Biz News: VW dealership to host toy drive

Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore at 20 Auto Center Drive in Irvine will be collecting new, unwrapped toys Monday through Dec. 31 for the Orange County Ronald McDonald House, which provides temporary residence for families with children being treated at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

No used toys or stuffed animals will be accepted. For more information, call (888) 928-8423.


Firm honored for landscape architecture

EPTDesign, a landscape architecture firm with offices in Irvine, recently received four awards from the Southern California chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

The Quality of Life Design Awards, presented every other year, recognize outstanding landscape architecture and environmental planning.


C.M. Citibank building sold

Irvine-based Faris Lee Investments has completed a $5.04 million, all-cash sale of an 8,118-square-foot retail property occupied by Citibank at 2700 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, according to a news release.

Citibank has 10 years left on its lease, according to Faris Lee.

Faris Lee Investments represented the buyer, a Pasadena-based family trust. The seller, Lafayette, Calif-based CP Sunshine, was represented by Equity Investment Advisors in Santa Monica.

The .68-acre property is adjacent to the Mesa Verde Shopping Center.


IV, injection therapy coming to Newport

The Hydration Room, billed as Orange County’s first IV and injection therapy clinic, plans to open next week at 404 Westminster St. in Newport Beach. A grand-opening event is scheduled for January.

The establishment says it will deliver vitamins, nutrients and fluids directly into the bloodstream to help clients overcome flu, jet lag, headaches and other conditions.


DAISO to open new store

Japanese retailer DAISO, which is said to have a cult-like following for its $1.50 items, is expanding beyond Irvine and into Tustin.

The new market will open Dec. 26 at 526 E. First St.

The store, which has 11 locations throughout Southern California, plans to sell beauty supplies, kitchenware, stationery, food and other products, mostly for $1.50. The Irvine store is at 14280 Culver Drive.


DineNB wins marketing awards

Three months after its debut, the Dine Newport Beach website and its mobile version have been awarded two MarCom Awards, which recognize achievement in marketing and communication.

Dine Newport Beach launched its website,, in September, providing information about restaurants, offers and promotions, local food and wine events and more about the Newport Beach culinary community.


Fisher & Phillips hires 2 associates

Law firm Fisher & Phillips has hired attorneys Laurie Koscielak and Nathan Low as associates in its Irvine office. They will practice employment law, with an emphasis on defending employers.

Koscielak, who graduated from Loyola Law School earlier this year, previously worked as a law clerk at an appellate litigation law firm in Los Angeles and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.

Low, who attended UCLA law school, clerked for the Los Angeles Unified School District in the labor and employment division and served as a judicial extern in Los Angeles Superior Court.


Newport insurance firm acquires N.Y. company

Alliant Insurance Services of Newport Beach, one of the nation’s largest insurance brokerage firms, said it has acquired The Camps Group, a New York-based provider of employee benefits services, expanding Alliant’s growing Northeast presence. Terms were not disclosed.

The Camps Group’s executive, client services and business development teams will remain in place and will work in Alliant’s New York office.


Irvine’s Kareo named one of ‘best places to work’

Kareo, an Irvine-based provider of cloud-based medical office software and services for small medical practices, won a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as one of the “best places to work in the U.S.”

The company ranked 22nd among 50 companies honored in the small and midsize business category. The Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who provide feedback about their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor’s anonymous online surveys.

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