Orange County has never seen anything quite like the new Fixtures Living, a one-stop, wonderfully interactive showroom for premium kitchen, bath and outdoor living products at South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa.
It's an emporium of state-of-the-art kitchen and bath vignettes designed by some of the hottest local interior design firms, including Audra Miller Interiors, Kitchen Interiors and Brittney Fischbeck with Abodwell.
You can literally walk in and find your dream kitchen, schedule a meeting with a designer and have it recreated at home.
Warning: You may experience symptoms of dream-home envy. You'll discover mirrors with built-in TV screens, toilets that look like pieces of art and kitchen cabinets by Neff Kitchens that are actually finished with photographs of wood.
And, in keeping with its concept to offer a multi-sensory experience, many of the products, like showers, the sauna, ovens and even washing machines, are operating so that you can test them out. You can even do a load of your own laundry to test the machines.
At Fixtures Living, you can also relax at the Bliss Cafe coffee bar featuring Kéan Coffee, enjoy a glass of blood orange lemonade or visit the exhibition kitchen for a complimentary cooking demo and tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Guest chefs and local farmers markets will be preparing recipes for Taste Bud Tuesdays, Recipe Wednesdays, Something Else Thursdays, Farmer Fridays and more.
It's open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at South Coast Collection, 3303 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa.
For more information, call (949) 429-0800 or visit http://www.fixturesliving.comhttp://www.fixturesliving.com.
A sale like no other
Eilatan Shoes' motto is "A shoe store like no other," and is a good time to see for yourself during its current sale with some styles marked down by 50%.
Eilatan carries alternative styles for fashion-forward types, from its cutting-edge designs by Jeffrey Campbell to basic hip sneakers from Pro Keds and vintage styles from one of Japan's oldest shoe companies, Onitsuka Tiger by Asics.
Eilatan recently opened at Costa Mesa Courtyards and also has a store at Irvine Spectrum Center. It's packed with popular footwear trends for men, women and kids, such as Ugg Australia, Toms, Seychelles, Rainbow Sandals, Penguin, Converse and more.
It's open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1835 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 642-0081.
The Irvine location is open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Drive. For more information, call (949) 453-1222 or visit http://www.eilatan.com.
Drop off school supplies
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf launched the Orange County Blend Coffee and OC Sunshine Blend Tea earlier this year (which raises funds for local schools' needs), and it's also holding a school supplies drive to support adopted schools through Sunday.
You can drop school supplies off at any of the 24 OC Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations, including Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Corona del Mar and Newport Beach. For more information, visit coffeebean.com.