Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Waterless Manicures, Organic Apothecary, Healthy Nail Polish Options + More

Costa Mesa, CA – Their tag line says it all: Lollipop - Where organic and glossy meet.  The OC Mart Mix, a contemporary marketplace with over 30 independent retailers under one roof, is proud to announce the addition of Lollipop Nail Studio, a sophisticated organic nail studio that is dedicated to healthy, non-toxic products and services. From nourishing, water-based nail polish to lotions, scrubs and soaks made in-house of only the freshest organic ingredients, Lollipop strives to make getting a mani-pedi as safe, luxurious and enjoyable as possible.

With coral walls and coordinating mid-century lounge treatment chairs embroidered with the Lollipop logo, the Lollipop Nail Studio offers a chic take on organic beauty. The studio strives to ensure an environment where the only aromas circulating are from the four essential elements used in the manicures and pedicures: almond, rose, camellia and geranium. Offering nourishing nail polish that is water-based and safe for your skin in a wide variety of shades and colors, the treatments are safe for adults and kids alike. Lollipop is also an artful apothecary where signature products are mixed to match treatments and needs, using the finest quality organic ingredients and oils.

This isn’t the first shop for Lollipop Nail Studio creator, Jackie Dalton, a former fashion designer, who once owned Iconology, an ultra-luxe designer clothing store in La Brea, CA with her sister, a former Woman’s Wear Daily editor.  Their celebrity-favorite clothing store was featured in Lucky, Elle, Los Angeles Magazine and more.  Inspired by her four-year-old daughter, Jackie says: “I really wanted to create a place where both kids and adults could enjoy time together, indulge in a little luxury and feel good about it being a healthy treat but still keeping the fun. Out of that desire to take my daughter to a nail salon free of chemicals, came Lollipop.”

Details of the signature Lollipop Nail Studio Manicures and Pedicures:
For each service, Lollipop sterilizes all stainless steel tools, and uses only brand-new files, sticks and buffers, as well as new liners for each pedicure. Manicures are waterless, performed with hot towels and custom-created oils.

Prices start at $25 for an adult manicure, $35 for an adult pedicure; $15 for a child manicure and $15 for a child pedicure.  www.lollipopnailstudio.com

Monday, October 29, 2012

Orange Coast Features Pets Love Toys

Pets Love Toys made their Orange County debut at Orange Coast magazine's Fido Frenzy event, which was a huge success.  Below the magazine printed one of our tweets about the event and featured Pets Love Toys in their Fido Frenzy event coverage.

Chess N Games at The Market LV to Host Kick-Off Party for World Champion Chess Match - Sunday, November 4

Chess N Games and World Chess Federation To Host Kick-Off Party at
The Market LV for WCF World Chess Championship Title Match
Benefitting WCF Chess for The Blind Initiative

Chess N Games will Then Present Title Match Play Between Reigning WCF World Chess Champion Stan Vaughan and Challenger Ron Gross November 5-21

Chess N Games, the new retail game store opened at The Market LV in Tivoli Village by Las Vegas residents Cheryl and Michael Stern, is opening its doors in partnership with the World Chess Federation (WCF) to host a kick-off Party for the WCF World Championship Title Match on Sunday, November 4 from 2-5 p.m. benefitting the WCF "Welcome to the Chess Universe" Initiative for people who are blind or visually impaired. 

The party will celebrate the beginning of the 2012 WCF World Championship Title Match between reigning WCF World Champion Grand Master Stan Vaughan and challenger International Master Ron Gross, winner of the Candidates Tournament held in 2010 at the Riviera Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, which will be played during the month of November at Chess N Games in The Market LV.  The event will also be a fundraising effort for the WCF’s "Welcome to the Chess Universe", providing funding for the purchase of a dozen or more Braille chessboards and special computers to be used to teach visually impaired and blind people in Nevada and beyond the beloved game of chess.

 “We are very excited to be partnering with the WCF to present the World Chess Champion Title Match at Chess N Games as well as support their valiant initiative to bring the wonderful game of chess to the blind,” says Chess N Games owner Cheryl Stern. “This is our first retail game store in twelve years, and we thought it only fitting to celebrate its opening with a truly memorable, high-stakes game – the likes of which you only get in Las Vegas.”

The Kick-off event will be an informative and interactive celebration of Chess and the title match players themselves. As part of the fundraising efforts that day, attendees will have the opportunity to personally challenge Grand Master Stan Vaughan for a sitting fee of $20. Mr. Vaughan will play up to eight challengers simultaneously. Additionally there will be a live opportunity drawing for several amazing prizes including paintings of famous artists, valuable chess related memorabilia, Hand Made wood chess set, 18” Wood Folding Chess Set , 4 Pro Chess Sets and more.  Tickets for the opportunity drawing will be sold in advance of the party at Chess N Games for $ 5.00 each and at the event for $6.00 . Must be present to win.

Guests to the WCF Title Match Kick-Off Event will also experience a bit of Chess tradition as they are treated to the Drawing of the Colors ceremony for the first round of title match play.  This ceremony determines what side of the board each player will take. 

Following the Kick-Off Party, play of the WCF World Championship Title Match between Grand Master Stan Vaughan and Ron Gross will commence on Monday, November 5 at Chess N Games. Play will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until close.  The WCF Title Match will continue at Chess N Games every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until close from November 5- November 21.  The World Chess Championship (a registered mark of WCF) for the title of “The World Chess Champion” is the WCF’s most visible activity.  The title is subject to WCF rules and regulations regarding mandatory defense at least every two years in even numbered years against a challenger determined by WCF via WCF Qualifying Candidate tournament and Candidate Match Playoffs held in odd numbered years or more often in the interim at the option of the current holder, continental championships and the WCF Team Championship.  The title match to determine the winner and the player who will be named WCF World Champion can last between 3-6 months in total.

About Chess N Games
Cheryl and Michael Stern, founders of The Game Keeper stores, have opened their first retail store in twelve years with Chess N Games, located in The Market LV in Tivoli Village. They are also currently the owners of WorldWise Imports, which has been located in Las Vegas since 2003. www.chessngames.com

About Stan Vaughan
The reigning World Chess Federation “World Chess Champion”, Grand Master Stan Vaughan is one of the most highly decorated chess players in the United States. In 1975 as a high school senior Stan Vaughan was introduced to the great game of chess and quickly developed a passion for it. By 1980 he was the Gold Medal winner representing the United States at the International Student Games and became American Chess Association National Champion the same year, which through 2012 he has won 32 times, surpassing Paul Morphy’s and Bobby Fischer’s records of wins. He has held the title of WCF World Chess Champion since 1996 and from 1995-2007 won the 3rd, 4th and 5th World Correspondence Chess Federation Championships.  He also holds the world record for the most simultaneous blindfold chess game wins (110), the most simultaneous correspondence chess games played (1300 at one time) and a world record for most simultaneous over the board games (730).

About World Chess Federation
The World Chess Federation, Inc (WCF) is a charitable domestic non – profit organization established in 1992 by Undefeated World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer and later in 1996 incorporated to its present status in the State of Nevada.  WCF is devoted exclusively to supporting the educational, cultural and recreational value of the game of chess.  To these ends the organization will conduct various programs including programs to encourage students to study and play the game of chess as a means of intellectual development.

For more information, please visit www.WCFchess.org

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Great Pumpkin Exchange at The OC Mart Mix

Bring Canned Goods For Non-Profit Families Forward & Receive a Free Pumpkin
Boo Bags, Trick-or-Treating, Pumpkin Gelato, Polka Dot Manicures and More

On Saturday, October 27 from 10am to 5pm, The OC Mart Mix is hosting its first annual The Great Pumpkin Exchange at The Mix. Bring in canned goods for Families Forward, a non-profit, to receive a free pumpkin. Families Forward is a non-profit organization providing help and support to Orange County families in financial crisis www.families-forward.org.

  • ·         Children are also encouraged to dress up for store to store trick-or-treating all day
  • ·         Design and create your own Boo Bag at Fashion Camp OC ($20 per bag; Drop in anytime.)
  • ·         Lollipop Nail Studio will be offering a Mommy and Me October special: A free child polka-dot manicure with the purchase of an adult manicure
  • ·         N'iceCream will be offering pumpkin flavored gelato with a coupon for a $1 off their next child scoop

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thimbleberry House Is In Bloom at The Market LV in Tivoli Village


Chic Outdoor Living and Floral Design Boutique from Local Mother-Daughter Team Now Open

The Market LV, the hottest new retail and dining destination at Tivoli Village, is proud to announce the debut of its newest shop – Thimbleberry House.  Described as a chic outdoor living and floral design boutique, Thimbleberry House specializes in a unique blend of fresh flowers, terrariums, succulents and outdoor accessories.  The Thimbleberry House Grand Opening will be on Saturday, October 20 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Located on the second floor of The Market, guests at the Grand Opening celebration can expect specialty $5 take bouquets and a unique selection of fresh flowers to create custom arrangements as well as a chance to win a Fall floral centerpiece.

Thimbleberry House’s first retail location is a lifelong dream of this local mother-daughter team.  Jan Espersen, a visual coordinator who has been in the floral and interior design business for over 25 years has joined with her daughter, Joy Marroquin, to create this creative, beautiful shop.  “Working with Joy to realize our vision for Thimbleberry House is a dream come true,” says Jan. “We look forward to sharing our passion for flowers and outdoor entertaining with our clients, friends and neighbors from across the Las Vegas Valley.”

From the preserved storefront signage to the beautiful selection of fresh flowers and seasonal accessories, Thimbleberry House is the ideal place to find the finishing touch for your home or create a unique, bouquet for that special someone.  Also, Thimbleberry House offers custom services in fresh, artificial and preserved flowers for your home, party or next big event.

To learn more about Thimbleberry House and be inspired by their beautiful creations, visit www.thimbleberryhouse.com

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

Friday, October 5, 2012



The Event Presented by EAT | SEE | HEAR  Also Includes Art Walk, Live Music, Food Trucks, Dishes by Local Eateries + Wafflegato

Costa Mesa, CA – Proving they ain’t afraid of no ghost and to get into the Halloween spirit, SoCo Outdoor Cinema at The OC Mart Mix presented by Eat | See | Hear will be featuring the 1984 mega hit, Ghostbusters, on Friday, October 12, from 5:00pm-10:00pm. The outdoor entertainment experience will feature live music, food, art, and a viewing of Ghostbusters.

With the doors opening at 5:00pm, guests can enjoy the food trucks and Art Walk in the parking lot in front of The OC Mart Mix, while ticket holders will have access to dishes and drinks from nine different eateries inside the event, which will be held in the SoCo courtyard.  Live music by the The Cerny Brothers, begins at 6:30pm, and the movie begins around 7:00pm. Movie guests are encouraged to bring their own beach chair and will enter through The OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Drive, Costa Mesa.
The Details.
Tickets: are $5 presale and $7 at the door. A link to purchase tickets  is on www.theocmartmix.com 

Live Music by The Cerny Brothers: Brothers Robert and Scott Cerny, along with drummer Cody Fontes and upright bassist Gabe Davis, have been building a loyal following and turning heads with their energetic, yet intimate live shows. The Cerny Brothers’ music, rooted in a time-honored blend of Folk and Americana styles, has been shaped by long instilled values of hard-work, dedication, and honesty. The Cerny Brothers play music that inspires a sincere and genuine connection between them and their fans - a connection that is unique, timeless, and simply cannot be ignored. Videos from The Cerny Brothers: http://youtu.be/1DMTJLHhmw4?hd=1

Participating eateries inside the event
Christopher Garrens
Waiiha Sushi
Iron Press
Shuck Oyster Bar
Cheese Shop
Portola Coffee Lab
Hurbert's Lemonade
We Olive and Wine Bar
Participating Food Trucks: Parked outside The OC Mart Mix for additional dining options, will include several food trucks to choose from.

Art Walk: Featuring the work of local artists, the Art Walk is an opportunity to view and buy local artists’ work.

Wafflegato will return to The OC Mart Mix.  The Iron Press, Savory Spice Stop, Portola Coffee Lab, The Cheese Shop, and N'iceCream are teaming up once again to bring the Wafflegato back to The OC Mart Mix.  Back by popular demand, the innovative dessert plays off the term 'Affogato,' which is an Italian dish in which espresso is poured over gelato or ice cream. Available near N’iceCream, the Wafflegato is available for $6. 

Ghostbusters: Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple.