WELCOME TO BALBOA ISLAND
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Welcome to Balboa Island...where the cats are numerous fat and lazy, the dogs are spoiled, the houses are quaint and enchanting, and the living is creative and carefree. You can spend your day walking around our beautiful boardwalk, boating, biking, shopping, or lounging.
Don’t be surprised when you can’t choose between mouth watering mandarin, authentic mexican, spicy italian, premium prime-rib, rack of lamb, or good ol’ broiled burgers. And as your fun-filled day comes to a close and you watch the sun gently set in glittering hues of orange and red.... .. . . . . . . .
WINNERS AT THE BALBOA ISLAND ART WALK
We are pleased to announce the Balboa Island Artwalk’s award-winners! The Mary Hardesty Award of Excellence was chosen by Mary Hardesty and Erika Primeau and awarded to mixed media artist, Shawnie Mirandon. Mayor Ed Selich selected watercolorist Howard O’Donnell for the Mayor’s Choice Award. The Newport Beach Lifestyle Magazine Award was presented by Newport Beach Lifestyle Magazine publisher Randy Harding to glass artist, Akoko Okeyo.
HISTORICAL HOME TOUR
Saturday June 20, 2015
11 am - 3:00 pm
A Light Lunch will be Served!
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the following options:
By Mail: Balboa Island Museum PO Box 147, Balboa Island, CA 92662 or on the Day of the Tour at the Museum 331 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, CA 92662
Cost: Members - $25.00
SAD GOODBYES ON BALBOA ISLAND
WE ARE LOSING OUR MOM AND POP STORES ON BALBOA ISLAND AS THE STOREFRONTS ARE SOLD AND THE RENTS BECOME MUCH HIGHER
These long - time Stores will be Missed!
1. Family Ts - Howard - 30 years on Balboa Island. Whenever and wherever I wear one of his t-shirts or Hoodies I get complimented! Over and over. They were great looking, funny, salient, and true to the nature of Balboa Island! Howard was the last of many t-shirt entrepreneurs on Balboa Island. Now the t-shirts are generic corporate types!
2. Martha’s Bookstore.
Here is my article from the Coastal Breeze -
This fall we have seen tremendous changes on Balboa Island’s Marine Avenue. Howard, 5Cs, Ornate, Shanghai Pine Garden are all gone. And Martha’s Bookstore! Many were Island Fixtures—but Martha’s was the one that resonated the most with me.
Years ago Kathy and Stephanie lived in Brea and Fullerton and came to Newport to walk on the beach every weekend. They loved the water and the sunshine! Together they decided to open a Bookstore on Balboa Island, but they could not find a location. Instead they worked with Bob Teller and got a booth at the Orange County Fairgrounds selling books. Kathy continued her job as a graphic designer and Stephanie worked hers at Delta Airlines
Muralist Holly Wojan occupied the space that was to become Martha’s Bookstore. Holly decided to take another avenue in her life—leaving the store vacant except for the beautiful murals she had painted on the walls of the store. You can still see remnants of Holly’s work on the walls of Martha’s.—f lowers and patterns that made an eclectic background for the books, cards and gifts.
Kathy and Stephanie opened Martha’s Bookstore on July 28, 1989. Using the wire racks they had from the swap meet, their books, some cards and little else. Kathy had three children—Sara, her youngest, who is now an engineer—was only 3!
Named after Kathy and Stephanie’s mother—Martha’s Bookstore is the place like home on Balboa Island. When you walk in the door you are immediately offered wine or tea. There are always treats to nibble on while you shop. And book recommendations. Often the latest ‘book club’ book. Many a friendship has been forged as the result of their book club!
Martha’s has always been the spot to buy everything from the latest Bestsellers to harder to find inspirational books. There has been a parade of local authors signing books on weekends. Everyone from Mark Victor Hansen to T. Jefferson Parker.
I remember the ’salad days’ for Kathy and Stephanie—when Beanie Babies were the rage. Kathy