In the last ten-plus years, Laguna Beach has pretty much become a household name, largely thanks its presence on TV. But for those who know it well, it’s a quirky beach town tucked into Orange County marked by palm-tree studded streets, a string of art galleries, hotels both big and small that sit right on the bluffs, plus, locally run boutiques and beloved restaurants that have been around for years. Farther north, a 25-minute drive up Highway 1 in Newport Beach, we’ve set shop with goop GIFT in Lido Village. In honor of our pop-up location, we corralled a few of our favorite neighborhood shops, go-to cafés, and one very good boat rental just for the occasion.
Los Angeles is filled with some of the best food and drink the world has to offer. It can be difficult to compete when your best friend from the big city comes to visit Orange County, but luckily local restaurant owners have been taking it up a notch. If you want to impress your cool LA friend with the flavors of Orange County, here are some places you can’t ignore.
Will the likes of Lido Marina Village get us off the couch?
Today you can shop — even dine — to your heart’s content with just a little bit of technology bringing goods, services, and even groceries or hot food to your door. So why would anybody think about creating another shopping center?
Or two? Or three?
Executives at DJM Capital Partners are betting they have one answer to the brick-and-mortar retailing blues tied to the explosion of online shopping. Just ponder what’s up at Lido Marina Village: a swanky-but-thoughtful retooling of a 1970s-vintage tourist-trap relic on the peninsula side of Newport Bay.
Rare is the development that is unveiled and delivers those idyllic settings evoked in its renderings. But at Lido Marina Village, DJM Capital Partners Inc. has breathed new life into a run-down marina, turning it into a quaint hamlet filled with high-end shops and waterfront dining.
Lido Marina Village sets a new standard for seaside shopping. Instead of arcades and hot dogs, expect a well-curated, coastal-chic destination with boutiques offering coveted local and SoCal brands.
Lido Marina Village observed its soft opening recently by serving free artisanal ice cream while children played with toy boats on one of the decks of the Newport Beach, Calif., retail center.
Later this month, the new retail site is holding a grand opening as it hopes to attract the affluent client who shops Orange County’s dominant malls—South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island.
DJM Capital Partners Inc., the shopping center’s developer, believes that Lido Marina Village will attract customers in this ultra-competitive market because the compact, 116,000-square-foot retail district is unique with its waterfront property and marina views around Newport Beach’s coast.
Huntington Beach, Calif. — DJM Capital Partners has completed the development of Phase I of Pacific City, a mixed-use development located in Huntington Beach, California.
Phase I of the project features 191,000 square feet of retail, 100,000 square feet of outdoor community space and 400,000 square feet of on-grade and subterranean parking. An eight-story, four-star oceanfront hotel named Pasea also opened at the property this year.
A once-thriving shopping and dining area in Newport Beach that fell victim to increased retail competition, changing tastes and a recession has quietly been springing back to life.
Opened more than 40 years ago, Lido Marina Village once boasted Red Skelton’s art gallery (local resident Buddy Ebsen also showed his work there), a shop that sold hologram objects, The Warehouse Restaurant, Magic Island club (similar to Hollywood’s Magic Castle), and of course, Lido Books.
Handmade gelato popsicles, Australian meat pies and spaghetti grilled cheese sandwiches.
They are all available at Lot 579, a food hall that opened this summer at the Pacific City development in Huntington Beach. It is named after the three lifeguard towers across the street, and it boasts about a dozen unique fast-service restaurants.