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Greer's OC: Sweet shop opens in Newport

October 12, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Searching for sweets near the beach? Lollishop will take care of your candy fix. Owner Kim Keirstead grew up in Newport Beach and just opened the fantastic candy store across from City Hall in Newport Beach.

But her mission is more than supplying lollipops, novelty candies and holiday-themed sweets to customers. She hopes to inspire other merchants to open in this area.

"I have lived in Newport Beach my entire life, and I have very fond memories of riding my bike to this area and spending hours looking through all of the cute and interesting shops," Keirstead said. "I am doing my best to restore a sense of community to a part of town that has a rich past and a promise of a great future."

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Lollishop stocks a huge selection of candy, including Zots, M&M's, Taffy Town taffy, award-winning "U Be the Fudge," caramel apples, B. Toffee, Blue Bunny novelty ice cream and much more.

With Halloween around the corner, it's also the perfect resource for special trick-or-treat sweets.

Mention Greer's OC in the shop and receive a free little bag of candy corn or pumpkin creams with your purchase. It's open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; and it's at 436 32nd St. in Newport Beach. For more information, call (949) 791-8165, or visit http://www.lollishopnb.com.

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Opium hour at Starfish

Starfish Laguna just announced a new twist on happy hour: Opium hour lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Fridays. It's a great time to try opium bites for $5 (they're normally priced from $8 to $14), or $8 cocktails, and beer and wine specials.

Favorites from the opium bites menu include: Korean galbi tacos, a trio of corn tortillas with avocado, tobiko caviar, scallions, pine nuts, truffle oil and crispy taro chips; or order some Kobe banh mi beef sliders with sweet baked mini buns, pickles carrots, daikon, spicy sriracha aioli, and cilantro; or chicken lumpia with roasted teriyaki dark meat chicken, carrot, cabbage, mung bean sprouts, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic chives, scallions, and sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Late-night guests can take advantage of specials from 10 p.m. to midnight. Starfish Laguna, at 30832 S. Coast Hwy., is open for dinner from 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 4 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call (949) 715-9200, or visit http://www.starfishlaguna.com.

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