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  • Customer Satisfaction Survey – Brea Farmers Market

    4 years ago by

    Customer Satisfaction Survey for Brea Farmers Market on Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook. 11745897_873795316003028_7175719003524124730_n

      NOTE: We also created an 'Anonymous' survey on our Facebook page.

        Please participate in our Brea Farmers Market Survey. On behalf of Brea Chamber of Commerce, now running our farmers market, we are asking for your feedback.

          Many people in our community want to see our Brea Farmers Market thrive and as a team -- your input is very much appreciated. To prevent repetitive answers, moving it to downtown is not an option. Please comment on (BBON) Facebook. Thank you.

            1. From a scale of 1 to 5, how satisfied are you with our Brea Farmers Market, located on the corner of State College Blvd. and Birch St.?

              2. Do you have suggestions to improve upon the Brea Farmers Market? If so, please pitch your idea to help our farmers market prosper.

                3. What are the attractive features you like about our Brea Farmers Market and what would you like to see changed?

                  4. Does our Brea Farmers Market provide a family-friendly atmosphere showcasing something for all ages?

  • Brea Mall to host Renovation Celebration

    6 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.
  • Welcome to one-stop shop – City of Brea

    6 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  .

  • Oktoberfest coming to Brea

    6 years ago by

    Brea Oktoberfest

        Don’t let the Monday blues get you down, because there is always something exciting to do in Brea! Have you heard? The Brea Chamber of Commerce is hosting their inaugural Brea Oktoberfest this Thursday, October 17, on Birch Street in Brea Downtown, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

          Similar to the chamber’s Taste of Brea, attendees will have the opportunity to sample cuisine from popular community restaurants such as The Flame Broiler, Taps, D’Vine, Burrissimo, Chick-Fil-A, Yard House, Mothers Market, Fresca’s, and The Meat House, along with a variety of beer tasting from local breweries!

            Admission is $40 for beer tasting and food. And for food, soda, and water, the entrance fee is $20.

  • Brea Chamber of Commerce CEO leaves

    6 years ago by

    Sharon Wagner, who served as the CEO of the Brea Chamber of Commerce for over four years, moves on.

      Biz Buzz

        The Brea Chamber of Commerce Insider had a surprise lead story. Sharon Wagner, CEO of the chamber, wrote: “It has been an honor to serve the Brea community for the past four and a half years. I have met amazing people and toured incredible businesses. Brea is a truly unique community. As I move on to new projects, I wish you all the greatest success in all that you do. I hope our paths cross again in the future.”

          Susan Gaede

            Got a story to tell, contact Susan at (714)529-8561 or email her at

              The Chamber Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, 18 committed volunteers in total, are in the process of selecting a successor to serve as its CEO. Meanwhile, please direct any questions to Heidi L. Gallegos, small business programming member of the Brea chamber team.

  • Brea Chamber of Commerce celebrates community excellence and 100 years in Brea

    7 years ago by

    Citizen of the Year - Don Schweitzer

    Innovation award given to Chevron Corporation

    Every year the Brea Chamber of Commerce hosts a Membership & Awards Gala and this year was no different than past events with the exception of including a milestone celebration, 100 years in serving the business community in Brea! The gala held on Friday, January 25, 2013 was the first of many events planned by the Chamber to celebrate their centennial this year.

      As part of celebrating community excellence the Chamber recognized and acknowledged those individuals and companies that have made a significant impact from generating a unity of community involvement, creating jobs, to advocating for a strong local community. Following is a list of 2012 award recipients:

        Business of the Year – Manufacturing UTC Aerospace Systems

          Business of the Year – Retail Mother’s Market & Kitchen

            Business of the Year- Service Coldwell Banker Excellence/Alex Horowitz

              Innovation Award - Chevron Corporation

                Outstanding individual in the Brea Community:

                  Citizen of the Year Don Schweitzer

                    Ambassador of the Year The Rudy Rodriguez of the Direct Mail Network

                      Chairman’s Award of Excellence Veterinary Pet Insurance Company

  • Bruxie Gourmet Waffles celebrates its first birthday in Brea Downtown

    7 years ago by

    Left to right: Darnisha Meyers, John Isitt, Kimo Rafael and Chase.
    Did you know that you could take your dog to dine at Brea Bruxie? Kimo Rafael took his pal Chase, a blue nose year old pitbull, and his friends Darnisha Meyers and John Isitt to Bruxie’s for lunch. Chase was a happy camper eating doggie treats while Kimo and his friends indulged in Bruxie’s delicious food!  What Chase doesn’t know won’t hurt, right?

    Maybe will see them tomorrow as Bruxie is having a grand celebration in honor of their 1st birthday in Brea.  And to pay tribute to this milestone, Bruxie will host a “Birthday Fundraiser” benefiting the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire and the Wounded Warrior Project. The festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. staged by the Brea Chamber of Commerce, with the ribbon being officially cut by Bruxie partners Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney.

    “We want to say “thank you” to the community – many of whom comprise our 10,000 Facebook fans – with a Bruxie-wide fundraiser that will benefit two worthy organizations,” commented Managing Partner Dean Simon. “November 8th marks the second anniversary of our first location in Old Towne Orange and the first anniversary of our second location in Brea Downtown, so it makes for the perfect day to host an event to give back to the community.”

    The more the merrier, so come on out tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and celebrate in grand style with Brea Bruxie!

  • Brea Chamber of Commerce to Host Council Candidate forum

    7 years ago by

    "Good Old Brea"

    All eyes will be glued to tonight’s 2012 presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. PT.  Especially in this economy crisis, more people are placing importance in gathering as much information as possible about the candidates - in order to make an informed decision on voting at every level of government including our local city.  Together, we can make a difference, especially here in “Good Old Brea.”

    BBON gave you information on the “softer side” of four of the five local candidates vying for two City Council seats: Incumbent, Marty Simonoff, and challengers, Steven Vargas, Christine Marick and Chris Parkin. We have yet to receive candidate Tory Stone’s Q& A.  Now you can meet the candidates. In just over two weeks you can attend our local Brea City Council Candidates Forum hosted by The Brea Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, October 11, in the Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Circle Plaza level, from 6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

    If you are unable to attend the candidate forum, it will be broadcast live and replayed on government access channel 3 for Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse customers, and will be web-streamed live and replayed on demand at  For further details, please call the Brea Chamber of Commerce at (714) 529-4938.

  • Sharon Wagner, CEO of Brea Chamber, attains professional accreditation

    7 years ago by

    Sharon Wagner, CEO of the Brea Chambr of Commerce, has been recognized as an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Associated of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).
    Sharon Wagner, CEO of the Brea Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) by the Western Associated of Chamber Executives. (W.A.C.E.). The designation is awarded to only those chamber executives who meet stringent criteria set by the association’s board of directors.

    Wagner was one of 9 chamber of commerce executives awarded accreditation this year at the association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. There are currently a total of 44 ACE recipients active in chambers of commerce in the West. Wagner was also among the 33 chamber executives to graduate in 2012 from Academy, a professional development program presented by W.A.C.E. Academy is an interactive 3-day (three year) training program on chamber management essentials designed for today’s chamber executives and staff professionals. During the three-year Academy program, graduates participated in 18 three-hour classes and successfully completed additional independent study outside of the classroom.

    Sharon is one of the few people that has the accredition in the area. We are super proud.

     By Susan Gaede

  • Newsy Suzie: Pics of Taste of Brea

    8 years ago by

    Everybody enjoyed Taste of Brea including BooBoo, a lhasa apso, who just happened to have a boo boo on his foot. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

    Look at the ponytail. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

    Taste of Brea:  The  Brea Chamber of Commerce community block party was blast. The food was so “yummy” by all the vendors. Have you ever seen so many dogs at an event..the dogs added to the atmosphere. VPI Pet Insurance gave away the best goodies..a pen with four colors of ink and those adorable dogs on a wire. Lots of drawings and raffles...winner of the Brea Baptist drawing for Dinner (Yardhouse) and a Movie, was Jim Dargan. of Brea. Watch for more photos next week.
      Susan Gaede