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Another Store Closed

As I was walking through the Irvine Spectrum Center today I saw that the employees of Rockport, you know the shoes that are synonymous with the aged, were packing. I didn’t go in and ask, but it seemed pretty obvious that they were closing. I work nearby, so I’m there often and there was never a ‘closing’ or ‘going out of business’ sign. I don’t remember seeing it posted anywhere else either, not that I, or apparently anyone else, care.

Welcome Back Mr. Lincoln!

Looks like Gina was right. The Annual Pass center will be moving, the Disney Gallery will be moving into the Bank of Main Street and Great Moments with Mr Lincoln will be returning to the Disneyland Opera House soon. Hooray! Just in time for his 200th birthday!

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AV Bookstore Extends Hours

The Friends of the Aliso Viejo Library Bookstore is resuming Friday hours beginning this Friday, February 27, 2009. The hours will be 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The bookstore is currently open Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. & Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

The Friends Bookstore sells gently used books. The majority of the books are sold for $0.50 – $1.00. What a bargin!

If you’d like to visit, they are located at:

1 Journey Aliso Viejo 92656

Lush is the Poor Man’s Basin

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So I took Tracy’s advice and stopped by Lush at the Anaheim GardenWalk. My reaction? Meh. It’s a nice enough environment but it’s nothing you can’t find in Basin over at Downtown Disney.

Oh and Basin is cheaper too. A little price comparison: Lush’s Big Blue Bath Bomb = $5.80 whereas Basin’s comparable Pacific Ocean Bath Bomb comes in at just $3.99. The ingredients aren’t identical but neither is tested on animals and both are vegetarian.

Also of note, some of Lush’s soaps seem to be a bit heavy on the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Propylene Glycol. Nothing like a little airplane de-icer to make you feel tingly all over!

For my money (and a discount for Cast Members as well), I’ll stick with Basin thankyouverymuch. Anyone know of a different (or even better) place in OC to pick some all natural handmade bath items? If so share with the rest of the class.

O.C. Lush is open!

For all you Orange County Lushies – that’s what us Lush devotees are called – out there, the Anaheim GardenWalk store opened on Wednesday, February 18. All I can say is YAY! Unfortunately I was not able to be there on their first day of business in O.C., but fear not, I went today. 

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Lush, Anaheim GardenWalk

Did I tell you I LOVE this store? No, you didn’t get the memo? Here is is again: I LOVE THIS STORE!!!

As I might’ve mentioned, I love the store. However, I’m not in love with the location. It’s still far for me, but closer than Santa Monica. I live in South County and granted, I was on the 5 at 3:00 p.m. on a Friday so it took me 45 minutes to get there. I personally think it would do better at the Irvine Specturm Center or South Coast Plaza. I was shocked at how dead GardenWalk was on a Friday afternoon. I mean no one was there. No one.  Considering what a gorgeous day it was I thought more people would be out and about. The mall is less than 50% occupied. I stopped by the Spectrum on my way home and it was much busier. Regardless, Lush will definitely bring people to the GardenWalk.

According to the store manager, Brittany, they will be hosting their grand opening party on Saturday, March 21. She encourages everyone to sign-up for e-mail notifications or to watch the Lush Forum for information. Brittany said it will most likely be a R.S.V.P. event and will include a goodie bag. 

Val007 made this post yesterday: 

We are so excited to be open, and we had a wonderful first day!
You can check us out and be our friends at Myspace (www.myspace.com/lush_anaheim), Facebook (the group is Lush Anaheim), and Twitter (again, LushAnaheim). By joining our groups at these sites, you’ll be the first to hear about all of our events, promos, and PARTIES! Also, feel free to shoot us an email with your thoughts, ideas, and feedback at lushanaheim@yahoo.com. Can’t wait to meet everyone in our BEAUTIFUL new store!

If you want to score points with your significant other this is the store to go to. Yes, it may be a bit pricey, but everything is totally worth it and smells divine. Oh, and if you spend $40 you get a free Therapy massage bar.

Lush Anaheim GardenWalk is located at:

321 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802 
714.991.9657 

Let me know what you think. Are you as addicted as I am?

Westminster Mall: Retail Despair

Remember when George Bush told us all to go out and shop to help the economy? What a retard. Anyway, on a recent visit to the Westminster Mall I counted twelve closed stores. It seems the shopping frenzy is over. That’s a lot of stores – and I am not even including the dire situation in the Food Court.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, then you can consider this a twelve-thousand word essay. Without further ado, I present you with The Gallery of Retail Despair.

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Beagle Bucks!

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Knott’s Berry Farm has had a lot of firsts. The first theme park in America, the first modern log flume ride of its kind, and the first steel upside-down roller-coaster come to mind. There was once a time when Knott’s was a pioneer in theme park attractions but alas those days are gone. Proof of that can be noted when you gaze upon the incredibly cute/clever but not very unique Beagle Bucks. They’re not a particularly novel innovation since they simply scream HEY-LOOK-AT-ME-I’M-RIPPING-OFF-DISNEY-DOLLARS!!!

I like Snoopy, so never mind the unoriginality, they are still kinda neat-o! There are a few downfalls though:

  1. They are not easy to buy (you have to go to KBF Guest Services).
  2. Unlike Disney Dollars, Beagle Bucks will expire at the end of each calendar year – so use ‘em or lose ‘em.
  3. They’re kinda cheap looking.

Still what could be more fun than paying for your tasty and delicious Mrs. Knott’s chicken dinner with genuine Doggie Dough Beagle Bucks? OK, so maybe it’s more thrilling for me (the Peanuts obsessed nut job that I am) than the rest of the free world. It’s the small joys that get me through.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

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With the closing of Club Libby Lou, or as we call it my house, The Build a Whore Workshop, you may be wondering where your can take your daughters (or son’s I suppose) to get all gussied up like princesses. Well, in an uncharacteristic move, Disneyland has let the cat out of the bag by posting this sign in front of the (now former) Once Upon a Time… shop inside of Disneyland.

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique already exists in Walt Disney World Florida and it’s wildly popular. So it’s no surprise that Anaheim has been harboring not-so-secret desires for their own version of the kiddy makeover salon. You’re little ones will have their choice of hairstyles, makeup, nails and gowns to complete that signature Disney Princess look. The closing of CLL in DTD seems to be fortuitous indeed. Now the mouse has a local monopoly!

Will you be bringing your kids to the new Princessory?

Anaheim Public Utilities Gives Customers a Free Gift

Imagine my surprise when I opened the mail box and found two free Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) waiting inside.

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One of the many reasons that my utility company is better than yours. I get drastically lower rates, better customer service and free stuff. If you don’t currently use CFLs you should start right away – at the very least they will save you some dough on your power bill. When I moved to town five years ago, the wife and replaced every bulb in the house with CFLs (or very low wattage halogen lamps) and since then we have only had to change one light bulb. One bulb in five years is a pretty good track record, and we have even moved once during that time!

IKEA usually has the best prices and they also package many of their bulbs in a rubber (cool to the touch) casing that looks like a normal bulb that you are accustomed to and gives off a nice warm glow – not the glaring florescent bluish tint that you see in grocery stores.

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It’s Getting Depressing

Can you believe I had to turn on the air conditioner? It’s January for Christ’s sake! Anywho, the wife and I were taking a late-night stroll at The Block and it’s just sad up in there these days. Wave goodbye to DSO, Steve & Barry’s, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Virgin Megastore. Now you can add Hilo Hattie to the list of casualties. All of these spaces, easily over 100,000 square feet worth, now sit vacant.

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Hilo Hattie in Orange was unique and the last of the Hawaiian chain’s mainland locations. Featuring everything from kitsch to upscale high-end merchandise it was a break from the usual retail grind here in OC. Even better, their merchandise was made in the USA (Hawaii to be specific). Not to worry, you can still head down to Forever 21 and get your imported cheap Asian-made crap by the truckload.

There’s not much reason left to go to The Block these days. The place is literally half empty [insert tumbleweed rolling by here]. Le sigh. I liked Hilo Hattie. Now it’s gone. What’s next? Will AMC close the theater? When the theater goes, it’s usually the death knell for a mall. It could be just me, but it seems like The City Shopping Center The Block @ Orange has squandered its second chance on cheap retailers and empty stores. How long before it sits abandoned like it’s predecessor?

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