Brea Old and New: Tick-Tock, History Isn't So Boring After All™ ~ Charlie the Clock

Carolyn Campbell

  • BBON interviews Cy Young winner Randy Jones – part 2!

    7 years ago by

    Part 2 of the FASCINATING story of how Randy Jones grew up in Brea and his storied baseball career!


    7 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!

  • BBON interviews Brea’s own Randy Jones – part 1

    7 years ago by

    Beautiful Brea Old and New interviews Brea's own famous baseball player and Cy Young award-winner Randy Jones. This is part 1 of his fascinating interview on growing up in Brea and his baseball career.

  • Brea Plaza Shopping Center and Cinema

    7 years ago by

    Contact Information:
      1639 E Imperial Hwy
      Brea, CA 92821

    Brea Welcomes You Neon Sign


    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


    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
    Total Wine & More
    California Fish Grill
    Grand Salon Med Spa
    Pho Ha Vietnamese Restaurant
    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


    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.

  • Beautiful Brea Old & New Sandra Lynn Interview

    8 years ago by

    On November 1st, 2010,Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) embarked on its 1st BB video adventure featuring Sandra Lynn Modic of Sandra Lynn Music. Sandra Lynn is a 2003 Brea Olinda High School Grad who has a chance at Country Pop Stardom! In October of 2011, Sandra Lynn married David Ellison, Executive Producer of Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. David is the son of Larry Ellison of Oracle Software. We congratulate the newlyweds and wish them a lifetime of happiness!

  • A special BBON interview with Mr. Rose Parade, Raul Rodriguez.

    8 years ago by

    The 122nd annual Rose Parade is days away!! We hope you enjoy our BBON video adventure with Mr. Rose Parade, Raul Rodriguez! It certainly was an exciting adventure and rare interview at his personal home where Raul discusses the details about his magnificent floats. Many of you who have followed the Rose Parade over the years have seen Raul and his Macaw, Sebastian! Of course, Sebastian was perched on Raul’s shoulder when we conducted the interview. At one point, Damion, our videography, was “startled” when Sebastian decided to try out his shoulder!! I have to admit the look on Damion’s face was priceless! Special thanks to Raul, Robert, and his sisters for a most memorable time!!

  • BBON Interview with BOHS Coach Jeff Sink & his famous Ladycats!

    8 years ago by

    The BOHS Ladycats Basketball Team is one of the top high school women's teams in the nation. In March, 2011, they will be vying for the title of State Championship. read more