Biz News: South Coast Plaza’s 50th-anniversary book available for purchase


South Coast Plaza’s 50th-anniversary book, detailing how the Segerstrom family transformed their lima bean farm into an iconic shopping center in Costa Mesa, is available for purchase online.

Author Kedric Francis writes how the Segerstroms envisioned creating more than just a place to shop but “a cosmopolitan center for culture and arts for the county,” according to publishing house Assouline. The South Coast Plaza area now includes South Coast Repertory and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

The book, released in November, can be bought for $195 at


Costa Mesa audio/video company celebrates 50 years

QSC, a Costa Mesa-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio/video systems, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The company started in 1968 as Quilter Sound Things in an industrial building in Costa Mesa. It originally focused on handbuilt guitar amplifiers.

“Our story is one of constant innovation and forward transformation, always with the passion to serve our customers’ needs,” Barry Andrews, one of QSC’s founders, said in a statement.

Slapfish expands in Huntington Beach with Raw Bar

Andrew Gruel, founder of the grill and fried seafood restaurant chain Slapfish, is testing another restaurant concept in Huntington Beach.

According to the Orange County Register, Raw Bar by Slapfish is scheduled to open this month next to the flagship Slapfish restaurant in the Newland Center at 19696 Beach Blvd.

Its menu will include chilled seafood and oysters.

Recovery center names new executive director

New Directions for Women, a Costa Mesa-based drug and alcohol treatment center, has named Sue Bright as its new executive director.

Bright last worked as vice president of patient services and quality at the Livengrin Foundation, a recovery company based in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.

She starts at New Directions on Feb. 8.