Retail Therapy: Music or the mall?

Music to my ears: Not in the mood to go to the mall on Black Friday but want to find a classic(al) deal? The Pacific Symphony is hinting to its email subscribers about special one-day-only deals available on its website,

Weekend smorgasbord: IKEA will continue its Seize the Days promotion with daily doorbusters this weekend, like a four-opening Expedit shelving unit for $19.99 (regularly $39.99) on Friday, a four-pack of Dinera plates or bowls for $4.99 (regularly $9.99-$14.99) on Saturday, and a Benno entertainment center on casters for $39.99 (regularly $79.99) on Sunday. Information:

Wake up and shop: Cafecito Organico at The LAB Antimall and Blackmarket Bakery and Vitaly at The CAMP, both in Costa Mesa, will serve free black coffee from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday while supplies last. Other Black Friday deals will be posted at and


Local businesses will compete with the Black Friday big-box store deals with their own Small Business Saturday:

Suiting up: The new North Menswear store, 380 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, will celebrate its opening with a special for customers. Those who bring in a receipt dated Nov. 30 from another Laguna Beach small business will receive a 10% discount. Information:

In living color: The new, organic Lollipop Nail Studio at The CAMP, 2937 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, will offer 10% off all nail products and services Saturday. The location also will offer classes on how to make beauty scrubs and oils and is available for bridal and other parties and special events. Information: (714) 444-0330 or


The next two area businesses will offer a bonus with gift card purchase this holiday season:

Meal appeal: Del Taco is offering a Cyber Monday-only deal of 10 free combo meal vouchers that expire Feb. 28 with the purchase of a $100 gift card; visit to purchase. Veggie Grill, which boasts three locations in Irvine, will offer patrons a free entree when they make a $30 gift card purchase. The Philly's Best cheesesteak chain will offer a $5 reward card to those who purchase a $25 gift card.

Scent of a deal: Savory Spice Shop — at 928 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, and 3313 Hyland Ave., Suite C, Costa Mesa — is featuring spices and blends that are perfect for holiday dishes. The shop currently is offering a $10 gift card for every $50 gift card purchased. Recipes and more information are available at

Santa in the sand: The St. Regis Monarch Beach, 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, will host its 13th annual holiday sand-sculpture dedication and tree-lighting ceremony from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. This year's mistress of ceremonies will be Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor. The 8-ton sculpture will incorporate a beach theme. The day also includes a visit with Santa, holiday entertainment and refreshments, and special prizes. The free event is open to the public. Information:

Beautiful evening: Planet Beauty Newport Beach, 3601 Jamboree Road, will host an event from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 with 20% of sales benefiting the Orange County chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Shoppers will enjoy mini-makeovers and hair styling, skin consultations, Godiva chocolate tastings, bites and beverages, and a special appearance by beauty blogger Chrisspy. Information: (949) 752-1885 or

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