mesa's first commercial microbrewery

Forging their craft as Costa Mesa's first commercial microbrewery

After employees of the Barley Forge Brewing Co. had moved into their new digs in Costa Mesa, they noticed a small something on the roof...

Biz News: Retirement community celebrates first year

Biz News: Retirement community celebrates first year

Vivante on the Coast, a luxury retirement community in Costa Mesa's Westside, recently celebrated its first anniversary.

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

Westside housing development gets Planning Commission's OK

The Costa Mesa Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a single-family housing development for the Westside that would replace...

Co-owner of Irvine real estate investment firm pleads guilty to fraud

One owner of an Irvine-based real estate investment company pleaded guilty Thursday to allegations that his firm essentially turned into a...

Capturing the golden history of Balboa

Capturing the golden history of Balboa

Everyone on the island has a story about why they came here.

Great Park consultant files complaint, says accounting firm hurt its reputation

Great Park consultant files complaint, says accounting firm hurt its reputation

A consulting firm battered by allegations of cronyism and inefficiency in reviews of Irvine's $200-million effort to develop the Orange...

Biz News: New facilities for treatment center

New Directions for Women recently opened two facilities in Costa Mesa: a furniture warehouse and a new outpatient and administrative office.

Second marijuana initiative headed to a decision in Costa Mesa

For a second time this month, the Costa Mesa city clerk's office has certified a medical marijuana petition that could pave the way for...

County GOP gives $50,000 to PAC supporting 4 Newport council candidates

In the final stretch toward Election Day on Tuesday, the Republican Party of Orange County has funneled about $50,000 into a political...

Biz News: Newport residents create sprouting kit

Newport women create 'superfood' sprouting kit

O.C. better off in dealing with drought, expert says

Orange County is in better shape than most areas when it comes to dealing with California's increasingly dire water woes, a longtime water...

Medical pot proposal closer to the ballot

The Costa Mesa city clerk certified a medical marijuana initiative Tuesday, bringing the proposal to permit dispensaries one step closer...

Great Park audit brings back-and-forth allegations of misconduct

Great Park audit brings back-and-forth allegations of misconduct

A week after a developer broke ground on a scaled-back version of Irvine's long-planned Orange County Great Park, a bitter fight over the...

Motels' calls to police are down

Motels' calls to police are down

For a second time this year,...

Newport approves A-frame signs for Corona del Mar

They're about hip height, they'll tell you the daily specials and until Tuesday evening, if you saw them loitering on the sidewalk in...

Biz News: New food locations opening

Grand opening set for Island Hotel gourmet collection

Townhomes OKd for former church site in Lido Village

Townhomes can replace what was formerly a Christian Science church in the Lido Village area of Newport Beach, the California Coastal...

Relationships crumble as wall separating Costa Mesa homes and dealership comes down

Relationships crumble as wall separating Costa Mesa homes and dealership comes down

On the evening of July 14, a woman approached the podium inside Costa Mesa City Hall to inform the powers that be that her dog died.

From the OC swap meet to 'Shark Tank'

From the OC swap meet to 'Shark Tank'

How would one even consider updating — maybe improving — an age-old pub game like darts? Out of boredom, sometimes innovation is...

Pioneering diver, scuba instructor and businessman Ron Merker dies at 82

Pioneering diver, scuba instructor and businessman Ron Merker dies at 82

Ron Merker, a pioneering scuba and skin diver who co-owned a chain of diving stores and helped introduce thousands to the pastime in the...

Runway breakup helps make way for 688 acres of Great Park

Runway breakup helps make way for 688 acres of Great Park

More than a decade after voters rejected efforts to build an international airport at the former El Toro Marine base in favor of a grand...

Biz News: Cisco Home opens at SoCo

A made-in-Los Angeles sustainable furniture store is now open in Costa Mesa's South Coast Collection shopping center.

Zov's Irvine restaurant closes briefly after diners get sick

County health officials briefly shut down Zov's restaurant in Irvine on Wednesday after diners were sickened by a bacteria traced to the...

Construction starts on Newport Beach Country Club revamp

Construction starts on Newport Beach Country Club revamp

The Newport Beach Country Club celebrated the start of construction Thursday on its new $40 million clubhouse and redesigned grounds.

Christmas arrives at Roger's Gardens boutique

Christmas arrives at Roger's Gardens boutique

Santa may be still be at the North Pole, but it's Christmastime at Roger's Gardens.

Vitamin Shoppe opening in Costa Mesa

Vitamin Shoppe, Costa Mesa, Share the Health, SOCIAL Costa Mesa restaurant, Bistango, Bill Blank, Talk About Curing Autism, "Real Help Now"...

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Talking Shop: A unique glow at Japanese clothing store Uniqlo

Shoppers won't need a passport to browse a spread of ultra-light down jackets, cashmere sweaters and Supima T-shirts made from Japanese...

Harbor Boulevard getting new look

Harbor Boulevard getting new look

Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa has long been closely associated with its miles of strip malls, shopping centers and car dealerships. But...

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

Irvine Co. land grants mix altruism and financial strategy

The GMC Yukon trundled past a barbed-wire fence and up a dry grassy hillside — the brush scratching loudly against its underside...

30th Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday

The California Coastal Commission presents California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, the 30th edition of the annual event to clean the...

4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

4-day Lido Boat Show opens today: latest models, and an 'express yacht'

With the 36th annual Lido Boat Show about to begin, organizer Duncan McIntosh was buzzing about at Lido Marina Village on Tuesday morning.

Building's old Studebaker sign re-emerges during renovations

Building's old Studebaker sign re-emerges during renovations

When Costa Mesa resident Doug Rugg looked at his cellphone Tuesday, he saw an image that jolted his memory.

Marijuana initiative signatures turned in to force city OK or a vote

Medical marijuana dispensaries could return to Costa Mesa if a proposed referendum wins City Council or voter approval.

More passengers, flights at JWA by 2030? Airport panel to discuss limits today

The Orange County Airport Commission on Wednesday is expected to discuss a second extension of the agreement that governs parameters such as...

Magnetic shift gives JWA runways new numbers

Magnetic shift gives JWA runways new numbers

John Wayne Airport's two runways are getting new call numbers, airport officials said, and the reason is out of this world — sort of.

Biz-News: Firefighters to strut for CHOC at Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza plans to host its annual Firefighter Fashion Show for charity at 1 p.m. Sept. 20.

Spruced-up sign unveiled near Balboa ferry

Spruced-up sign unveiled near Balboa ferry

A group of happy boaters has long been depicted on a sign near the ferry landing on the Balboa Peninsula.

No 405 Freeway toll lanes, forum crowd tells Caltrans

No 405 Freeway toll lanes, forum crowd tells Caltrans

Members of the 405 Freeway Cities Coalition and local residents made it clear to state transportation officials Thursday night that they...

With new lease, O.C. Market Place looks to recharge

As retail trends change, open-air markets in great cities of the world — London, Barcelona, Munich, Paris — continue to...

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