Biz News: Health, fitness and wellness center opens in Newport Beach

The Irvine Co. opened the doors Thursday at Kinetic, a health-care, fitness and wellness center across from Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

The concept offers nutrition, lifestyle, weight management and personal training services by experts who collaborate on a personalized approach for each customer, the Irvine Co. said.


The 17,000-square-foot flagship location at 600 Newport Center Drive is divided into three areas: a St. Joseph Hoag Health Wellness Corner open to the public; an upscale fitness center exclusively for Irvine Co. office customers in Newport Center; and The Zone, a public fitness training studio operated by Active Wellness LLC.

"Today's professional blends life and work more than ever," Lauren Kelly, senior vice president of Irvine Co. Office Properties, said in a statement. "Kinetic seeks to revolutionize our customers' ability to deliver a healthier workplace."


Kinetic builds on an Irvine Co. and St. Joseph Hoag Health Wellness Corner launched in late 2014 at The Village apartment community in Irvine to provide medical and wellness services to residents. The partnership expanded in January 2015 to the Jamboree Center office complex in Irvine, serving employees at nearly 200 businesses.

The Irvine Co. said it plans to expand Kinetic elsewhere in Orange County and in San Diego, West Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley, working with local health and wellness providers in each market.


Visions and Dreams to mark 33 years with event Saturday

Visions and Dreams, a retail store in Costa Mesa that aims to meet "all your metaphysical needs," will celebrate its 33rd anniversary Saturday.

An event from noon to 6 p.m. at the store, 2482 Newport Blvd., will include food, consulting sessions, 20% off most items and an astrology lecture.


Dunkin' Donuts coming to Irvine on Wednesday

Dunkin' Donuts plans to open a new 24-hour store in Irvine at 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The shop will be at 15415 Jeffrey Road.

The first guest in line at both the drive-through and the lobby will receive a $250 Dunkin' Donuts gift card. Travel mugs will be given to the first 100 customers.


Room & Board signs lease for SOCO space

Room & Board, a Minneapolis-based retailer of modern furniture and home furnishings, has signed an eight-year lease for 12,000 square feet of space at South Coast Collection on Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa.

The store is relocating from South Coast Plaza Village, where it has occupied 36,000 square feet for 14 years.


Bomber Eyewear clothing line to honor late photographer

Costa Mesa-based Bomber Eyewear is releasing clothing that pays tribute to Jeff "Mana" Walthall, a surf photographer who died in Hawaii while surfing last year. The items will contain images of Mana.

"Mana was a dear friend to us as well as a valuable partner in our business," Jamerien Bonacci, Bomber's media relations director, said in a statement. "Being able to share his image with our customers around the world is a fitting send-off."


Irvine's Smart Utility Systems wins industry award

Irvine-based Smart Utility Systems recently was recognized at the 2016 CLEAR Awards for its Smart Customer Mobile Solutions program, which aims to help energy providers educate customers about available programs and services while helping to track customer behavior.

The CLEAR Awards are organized by SmartGrid Consumer Collaborative, a nonprofit that studies energy consumers in the United States.


Hotel Irvine names national accounts director

Sales professional Dione Williams recently was named national accounts director at Hotel Irvine.

Willams comes to the 536-room hotel from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where he was senior national sales manager.

In Irvine, he will oversee the hotel's association market nationwide, concentrating on Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and Ohio, according to a company statement.


Lantronix hires new VP of worldwide sales

Kevin Yoder recently was named vice president of worldwide sales for Lantronix Inc., an Irvine-based networking company.

Yoder most recently was vice president of sales for the Americas region at Avago Technologies.