After many months of preparation the Orange County Register’s 20th annual Best of Orange County (People’s Choice Awards & Critics’ Picks) arrived at our doorsteps this Sunday morning. The Register’s Best of Orange County is a well conglomeration of readers’ picks, critics’ choices, and register picks to determine the best of the best in Orange County.
As a fan page and blog consisting of “All things Brea,” we will focus on the readers’ picks. With almost 12,000 voters determining the top three categories in 70 categories, Brea did not manage to be chosen for best overall shopping venue, i.e., Brea Mall, Brea Downtown, however, many of our shopping, dining, and luxury lifestyle services were chosen. Following is a list, albeit not complete, of those establishments who were chosen for their fine amenities. Any thoughts? Comments?
For shopping, dining & services (the guide displays top 3.) For our purposes, only Brea businesses are shown.
1.24 Hour Fitness
Organic Food Selection
2.Mother’s Market and Kitchen
3.Sprout’s Farmers Market
2.Total Wine & More
3.Massage Envy Spa
Food & Drink
1.Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
2.Kimmie’s Coffee Cup
1.BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
3.The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
1.Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants
1.Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurants
3.Cold Stone Creamery
1.Lomeli’s Italian Restaurant
2.Round Table Pizza
3.BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
1. El Torito
2. Taps Fish House & Brewery
Farrell’s is turning 50 on Friday, September 13, 2013! To celebrate their great milestone they’re offering four of their original sundaes at the store opening prices on September 13, 1963. Choose from a Farrell’s Banana Split at 75 cents, Straw-ana at 70 cents, Banana Royal at 75 cents and Black and White at 65 cents, with the purchase of an adult entrée.
It all started when Bob Farrell wanted to take his steady, Ramona, to an old fashioned ice cream parlour, but there were none around. So what did he do when faced with a dilemma? Bob opened his own old fashioned ice cream parlour. It went over quite well as he and Ramona married and the rest is history!
Turning 50? You’ll be pinned with a free Farrell’s 50 year anniversary pin.
Debora Zullo Baker,(right) Sonora grad and a former Penthouse Centerfold, attended the Brea Improv show on April 20 where Jenny McCarthy, a Playmate of the Year, model, actress, and author was the Brea Improv guest host. They enjoyed catching up.(courtesy Susan Gaede)
Hey everybody, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour is celebrating America’s favorite doll, Barbie! She is turning 54 years old but still looks 24! Join Barbie and Ken look-alikes this Saturday, March 9, from 10-11:00 a.m. for a fun filled morning at Farrell’s, with a special Barbie inspired pink 30-scoop – 5 ½ lb. ice cream Zoo. Kids will sing along to a birthday song especially created to honor Barbie and best yet, kids get to eat the Zoo for free and receive birthday presents as well.
For guests that can’t make it to the 10am main birthday event, Farrell’s will be celebrating all day by selling 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.
“Barbie is America’s favorite doll. She’s an original piece of Americana and takes all of us back to the fond memories of our childhood, just like Farrell’s.” says Michael Fleming, CEO, Parlour Enterprises, Inc. “This was a great opportunity to celebrate an American icon, but even more so, it was just a great excuse to have a lot of fun.”
Can you believe little old Brea is turning 96th years young on February 23, 2013! Four years from now we will be celebrating our 100th year – how amazing is that! Can you envision on top of our beautiful backdrop a BREA sign, welcoming visitors from afar to our quaint Northern Orange County Destination? We can!
Beautiful Brea Old & New has partnered with Brea Downtown in arranging the City of Brea's birthday celebration to start the momentum. Brea Downtown merchants are participating in a week-long birthday event, from February 18 through February 24, giving special offers to those who mention Brea’s anniversary.
On Tuesday, February 19, the Brea Museum and Heritage Center will be setting up a booth at Brea Downtown’s Farmer’s Market. They will be selling their history books. Also, signed books from Tim Harvey the author of the latest Brea pictorial book: Brea, Then and Now (2012) will be available for purchase.
Well, it was a ride chasing NBC4’s Fritz Coleman promoting his Toys for Tots holiday bus campaign. He was due to broadcast live in Brea Downtown last night at 11:00 p.m. while featuring the Eagle Hills Neighborhood on TV. Some people say he was spotted at Country Hills Elementary, others say at Brea’s Sports Park, but Susan Gaede and I found him at 11:00 sharp at Primose & Foxfire Street in the festive neighborhood of Eagle Hills.
Fritz and company set-up in front of Bertha and Jose Moreno’s beautifully decorated home with all their neighbors anxiously waiting to be on TV. It was a long process, but well worth it. Everyone had a great time experiencing live local action news in progress.
Prior to each live segment, and there were at least four taken, Fritz would gear up in a serious thought process manner before going live. It was definitely fun to watch as he is a pro - reporting for 30 years now!
We heard that there will be a holiday segment this Sunday, December 23 on NBC4 featuring Fritz’s Toys for Tots campaign stops – you’ll see the neighborhood residents of Eagle Hills shouting “Happy Holidays from Brea.”
Celebrate the holiday season by reserving your seat on the City of Brea’s (red and green) Trolley, touring Brea Downtown, and Eagle Hills neighborhoods. Enjoy a 45 minute fun way to get around “Good Old Brea”- guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are on sale now for $7.00 and $10.00 per person at boarding. You’ll want to order them now as they usually sell out.
Purchase tickets at the front counter of The Brea Community Center located at 695 E. Madison Way, corner of Madison Way and Randolph Avene. For questions, call (714) 990-7100.
This year’s proceeds will benefit Senior Center transportation needs.
Christmas is coming too soon many will say, so while you are preparing for Thanksgiving, make it a point to mark your calendar for Brea Downtown’s annual “Bonus Shopping Day” on Saturday, December 1. It will be a fun day for the entire family as Santa's arriving at Brea Downtown at noon that day! Thereafter St. Nicholas will be available for photos every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in December. See flyer for further details.
Like Brea Downtown Facebook at http://on.fb.me/WuPqkN for up-to-date information about merchant sales, coupons, contests and more!
bbonadminDid 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!
12 days to go until North Orange County’s largest FREE Halloween annual event: The 2012 Kidz Block Party presented by The Cause Community Church. On Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., treat your kids to a great, family-friendly Halloween party held in Brea Downtown with plenty of premium candy – hundreds of thousands – pony rides, a petting zoo, 20' tall rock climbing, 25' tall giant shark slide, over 40 game booths, entertainment and more!!