For many, shopping is more than just an activity, it’s an experience. Whether it’s a few girlfriends getting together to sip cocktails and nosh on gourmet bites while hunting for the season’s latest trends from their favorite shops – to drinks, dinner and a movie for date night – our retail and lifestyle centers truly have it all for the perfect, all-inclusive outing.
For 2013, Irvine Company Retail Properties is proud to announce the arrival of several new, exclusive and notable boutiques and restaurants.
Southern California’s premier coastal shopping destination in Newport Beach welcomes an array of top-tier restaurants and shops. Halston Heritage opens its first Orange County boutique in the fall. Hailing from the storied American fashion house Halston, Halston Heritage will continue to embrace draped silhouettes with an emphasis on luxury made approachable; ready-to-wear apparel and handbags will range from $395 to $895.
Kendra Scott opened its first Orange County boutique in April. Featured in magazines such as Vogue, People and US Weekly, as well as E! News and NBC’s Today Show, the colorful and bold statement jewelry pieces are worn by celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vergara, Rachel Bilson and Eva Longoria. The boutique will also feature the Kendra Scott Color Bar, where shoppers can customize and create their own one-of-a-kind jewelry from 26 gemstones and 23 jewelry silhouettes in both gold and rhodium silver settings.
Come summer and fall, true food aficionados can look forward to the Orange County exclusive openings of Lark Creek, Red O, Fig + Olive, Blue C and Lemonade. Lark Creek, an award-winning restaurant from San Francisco, will feature a chef-driven and locally sourced menu of steaks and fish prepared over a wood fire. From renowned chef Rick Bayless comes Red O, an upscale Mexican restaurant with bold décor featuring both authentic and California-inspired fare, from ceviches and tostaditas to pollo en mole poblano and cochinita pibil, in addition to artisanally crafted cocktails. With locations in New York and Los Angeles, Fig + Olive will provide an elegant Mediterranean dining experience highlighting the world’s best olive oils in a variety of dishes, from a zucchini carpaccio to a fig gorgonzola tartlet, crostinis and grilled branzino. Lemonade, a popular and charming cafeteria-meets-café concept, features 20 prepared salads, eight kinds of pot roasts and of course, 6 kinds of seasonal lemonades such as Blueberry-Mint and Ginger Peach. Additionally, Blue C will bring its award-winning revolving sushi bar to Fashion Island in September, using only the highest-quality fish and ingredients for an interactive and delicious Japanese-inspired meal.
IRVINE SPECTRUM CENTER
Orange County’s ultimate retail, dining and entertainment mecca will get an all-new Irvine Improv late fall. Considered the country’s largest and most successful Improv, the comedy club will expand to three-times its size and will also include the über-popular Umami Burger.
Kabuki, the Japanese-inspired dining concept, opened its third Orange County location in March. Corporate chef Masa Kurihara and Master Sake Sommelier Yuju Matsumoto brings an extensive food and beverage menu, in addition to an award-winning kids menu. Meanwhile, Casey Reinhardt, winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, continues to expand her popular bakery, Casey’s Cupcakes, with a location at Irvine Spectrum Center, next to the Edwards Cinema & IMAX.
CRYSTAL COVE SHOPPING CENTER
Newly opened Z Collection, a women’s apparel boutique, boasts a New York loft-meets-beach cottage space and features clothing and accessories from coveted designers and brands such as Sachin+Babi, Cut25, Kimberly Ovitz, Loeffler Randall, VPL, IRO, and more for the truly fashion-forward shopper.
In the fall, Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana joins the small but growing cadre of true Napoli-style pizzamakers in Orange County. Using artisanal ingredients sourced from Italy, Settebello’s pies are blistered and baked to perfection in a 1,000-degree brick oven.
CORONA DEL MAR PLAZA
Fans of Sprinkles Cupcakes now have another sweet shop to flock to at Corona del Mar Plaza. Sprinkles Ice Cream opened its first O.C. location on April 3. Handcrafted using organic California dairy, Sprinkles ice cream is slow-churned for a densely creamy and rich scoop and can be loaded with housemade toppings such as crumbled Sprinkles cupcake, salted oatmeal cornflake and peanut butter pretzel chip. Classic ice cream flavors include: vanilla bean and strawberry with foodie-approved options such as salty caramel, red velvet with a red velvet waffle cone, Cap’n Crunch, and butter pecan studded with caramelized pecans. Look for cupcake ice cream sandwiches, too.
And calling all California beauty product addicts, Southern California’s leading retailer of prestige beauty products opens its first Orange County location May 3. Beauty Collection will feature high-end niche brands, including: Caudalie
Epicuren, Natura Bisse, MoroccanOil, Frederic Fekkai, Rahua, Smashbox, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Jane Iredale, Lippmann, Doop products, Bliss, Philosophy and more. For 20 years, Beauty Collection boutiques have long been beauty hotspots for Californians, making products available for every person, regardless of budget or skin type. Newport Beach will be no exception: with an extensively trained staff, makeup artists, stylists, and aestheticians, beauty lovers can rely on a wide variety of top-tier brands, makeup tips and superior spa treatments.
Orange County’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop opens this summer at Crossroads shopping center. Creamistry will offer pure edible science by way of ice cream that’s made fresh before your eyes using a blast of liquid nitrogen that instantly freezes everything in a matter of seconds. Your ice cream will appear in a magical puff of liquid nitrogen smoke. Only premium and organic ingredients will be used – signature flavors will include salted caramel, vanilla with caramelized bacon, matcha green tea with mochi and condensed milk and red velvet with marshmallow cream swirls – or create your own flavor and add in any combination of mix-ins such as candy, nuts, cake and more. Other ice cream treats include profiteroles, ice cream stuffed in fresh baked cream puff shells and milkshakes.
THE MARKET PLACE
Bonefish Grill, an award-winning seafood restaurant from Florida, opens its first California location at The Market Place in Tustin this fall. Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish cooked over a wood-burning grill and other wood-grilled dishes using seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced seafood.
The first PGA TOUR Superstore in Southern California will open at Alton Marketplace in Irvine later this year. The 50,000-square-foot store will carry men’s, women’s and juniors’ golf and tennis clothing, footwear and equipment and will offer a variety of swing simulators, practice hitting bays, a putting green, an in-house golf club making and repair facility and a full-size tennis court. Tennis and golf instructors will be available for lessons and clinics. The store will be the second California location and 17th nationwide.