Discovery Shop thrift opens in Surf City; Ono Hawaiian BBQ debuts in Anaheim

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The American Cancer Society store sells gently-used merchandise with proceeds going to cancer research and patient services.

The American Cancer Society opened a Discovery Shop on Jan. 22 at 5 Points Plaza in Huntington Beach.

Proceeds from the store help fund cancer research and patient services in Orange County.

The store sells gently-used merchandise donated by the community including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing; accessories, jewelry, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and furniture.

Huntington Beach is the first of 10 Discovery Shop locations the American Cancer Society said it is planning to open on the West Coast in 2020. Orange County has two other Discovery Shops in Corona del Mar and Laguna Niguel

In 2019, 49 Discovery Shop locations, staffed in large part by local community volunteers, raised $21.7 million to support the American Cancer Society.

Address: 18597 Main St.

Island BBQ joint debuts

Ono Hawaiian BBQ opened its first Anaheim location Jan. 28 at 131 E. Katella Ave., Suite 30, a block west of the 5 freeway and close to the Disney resort.

The Anaheim location is Ono Hawaiian’s 90th location overall, with 12 new locations set to open across California and Arizona this year.

The menu includes a mix of popular Hawaiian lunch plates, including beef, pork, chicken and fish served several ways with rice and macaroni salad. The restaurant also serves grilled Spam and eggs.

There are Ono locations in Buena Park, Fullerton and Santa Ana.

New teeth straighteners

Orange-based Western Dental & Orthodontics has launched ClearArc orthodontic aligners, marketing them as “a more affordable way to get a better smile when traditional braces aren’t needed.”

Western Dental said ClearArc is 40% less than the leading brand and offers an advantage over rivals because its Western Dental orthodontists evaluate and treat patients.

For more information, go to and click on “current offers.”

People on the move

Darlene Barkau, who previously served as executive director at Orangegrove Rehabilitation Hospital in Garden Grove, is returning to the role. Barkau most recently served as executive director at Life Care Center of Menifee. She has been a long-term care administrator for more than 25 years, both in California and in Arizona. Orangegrove Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 12332 Garden Grove Blvd., is one of 10 skilled nursing and rehab facilities in California managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Irvine resident Bradley P. Gilbert has been appointed director of the California Department of Health Care Services. He has been a CalPERS retiree working at the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2019, where he has held several positions since 1996, including medical director, chief medical officer and chief executive officer. Gilbert’s appointment requires Senate confirmation; the compensation is $215,124 annually. Gilbert is a Democrat.

Honor Flight grant

Honor Flight Southland, a nonprofit based in Rancho Santa Margarita, received a $75,000 grant from the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation in Orange.

This is the third grant from the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation. The money is used to take senior veterans to Washington, D.C. for a free, three-day visit to enjoy and spend time at the memorials built in their honor.

Since its first trip in 2015, Honor Flight Southland has taken 371 WWII, Korea War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington for their Tour of Honor. Three trips are planned for 2020.

Money for kids’ programs

Think Together, an Orange County-based nonprofit organization that operates afterschool programs at more than 400 sites across California, received $102,500 in grants from Kaiser Permanente.

The grant came in two distributions: $60,000 from Kaiser Permanente Northern California to support programs in Santa Clara and Alameda counties and $42,500 from Kaiser Permanente Southern California to support programs in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The grants will help the nonprofit serve 48 elementary schools and over 5,000 students daily.

Think Together’s Healthy Living Program provides helps students with physical activity and nutrition education. The program requires students to participate in 30 to 45 minutes of physical activity as part of their Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program three to four times a week.

30 years for Awardpro

Penny Fleming in Newport Beach is celebrating 30 years of business in February with her company Awardpro. The company designs and creates awards for clients around the world.

Since Awardpro’s inception in 1990, Fleming also has started two other companies. Promotional Products Collection focuses on branding company logos, messages or offers on imprinted items. Braille Awards, established in 2000, creates menus, awards and merchandise with Braille for visually-impaired people.

All of her companies can be found online at

Pet food research fund

Irvine-based JustFoodForDogs has created a nutrition research advisory board and will use $1 million to fund research on pet nutrition.

The company that makes fresh food for dogs and cats recently closed a $68 million funding round led by L Catterton, a Connecticut-based private equity firm.

JFFD founder Shawn Buckley said last November that the money will support JFFD’s ongoing expansion as well as provide “a huge research budget to increase our knowledge on the benefits of whole foods and remain at the forefront of pet nutrition.”

The advisory board includes 12 veterinarians, including eight board-certified specialists, who will help guide the selection and direction of research funded by the company.

JFFD operates its own stores in Southern California and last June struck a deal with PetCo to include fresh-food pantries in hundreds of its U.S. locations.

Last year, the company said it helped fund research at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Davis, comparing grain-based with grain-free pet food. The study found 75% of dry pet food, or kibble, may contain levels of toxins linked to immunosuppression and chronic disease.

In 2020, JFFD said it will be funding more projects with researchers, directed by Dr. Dan Su, residency trained in clinical nutrition and staff nutritionist.

Heads-up to employers

Cal/Osha has issued a reminder to employers in California that the deadline for posting their annual summary of workplace-related injuries and illnesses was Saturday, Feb. 1. The summary must be posted each year in a visible and accessible area from Feb. 1 to April 30.