Old Towne: Antique store gets new address

Bonnie and Lisa Ackerman, mother-daughter proprietors of downtown Orange’s A&P Collectables, are moving to a new location after 29 years.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

After 29 years in the same location, downtown Orange’s A&P Collectables is making a big move — across the street.

The shop’s former location is under renovation, with plans to reopen as a restaurant. In the meantime, mother-daughter partners Bonnie and Lisa Ackerman are refurbishing a space on the west side of Glassell and, one carefully-packed box at a time, transporting their vintage china, glassware, silver, and other items to their new location. …read the article

Orange doctor is doing what she was ‘meant to do’

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

When Susan Debin, MD, was hired to be the nurse in her family doctor’s office, the realization struck her like lightning: she knew that medicine was the field for her. Unfortunately, she made that discovery after she’d already landed a job as a high school art teacher.  …read the article

Orange flower shop continues to grow, flourish

Maria Maag, proprietor of Kanda Florist/ SunKissed Design, enjoys working with clients to design florals for events, spur-of-the-moment bouquets, and colorful centerpieces like this one.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

If Maria Maag wanted to drive the family car, her parents told her, she had to pay for her car insurance.

Luckily, her mom had a contact at a flower shop. She landed her first job at the shop, and got her start cleaning out buckets.

“That was what piqued my interest,” said the Orange resident about flower arranging. “I had a knack for it.” …read the article

Eagle Community Credit Union raises money for Children’s Miracle Network

Pictured left to right, Carlos Rodriguez (Eagle CU), Breanna Weeks (CHOC), Brooke Hazard, (Eagle CU).

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

While some consumers are concerned about the security of their financial institutions, members of Eagle Community Credit Union are giving even more money to theirs — so that the credit union can give it away.

“Every Christmas, around the holiday season, we’ve done a Children’s Miracle Network fundraising effort,” said Brooke Hazard, vice president of marketing and product development for ECCU. “Last year, we raised a little more than $5,600; this year, my staff said, ‘No, we want to do better.’”

They increased the goal to $10,000.  ...read the article

Chapman students reach out to Little Brothers, Sisters

Big Brother Adam Albonni, 21, a junior at Chapman University, and his Little Brother Gabriel.Big Brother Adam Albonni, 21, a junior at Chapman University, and his Little Brother Gabriel.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

There are midterms and finals, Club Rush and Greek Week, internships and job-hunting: the college years aren’t exactly filled with empty calendar pages.

But Adam Albonni, 21, a junior at Chapman University, looks at it differently. “I feel like college students, for the most part, have a lot of discretionary time,” he said. “Usually they spend it at parties; they spend it on things that really have no return for them in the future.

“We don’t have too many responsibilities. I feel like we’re in a perfect position to give back.”

That’s why he decided to become a Big Brother. …read the article

Orange Curves manager gets major kudos

Sara Petersen, manager of the Curves on Tustin Street in Orange, was named manager of the year for the western region.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

It was a roundabout path that brought Sara Petersen to the Curves club owned by Deann Shannon Bouchard.

“Her nephew is a really good friend of my best friend’s brother,” Petersen said with a laugh. ...read the article

 

Orange meat factory distributes products nationwide

At Mattern Sausage, 15 staffers cook up 90 different varieties of sausage.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

When Mattern Sausage and Meats opened in 1982, the sausage sold in the front of the deli was manufactured in the back. But as the wholesale business grew, it became clear that the manufacturing arm needed a space of its own.

In 1998, Mattern Sausage moved out of the deli’s east Chapman location to an industrial area in West Orange. Managed by Mike Mattern, son of the deli’s founder, the 11,000-square-foot factory churns out 90 varieties of sausage that not only stock Mattern Sausage and Meats, but are also shipped across the country to hotels, restaurants, and food distributors. …read the article

Orange plaza antique store relocates five times

Plaza 42 has several specialties, among them furniture, silver, holiday decorations (every day of the year, the store has a fully-stocked Christmas cabinet and a fully-stocked Halloween cabinet), and clocks.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

In 34 years of business, Plaza 42 Antiques has moved five times.

In 1974, Beverly and Bill Bruce opened shop at the address that they took as the name of their business: Plaza 42, in the heart of downtown Orange. Then they moved around the corner, to South Glassell. After that, they hopped across the street. Three years ago, they moved to a 4000-square-foot space on the Plaza. Now — after weeks of wheeling all their furniture, china, silver, decorative items, and other stock to their new location — they are on North Glassell.

“This is it,” Beverly Bruce said. …read the article

Widow keeps store owner’s dream alive

Old Towne Doors and Knobs in Orange sells hardware dating as far back as the 1870s.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Jerry Morrow had a dream of owning his own business. It would have a strong historical connection, and it would be in the Old Towne Orange Plaza.

With more than 35 years’ experience in retail, a passion for antiques, and a hobby of restoring homes, the longtime Orange resident soon developed a sharp focus for his dream business: doors and doorknobs. …read the article

El Modena High School student is battling cancer

Greg and Emily Myers.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Emily Myers had a lump on her lymph node and a cough that just wouldn’t go away.

“It was cold season,” recalled her father Greg. So for a while, the family figured Emily had just come down with a whopper.

When she went to the doctor, though, they discovered it was something else: Lymphoma. …read the article