The Block At Orange is one of OC's finest open-air shopping and entertainment center. This center boasts a number of fine restaurants, quick eateries, a variety of shops and outdoor stands, a skateboarding center, bookstore, and a 30 screen cinema at your disposal.
What to pay: How much you spend depends on how much you buy! It's a shopping center.
The Orange Circle in downtown Orange boasts the largest collection of antique shops in California. There are over 35 different antique dealers in the Orange Circle area.
What to buy: If you are looking for antiques, art, music, or any other collectibles, this is the place to find it.
What to pay: Bring your wallet or purse. Antiques and other collectibles will fetch fair market price.
Yes, here's another Orange outdoor shopping area! Externally, it has been well-maintained, especially at the main entrance, featuring the ever poplar rock water spring fountain. OK, sure- the shopping is limited, stores do frequently come and go here and they are not of the trendiest, big draw retail variety. However, I recommend this one for those who want to find bargains when shopping and for those who like less traffic (although the front lot Wal-Mart traffic can be trying at times). Still, The Block (mall) is much more costly in general and jam-packed!
Main stores at the Village:
Best Restaurants/Food options available:
Todai (sushi buffet!)
Famous Dave's (finger licking good bbq)
Sprouts and Trader Joes (good, fresh items for take out in deli area)
Panera Bread (popular toasty sandwiches, salads, baked goods)
Chipotle and Rubios (healthier Mexican fast food)
* There is also a Farmer's Market every Thursday in the parking lot (between Sears and the main mall entrance)
Jamba Juice (fresh smoothies and baked items on the menu)
Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
What to buy: Especially for the girls:
Here, I would go to the junior/ladies fashion stores- Wet Seal, Melissa Bleu, Claire's, etc The fashions are very in-season or just last season. A trendy outfit can cost much under $100 (a shirt, skirt/pants, shoes and accessories). On one trip, I got a pair of good-looking boots for only $5 at the Wet Seal and a $3 black skirt with flair (both were at least 75% off)
What to pay: depends on what you're looking for... but on the average, you can get 5 items for $100 or for MUCH less!
Besides the traditional antiques (furniture and home decor mainly), come inside this mega shop for about anything with some age and special quality to it. It's worth spending a few hours in here! Don't be overwhelmed here, though you can be easily so. The two level shop is subdivided into seller booths, each with a certain theme. One of my favorite seller space is a shabby chic area with several antique white pieces.
A similar mega store, Antique Station, is right across the street. Pricewise, the Depot tends to be slightly more expensive, not dramatically though.
Greet the kind, informative staff and an assortment of froggies at the front desk.
Listed hours are 9:30AM-5:30PM Mon Sat, though may close a little sooner or later depending on special occasions. For example, I visited during Christmas holiday season and found it open until 6 PM.
What to buy: furniture (Victorian, 19th and 20th century, other periods)
vintage clothing and costume (furs, jackets, pants, shirts, especially from periods 50s to 80s )
rare, varied number of books
fine, unique jewelry
arts and crafts items
vinyl records/ limited number of cds
various collectables of home decor, pop culture/trends, world history
What to pay: a few dollars for some knick-knacks
furniture pieces from about $150 to thousands
This outdoor mall has loads of great stores and restaurants, an AMC movie theatre, a new bowling alley which doubles as a club/pub, and sidewalk vendors and coffee shops.
It's a great hang out for the day.
If you love antique shopping, whether only window shopping or actually purchasing, you will enjoy my town. In the Historic District, we have all kinds of antique stores. Traditional, ecclectic, country, bizarre ... all of them are here!
There are plenty of restaurants to refuel in or just walk over to the park in the centre of the traffic circle to sit by the fountain to get off your feet for a few minutes.
What to buy: All types of antiques. There are shops for those with a more traditional taste in antiques, as well as shops for those who like the more outrageous, zany oddities.
What to pay: Prices vary from inexpensive to OUCH!.
Cute aprons and kitchen accessories are the main trinkets in this one-of-a-kind,Christian-inspired Old Towne Orange boutique, located along the locally famous traffic circle, off Chapman Ave. Women who love to play dress up in the kitchen will be drawn to the large variety of designer cocktail and halter aprons.
The quality of the aprons is quite impressive- so much that some gals may want to rock out the look beyond the kitchen. Fit is tailored for women of all sizes- petite to plus size. Material used not just run of the mill cotton but satins and silks.Though a bit pricey (Aprons run from $60-$125), it is well worth it for upscale gift buying (esp for a bride's wedding gift). All aprons are packaged in a fabulously crafted box.
If shelling out 60 bucks for a luxurious non-essential apron is not likeable to your wallet, don't fret- there is a variety of affordable kitschy knick knacks to buy- stationery, hair accessories, utensils, and small décor items. Kudos to Cynthia Waddell for a unique, enchanting boutique.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6
If you can't make it in the boutique, you can order online.
Well, what special to say about Best Buy? It's well known as the premiere shop for all things electronic and computers. It's just worth mentioning that there are two BB's in Orange- woo hoo!
Best Buy East Orange (newer):
2375 N. Tustin St.
* great expanded musical instrument department! )2008)
Best Buy (near The City/The Block):
3741 W Chapman Ave
OK, the Wal-Mart naysayers can move on from here but for the rest...The 24/7 Wal-Mart, on 2300 North Tustin St, is quite convenient for shoppers. The only major all nighter store open in the area, Wal-Mart serves as the anchor store of The Village at Orange and a savior for those who wish to get vital needs, like toilet tissue, and miscellany you really didn't need, past midnight.
It's quite a ...curious scene here at night. Even during non-holiday times, on weekday and weekend nights past 11PM, this store can be buzzing with shopper traffic on the floor. Some locals have been known to sleep here in their car parked in the lot, feeling a sense of security police who frequents the store and area, numbers of people around and the store lights. Vagrants do wander outside here, mostly harmless ones. Always keep a good eye of your surroundings here at night. Crime (mostly robbery or public disorderly conduct) can occur due to the nature of 24/7 stores in general, though I have not witnessed anything major in a bad way in my occasional ventures.
Come in the Bite Market, a darling little, all gluten-free and dairy-free shop in old town Orange packed with a variety of foods and products.
The shop owner, Bridget, has turned her own experience with food allergies and ailments brought along by gluten-rich and milk-based foods into a business that focuses on housing the most quality items in one place.
Monday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
What to buy: If visiting in town, grab one of the fresh take-out sandwiches that are available and an assortment of snacks from gluten-free friendly brands like Glutino, Pop Chips, Annie's and more.
The shop also sells beauty products (face/body) and gifts
What to pay: About $20-$50 for a good variety of groceries
The Farmer's Market at the Antique Station is open every Thursday from 1PM to 5 PM in the Fall and Winter and 2PM to 6PM in the Spring and Summer.
What to buy: Fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers.