| Oct 17, 2011
| 7:00 PM
COSTA MESA — Celebrated shoe designer Brian Atwood's more affordable line was launched Thursday at Saks Fifth Avenue in South Coast Plaza. The event attracted those who love to strut in their heels.
Saks, which is first to carry the line, and...
| Oct 14, 2011
| 2:18 PM
The release of any new Apple product tends to be an event.
But in the wake of company founder Steve Jobs' death 10 days ago, even a mild update to an Apple product can draw thousands of customers from coast to coast.
The Apple stores at Fashion Island...
| May 30, 2011
| 5:51 PM
COSTA MESA — With the sun shining and the temperature at a comfortable 74 degrees, Johnna Rice showed off a plush cream-colored fur scarf around her neck and matching fur cuffs over her wrists and boots.
The soft material, made of sheared mohair...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 9:06 PM
French luxury brand Longchamp was to debut its first West Coast boutique on Monday at Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza, bringing its Le Pliage leather-trimmed nylon tote — among other "it" handbags — to Orange County shoppers.
| Jul 23, 2011
| 8:46 PM
When entrepreneur Rana Sabeh couldn't find available vendor space to showcase her discount natural products business, she decided to create her own alternative "green" market.
The Orange County Green Market debuts Aug. 6 at the Irvine Valley College....
| Aug 8, 2011
| 6:59 PM
COSTA MESA — Hotelier Donald Sodaro ran a successful Holiday Inn in the South Coast Metro area for 10 years before deciding that the market deserved more than just another chain hotel.
So he took a risk just as the economy started to decline. In...
| Aug 16, 2011
| 10:23 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Betsy Thagard held the golden ticket at the 2011 Orange County Fair Culinary Arts Competition with her toffee recipe comprised of four ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate and nuts.
The sweet and crunchy golden squares, the...
| May 25, 2012
| 9:33 PM
In a time when vulgar expressions of excess eclipse what once represented a standard of artistic achievement, there exists a most special refuge from the insanity of an electronic world.
It is, oddly enough, a bookstore. And its name is Assouline,...
| Jun 28, 2012
| 7:15 PM
A year after shattering attendance records, the staff of the Orange County Fair has started a full-court press of events and promotions leading up to opening day on July 13, division directors told the Fair Board on Thursday.
The fair is teaming up...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 6:55 PM
Lindsey Kath's small business, Branch + Cotton, started with a conundrum: gift wrapping for far-away recipients.
"All my family lives back in Minnesota," the Corona del Mar resident said. "I never really had anything to send a gift in."
It was hard...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 9:25 PM
This year, the 11th American Composers Festival takes a cue from the country's multicultural identity and embraces the Persian-American musical landscape.
The festival, a Pacific Symphony tradition nearly every year since 2000, features three programs...
| Mar 22, 2012
| 8:34 PM
Sometimes a trip is more than just a great escape.
That's what happened to Kallie Dovel when she first traveled to Uganda in summer 2007. It was there that she saw what women were going through: little to no education, lack of health care, extreme...