Business & Real Estate

 55-and-older housing complex opens in Costa Mesa

55-and-older housing complex opens in Costa Mesa

Operators of a recently opened senior living complex in Costa Mesa are hoping their new residents will live as if on vacation every day....

Talking Shop: Antiques? That's not a risky business

Talking Shop: Antiques? That's not a risky business

Joseph and Jennifer D'Ambra grew up on movie sets.

UCI study suggests higher minimum wages 'destroy jobs'

A new UC Irvine-led study is the latest salvo in a longstanding fight over the minimum wage, reinforcing the researchers' earlier findings...

Larry J. Cano dies at 90; founder of El Torito restaurant chain

Larry J. Cano, who took over a defunct Polynesian restaurant in Encino in 1954 and turned it into the first El Torito restaurant, building...

Biz News: VW dealership to host toy drive

Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore at 20 Auto Center Drive in Irvine will be collecting new, unwrapped toys Monday through Dec. 31 for the...

Stylish community joins forces on Superior

Stylish community joins forces on Superior

In a corner of town more popularly known for industrial buildings and oil changes, a budding pocket of artists and businesses are...

ExplorOcean expansion plan raises questions about Fun Zone's future

ExplorOcean expansion plan raises questions about Fun Zone's future

Nearly a decade has passed since ExplorOcean bought a harbor-facing stretch of land dubbed the Balboa Fun Zone, exchanging the kitschy Scary...

Biz News: Coldwell Banker opens brokerage in Newport Center

Biz News: Coldwell Banker opens brokerage in Newport Center

Rush Hill, while still Newport Beach mayor, participated in a ribbon-cutting Dec. 4 at the grand opening of the Coldwell Banker...

Biz News: Torelli Realty plans annual snow day next week

Biz News: Torelli Realty plans annual snow day next week

Torelli Realty plans to re-create its annual "Snow Land" from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at Balearic Park, 1975 Balearic Drive, Costa Mesa.

Need a job, selling your house? OC economists have a positive forecast

Chapman University economists are predicting small but continued growth for Orange County in the coming year, with modest gains in jobs,...

 Old-school printing keeps business humming

Old-school printing keeps business humming

In a back room at Hoover Printing, Jim Hoover looked over one of his small presses that, some six decades later, still runs and requires...

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...

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