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  • Improv plan could be a windfall

    2 years ago by

    A huge opportunity was placed in the City Council’s lap. Now what will they do with it?


      At the May 5 City Council study session, Stu Schreiberg of the Improv Corporation and Dwight Manley, a major Brea Downtown property owner, gave a brief presentation of a proposed Brea Improv that has little resemblance to the present one on Brea Boulevard.

        The new Improv would move to the corner of Brea Boulevard and Birch Street, presently housing Old Navy. Manley Fanticola, owners of that property plan to spend more than $10million to tear down and replace that building with a 41,000-square foot, two-story Improv.

          “The Improv will invest heavily in the interior buildout,” said Manley via email.

            This new Improv would have a commanding and exciting exterior and feature large theater auditoriums on both floors, two fine dining restaurants and outdoor seating on both levels. Besides comedy, this Improv would feature live plays and musical productions. It would be, according to Schreiberg, an entertainment destination.

              He also said that Improv Corporation plans very soon to open five of these mega Improv theaters around the country in such places as San Francisco, Nashville, New York and Brea Downtown.

                It would put Brea on the SoCal entertainment destination map and add a new level of sophistication and excitement to the downtown.

                  Quite a windfall for Brea, right? But the air could quickly blow out of that windfall if another parking structure is not built on the eastside of Brea Boulevard, behind the very vacant former Tower building. Without it, the Improv will go elsewhere. Their present lease ends in 2016.

                    This is a huge opportunity for Brea and it all hinges on securing a new parking structure. You can’t build an entertainment venue with theater seating for nearly 600 people plus the restaurants without adequate, convenient parking. Such a parking structure will benefit not only the property owners, but also all of us who will benefit from the tax dollars the Improv Entertainment Center brings to Brea, and it can’t hurt our own property values either.

                      Our city leaders made the right decision in the 1970s with the very successful Brea Mall that could easily been built in another city along 57 Freeway. Do we want to see the new Improv be built in Fullerton or elsewhere in Orange County, when it could be built in Brea? I sure don’t.

                        What I am sure of is if you missed the fourth annual “Celebration of Brea’s Sister Cities” at the Curtis Theatre at the Brea Civic Center on May 3, you missed an evening of outstanding entertainment.

                          Presented by the Brea Korea Sister City Association, it featured a wide variety of music and dance representing Korea, Japan, Mexico and the USA, including the terrific the Brea Olinda High School Jazz Band. Also terrific was the very talented Korean American Youth Performing Artists who did amazing drum dances. All of the other dancers and singers were also outstanding.

                            Proceeds from the celebration will help Brea students to travel to our sister city of Anseong, Korea.

                              Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at daxoncomm@earthlink.net.

  • “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest Winners

    3 years ago by


      Anyone who viewed “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest album knows that Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography had a tough job in choosing just five winners. To us, they’re all winners.
  • Step right up to be The Face of Brea – Photo Contest

    3 years ago by

    Make a plan to visit Brea Edwards Theater and Join "Andrew" in becoming "The Face of Brea," celebrating Brea's 98th birthday. Win Fab prizes. Contest runs through Friday, February 27.

    Make a plan to visit Brea Edwards Theater and Join "Andrew" in becoming "The Face of Brea," celebrating Brea's 98th birthday. Win Fab prizes. Contest runs through Friday, February 27.


      Who’s The Face of Brea: Andrew is the face of Brea! YOU Can Be The Face of Brea, toooooo!

        Make a trip to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, and in the lobby you’ll see the most dapper gent in town, Charlie the Clock cutout.

          To enter the contest and win great prizes, Upload your pic and we’ll place it in our “The Face of Brea Photo Contest” Facebook album. Contest runs through Friday, February 27.

            Five Fab prizes for Five Winners! Not familiar with Brea's historic icon: Charlie the Clock, check out BBON The Face of Brea Photo Contest details to learn about Charlie, How to Participate, Contest Rules and Prizes.

  • Historic “Charlie the Clock” character debuts at Edwards Theater for “The Face of Brea Contest”

    3 years ago by

    Live, Work, or Play in Brea...It’s Time for YOU to be "The Face of Brea."


      YOUR Chance to Win Great Prizes!

        It’s no mystery that Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) has been fascinated with Brea's icon "Charlie the Clock" from way back, changing our logo over three years ago to reflect Brea’s centennial year -- using Charlie the Clock’s face for inspiration!

          Now is the time for our vision of ‘Charlie the Clock’ to come to life as a beloved character in showcasing our BBON “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest -- celebrating Brea’s 98th birthday on February 23, 2015.

            Our beloved "Charlie the Clock" is debuting at Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 as a an animated cutout for "The Face of Brea" Contest on BBON, celebrating Brea's 98th birthday!

            Our beloved "Charlie the Clock" is debuting at Edwards Brea Stadium west 10 as an animated cutout for "The Face of Brea" Contest on BBON, celebrating Brea's 98th birthday!


              Contest details: Starting Friday February 13, in the lobby of Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, you will have the chance to enter the contest by placing your face in “Charlie the Clock” cutout to be “The Face of Brea.”

                All you have to do is take a photo as 'The Face of Brea' and upload it onto Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook, where your image will be placed in an FB album for VOTING purposes. Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography will choose 5 winners from the top 15 entries with the most votes/likes. Winners will be announced on BBON Facebook Saturday, February 28. Each winner will win gift cards from local community businesses.

                  Charlie the Clock cutout was so unique that Ric Clough and team at Printing Services LTD paid special attention to every detail in order to create a perfect handmade cutout. It's was a first for the print shop accomplishing an awesome job.

                    5 FAB Prizes for 5 Lucky Winners, valued at $50 each:

                      - $50 Gift Card to Lillie's Q Restaurant

                        - $50 Gift Card to D'Vine: A Mediterranean Experience Restaurant

                          - $25 Gift Card to BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse paired/w a $25 Gift Card to Frost My Cake

                            - $25 Two movie passes to Edwards Brea Stadium West or East paired/w a $25 Gift Card to The Butchery Brea

                              -$25 gift certificate to Cedar Creek Inn paired/w a $25 gift basket from Han's Beauty

                                "The Face of Brea" photo contest rules:

                                  1. All ages are eligible to enter the contest. The individual submitting the photo (giving consent) must be 18 years or older and will be considered the contestant eligible to compete for the prize.

                                    2. One photo entry per person.

                                      3. Upload your photo, name, and contact info to Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook page. Your photo will be featured on The Face of Brea Facebook album, where voting will take place.

                                        4. Only one vote/like per person per photo entry. Comments will not count as votes.

                                          5. All photos must be owned by the photographer submitting them and may be used in BBON publicity efforts.

                                            6. Please note a brief description and title of entry photo.

                                              History of Brea's Charlie the Clock: Brea’s Charlie the Clock or Brea Clock now resides in Brea Downtown at the corner of Birch and Madrona Streets, across the street from Macallan’s Public House.

                                                The clock appeared on Brea Blvd. in 1975 to promote Charlie’s Clock Shop in the former Brea Hotel building.

                                                  For years it was known as “Charlie’s Clock” because it stood outside of the clock shop. When the shop closed, the City of Brea purchased the clock, by then a local and beloved landmark. During the transformation of the Downtown, the clock went into storage and stayed there until recent years when it was very carefully restored with an exact reproduction of the clock’s original clock face. A bit of neon was added so it is more visible at night. The casing around the face and post are all original.

                                                    Of final note: As a long time Brea resident and public relations professional, I commissioned Brea artist Heather Ashlyn Collins to create a cutout of the beloved Brea clock to help remind everyone of Brea’s 100th Anniversary in the Year 2017, and kicking off Brea’s 98th birthday with The Face of Brea Photo Contest! A special thanks to Terri Daxon of Daxon Marketing Communications.

                                                      We can't wait to see your fun photos with our dapper looking gent, Charlie!

                                                        Enthusiastically,

                                                          Carolyn Campbell

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for Village at La Floresta

    3 years ago by

    Today while in attendance for Village at La Floresta groundbreaking event, I felt as though I stepped back in time when the Brea Mall held its groundbreaking ceremony. Although I didn’t attend, the memory is clear in my mind as told by former Mayor, Rex Gaede, and former City Manager, Wayne Wedin, in their story for BBON – “The Making of a Mall.”


      People arriving at Village at La Floresta groundbreaking ceremony.

      People arriving at Village at La Floresta groundbreaking ceremony.


        This morning a great crowd showed up to witness history unfolding as John T. Mehigan, VP of Investments for Regency Centers, led the ceremony. He spoke about the center’s overall design and unique retailers coming, including the first Whole Foods Market in North Orange County, which by the way, will have an unusual shape as no two Whole Foods Market stores are alike. Also, John mentioned the iconic piece of art that will be the focus on Imperial/Valencia featuring Brea’s cultural past from the Native American to early days of settlement, ranching and oil development.

          You know the phrase, location, location, location, John pointed out its convenient spot in close proximity to La Floresta’s residents and the people who live, work, and play in Brea saying, “It just doesn’t get any better.”

            The name “Village at La Floresta” has a history of its own. John said that the company was having trouble coming up with a name for the development. Then Jim Martinez, Project Manager for Chevron Land and Development remembered in his youth growing up in New Mexico there was a huge field that exploded with flowers every spring and his mother would say, “I don’t want you playing in La Floresta,” hence the name Village at La Floresta.

              Groundbreaking image from left to right: Councilmember, Steven Vargas, Project Manager for La Floresta, Jim Martinez, Councilmember, Cecilia Hupp, Mayor Marty Simonoff, Ben Shearer (Whole Foods), Mac Chandler (Regency Centers), Councilmember, Christine Marick, John Mehigan, VP of Investments, (Regency Centers), and John Hayes (Regency Centers).

              Shown left to right at the groundbreaking of Village at La Floresta are Councilmember, Steven Vargas, Project Manager for La Floresta, Jim Martinez, Councilmember, Cecilia Hupp, Mayor Marty Simonoff, Ben Shearer (Whole Foods), Mac Chandler (Regency Centers), Councilmember, Christine Marick, John Mehigan VP of Investments (Regency Centers), and John Hayes (Regency Centers).


                "We’re glad Regency Centers chose Brea in continuing their operation to expand. Welcome to Brea,” exclaimed Mayor Marty Simonoff.

  • Brea’s “Newsy Suzie” Year-End Review 2014

    3 years ago by

    Susan Gaede a.k.a. "Newsy Suzie."

    Susan Gaede a.k.a. "Newsy Suzie."


      I want to thank all the people who have sent or called me with news this year. I am sharing some of the highlights of the Newsy Suzie 2014 column.

        BREA

          Rising country artist Sandra Lynn (Modic) is splitting her time between Southern California and Nashville. (courtesy of Christopher Mezzavilla)

          Rising country artist Sandra Lynn (Modic) is splitting her time between Southern California and Nashville. (courtesy of Christopher Mezzavilla)


            Show biz: Rising Country Artist 2003 Brea-Olinda High School graduate Sandra Lynn (Modic) has a new song out called "Afterparty," ready for download on i-Tunes and also playing on SiriusXM satellite radio on The Highway (Channel 56).This past year she has opened for well-known artists such as Kenny Rogers, Cole Swindell and at a Charity event for Kenny Chesney. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts produced her debut EP, and new song.

              Currently, Sandra is dividing her time between Southern California and Nashville.You can go to SandraLynnmusic.com and see her bio.

                IN BUSINESS BUZZ

                  Biggest crystal ball of the year: Whole Foods will be coming to the Village at La Floresta.

                  The Farmers Market in Brea Downtown closed. The Brea Chamber of Commerce is taking it over. The crystal ball reveals the Farmers Market will be located at Birch and State College and could be opening in March.

                    Inversion Dance Studios at 710 N. Brea Blvd. offers classes on pole dancing, a growing exercise trend.

                    Osaka Seafood Buffet closed (Kyoto Buffet & Grill has opened in that location). Melting Pot, Berkeley Dog, Burrissimo, Eurasian Reflexology all closed, too. World Photo and Avenue relocated, but are still in Brea.

                        Some of the newest Brea restaurants include Super Juicy Dumplings, Tempo Urban Kitchen (formerly Lascari’s), Lillie’s Q, and Macallan’s Pub Restaurant. McDonalds on Imperial Highway recently reopened with a brand new building.

                          PEOPLE AROUND BREA
                          Matthew and Nadia Fox, both teachers, 6-year-old triplets and 8-month year old twins pose for a photo. Left to right: Eugene, Anika, and Elise age 6, and twins Juliette and Camille 8 months. (courtesy Stefanie Camarena)

                          Matthew and Nadia Fox, both teachers, 6-year-old triplets and 8-month year old twins pose for a photo. Left to right: Eugene, Anika, and Elise age 6, and twins Juliette and Camille 8 months. (courtesy Stefanie Camarena)


                            Seeing double and triple in 2014, I reported on several sets of multiple children. The start of the school year saw 12 sets of twins at Brea Junior High.

                              Nadia and Matthew Fox were plenty busy with 5 year old triplets and then Nadia had identical twins, so they had five children under the age of five at one time.
                            Camille and Jullette identical twins are 8 months now, and triplet siblings Eugene, Anika, Elise are 6. The Foxes, both teachers, are enjoying having multiple multiples in the family.

                              Steve Ranck,a 1982 grad, created a batman game now featured in arcades.

                                Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School grad and now a Disneyland Ambassador, married Danny Handke  on the Mayor’s balcony in San Francisco. (courtesy White)

                                Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School grad and now a Disneyland Ambassador, married Danny Handke on the Mayor’s balcony in San Francisco. (courtesy White)

                                Sachiko White, Brea Olinda High School grad and currently a Disneyland Ambassador, married Danny Handke on the Mayor’s balcony in San Francisco.

                                  Janet Yergler former Country Hills teacher, who has sepsis and lost her legs, left arm and fingers on left hand is getting ready to take her drivers test. Friends call her “miracle lady.”
                                  Janet Yergler, former Country Hills teacher, who has sepsis and lost her legs, left arm and fingers on left hand is getting ready to take her drivers test (courtesy Mary Dunn)

                                  Janet Yergler, former Country Hills teacher, who has sepsis and lost her legs, left arm and fingers on left hand is getting ready to take her drivers test (courtesy Mary Dunn)


                                    Former Mayor Burnie Dunlap named to Orange County Grand Jury.

                                      Cliff Hamilton, who was named Lion of the Year his first year of the club, created a fish fly that looks like a baby turtle - very popular nationwide. The Lions Club did very well raising a total sum of 70,000.

                                        Sierra McCoy was crowned BOHS homecoming queen. Jonathan Compton was chosen Mr.Brea.

                                          Brea Olinda Class of 1987 grad Erik Wedin demonstrated the famed Honda robot ASIMO's capabilities in New York on the "live with Kelly and Michael" television show.

                                            There were lots of honors spread around the community the last year:

                                              The 10 and under All Star team of Brea Girls Softball League won the state championship.

                                                Dave Willert, an author and popular vocal director of the outstanding choruses at BOHS and Brea Junior High, was featured in Parent Magazine.

                                                  Girl Scouts Brianna Clark, Briana Stempnlak, and Makayla Warren earned the prestigious Gold Award.

                                                    Bill Higgins was named Brea Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year, while the Soroptimist International of Brea/La Habra named Vanessa Perkins and Gina Vander Meer its soroptimists of the year.

                                                      ODDS AND ENDS

                                                        St. Angelia Merici Parish and school celebrated its 50 year anniversary with a picnic. Hundreds attended.

                                                          Andrew Witt, Silvia Pulido, and Ricki Kincer of Brea’s Sunland Window Cleaning dressed up as Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America to greet patients at Matt Children’s Hospital at UCLA. (courtesy Reed Hutcherson)

                                                          Andrew Witt, Silvia Pulido, and Ricki Kincer of Brea’s Sunland Window Cleaning dressed up as Spider-Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America to greet patients at Matt Children’s Hospital at UCLA. (courtesy Reed Hutcherson)

                                                          Andrew Witt, Silvia Pulido, and Ricki Kincer of Brea’s Sunland Window Cleaning dressed up as Spider Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America to greet patients at Children’s Hospital UCLA.

                                                            Jazz festival returned to the Brea downtown for a weekend and it was packed.

                                                              Steve Vargas, Glenn Parker, and Cecilia Hupp are newly elected council members.

                                                                Happy New Year!

                                                                  Any news? Give me a jingle at (714)529-8561 or email suzgaede@aol.com.

  • Another downtown East of Brea: Village at La Floresta

    3 years ago by

    Aerial perspective of the Village at La Floresta (Graphic: Business Wire)


      As one of the smallest cities in Orange County, we have managed continuous growth throughout the years in maintaining our status as a destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. And the recent announcement by Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored community shopping centers, sealed the deal in the closing of Village at La Floresta, with plans to build a 87,000 square foot retail center at the entrance of La Floresta’s master-planned community. “Village at La Floresta will not only provide North Orange County with its first Whole Foods, but also new and exciting restaurants and retailers,” said John T. Mehigan, Vice President of Investments for Regency Centers in Southern California.”

        Imagine another downtown on the east side of Brea, in the midst of many retail centers including Brea mall located in-between. In most cases it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find such a mega-shopping district in a small city, but Brea’s “big city’ appeal with a ‘small town’ feel” was the ideal town for Regency Centers plan to create a friendly downtown within the La Floresta community. Scheduled for completion in January 2016, at the cornerstone of Village at La Floresta will be Brea’s largest art installation, costing $2 million for the sculpture. There will also be a water feature and lush landscaping with native plants. Pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and pathways will pave the way to different retail storefronts, making the centers appeal a comfortable gathering place to meet, shop and enjoy.

          Join in the celebration and attend the groundbreaking ceremony to be held on the future retail site at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Valencia Avenue on January 8, 2015 at 10 AM. Guest speakers will include representatives from Regency Centers, The City of Brea, and Whole Foods Market.

  • BBON 2,000 Facebook Followers Giveaway

    3 years ago by


      Ask and YOU shall receive! You chose your favorite Brea businesses to participate in our BBON 2,000 Facebook Followers Giveaway, and we delivered. It couldn't have happened at a better time. You really are a great group of people and we thank you for your continuous support!
  • Pet Photo Night with Santa at Brea Mall

    3 years ago by


      All of you pet owners; the lineup for ‘Best in Show’ is near. On Sunday, December 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brea Mall, bring your furry friends for a photo op with Santa!

        Pet Night at Brea Mall is celebrating their 9th year hosting the event. And if you think that dogs visit Santa only, guess again. According to Anna Cotter, director of marketing and business development at the mall, they have seen an array of different types of pets on this occasion, including a hamster, goldfish and a desert tortoise last year.

  • Brea Mall Extended Holiday Shopping Hours 2014

    3 years ago by

    'Tis the season to go shopping, fa -la –la- la -la -la –la-la. Following are the convenient extended shopping hours at the Brea Mall, from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, to Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas:


      - Brea Mall will be open from 6 PM on Thursday, November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving) through 1 AM Friday, November 28, 2014 to kick off the holiday shopping season. The mall will re-open at 6 AM on “Black Friday,” November 28, 2014 and will close at 10 PM that evening.

        - On Saturday, November 29, the mall will open at 8 AM and close at 10 PM, and re-open on Sunday, November 30, at 10 AM and close at 8 PM.

          - Monday, December 1, through Thursday, December 4, Brea Mall will open at 10 AM and close at 9 PM.

            - Between Friday, December 5, and Friday, December 12, Brea Mall will be open from 9 AM to 10 PM.

              - Starting on Saturday, December 13, Brea Mall will be open from 8 AM to 11 PM, through Friday, December 19.

                - Between Saturday, December 20, and Tuesday, December 23, Brea Mall will be open from 7 AM to 11 PM.

                  - Last minute shoppers can visit Brea Mall between 7 AM and 6 PM on “Christmas Eve,” December 24. Brea Mall will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, and reopen at 7 AM on Friday, December 26.

                    Have a pleasant experience holiday shopping at the Brea Mall. And do pamper yourself along the way!

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