Retail Therapy: As summer nears, time to celebrate 'Spring'

Editor's Note: Candice Baker returns with Retail Therapy, bringing you the best in local deals, new businesses and special opportunities.

Rite on: The Pacific Symphony will host a free live simulcast of its "Rite of Spring Turns 100" celebration in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' Arts Plaza at 8 p.m. Saturday. Family festivities and a series of live performances begin at 5 p.m.; no ticket is required. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The first 100 guests will receive a pair of free tickets to a Pacific Symphony summer concert. Information:

Back in time: Mimi's Café is celebrating its 35th anniversary this month with a weekly rotating selection of menu items sold at their original prices. The current offering is a classic muffin at the 1978 price of 45 cents, available for dine-in guests with coupon, valid through Wednesday. Enjoy Mimi's famous French onion soup for $2.25 from June 10 to 12 with coupon. To download coupons, visit Local locations include 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa; 4030 Barranca Parkway, Irvine; and 18461 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. The brand recently announced an effort to revamp its menu and return to its French roots. Information:

Luxe linens: For those seeking to upgrade the soft surroundings in their homes, manufacturer ACG Green is holding a warehouse sale from Saturday through June 15 at 7 Autry, Irvine. The warehouse will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, or weekdays by appointment only. Finds include bedding, curtains, pillows, home décor items, yardage and upholstered pieces like headboards and ottomans at 70 to 90% off. Brands include Jennifer Taylor, Sandy Wilson and Image by Charlie. Information:

Juicy offering: Ritual JuiceBox Corona del Mar, 2841 E. Coast Hwy., celebrates its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with giveaways, brand ambassador appearances and Ritual Cocktails. The store offers certified organic, cold-pressed fruit, vegetable and nut juices and cleanses. Juices range from $4 to $10; combo packs are $18. Information: (714) 786-8922 or

All the fixings: Craving Thanksgiving in June? Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, 4221 MacArthur Blvd. Unit B-2, Newport Beach, is celebrating its 37th birthday from 3 to 7 p.m. June 13 with a special deal on its famous Bobbie sandwich. The turkey, cranberry, stuffing and mayo sandwich will be offered for $1; no coupon will be required. Information: (949) 769-2650.

Glamour girl: "Fancy Nancy" children's book series illustrator and Irvine resident Robin Preiss Glasser will make an appearance and book signing at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested for the library foundation's Making Memories for Children program. Seating is first-come, first serve. Information:

Bulgari returns: The Bulgari store at South Coast Plaza, which has been closed for three months for renovation, reopens Thursday with a display from Bulgari's High Jewelry collection. Bulgari's Cocktail and Graffiti collections also make their debut at the opening. The new space features a massive, hand-assembled Murano glass chandelier and is a study in contrast, with encausto walls; stone and wood floors featuring an onyx eight-pointed star; and silk wall panels featuring images from Bulgari's historical archives. Information:

A decorator's dream: Love the designer furniture and décor displayed in model homes, but want to get it for a fraction of the cost? Just Like the Model, now situated in a 24,000-square-foot showroom at 17391 Murphy Ave., Irvine, is offloading all of its 2012 merchandise with additional discounts in order to make room for new stock. Ever-changing offerings include everything from large furniture pieces to décor items, bedding, appliances, artwork, lighting and tableware. Information: (714) 968-9888 or

Rock-a-bye baby: Crate & Barrel's children's store, the Land of Nod, opened its first California store last week at South Coast Plaza. The retailer offers high-quality children's furnishings, accessories, bedding and toys, many with a vintage flair. The store is on the third floor of the Crate and Barrel wing of the former Crystal Court portion of the mall. Information: (714) 754-1969 or

Stir it up: Local would-be mixologists over age 21 are invited to submit a muddled summer cocktail recipe to a contest offered by the Bungalow Restaurant, 2441 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a chance at a $250 gift card, bragging rights and a spot on the summer cocktail menu. Enter your seasonal recipe by midnight June 15 to with the subject line "The Bungalow Cocktail Contest." Include your name, age, address and phone number.

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