Wednesday, August 22, 2012


The Not For Profit Boutique Showcasing Local Artists Expands Store
& Moves To New Location In The OC  Mart Mix
Costa Mesa, CA -- Apples & Oranges (A&O), a not-for-profit store front showcasing local artists, has moved and expanded its boutique in The OC Mart Mix.  To celebrate, A&O will host a grand re-opening on August 25, from 5pm-9pm.  Featuring live music, treats by For Cake Sake, guests will also have a chance to meet and greet local artists (3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa).  
The goal of Apples & Oranges, which opened its first retail location at The OC Mart Mix in November 2011, is to give local artists a place to display and sell their work and in turn they give back 10% to the charity of their choice. Apples & Oranges is run by a team of volunteers and interns who are passionate about pouring into the artistic community in Orange county. “Creating a place that gives back and props up in as many venues as possible, A&O is not about making a monetary profit but making a profitable influence in the lives of our artist and the community,” says Cindy Avilla, A&O’s proprietor.
With everything from handcrafted jewelry, soap, and pillows to paintings, clothing and more, the artists featured in Apples & Oranges, include:
Kenton Michael Designs
Andrea Luna Reece
Halo Jak
So Succulent
Jacaranda Creations
Eclore Soaps
Cause 2 Be
Tree Swing
Cotton Treats
Tag Home Designs
Help Ink
DEDO Frames
Nostalgic Woods
with more to come...

The Artist at Apples and Oranges give back to the following charities:
44 women for Children
International Princess Project
Dwelling 222
Susan B Komen foundation
Jacaranda Creations
Bam Gam
Boxer Rescue LA
Liberty House
And many more...
Apples & Oranges is a non-profit boutique that offers artists, designers, and charitable organizations a space to showcase their products with a purpose.  At Apples & Oranges you will find artisans with passion, love, and a heart for others; along with the desire to see change, restoration, beauty, and strength grow in human kind. By having a place to display their product, they have the opportunity to make a difference with every purchase.  With every purchase, a 10% donation is made to another non-profit.
A&O supports a community of like-minded people; creating a venue to support the dreams and visions of artist to bring about intentional compassionate change in our world. We bring the community unique, hand-crafted products that give back and inspire the next generation of growth.
In each fruit there are seeds. When just one small seed takes root, with proper light, water, and nurturing, it can become something so rich and beautiful; a tree ready to bear fruit and harvest its full potential. It just takes a little seed, some love and nurturing and an opportunity to grow; to bring something so life giving that it can’t be compared to anything else; it is like apples and oranges.
Apples & Oranges

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fun New Pics from our Fun New Client! Ring Ching Ching Photo Op

We are so excited about our fun new client, Ring Ching Ching... Our former sorority girl selves (yes, we were both sorority girls :-) ) would have LOVED to have had some of these great pj's, t's, laundry bags and so much more!! Check out the site to see all their great prints and products --

Saddleback Publishing Partners with CHOC Children's to Immunize Kids Against Illiteracy Donating More Than 10,000 Books to Their "Reach Out and Read" Program

Saddleback Publishing is a great company doing great things in their community and for struggling, delayed and at-risk readers in classrooms nationwide. Check out this announcement of their latest partnership to get kids reading!!



Committed to supporting struggling and delayed readers at every stage in their development, Costa Mesa-based Saddleback Publishing has partnered with CHOC Children’s to “immunize” children in Orange County against illiteracy through their donation of over 10,000 books to the CHOC- sponsored “Reach Out and Read” Program. “Reach Out and Read” promotes early literacy and school readiness with a research-tested, evidence-based model that is proven to help children develop the language skills they will need to learn to read and succeed in school.

"The team at Saddleback is extremely excited to donate books to our friends at CHOC in support of such an effective and worthwhile program such as ‘Reach Out and Read’,” says Arianne McHugh, President of Saddleback Publishing.  “Literacy is a crisis across the U.S. and we are committed to doing everything we can to get the books and tools into the hands of children who need them to help them succeed.”

"We are so pleased to have a local partner assist us in providing books to children in need," says pediatrician and leader of CHOC’s “Reach Out and Read” program, Dr. Mark Colon. "As statistics have shown, the earlier we can get children reading, and more importantly kids and parents reading together, the better chance we have of making a lifetime reader out of that child." 

CHOC’s “Reach Out and Read” program is designed to put books into the hands of underprivileged children during their wellness visits at CHOC clinics across Orange County.  Due to their wide range of titles and resources, Saddleback’s donation of books has allowed Dr. Colon and his staff to not only provide books to early readers, but also to create opportunities for conversation with tween and teen patients about such topics as drugs, gangs, sexual activity and orientation and many other relevant topics addressed in Saddleback’s award-winning urban fiction collections.

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by providing pediatricians new books to distribute children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The more than 4 million families served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.

Saddleback Educational Publishing, a second-generation family company and certified woman-owned business, kicks off its 30th anniversary with nineteen YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Awards (2011-2012) for its high interest, low reading-level series, Urban Underground. Saddleback was also recently awarded their first Silver Medal for their Urban Fiction title, Unchained, from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, their latest series Lockwood Lions was also a finalist. With their award-winning urban fiction, adapted low-level classics, graphic novels, audio books and SMART Board Lessons for the Classroom, Saddleback continues to lead the secondary education market with innovative ways to reach reluctant learners.

ABOUT CHOC Children’s
Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2012-2013) and a 2011 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional healthcare network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012



Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV – View Wine Bar & Kitchen, a new urban kitchen to open at The Market LV, located in Tivoli Village, is proud to announce Chef Johnny Church as the Executive Chef.  With a modern take on a neighborhood hangout, the restaurant will be the cornerstone of the View Wine Bar & Kitchen, which will also include the View Wine Bar and View Cheese Shoppe. 

  “As one of the nation’s best chef’s, we are thrilled to have Johnny Church on our team at the View Wine Bar & Kitchen at The Market LV,” says hospitality veteran Bill Feather, the owner of View Wine Bar & Kitchen and former President of Planet Hollywood. “We are excited to open this September and I know that Johnny’s innovative style will resonate with our guests, and will quickly make View Wine Bar & Kitchen a top tier Vegas eatery that can’t be missed.”   

“I’m really excited to be returning to Las Vegas to be a part of the View Wine Bar & Kitchen from the ground up,” says Chef Johnny Church. “My vision is to use the freshest ingredients available to produce affordable gourmet dishes that will ensure customer satisfaction for lunch and dinner in the View Restaurant and the View Cheese Shoppe.

The View Dining Room (open for lunch and dinner; 11am - 1am) will feature a strong commitment to fresh, inventive fare and inspired ingredients, with a focus on seasonal dishes. Featuring a cutting edge wine selection and a rotating wine list, couple with artisanal beers, the View Wine Bar menu will also concentrate on offering affordable gourmet snacks and offer live piano music nightly.

With an intense cheese inventory coupled with the finest meats, the View Cheese Shoppe (open 10am - 10pm) will also be a one-stop-shop for the best sandwiches, salads, and vegetables, showcasing the finest ingredients.  Guests are encouraged to enjoy a glass of wine with their cheese at the Cheese Shoppe bar, or take it to go to share with family and friends at home.


Johnny Church heard his call to the culinary arts while working at his mother’s restaurant in Flint, Michigan, at the tender age of 12.
Chef Church’s rapid ascent in the culinary industry began in Las Vegas, where Wine Spectator Magazine named him one of the city’s “Rising Chefs.” As sous chef, he helped oversee operations at several establishments, including:Turnberry Place working under German Master Chef Stefan Kauth; Charlie Palmers Aureole at Mandalay Hotel and Casino; Andre’s at Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino; Alize, at the top of the Palms Hotel and Casino; Paris Hotel and Casino’s Eiffel Tower Restaurant with Joung Song and Jean Joho.

Continuing his ascent, Chef Church became chef de cuisine at AJ’s Steakhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. While there, he was named one of the “Top Chefs de Cuisine” in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Life Magazine.  As Chef Church's extraordinary talents emerged the culinary world began to take notice.  Recruited as an integral part of Bradley Ogden’s opening team at Root- 246 in Solvang, California, he was quickly given Executive Chef.  Then, Michael Mina named him the Executive Chef title at XIV in Los Angeles.  Currently Johnny is a Chef for Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares.  Johnny Church is now the Executive Chef at View Wine Bar and Kitchen.

Located within the beautiful Tivoli Village in west Las Vegas, The Market LV features a curated collection of local entrepreneurs, artisanal dining and purveyors of fine goods within a hip, modern locale, which is a distinct departure from the standard mall or the crowded gallerias on the strip. The collective vibe of The Market LV provides opportunities for quality, boutique brands, who may not otherwise have a retail presence, to set up shop and reach the public in a very intimate setting.  Designed to be a one-stop shopping destination for everything from one-of-a-kind finds to celebrity-favorite brands and cocktails to dessert, The Market LV will be a destination for the most distinctive shoppers from around the globe.

The Market LV
420 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite #150
Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm
Sunday  - 11 am-6 pm

Twitter: @themarketlv

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Fashion Camp OC - Fashion Camp is a creative learning space for kids, teens and adults.  Offering fashion classes in creating, designing, sketching, styling and of course, sewing, Fashion Camp OC is the brain child of Erin Bianchi, a 20-year fashion industry veteran, who also offers week-long camps that highlight all aspects of fashion, and encourage creating thinking.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Writes About Baby Boomers, Burnham USA and Huntington Harbour Village

Check out this great story from Bloomberg Businesweek called "Remodelers Aim for Aging Boomers" that includes an interview with Scott Burnham of Burnham USA about their new community in Huntington Beach for those over 55.

Also, see what people are saying online about Karen Klein's article here.