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REI Grand Opening!


Outdoor enthusiasts! Your ultimate shopping destination, REI, is celebrating a grand opening of its new store at the Market Place in Tustin. It’s a weekend of presentations, giveaways and a winter sale.

The first 200 people (ages 12 and older) who visit the store today, Saturday and Sunday will receive a special edition water bottle with an REI gift card ranging in value from $5 to $100. And enjoy a free continental breakfast served before the store opens throughout the grand opening weekend. Doors open at 9 a.m. each day.

You can can also enter to win a variety of REI and Novara prizes throughout the grand opening celebration, including an REI Mountain 2 Tent, REI Flash 65 Pack, Novara Pika Bike and more.

To celebrate the store’s new community space, REI has invited a group of Orange County athlete each evening beginning tonight through Tuesday whose amazing stories inspire others to get into the great outdoors. Each night a community reception will be held at 6 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. Participants can register at for the following presentations:

Today: Jacke Van Woerkom, founder of Trail Angels.
Saturday: Ryan and John Dahlem, father and son climbing team.
Sunday: Jordan Romero, youngest person to summit all Seven Summits.
Monday: Kat Swigart, equestrian endurance racer.
Tuesday: Michelle Barton, Doug Malewicki and Sierra Barton, family of Badwater Ultramarathon runners.

REI is the Tustin side of the Market Place, next to Best Buy. 714.505.0205.

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Beer Haven Dinner Tonight!


Two hot spots in Old Towne Orange known for showcasing the finest in craft beer, Haven Gastropub and The Bruery Provisions are joining forces tonight for an unforgettable five-course beer dinner. Arrive between 5 and 8 p.m. at The Bruery Provisions (143 N. Glassell Ave.), a specialty market and tasting room and enjoy fine cheese and beer pairings. And then, at nearby Haven Gastropub, you’ll be treated to a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Greg Daniels served with four of The Bruery’s craft beers.

First course, Honeycrisp apple salad paired with Seven Grain Saison; second course BBQ braised kurobuta short ribs, cheddar cheese grits, cole slaw served with Loakal Red; third course, cassoulet served with Saison Rue; and most importantly, dessert—a beer brownie, bacon ice Cream, candied pecans paired with Rugbrod.

Costs $75 per guest (excluding tax and gratuity) and reservations are required, as space is limited. Reservation offered from 5 to 8 p.m. only.

Call 714.221.0680 for more details or reservations.

Haven Gastropub is at 190 South Glassell St. in Old Towne Orange.

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Eyebrows by Tam!


For the past six years the darling Tam Tran has been my favorite eyebrow specialist. She’s a pro, working for Benefit Cosmetics & Brow Bar at Macy’s South Coast Plaza and she just recently moved to the Diva Salon & Spa in Santa Ana. The salon, just around the corner from Staples, is easy to get to and you’ll never feel tempted to shop while your getting your eyebrows perfectly shaped and waxed. Tam charges $18, and she works Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. South Coast Market Place at 2781 W. MacArthur, Ste. M in Santa Ana. 714.432.7044.

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Deb’s Chapman Coffee House Second Anniversary!


Celebrate the two-anniversary of Deb’s Chapman Coffee House in Orange Saturday. Owner Deborah Cobban-Yabazaki is thanking customers for their continued dedication by offering complimentary cake and samples, as well as iced and hot coffee, iced tea and ice cream scoops for just a buck from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deb’s Chapman Coffee House provides a coffee connoisseur experience in a neighborhood living room environment. The coffee house proudly brews Kean’s Coffee and offers a variety of freshly made pastries from Cream Pan Bakery in Tustin. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Deb’s Chapman Coffee is at 505 North Glassell Street, on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Glassell Street in Orange. 714.602.6983.

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