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Most of Orange’s historic downtown buildings have been remodeled at least once or twice over the years—some more than others. But this one actually grew, and will soon house Urth Caffé. »

While Old Towne residents enjoy socializing at a variety of restaurants and shops, they can be assured of this: they’ll be kept safe by the hardworking individuals who make up the Orange Police and Fire Departments. Though the forces are each composed of service men and women who do their best each day, three in particular stand out as outstanding examples of why Orange is a coveted place to live. Whether it be leading the Police Department, Fire Department or working hands-on with aspiring officers, Police Chief Tom Kisela, Fire Chief Jack Thomas, and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year, Officer Sandra Ruelas, offer their leadership and skills to the community every day. »

Around every corner, there’s always something new and wonderful happening in Orange. At this time, we highlight Butterflies & Bourbon, Lollipop Nail Studio and the Old Towne Orange Boys & Club, who have recently opened at vintage locations in Old Towne. »

Car enthusiasts have long recognized Orange as the street rod capital of the U.S. With the Orange Plaza Car Show taking place every Spring, we pay tribute to three extraordinary auto businesses in town: Curtis Speed Equipment, Selman Chevrolet and Toyota of Orange. »

Artist Michael Johnson enjoys the digital painting process, because of its forgiving nature. “Once you’ve made a mark on a piece of paper, it stays, but digital art allows for safe exploration and the ability to make changes,” he says of the software that imitates traditional drawing and painting tools. »

Enjoy Orange more, with the arrival of new, inviting merchants and service providers to our local business community. From the elegant furnishings and décor of The Duchess on Cambridge, to Pediatric Smiles of Orange, and the trendy women's apparel available at Zae's Boutique, there's plenty of excitement in Orange as we move into Springtime. »

It isn’t every day that a museum opens in your own backyard featuring the work of topnotch artists depicting scenes from nearby landmarks. Such is the case with the newly opened Chapman University Hilbert Museum of California Art. »

To J.P. McDermott, it’s not so much a question of where he gets to play music or who he’s playing with, as long as he gets to play. McDermott focuses primarily on rockabilly music and covering songs from Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Elvis, The Beatles and more. »

Great food has become synonymous with Old Towne Orange, where new restaurants like Burger Parlor and The Pie Hole provide comfort cuisine with a gourmet touch. Meanwhile, the Orange Dietitian helps clients with custom meal planning, nutrition counseling and more. »

What Sheila Walstead loves about Polynesian dancing is that you can be any shape, any size, any age, any ethnicity; it just takes a heart. »

For the third summer in a row, 1888 and JukePop are teaming up to look for America’s next great author. The Summer Writing Project provides aspiring authors with an opportunity to write novellas and submit these stories one chapter at a time for immediate feedback from readers. »

When Orange residents gathered in May 2009 and hatched a plan to offer the community access to fresh food, this resulted in the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market that opened two years later. »

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the OTPA, the Preservation Awards Gala is May 15th and you can nominate a deserving Old Towne Orange building and its owner(s) to be recognized for their hard work in preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of a structure. »

“Successful winemaking starts with a vineyard that dedicates time and detail to grape production and follows that with making and bottling superior wine.” »

“Fermented foods are some of the most powerful superfoods on the planet,” says Chele Eades, co-creator of Wildly Fermented. »

To honor veterans and acknowledge the sacrifices they make, Kathy Wayland and others decided to create a one-of-a-kind patriotic quilt, known as Stitches of Freedom to auction off and raise funds and awareness for our veterans in need. »

While some have described Moira Hahn’s paintings as “Pop-Surrealism,” she doesn’t find this an accurate description of her work, which has its roots in . . . »

William Houchin (center) has added a second location to complement his venerable Watch & Wares Estate Jewelry shop on South Glassell in Old Towne. »

With more than 20 instructors, The Dragonfly Studios provides a creative setting for learning something new as well as creating memories with your friends and family. »

It was a one-room schoolhouse, where a single teacher taught all five grades (with the littlest kids sitting in front and the older kids behind, so everyone got to . . . »

View the photographic work of Jon C. Haverstick and one prevailing theme overrides—humanity. It is his desire to open a window to the soul of those he photographs and his respect for the U.S. Armed Forces that led the photographer to undertake his “Faces of Freedom” project pictured here. »

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View recent Building Character stories about key Chapman University personnel and campus properties with which they are closely associated. »

Dr. Ly Nguyen and Dr. Alex Romero recently acquired Orange Circle Optometry on East Chapman. The husband-and-wife team met in Florida at optometry school, but previously lived just 15 minutes apart from each other in Orange. »

View the artwork of renowned painter Marinus Welman, and it quickly becomes apparent that he and his work can't be... »

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