Changes at Marguerite Shopping Center at Trabuco & Marguerite Pkwy

This is an old picture of  the shopping center

This is an old picture of the shopping center

The Texaco gas station was family-owned, and at this corner since the early 1970’s.  They were willing to pump gas for you upon request and check under the hood.  I was often tempted to go there just for the experience of being waited on at a gas station again like back in the day but never did because the cost of their gas always seemed so high.  The gas station is closed down now.

So what’s the new plan for that corner?   A 7-Eleven will take over the structure of what was the service station, but they’ll be selling gas there as well.  Don’t know yet if the brand will continue to be Texaco.

Sadly, the Nirvana Grill that was next to Cal-Med Pharmacy is gone now also.  They still have a restaurant in Laguna Beach.

And the last bit of news is about Ranch Market.  They’ve just signed on to become a participating merchant with a global shopping rewards program which will go into effect in early March.  Shopping members will receive cash back on their entire purchase just as they do with other participating merchants, such as for gas, drug stores, pet stores, home improvement stores, mechanics, etc. I’ll keep you posted on the exact day cash back rewards will be available for those eligible.  For more information on the shopping rewards program, shoot me an email at robin@robinbarr.com.  I’ll tell you this much right now, membership is free.

Gandolfo’s Deli is better with recent change of ownership

UnknownIf you thought Gandolfo’s Deli in Mission Viejo was good before, you should try it now.  I had a pastrami sandwich on rye with Russian dressing and it was out of this world.

Sean and Danielle Whaley took over the reins last Friday, with a commitment to excellent both in quality of food and customer service.  The Whaley’s also own another Gandolfo’s Deli in Rancho Cucamonga.

Gandolfo’s Deli is located at Via Fabricante and Alicia Parkway.

Address: 23981 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone:(949) 581-3354
Hours:
Monday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Missing a Farmer’s Market in Mission Viejo? We’re Getting One!

It will be owned and operated by Verge Hagopian, a former teacher at Mission Viejo High School. He’s driven by an interest in healthy eating, and as such, the 40-60 vendors participating will only be offering healthy food.  If you get thirsty while you’re there and want a soda, for-getta-boud it.  Hagopian says soda is unhealthy and you won’t find it sold there.

The farmer’s market will start in January 2012, every Friday morning next to the Mission Viejo Library.  The exact hours haven’t been announced yet, but I’ll post it here later.

For more details, read Peter Schelden’s online article about the new Farmer’s Market at the Mission Viejo Patch.

Unisys left behind toxic chemicals in the groundwater at former location

Unisys, a computer parts manufacturer formerly located on Jeronimo south of Los Alisos, has been mandated by the State of California to clean toxic solvents in concentrations as much as 145 times the legal threshold found in the site’s groundwater.  It’s speculated that the contamination may have occurred during the 1970’s when the company manufactured computers, conducted plating operations, and stored some hazardous materials.  The clean up is expected to take 4-6 months.

There doesn’t seem to be drinking water wells within close proximity of the facility, so residents need not be concerned about take precautions, according to John Odermatt, a senior engineering geologist for the State’s water quality board, adding it seems unlikely that Unisys’ former employees would be impacted.

MV Universal is the property owner.  When they sought to sell it in 2010, a groundwater review revealed the contamination.

Earlier in the year, Unisys moved to Irvine from its Mission Viejo location of over 30 years.

A New Bundt Cake Store in Mission Viejo

The minute you walk in the door of Nothing Bundt Cakes, all your senses come alive with the scent of fresh cake. Your eyes don’t know where to go first–everything is so colorful, pretty, cute, happy.  Bundt cakes in a variety of sizes, daisies and ribbons in different colors and patterns to choose from to decorate your cake.

It’s a gift shop also with girl-y plastic gloves for washing dishes or gardening, paper kits for simple customization for your cake, colorful tableware and cake plates.

The cakes are moist and absolutely out of this world.  You can check it out yourself because everyday, they set out plates with samples of two of the available flavors.

The owners of this franchise store are Donna and Ismael Zamora.

Portola Plaza (Marguerite & Santa Marguerite Parkway)
27746-A Santa Margarita Parkway, Mission Viejo

949.859.1377

Monday-Friday: 9AM-6PM, Saturday: 10AM-6PM

Email: missionviejo@nothingbundtcakes.com

Early Mission Viejo advertising new homes

Off the I-5, an old freeway billboard advertising a new southern California town, Mission Viejo.

“The California Promise” and “It’s so nice to have Mission Viejo around the house” were slogans used to attract prospective homeowners to take a chance out in the sticks for a pleasant little community that would offer all the best in southern California living.

Free movie “The Great Debaters”, MV City Hall Sunday, Feb 20th. Award-winning screenwriter will be there.

2:00pm at Mission Viejo City Hall Council Chambers.  Click for movie details.  If you’re a Denzel Washington or screenwriter Robert Eisele fan, you’re in for a treat.  Did I mention it was free?