Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody, and Keroppi head over to UC Irvine.
There’s no word on what classes they might take, but the popular characters will soon be on sale at a new Sanrio store that will debut at the University Center in early October.
The Japanese company is known for making kitschy characters and collectibles. Wendy Hsu is the franchise owner of Sanrio Irvine.
The store will sell the latest versions of Sanrio and limited edition collectibles such as back-to-school items, stationery, clothing, accessories and housewares.
Sanrio Irvine, which opens on Sunday, October 2, will have sections dedicated to plush, clothing, beauty and stationery walls, as well as space for Hello Kitty and friends.
Address: 4255 Campus Drive Ste-B-142; Hours: 11 am to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday; From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Friday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Madison Reed opens its first OC locations
Pandemic lockdowns have left millions of dyed, highlighted and swept women in quarantine at home with no living room and few good ways to hide those pesky roots.
Some women just let it grow, while others turned to startups offering DIY hair dye kits.
One of them was Madison Reed, a do-it-yourself hair dye startup in San Francisco that exploded early in the pandemic months. The company is opening its first locations in Orange County, one at Tustin Market Place on El Camino Real (September 18) and the other at Fashion Island in Newport Beach (September 23).
CEO Amy Erret told Yahoo Finance last summer that Madison Reed saw her sales increase 12-fold as the pandemic changed lives as we knew it.
“I’m not happy that it took a pandemic for this to happen,” she said in July 2020. “I’d rather it didn’t happen. But I think it proves that the coloring of the hair is really important to people emotionally.
The startup uses unique color matching technology in their kits, which can be mailed to clients, or a professional can match and apply the color in a Madison Reed coloring bar. The company says it employs licensed colorists and uses products that are ammonia-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.
Addresses: 3003 El Camino Real, Tustin (next to the White House / Black Market); 313 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.
Nonprofit salary increase
The Women’s Transitional Living Center in Fullerton is increasing its minimum hourly wage for full-time employees from $ 18.27 to $ 22.44.
The nonprofit’s salary increases benefit 26 of its 49 part-time and full-time employees.
The new wage standard was based on the Living Wage Calculator created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology so that a single adult without children could afford adequate housing, food and other expenses.
The WTLC said it previously relied on the Southern California nonprofit compensation report to determine a market rate for staff positions. The nonprofit, said chief executive Mark Lee, now recognizes that such reports are based on a system with “built-in inequalities that undermine people in lower paid positions.”
“Our new compensation standard is no longer influenced by external unfairness factors,” Lee said in a statement. “This positive change has been made possible by the dedication and commitment to the WTLC that our staff demonstrate every day.”
The non-profit organization helps individuals and families escape domestic violence and exploitation by providing resources aimed at independent living. WTLC has 24 hour bilingual telephone support at 877-531-5522 or can be contacted by email / text at [email protected] For more information, visit www.wtlc.org.
Yunkyung Kim has been appointed COO of CalOptima in Orange. Kim returns to CalOptima after leaving Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, where she was Vice President of Medi-Cal Growth and Vice President of Medi-Cal Performance. She has 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. CalOptima provides state-funded health care coverage for low-income children, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in Orange County.
The Orange County Community Foundation raised $ 144,502 from 450 donors to Protect & Preserve, a day of giving to support the county’s open spaces and marine protected areas. The money will go to seven local nonprofits that help protect marine areas along the 12 miles of Orange County coast. Participating organizations included Laguna Canyon Foundation, Laguna Ocean Foundation, Newport Bay Conservancy, OC Habitats, Ocean Defenders Alliance, Pacific Marine Mammal Center and The Ecology Center.
Ralphs and Food 4 Less raised $ 100,000 in donations for their Hunger Action Month campaign. Proceeds will support Cal State Fullerton’s permanent pantry for students, Homeboy Industries’ Feed HOPE program and “Fill the Fridge,” an ongoing campaign that benefits Project Angel Food, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Orange County Small Business Development Corporation received $ 20,000 in Community Reinvestment Act bank grants that will help the organization guide entrepreneurs and small business owners through tough times or expansions. The association received a grant of $ 10,000 each from City National Bank and CIT Bank this summer. the money will go to its entrepreneur loan fund which lends directly to businesses.
Stretto, an Irvine-based technology and services company, was recognized at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards as Turnaround Product / Service of the Year. This recognition marks the second consecutive year that Stretto has received this award for its services. Stretto was also honored in the Chapter 11 Reorganization of the Year category.
Laguna Cafe and Grill was honored as Local Restaurant of the Month for August by MP Cottie Petrie-Norris (District 74). Laguna Woods Restaurant is known for its all American-style cuisine and breakfast. The Laguna Cafe was founded by Richard Martinez and is co-owned by Tammy Martinez and Monja Chavez.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to correct Madison Reed’s opening date to Tustin.
Status Update is compiled from press releases from Editor Karen Levin and edited by Editor-in-Chief Samantha Gowen. Send high resolution articles and photos to [email protected] Allow at least a week for publication. Elements are edited for length and clarity.