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  • Brea Florist: Community business, Customer loyalty.

    6 years ago by

     

    Brea Florist, at its current location of 341 South Brea Blvd

    Brea Florist had been a fixture on Brea Blvd for forty-three years, before it relocated to West Central Avenue in 1990 due to downtown redevelopment.  Since that move, despite early concerns, the business continued to thrive and soon residents familiar with the old location found their favorite florist at the new location.

    In 2010, Mary Jo Britt, who purchased the business in 2007, moved the shop back to Brea Blvd, at 341 South Brea Blvd, just one block south of their original location of forty-three years.  Mary Jo, who was employed at the business for twenty-four years before buying it, credits 35-years of customer loyalty, as well as new clients from the internet and a more visible storefront, for their continued success. She recently told BBON, "The unexpected move worked out great!"

    With her devoted staff, (Anna Davidson, who is a prior owner and semi-retired; Roxanne Whitney, who has worked with Mary Jo for 23-years; and Ruben Gallegos, making floral deliveries for 8-years) Mary Jo hopes Brea Florist will continue to serve the community for another 50 years.

    BREA FLORIST 1947 - 2011

    1947 - Brea Florist opens at 235 South Brea Blvd

    1978 - Mike and Linda Jacoby purchase Brea Florist

    1983 - Mary Jo Britt gains employment at Brea Florist

    1990 - Brea Florist relocates to West Central Ave due to downtown redevelopment

    1991 - Anna Davidson purchases Brea Florist

    2007 - Mary Jo Britt purchases Brea Florist after 24-years of employment

    2010 - Brea Florist relocates back to Brea Blvd, to their current location at 341 South Brea Blvd

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  • POTATOES SPROUT AT SOUPLANTATION

    6 years ago by

    October is definitely potato month at the Brea Souplantation.  The spuds are cropping up in dishes from tossed salads to the soups and kitchen favorites to the bakery.  For potato lovers this is the month to let your appetite for the taters go wild in the local  casual dining favorite spot. You can lead off your lunch or dinner with the Arugula Chicken and Tarragon salad with Crunchy Potatoes, and the bonus is that it's gluten free.  In the Deli Salad section you can select from the Sweet Vidalia Onion and Yukon Gold Potato or the Roasted Potato with Chipolte Chile Vinaigrette.  Shepherd's Pie over Skin-On Smashed Potatoes is featured in the Soup area, and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon are close by in the Kitchen Favorites. After 4 p.m. you can feast on this month's warm dessert, Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Cake.  That's to be found in the bakery section close to the Roasted Potato Focaccia. The Brea Souplantation is just off Lambert at Pointe Drive.

  • DWIGHT MANLEY Q&A

    6 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell


      Dwight Manley is Brea's hometown successful businessman who purchased a huge portion of Brea Downtown in 2003. When approached by BBON for an interview, traces of his boyhood shyness are evident in his short answers.

        Dwight Manley


          BBON: What kind of a kid were you, when at an early age you discovered a deep passion for collecting coins?

            Dwight: I was shy. I loved coins + went to the Brea coin shop where Yard House is now all the time!

              BBON: In 2003, you made community headlines in purchasing Brea Downtown. Today Brea Downtown is a destination location. What do you foresee for Brea Downtown in five to 10 years?

                Dwight: It's only going to get better!

                  BBON:From successful rare coin expert, sports agent, real estate developer, to television producer, what’s next for you?

                    I take each day one at a time. So we'll have to see!

                      BBON: Tell us what it was like growing up in Brea in the 70’s and early 80’s?

                        Dwight: It was a lot of fun: watching open fields + orange groves become the Brea mall!

  • Olive Pit Grill

    6 years ago by



    Olive Pit Grill is truly a one-of-a-kind, fast-casual dining establishment offering endless and affordable menu selections including Appetizers, Salads, Fresh Grilled Proteins, Wraps, Kid’s Meals, and more. Our concept is unique in that we serve Fresh, Healthy, Fast and Affordable Mediterranean food with California fusion. Our friendly, fun efficient service, casual atmosphere allows our guests to comfortably dine-in, or just as easily take-out and enjoy at home or in the office.

    Our theme – healthy, low-fat, low cholesterol, natural ingredients, flavorful, and familiar offerings. Our goal is to create the image of light, healthy, satisfying and still nutritious food.

  • Brea Plaza Shopping Center and Cinema

    6 years ago by

    Contact Information:
      1639 E Imperial Hwy
      Brea, CA 92821
      714.990.8400

    Brea Welcomes You Neon Sign

    Location:

    When thinking of the Brea Plaza Shopping Center, a popular phrase comes to mind: “Location, Location, Location.” It is easy to find in that it is just east of Highway 57 and just north of Imperial Hwy about one mile east of Downtown Brea, California.

    Brea Plaza Shopping Center Map

    History:

    The Brea Plaza Shopping Center opened in 1975. With a prime piece of real estate property located near the intersection of the 57 Freeway and Imperial Highway near the Brea Mall, it certainly had the road visibility needed for success. It was anchored by large successful companies, such as: Albertson’s Supermarket, The Brea Plaza Theatre, and Thrifty Drug Store. However, due to a poor design that blocked visibility into the center, in combination with significant tenant dissatisfaction with property management, the retail center suffered. Of course, according to longtime Brea residents like, Julie Harrison Ferguson, there were great times at the Brea Plaza Shopping Center as well. She remembered when her Brea Olinda High School band rented space next to Thrifty’s for a big haunted house high school fundraiser event. Also, her family frequented The Big Yellow House which is now Lucille’s Bar-B-Que. She said that the restaurant would weigh children and use their weight to determine how much parents paid. She also enjoyed going with friends to the popular ice-cream parlor in the center, where waitresses waiting on customers wore cute striped uniforms.

    Expansion and Renovation:

    Brea Plaza Shopping CenterIn early 2011, the City of Brea announced the $40 million renovation and expansion project to increase the center's size to over 15.5- acres. The project would add four new building, increasing area shopping space to 161,000 square feet, restore the buildings of all 20 current businesses, upgrade the parking lot, and beautify the property with lush landscaping. According to Marc Harris of BOSC Property Advisors, it is a work in progress as sculptures, fountains, kiosks, and an eight-passenger golf-cart shuttle service are in process of being developed. Marc went on to say that Brea Plaza Shopping Center is the 2nd most desirable location in Orange County next to South Coast Plaza. The center rates number one in spending per capita in Brea and all of Orange County accounting for well over 400,000 cars a day from the 57 Freeway, Imperial Highway and Associated Road. This is no ordinary center to say the least. It is an “outdoor shopping mall” and is a great addition to Brea - North Orange County’s premier shopping and dining destination!

    Jareds Jewelry Store Brea Plaza

    Current Tenants and Businesses including:

    Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
    Bucca di Beppo
    Panera Bread
    Mother’s Market
    The Meat House
    Brea 5 Cinemas
    Chipotle
    Total Wine & More
    Chick-fil-A
    AT&T
    California Fish Grill
    Grand Salon Med Spa
    Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant
    Pinkberry
    Starbucks
    Which Wich
    Yori Modern Japanese
    Carters Babies & Kids
    DXL Men’s Apparel
    DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
    Bonny Bridal
    Eyebrow Beauty
    Jared the Gallery of Jewelry

    Today:

    With a great variety of premier businesses (34 in total) to suit everyone’s interest, and a convenient one-stop park and shop design, Brea Plaza Shopping Center makes it easy to shop, dine, and catch a movie.

    The Brea Plaza Shopping Center is a local favorite and because of its location, broad spectrums of visitors have also enjoyed its many amenities. As with any great destination, it continues to move forward with its plan to inspire, attract, and capture the attention of many as being one of Orange Counties most noticeable and notable retail center.

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