Greer's OC: Good times on the Deck

A new beachfront dining experience just launched at the Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach. It's the place to enjoy casual beach fare and fresh cocktails, watch surfers or kick back in a cabana while getting a massage.

Chef Michael Ingrino created the new simple and light menu of seafood, steak, burgers, salad and paella, as well as specialty drinks and cocktails with fresh ingredients like cucumber, lemon, blueberry, basil and honey.

Whether you want a private party or a private retreat, the Deck also offers five spacious private cabanas with a variety of pampering services, including mobile airbrush spray tanning, mani/pedis and a photographer. Day rate charges start at $450.

The Deck is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 647 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-6700 or visit


Your skin's inner light

One of OC's best skin experts, Grace Gutierrez at True Grace Skin Care in Newport Beach, just introduced a new effective treatment for facial rejuvenation that you will love because it has no downtime or irritation.

The LED treatment from Lumiere Light Therapy is based on years of medical research and used extensively by dermatologists and plastic surgeons internationally. At True Grace, you can have the treatment in sessions of 30 minutes or included with a facial. It's a great addition to oxygen facials, lifting facials with mild current and microdermabrasion. It's a non-surgical, natural way to stimulate collagen, smooth your skin and add glow.

And True Grace Skin Care is offering special introductory prices through Aug. 10. Purchase a package of 8 LED therapy and pay just $430 (regular price $490); purchase a package of 8 LED therapy and add one rejuvenating oxygen facial for just $490 (regular price $680); purchase a package of 8 LED therapy and add one turbo lift facial for just $490 (regular price $660).

LED single session regular prices cost $80, and LED add on to any facial regular price cost $45.

True Grace Skin Care is at 250 Newport Center Drive, Suite 150 in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 706-0111 or visit


Baby's day shopping

Saige Nicole's, a popular online baby boutique, opened its first retail store at OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa. Owner Wendy Navarro has grown her business for the last five years online, and now she's expanding so that longtime and new customers can have the option of picking up boutique baby and toddler clothing, baby shower gifts, nursery décor and custom jewelry, clothing or bedding.

Saige Nicole's specializes in unique, high-quality baby products from independent designers, mostly moms who know firsthand what parents are looking for and what kids love.

Popular brands carried at Saige Nicole's include Right Bank Babies, Kait Emerson Designs, Wendy Anne Moses baskets, Rachel on the Flower pettiskirts and pettidresses, Born To Love Clothing, Empress Arts, One Ruby Lane shoes and Harveys seatbelt bags. Other popular lines include Knuckleheads Clothing, New Arrivals nursery décor, Cozy Cocoon swaddlers, Aden & Anais blankets and burp cloths, Posh Mommy Jewelry, Episencial natural organic skincare and Piggy Paints non-toxic nail polish for girls.

Saige Nicole's is at OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa.


Enter to win a surfboard!

Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa is the place to be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday during Volcom's California tour of free custom hats and screened tees. Volcom board shorts will be given away every 15 minutes. Also, someone will win a surfboard, and there's free pizza for all.

Surfside Sports is at 233 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 645-4624.


What's art, Doc?

You can be a part of Guinness World Record history at 2 p.m. Sunday by helping create the largest art class held in a single venue! The Chuck Jones Big Draw will be going on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m at SoCo in Costa Mesa, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity will host a 45-minute drawing class on how to drawBugs Bunny. It costs $25 to participate, or $40 for a family (or group) of four.

Tickets for the event are available through There must be more than 817 people at the art class to break the recent record from an art class held in Copenhagen in June.

Craig Kausen, of the Chuck Jones Center in Orange and the grandson of Chuck Jones, spearheaded the idea and thinks that his grandfather would have loved the idea of this huge gathering of people all learning how to draw Bugs Bunny.

The Chuck Jones Big Draw is a fun-filled event for all ages and artistic levels designed to inspire creativity at school, business, sciences, sports and fine arts.

Artists who will be on hand to offer their expertise during event include Stephen Reis, storyboard artist for "The Simpsons," California surf artist Bob Elias and Christopher Scardino, the center's teaching artist.

SoCo is at 3303 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa.


Good as (Timree) Gold

It's already time to think about fall projects for kids, and here's one that's ideal for artistic children ages six and up. Timree Gold is offering after-school art classes starting in September from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday or Wednesday through December. The cost of four classes each month is $175.

Timree also offers paint parties and adult classes that are perfect for a girls night out, company party or birthday celebration at her charming studio on Old Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach. It's at 365 Old Newport Blvd., Suite A in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 723-1300 or visit


Walk with the big dogs

I'm super impressed with Road Runner Sports Shoe Dog system that can really help you find perfect-fitting running or walking shoes and help decrease the risk of injuries.

Let's face it, most people choose shoes for their look, not how they fit. With the Shoe Dog process, you'll discover what shoes will best address your arch, foot mechanics, body type and needs.

You'll go through a 12-minute analysis, and from a slow-motion video replay of your gait, you'll see just how you're landing, and through a process of elimination, you'll be directed to the right shoes that you should be wearing. It really will make a difference, and it's free.

Road Runner Sports takes its Shoe Dog system seriously and offers a 60-Day Perfect Fit Guarantee. (VIP members who pay a $19.99 annual fee receive a 90-day guarantee and save 10% on purchases.) You can run in your shoes for 60 days, and if you're not happy with the shoes, return them. Road Runner will find the right pair for you, or you'll get your money back.

Road Runner Sports is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Costa Mesa Courtyards at 1835 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (949) 515-9540 or visit

GREER WYLDER writes Greer's OC for the Huntington Beach Independent each Thursday and the Daily Pilot and Coastline Pilot each Friday. She's the founder and president of, a free daily e-mail service that provides the latest in Orange County fashion, dining, music, events and trends. Her blog can be viewed and she can be contacted at

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