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Brea Mall Old & New by Carolyn Campbell

3 years ago by in ( City Guide , Culture/Arts , Hotspots , Restaurants , Shopping , Welcome to Brea , What's New! )
A Sneak Peek….

    Due to come out within the next few days, Inside Brea Magazine’s Hello, Spring Season issue features my story about the Brea Mall, titled: Brea Mall Where People Meet, Greet and Congregate. You’ll find it on pages 14 -17.

    New to Brea Mall: Tesla Motors electric vehicles, located on the bottom floor near Williams-Sonoma.


      Back in early January I met with Brea Mall’s General Manager Rajeev Chhabra, and Director of Marketing and Business Development Anna Cotter to gather information for the story. They were both very welcoming and hospitable, sending me home with a nice goodie bag.

        Instead of focussing entirely on Brea Mall with its recent major renovation since opening its doors 37 years ago, I decided to combine the old with the new in writing the story, so I contacted Susan Gaede whose husband Rex Gaede was the mayor during the grand opening of the mall back in September of 1977. I also contacted Former City Manager, Wayne Wedin, who along with Gaede played a major role in 'The Making of a Mall,' as seen on a video produced by Album of Life for Beautiful Brea Old & New.

          Brea Mall's Official Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in 1977. From left, Miss Brea Laura Shipkey, Former Mayor Rex Gaede, and Master of Ceremonies: Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”


            I hope you enjoy the article. It will take you back to the fall of 1968 when the idea of building a mall was put into action, the challenges it faced in its recent renovation, the first major celebrity attraction at the mall, and finally its yearly special event happenings.
Author :

"Thank you" for visiting Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON). First & foremost, I am a proud mother & wife. I am also a well-rounded independent contractor. But you can call me an enthusiastic cheerleader, supporting wholeheartedly the City of Brea --a charming town with character & innovation, turning 100 years old in 2017!

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