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  • Brea SummerFest Giveaway to be held on Beautiful Brea Old & New

    5 years ago by

    Three-day event starts on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5pm.

      Going on 27 years the annual Brea SummerFest has entertained the community and beyond, with a three-day event boasting ‘Something for Everyone’ featuring rides, rides and more rides, delicious variety of festival food and assorted beverages such as pizza, street tacos (beef or chicken), teriyaki chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, sodas, cookies, cakes and ice cream and - entertainment galore! Brea SummerFest has got it all!

        BBON Brea SummerFest 2014 - Three FAB prizes for three lucky winners!

          Adding further excitement, we have partnered once again with Brea SummerFest to run a 3-week giveaway this year on Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook, giving three lucky people the chance to win prizes valued up to $165 each. Our giveaway starts this Wednesday, May 14 and ends just before Brea SummerFest begins on Friday, May 30. Giveaway details below:

            Giveaway 1 - One Winner

              Entry giveaway dates: May 14 & 15


                  Virtuo Music & Performing Arts Dance Academy – 4 complimentary tickets to see "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at the Curtis Theatre on June 27 or 28, valued at $60.

                    Brunos Tratorria Restaurant– two $20 guest appreciation cards

                      Burrissimo Fresh Italian (Brea) - two complimentary entrées and two complimentary beverage passes, valued at $18.96.

                        Total retail price: $118.96

                          Giveaway 2 – One Winner

                            Entry giveaway dates: May 21 & 22


                                Virtuo Music & Performing Arts Dance Academy

                                  One month of free vocal lessons and One month of free instrument lessons, valued at $120

                                    (Winners Choice)

                                      Plus one month of free dance lessons, valued at $45.

                                        Total retail value: $165.

                                          Giveaway 3 – One Winner

                                            Entry giveaway dates: May 27 & 28


                                                Ultimate Smile Dentistry Dr. Warren J. Schlott, DDS and Bryce D. Nebeker, DDS

                                                  Free Dental Bleaching (Includes impressions, bleaching trays and 4 tubes of whitener), valued at $150.00.

  • Indulgence evening celebrating Mother’s Day at Brea Mall

    5 years ago by

      Hey moms, Brea Mall wants to pamper you in celebrating Mother’s Day with ‘Indulge,” a special freestyle-focused event this Thursday, May 8, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the mall’s Center Court. Presented by Diet Coke, an evening of ‘Indulge’ will feature style consultants, beauty services, delicious refreshments and drinks, plus special event giveaways from Harlequin®books and retailer offers throughout the mall. For further information, visit Brea Mall's website.

  • Farrell’s Scoops Out Free Sundaes for Military Men and Women

    5 years ago by

      May is National Military Appreciation Month and Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, for the 5th time in a row, will be serving a free all-American, Red White and Blue ‘Thank You’ sundae to those brave soldiers who served and are now serving in the U.S. Armed Forces! Topped with an American flag, the sundae will be served with 2-scoops of vanilla ice cream, strawberries and blueberries, whipped cream, and a sweet cherry. The all-American, Red White and Blue sundae is also available to purchase at $7.99 for civilians with one dollar from each purchase going to the A Million Thanks organization, a 501c3 non-profit military support charity.

        Plus, there will be thank you notes available for children to color and adults to write a special message of support to military men and women currently serving our nation. At the end of the month, Farrell’s with the help of A Million Thanks, will send them out to members of the armed forces in military bases around the world. So far, over 7 million thank you letters have been sent to our troops via “A Million Thanks,” collecting and distributing thank you letters to U.S. military personnel serving at home and abroad.

          There is no purchase necessary, a valid military photo ID must be presented to receive the free sundae. For further information, visit Farrell's website.

  • Brea Mall to host Renovation Celebration

    5 years ago by

    Just over a year ago the Brea Mall underwent a major renovation, which took a year to complete. Many of you who shop the mall regularly witnessed its transformation, including the new children’s play area, larger elevators, glass handrails, new signage, flooring and landscaping. To celebrate the mall’s renovation, everyone is invited to a Renovation Celebration on Wednesday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the remodeled entryway next to Red Robin restaurant.

      The official balloon launch and reception will start with remarks from Brea Mall’s General Manager, Rajeev Chhabra and Mayor Brett Murdock. Followed by refreshments and a chance to mingle with Brea Mall, City and Chamber of Commerce Officials, engage in photo opportunities, and receive special gifts commemorating the celebration.

        Special festivities to continue the celebration are as follows:

          Family Fun Simon Kidgits Club event scheduled on April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. in Center Court. The event is set to feature crafting stations, music, costumed characters, a mobile library, enter-to-win contests, and other entertainment.

            Taste of Brea Mall event from noon to 2 p.m. in the food court, which showcases new flooring, lighting, columns and tables and chairs with banquet-style seating. Shoppers will receive punch cards to try Brea Mall’s selection of dining options and can enter to win a $100 Simon gift card to put toward free lunches, by sampling all eatery options. The first 200 shoppers who register at the event with their e-mail will receive a swag bag filled with dining and retailer offers. In addition to tasty eats, the event will feature greeters, entertainment, and the launch of Brea Mall’s Surprise and Delight program, in which mall management will greet and reward shoppers with surprise treats and goodies.

              Indulge: A Stylish Treat for Mothers, which is slated for May 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Center Court. Meant to celebrate motherhood in style, the evening will be filled with refreshments, entertainment and fashion and beauty services, all focused on rewarding moms. Moms can get styling advice, shop special promotions from participating retailers, enjoy sips, snacks, and swag bags to the first 200 shoppers, and check out complimentary product sampling, mini-makeovers, demonstrations, and more.
  • Brea Mall Old & New by Carolyn Campbell

    5 years ago by

    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.

  • Safe and Sound at Brea Gateway Downtown

    5 years ago by

    From left, Ivan Magdaleno and Joseph Acevedo standing outside of their office at Brea Gateway Downtown.

      Brea is boring, says Joseph Acevedo and Ivan Magdaleno, security guards at Brea Gateway Downtown. Aside from being a Northern Orange County destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, their assessment is on the mark. Are we complaining? I think not!

        Both young men aspire to be police officers. They take their job seriously working different shifts that overlap an hour each day. Anyone who frequents downtown has passed their office, which is very nondescript other than looking like a tiny janitorial supply room next to Cost Plus World Market. Open the door and there is one lawn chair and a bicycle.

          Each day they set out on foot or bicycle patrolling the center, checking each building, looking for graffiti (which seldom occurs), giving out tickets for those who double park, park in handicapped spots and are not disabled, and exceed the 3-day maximum parking limit.

            Other than a homeless man who for a short period of time was staying at Brea Gateway Downtown, there really haven’t been any problems, with the exception of the children who run amok riding their skateboards and bicycles. When confronted by Joseph and Ivan, most of the kids disregard the notice. So that is an ongoing battle that Joseph and Ivan are diligently on top of.

              Just like their office, you may not take notice, but they’re keeping us safe and deserve praise for their good job. No doubt they will make fine police officers someday.

                Thanks to their efforts, we’re boring.

  • Barbie’s 55th birthday celebration at Farrell’s

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      This Sunday presents a great outing at Farrell's for children and those who have fond memories of America’s favorite doll, Barbie! At the party, from 10-11 a.m., will be a Barbie and a Ken look-alike, a special inspired birthday 30-scoop - 7 1/2lb. Farrell's famous ice cream Zoo, quite a mouthful, consisting of pink strawberry ice cream, rainbow sherbet, sprinkles, whipped cream, strawberry sauce and cherries for all to enjoy, at no charge, and of course an honorary birthday song, created especially for Barbie. And what’s a party without presents. Fun, fun, fun!

        If you can’t make the event, available to Barbie fans is a pink $1.99 birthday-sundae to all guests that bring in their favorite Barbie doll and purchase a kids or adult entrée and drink. The special $1.99 birthday sundae is fashioned from one-scoop of strawberry ice cream, strawberry sauce, pink whipped cream, party sprinkles and a cherry on top.

  • Country Hills Elementary PTA Fundraiser, December 18

    5 years ago by

      Wouldn’t you agree that it’s great to take a nice break from holiday shopping! Support the PTA Brea Country Hills Fundraiser and dine at Polly’s Pies in Yorba Linda this coming Wednesday, December 18, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

        Don’t forget to give your server the flyer, as Country Hills Elementary will receive 20% of your order. I know you won’t forget to try one of their many delicious assortment of pies!

  • Last contest of the year on Brea Gateway Facebook!

    5 years ago by

    Brea Gateway photo courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography

    Hi everyone!

      We thank you for subscribing to BBON website! In addition to posting interesting Brea News, we run year-round contests on Beautiful Brea Old & New!

        We ended the year with a great giveaway for two: Dinner at Burrissimo and a short walk to catch a movie at Edwards Theater.

          Fast forward: Our first giveaway of 2014 ended with three people winning gift cards to Corner Bakery! And guess what? We're already planning our second giveaway of this New Year on Brea Gateway Center-Brea Downtown and first contest on BBON!

            Brea Gateway , a fan page we're thrilled to be a part of, is located on the corner of Imperial Highway and Brea Boulevard and considered a part of Brea Downtown.

              This shopping center may indeed be the first retail shopping center in Brea, other than Brea Downtown and Brea Mall, to have a presence on Facebook, a sign that social media is being recognized by shopping venues as a way to connect with customers.

                With two contests in February, try your luck. You just may be a winner!

                  Let's stay connected!

  • Welcome to one-stop shop – City of Brea

    5 years ago by




            TERRI DAXON The wild and crazy shopping season has begun, and the best place to go is right here in Brea. Where else can you find such a wealth of shopping choices? There are the beautiful, recently Mall, our Brea Downtown, the Brea Marketplace across from the mall, Brea Gateway Center, plus several other shopping areas up and down Imperial Highway and elsewhere in our city.

              While Brea has many unique shops, there also are chain stores, including a few big-box ones such as Target, Walmart and Home Depot. Sure, you can shop the chains in many cities, but the sales tax dollars come back to Brea only if the merchandise was purchased here.

                Why is shopping in Brea so important? I asked Heidi Gallegos, the new executive director of the Brea Chamber of Commerce.

                  “Shopping Brea first keeps our dollars in the community in order to support public safety, capital improvements as well as retain programs that are unique to the culture of Brea,” Gallegos said via email. “We encourage shoppers to keep our dollars in Brea and shop Brea first.” Brea is definitely a shopping destination. Brea Mall is Orange County’s fourth largest mall in sales tax revenue.

                    Keeping those shopping dollars here makes a big difference. According to Brea’s June 2012 fiscal report, Brea’s sales tax revenue has increased 4.4 percent over the previous fiscal year, which is pretty good. Sales tax for general retail sales, such as department stores, apparel shops, home stores and other retailers , made up 46.7 percent of the increase.

                      According to Bill Gallardo, Brea’s administrative services director, in Brea you are charged 8 percent sales tax on taxable items. Of that 8 percent, only 1 percent stays in Brea. “The rest goes elsewhere, mostly to the state,” Gallardo said via email.

                        So how does that work? Gallardo said, for example, when you make a $100 purchase, you pay $8 in sales tax. Of the $8, Brea gets $1. That doesn’t sound like much, but in fiscal year 2012, it totaled $19 million. That’s a lot of buying in Brea, folks.

                          What about online sales, such as at Amazon, that include California sales tax? Does the city benefit from those sales? Yes, but it isn’t much. Amazon charges Brea and other Orange County customers the 8 percent rate, and the 1 percent is sent to the state. “Then the state divides that local money based on your city’s percentage of total sales in the county,” Gallardo said. What that breaks down to is that Brea gets a measly 3.5 percent of the 1 percent. So shopping locally, rather than online, makes better dollar sense for our city. And while you are shopping in Brea, visit the new Santa’s village on the lower level of Brea Mall. It is one of the most attractive I’ve ever seen in a mall. Plus, it gives the kids something to marvel at while Dad checks out the Tesla showroom a few shops away.

                            Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. She gives her perspective on Brea issues twice a month. Contact her at  .