Tastea, a trendy international tea bar at the Outlets at Orange, is moving to Costa Mesa, according to a news release.

The Orange location will close March 24. The Costa Mesa store is set to open in April at 1175 Baker St.

Tastea is known for flavored iced teas and smoothies, including "Peach Me Sweetea," which is made with peach and strawberry tea, "Ooh La La," a coconut and pineapple smoothie with strawberries, and taro milk tea, a type of boba tea. The store plans to sell a variety of international foods and desserts as well.

The company targets college students — the new location is near Orange Coast College — and young professionals. There are stores in Garden Grove and Rowland Heights as well.

The small chain has Orange County roots; it's operated by two Cal State Fullerton graduates, Scott Nguyen and Ted Vu.

"We're two local guys who had a dream to start one location," Vu said in a news release. "Now to be able to outgrow a venue and obtain a bigger space that can serve more customers while keeping our team employed is gratifying to say the very least. We can't wait to open the Costa Mesa location's doors and see familiar faces and introduce our products to new people too."

Added Nguyen: "Costa Mesa is a great direction for the company to move to. We are investing in that community and hope the residents will love our products back."

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Fusion Communications opens Irvine center

Fusion Communications, a company that provides telephones and related business communications systems, opened a new technology center at 2400 Main St. in Irvine on March 7.

Technology demonstrations by company partners, such as Vertical Communications, Clear2there, Mitel and Voice4Net, as well as a ribbon-cutting ceremony, took place at the grand-opening celebration.

Fusion specializes in business telephone systems, such as voice-over Internet Protocol (VOIP), data infrastructure and network services, according to a news release.

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Beer importer marks 30 years

Irvine-based G.K. Scaggs, which imports premium beers from Europe and Latin America, recently celebrated its 30th year in business.

The firm specializes in wine, beer and spirits, distributing from six warehouses and with the help of 150 wholesale distribution partners. Some of the better-known beers are San Miguel from the Philippines, Bahia from Guatemala and Alhambra from Spain. Wines include the Fernz sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, Rapeneau brut rosé from Spain and Benedetto Chianti from Italy.

 

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