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  • A Mediterranean experience is coming to Brea Marketplace Center

    5 years ago by

    LOCAL BIZ NEWS: Fans of Mediterranean food, you may have heard that D’Vine – A Mediterranean Experience is opening next month in the Brea Marketplace Center where Renaissance Bistro was located.  According to Lena, Owner, the existing building was demolished in order to rebuild a rustic Mediterranean atmosphere to give diners a grand ambiance reflective of the culture.  Guests can expect fresh authentic Mediterranean food such as hummus, kebab, falafel, and tabouleh.  They will also have live entertainment showcasing Belly Dancers, too! An experience you will not forget!

  • CASH MOB in Brea – Cast your vote

    5 years ago by


    Cleveland International Cash Mob Day (photo by Summer Jo Shepherd.)

    Have you heard of Cash Mobs? In August of last year a blogger named Christopher Smith organized a Cash Mob to encourage people to give back to their community by giving a financial boost to an independently owned local business.  Since then Cash Mobs have caught on around the world and are growing daily.

    BBON is all about the community.  In keeping with our mission, we would like to UNITE the people to PROMOTE local businesses via our inaugural BBON CASH MOB!

    The format is simple:  Nominate a favorite independently owned business that you would like to support.  Votes will be tallied and the business that gains the most votes wins the mob.  Next, a day/time is scheduled, if the merchant agrees.  On the given date, everyone shows up and vows to spend a minimum of $20.00 at the establishment.  It’s a way to stimulate the local economy while having fun working together with people for a cause!

    So let’s hear your nomination for our first BBON CASH MOB!

  • Greg Voisan Photography is named Orange County’s first Google Trusted Photographer

    5 years ago by


    Brea Downtown by Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography

    Greg and Ronna Voisan are long-time residents of Brea.  For 30 years Greg has enjoyed his hobby in photography.  Working together, Greg and Ronna have taken Greg’s love of photography and turned it into a business.  In 2011 they launched Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography, offering 360 degree HD interactive panoramic photographic virtual tours to businesses throughout Southern California.  Greg takes several panorama’s and stitches them together to make virtual tours for use on business websites.

    Last year Greg had the opportunity, while working for a South African Company named FanCam, to travel to several countries and the U.S. shooting large stadiums and indoor arenas for high profile sporting events including the Rose Bowl.

    A short time ago, Greg discovered a new program Google was administrating that was related to Google Places pages for businesses, that can be accessed through Google Maps or a Google Search for a business.  He seized the opportunity and contacted Google to inquire about working as a photographer for Google Business Photo Program, which offers the Google Streetview Technology to give small and medium sized businesses the ability to show off their space with Google Virtual Tour.  The steps to achieve his goal were certainly an endeavor worth attempting.  And after a lengthy certification process, Greg obtained his dream job and has become the first Google Trusted Photographer in Orange County!

    To see more of Greg Panoramic Photography, visit There are tours of local places in Brea, Orange County, and Brea ‘s sister cities of Hanno, Japan and Lagos de Moreno, Mexico on their website.  Greg and Ronna like to say, “It’s like being there.”

  • SUO COMING SOON: Brea Downtown vintage-inspired store

    5 years ago by


    SUO peach dress ensemble

    SUO Boutique is a women’s fashion forward clothing store. They opened in 1999 and currently have three locations including their newest in Brea Downtown which is scheduled to open in the end of March. It is located on Birch St. directly across from the Edwards Theatre.

    Along with women’s apparel, SUO also carries a large selection of affordable handbags, shoes,jewelry, and other accessories. They have an experienced team of buyers and receive new items weekly. The selection is always fresh and on-trend with looks ranging from classic and casual to vintage-inspired and feminine. SUO has a strong denim following and they carry several denim lines including Miss Me, Silver, H&G, and Flying Monkey. They have wonderful jewelry and the Brea location will be carrying items from the sassy retro collection of Classic Hardware.

    For more information about this adorable boutique, follow them on Facebook at


  • BBON to film scoop queen of Brea

    5 years ago by


    Susan Gaede

    Susan Gaede's CRYSTAL BALL: The crystal ball reveals an Italian restaurant is coming to the Brea Downtown in the former Sciacca’s Bar and Grill location at 210 W. Birch. ......  Don’t you just love a scoop!  We bet you can’t guess!

    Working alongside Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie”…. we caught the bug and cannot resist a good scoop either. It’s always fun to surprise Susan with our knowledge about a secretive dig now and then because she is Brea's own "Queen of Scoops.” Furthermore, we have a definite date with Susan Gaede to film her this week talking about some of her wacky stories about getting her scoops, her famous people wall of photographs, many of them she photographed, and the personal side of Susan that may prove to be “off the record” as “Newsy Suzie” says! Related Grey of Brea will do the honors of providing our BBON Susan Gaede Video Adventure!


  • There’s a new vintage store in town!

    5 years ago by

    Storefront picture

    Have you been to Elle Vintage Suite?  Long-time Brea resident and skilled antique dealer, Darla Beason, opened Elle Vintage Suite last month at 420 West Lambert Road, Suite L.  Darla has been in the antique business for over 12 years working shows and swamp meets, selling at antique malls, online and at her private home.

    At Elle Vintage Suite you will find three different rooms filled with Victorian, French Country, and Cottage items including  furniture, accessories, jewelry, art, textiles and more!  There are quality items for men and women at prices for every budget.  In addition, you can rent space to host a small party up to 24 people.

    Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday, but available for private appointments.  For further information, call 1-714-256-2136 or visit



  • Family Resource Center to host self-esteem and healthy relationships workshop

    5 years ago by

    What role does healthy self-esteem play in your relationships? The community center's Family Resource Center will hold a workshop shortly to answer that question.  Brea's Family Resource Center will hold the workshop "Self-esteem and healthy relationships" March 13 from 6:30-8pm. A representative of the Women's Transitional Living Center will run the workshop.  RSVP'ing is mandatory. A $75 gas card will also be raffled off at the end of the workshop.  For more information or to sign up, call 714-990-7150.

  • Brea Community Center to host Spring break day camps!

    5 years ago by

       Look no more if you're wondering where to send the kids during Spring break!  Brea Community Center will host a Spring break day camp April 9-13 for kids   ages 6-12. The camp will run daily from 7am-6pm and include outings to the movies, pool table tournaments and other activities to keep the kids busy during their time off from school. Cost is $125 per child for residents of Brea and those who work in the city and $140 per child for all others.  Parents can call (714)990-7631 with any questions they may have and register for the camp at the front counter of the Community Center.

  • Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    6 years ago by

    Charlie the Clock and his kid crew in front of the Wildcat statue at BOHS.

      "Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

        Hi everyone!

          And welcome to our site! I'd like to give you a background about Brea's first children's book: Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! -- a centennial celebration.

            In early 2015, I had an idea and contacted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent grad of CSUF, to draw an animated caricature of Brea’s historic iconic "Charlie’s Clock." Thereafter I contacted a local print shop to make a cutout of the character. Charlie’s Clock was renamed “Charlie the Clock” as the clock belongs to everyone. We then held “The Face of Brea” contest at Edwards Brea Theater West 10 to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, followed by local events exhibiting the clock cutout. While in the process of making many, many, many people smile along the way, Charlie the Clock cutout served as fun symbol and learning tool in getting people excited about our centennial year. (See theater photo caption)

              You'll see Charlie the Clock soon at Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 , Brea SummerFest, Brea Country Fair, and maybe our schools! 'Charlie the Clock' caricature cutout dazzled the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Museum, where he was taken out to visit events at our elementary schools fall 2015. Also, 'Charlie the Clock' was invited back to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, and sister theater Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 extended Charlie's visit through the week of Thanksgiving!

                What fun we had once again as "Charlie the Clock" caricature cutout was invited back to the Country Hills PTA's Annual Cougar Color Run Fundraiser 2016!

                  It was my hope that Charlie the Clock would become a mascot for the City of Brea celebrated as a symbol and learning tool in representing Brea’s rich history. In February of 2016, I thought of a children’s centennial book featuring Charlie the Clock, soon after discovering that it would be the first children’s book in Brea.

                    I brought together a team of very talented community people to create the book and subprojects. Former longtime Brean and author of the city's best-selling history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years and A Centennial History of the BOUSD,Teresa Hampson, was contacted to write the young person's history book. Also I connected with Heather Ashlyn Collins again to illustrate the book.

                      BOHS GITA Instructor Todd Salesky enlisted three of his students: Kyle Tam, Zoya Kahn, and Jennifer Choi, to build CharlietheClock.Club website. The book’s theme song was written and sung by a 2017 BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Mangum. In addition, a video is planned showcasing students of Stagelight Performing Arts dancing with with an animated Charlie the Clock that will be drawn by 2017 CSUF grad Alejandra Mertz.

                        The book features Brea school kids, grades 3rd-6th: Roman M., Lauren T., Jarred G., Jesse H., Madison M., and Skyler S. along with Orange County Register longtime local news columnists, Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie,” Terri Daxon, elementary teacher Jill Berrner, and former Brea student, Valeria Z.

                          We also conducted a “Kids Imagine Brea Essay” contest, resulting in four winning essays from elementary students: Jessica L., Lauren A., Mollie C. and Haylee R., chosen by the Brea Education Foundation. The winning essays and photos will be showcased in the book.

                            Additionally, we scheduled a panoramic photo shoot to feature as many local kids as possible in the book. Instead of the photo, it will be a panoramic illustration.

                              Read what BOUSD superintendent and local dignitaries had to say after reading the centennial children's history book:

                                "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

                                  "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as it's historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Brea Mayor

                                    "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

                                      Of note: Part of the proceeds from the book will go back to Brea Olinda Unified School District through the Brea Education Foundation.

                                        Stay tuned!!


                                            Carolyn Campbell

                                              Creative Director/Project Manager

                                                Brea's landmark, Charlie's Clock, located in Brea Downtown on the corner of Birch Street and Madrona Avenue. Photo courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography

                                                  The Test of Time: A Brea Landmarks List

                                                    Good Old Brea Clock, 300 W. Birch St. (at Madrona)… The two-sided timepiece served as the stationmaster’s clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside, but both the duration of its time there and its origin remain unknown. It was brought to Brea in 1975 by a man named Charlie to advertise his clock shop in the old Brea Hotel building (east side, Brea Boulevard at Ash Street). In 1979, a car ran into it, causing major but repairable damage. When Brea began to redevelop its old downtown, there were plans to preserve the Brea Hotel and other buildings in a historic block, but developers couldn’t be found to take on the potentially costly project. Instead, in 1994, the buildings were razed and the clock (which the city had bought because local folks had come to consider it a landmark) went into storage. As Brea’s new downtown approached its opening in the late 1990s, the clock was completely renovated. Today, its base, post and the casing around its face remain original, but its mechanism has been recast and reassembled, and the unique calligraphy of its original face and hands has been carefully recreated, with neon added so it can be read at night. During the city’s centennial year, Charlie the Clock has experienced new life. Recreated in costume form and starring in this book, Brea’s landmark timepiece has become a fresh symbol of Brea’s historic heritage.

                                                      Written by Teresa Hampson

  • Brea Historical Society Publishes New Brea History Book

    6 years ago by

    The Brea Historical Society is accepting pre-orders of its new pictorial history book,  Brea: Then and Now.

    You will journey into the past some 10,000 years ago when the local indigenous tribe the “Tongva” inhabited the ethnographic area of Brea.  Next, you will travel to the Spanish era when California was first discovered by Juan Cabrillo in 1542 and when Portola walked through Brea in 1769 along ‘El Camino Real’, to the Mexican era when Brea was part of “Alta California” under Mexico through the Rancho periods of the Ontiveros family and later Abel Stearns to the modern day era of the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, two world wars and several others, oil, oranges, opportunity, education, commerce, until today the 2010s.

    It is the only pictorial book of Brea in existence.   Each hard cover copy of this limited edition book is $25.00.  Checks should be made payable to the Brea Historical Society and mailed along with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail to the Brea Museum & Heritage Center.   The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 9764, Brea, CA  92822-9764.

    Brea, Then and Now. Authored by Tim Harvey & published by the Brea Historical Society, this exciting new book is a pictorial history of Brea from the ancient & colonial times to the present day era illustrating a rare collection of photographs of the people, workers, city, industry, school, churches, and much more! On sale now at the Brea Museum or submit your order by mail.  New Edition - $25.00, including tax. (Add $5.00 for shipping & handling mail orders.)