Archives for January 26, 2016

New Fashion Options Join Del Amo Fashion Center Madewell, J.Crew and ANGL add to expanded center


South Bay’s premier retail destination Del Amo Fashion Center is adding some classically stylish retailers to their already top-notch roster of stores, including Madewell, J. Crew and ANGL.


The new fashion options will join the center’s state-of-the-art Fashion Wing, which celebrated a grand opening in October with the addition of Nordstrom and 100 new stores.


“We’re excited to broaden our options for chic style here at Del Amo Fashion Center,” said Lindsay Hermance, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Del Amo Fashion Center. “The style scene is alive and well in the South Bay, and we’re delighted to be the new home to a number of fashion-forward options.”


Known for their great jeans and wide range of effortlessly cool pieces, Madewell will celebrate its grand opening on January 26 with graphic designer Kimberley Pesch of EAT/SLEEP/WEAR and photographer Taylr Anne. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., shoppers can enjoy sips, small bites, a DJ and the retailer’s newest arrivals. Each shopper gets a complimentary Bien Fait tote bag with any purchase, while supplies last.


The 3,000-square-foot store officially opens at 10 a.m., and they will be handing out Madewell gift cards to the first 25 people who stop by. Shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtag #MadewellCA.


Madewell’s sister store J.Crew, which focuses on style over fashion, is also slated to open on January 26 on the main level of the Fashion Wing, between Luxury Court and Nordstrom.


The roughly 5,500-square-foot store is known for color blocking and pattern mixing, and specializes in women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories.


Also joining the center on the upper level of the new Fashion Wing, next to Torrid, is ANGL in a 2,400-square-foot space. ANGL is the West Coast contemporary retail destination for fashion-savvy, confident, and luxury-minded ladies, focusing on ready-to-wear apparel and accessories. The store is slated for a May opening.


Other recently opened stores include Arhaus, Banana Republic, Guess/Marciano, Express, a 25,000-square-foot H & M, KIKO Milano Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Tumi, Vera Bradley, Godiva, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Kipling, Roberto Durville, Varga, Fossil, Ben Bridge, Lush, MAC Cosmetics, Melissa Shoes, Nordstrom, PacSun, Papyrus, Sumo Salad, Uniqlo, a flagship Victoria’s Secret and a two-level Zara.


For ongoing updates and to learn more about the continued transformation of South Bay’s retail destination follow Del Amo Fashion Center on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at

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The Shops at Mission Viejo to Welcome Six New Retailers Madewell, Full Psycle, A Pea in the Pod, Soma, The Melt and Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks to join center

The Shops at Mission Viejo is preparing to give a warm welcome to six new stores, studios and restaurants that will be joining the center over the next few months, including Madewell, The Melt, Full Psycle, A Pea in the Pod, Soma, and Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks.


“We’re excited to welcome a mix of new fashion, dining and lifestyle options for our shoppers,” said Patsy Sanquist, Director of Marketing and Business Development for The Shops at Mission Viejo.


Scheduled to debut on January 26, Madewell is the perfect shop to find great jeans and create an effortlessly cool wardrobe.  The 3,400-square-foot store will be located on the upper level, near Center Court.


In celebration of their grand opening, Madewell will be inviting blogger Courtney Halverson of Pretty Little Fawn and fashion photographer Sisilia Piring, to join in the excitement on January 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, Madewell will supply delicious sips and snacks for shoppers to enjoy, as well as a take-home complimentary Bien Fait Tote with any purchase, while supplies last. To RSVP for the celebration, e-mail


Following shortly after, The Melt will be making its appearance with a 2,000-square-foot eatery and outdoor dining area in mid-February. Located on the lower level near Nordstrom, The Melt will offer fresh American cuisine, made with 100 percent natural ingredients.


Also slated for a mid-February opening is Full Psycle, a full-body cycling studio with spin classes that pair standard indoor cycling routines with strength training and pilates-based core exercises.


Three more retailers are slated to join in the spring, one of which is A Pea in a Pod, a store featuring luxury and casual clothes for mommies-to-be. The store will be located on the lower level near Nordstrom.


Soma will also join in the spring, moving into a roughly 2,200-square-foot storefront featuring lingerie and loungewear.


Offering another sit-down dining option, Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks will be the final retailer in the lineup, expected to join the center this summer. The restaurant specializes in gourmet burgers, fresh cut fries and tropical drinks that will pair well with their great happy hour deals.


For more information, visit The Shops at Mission Viejo on Facebook at, Twitter at or Instagram at


About The Shops at Mission Viejo

Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, H&M, Macy’s, Apple, Sephora, and The Cheesecake Factory. The Shops at Mission Viejo serves many nearby communities such as Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, San Juan Capistrano and the city of Mission Viejo. The Shops at Mission Viejo is conveniently located at the intersection of the I-5 and Crown Valley Parkway in the city of Mission Viejo. With over 150 stores and restaurants, The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County’s main shopping destination. For a map and store listings, as well as directions, events and job listings, visit or call 949-364-1771.

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Share the Love with All-Ages Valentine’s Day Themed Concerts Top family music artists perform concerts celebrating release of Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families Two Sing-along Shows Set for Southern California

It’s the season for sharing love with friends and family far and wide, and who can resist a musical hug? Mighty Mo Productions  celebrates the release of a new album:  Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families with four all-ages concerts around the country. The two Southern California concerts are as follows:

Saturday, January 30 at 11 am – Amy’s Hallmark Shop, Manhattan Village, Manhattan Beach, CA – a morning sing-along featuring Andrew & Polly, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove and Mista Cookie Jar (featured on Mighty Mo’s first album release, Smiles Ahead). Save 10 percent on CD purchases that day! FREE admission.

Sunday, January 31 at 11 am – McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Santa Monica, CA – a full-length family sing-along with Andrew & Polly, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove and Mista Cookie Jar. Tickets: $10 each (kids under 2 free).

The second family music release from Mighty Mo Productions features 12 love songs by award-winning independent family artists, representing a range of musical genres and hail from cities across the country, from Los Angeles to New York, as well as Boston, Seattle and Kansas City. The result is an upbeat set of songs that express the most basic feelings of connection among family and friends.

“Love is the biggest and best superpower anyone can have,” says Cosgrove, who is also Mighty Mo’s Chief Groove Officer. Cosgrove, a Kansas City father of two and acclaimed “kindie rock” artist in his own right, says, “Heart Beats  is a collection of cool love songs for everyone to enjoy.”

To learn more, visit and visit Mighty Mo Productions on Facebook and Twitter.

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