Self-proclaimed, life-long cat lady Gail Allyn Landau is bringing her own brand of cat cafe to Laguna Beach. Originating in Taiwan in the ‘90s, the concept of a cat cafe has gained popularity with its unique business model of giving pet lovers a place to hang out with some adoptable felines while sipping on some coffee. Catmosphere has an expected opening date in August with a menu of toasts, salads and snacks, along with coffee and tea, beer, wine and Champagne by the glass. Kids five and up, and families are welcome. Catmosphere plans to offer birthday party reservations, and special events geared toward children and teens. Catmosphere Laguna partnered with the Laguna Woods Cat Club, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Bluebell Foundation for Cats and local feline rescues to serve as a foster home for healthy cats and kittens in order to help them find forever homes. A minimum of two visits are required before official adoption, as well as pre-adoption home checks.
381 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach | www.catmospherelaguna.com
Bricks & Minifigs
The franchised toy store, specializing in buying, selling and trading new and used LEGO sets, bulk bricks and minifigures, also known as minifigs, opened June 30 in Fullerton as the first Bricks & Minifigs location in all of Southern California. “We are two women business owners who decided to take this on with extra feminine flair and highlight the boy and girl sides to this business,” said co-owner Nancy Randle, of Cerritos, who owns the store with Ginna Hendricks of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each Bricks & Minifigs location has thousands of LEGO pieces to choose from, so that customers of all ages can rebuild their favorite sets or create their own originals. The company was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2006 and now operates more than 30 franchised stores in North America and Canada.
1105 S. Euclid St, Fullerton | www.facebook.com/bricksminifigsanaheim
The state-of-the-art 3,800-square-foot fitness studio, founded by Orshi McNaughton, owner of the So Cal Boot Camp chain, has an anticipated opening date of Aug. 27. “I wanted to create a new type of fitness studio where emotional wellness is just as important as nutrition, physical exercise and human connection,” said McNaughton in a statement. “Our goal at SIX is to disrupt the fitness industry by launching this new franchise model as we plan to open hundreds of locations across North America and change the lives of five million people via our wellness studios, digital platform, motivational events and retreats.” The workouts will feature short intervals through SIX stations that will work the entire body in 50 minutes. Workouts are geared to people of various ages, ranging from teens to older adults. Workouts will also address emotional wellness by combining high-intensity fitness training, mindfulness and meditation. SIX offers classes in a membership model, as well as individual class packages.
8535 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine | sixworkout.com
By Jessica Peralta