Three stores at The Commons retail shopping center in Aliso Viejo will be converted into a Tesla showroom and service center, according to property owner ValueRock.
The city council approved a conditional-use permit in July to remodel the center, which lost its key anchor, Lowe’s, in 2019.
Recently, the city gave the all-clear for Tesla to occupy a good chunk of space at The Commons. The showroom and service center will eventually take over Michael’s, Tuesday Morning and a portion of the Lowe’s building.
The center is also getting a 99 Ranch Market, which is slated to open in early 2024, according to ValueRock.
The 53,000-square-foot Tesla facility will include a 37,698-square-foot service center, a showroom of 1,750 square feet and a 1,590-square-foot lounge.
ValueRock, which also owns the neighboring Aliso Viejo Town Center, said it did not yet have an opening date for Tesla.
Yoga studio debuts at Irvine Spectrum
The Los Angeles retailer Beyond Yoga opened its second brick-and-mortar store Friday, Nov. 18 at Irvine Spectrum Center.
The brand, founded in 2005 and run by an all-female executive team, sells a variety of yoga apparel and activewear with an emphasis on “soft.” Levis Straus & Co. bought Beyond Yoga in 2021 for a reported $400 million. In a year, the yoga brand has begun an expansion into more traditional retail spaces with its first store debuting in September in Santa Monica.
The store’s design and fashion both are done with a soft touch. Arches and muted colors greet customers at its boutique, which offers more than just the usual yoga garb. Beyond Yoga’s line includes a mix of everyday wear items including sherpa jackets, velour sets, “boucle” sweatshirts (think soft, woven yarn), leggings, dresses, jumpsuits, bras and more.
Styles extend to maternity wear, extended sizing and styles for men, too.
“I’m so proud of the team for their dedication and tremendous work ethic on the opening of our second store on the heels of the success of our Santa Monica store,” said Michelle Wahler, co-founder and chief executive officer of Beyond Yoga. “The Irvine Spectrum has so many great stores, restaurants, fun activities for families and more for our customers to enjoy while experiencing the quality products that Beyond Yoga offers.”
You can find Beyond Yoga near the retail center’s Ferris wheel.
Drenched OC has opened at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The fitness studio created by Angela Parretta brings together new and old Pilates methods and a “heated reformer” class. (Courtesy of Jodie Silver)
Here’s a recap of some notable retail debuts in Orange County of late:
Drenched OC: Opened in the Fashion Island retail zone in Newport Beach. The fitness studio created by Angela Parretta brings together new and old Pilates methods in “heated reformer” classes. For more information, go to drenchedoc.com, email email@example.com or call 949-763-0904.
Elie Tahari: Opened its third California location at the Citadel Outlets. Address: 100 Citadel Drive, Unit 608.
Gucci: Opened a pop-up store that features the luxury brand’s luggage line, Gucci Valigeria, at South Coast Plaza.
Pet Supplies Plus: Opened in the Brea Gateway Shopping Mall, the second franchise to debut in a year in north Orange County. Address: 407 West Imperial Highway. Call 657-767-3176 or go to petsuppliesplus.com.
BlueJay: The e-bike maker opened its first retail store at 149 Riverside Ave. in Newport Beach.
Island Pacific Seafood Market: Debuted Oct. 7 in Lake Forest, a first for the chain in Orange County. Address: 23811 El Toro Road. Phone: 949-317-0863
Solita Tacos opens in Anaheim
Solita Tacos & Margaritas, a fine-dining Mexican restaurant operated by Xperience Restaurant Group, opened its second Orange County location Nov. 15 in Anaheim.
The restaurant at 2438 E Katella Ave. was first expected in early 2022.
The 6,800-square-foot restaurant has room for 300 diners inside plus another 68 on the patio.
The restaurant favorites include the Pork Belly Dorado Taco and Vampiro Taco. Sides include grilled corn elote, nachos, carne asada and more.
On the move
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach has hired Carlos Becerra as the Hoag Family Cancer Institute’s medical director of cancer research, and gastroenterologist Catherine Ngo to lead the Hoag Digestive Health Institute’s motility program.
Becerra for 16 years has been the director of the Innovative Clinical Trials Center at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas and spent four years as the cancer committee chair at the Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas. Ngo’s specialty in gastrointestinal motility refers to the coordinated action of nerves and muscles that allow for proper digestion and passage of food through the digestive tract.
The 16th annual Foundation for Success Luncheon raised more than $600,000 for KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit. The luncheon provides the most of the nonprofit’s funding for its academic, character and leadership development programs that help students from under-resourced communities.
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Orangewood Foundation raised a total of $469,277 at its 25th annual Ambassador Luncheon held Friday, Oct. 28. The money will help the organization support community youth in Orange County. Orangewood serves nearly 2,000 foster and community youth annually.
Girls Inc. of Orange County raised more than $255,000 at its annual Champions for Girls luncheon. The money will support the organization’s College Bound Program. The fundraiser held at Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall topped its original goal of $180,000 and broke the previous record of $204,000 in 2019. The nonprofit teaches young girls how to be “strong, smart and bold.”
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