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Ladera’s Toy Town is Closing, Ladera Performing Arts Group Looking for a New Home

Toy Town, the local Ladera Ranch toy store at Mercantile West is closing its doors. Below is a message to customers and neighbors that Toy Town posted on their Facebook site today:

“Dear Loyal Friends of Toy Town,

Toy Town opened in 2004. We have spent 10 wonderful years in Ladera and will always cherish [...]

What Might the Retail Plaza at Antonio and Ortega Look Like?

Rancho Mission Viejo’s new website offers us a hint at the retail component of Planning Area 1. The site invites future residents to “[l]oad up on supplies at our 10-acre retail plaza (planned for 2015)” and promises that “[y]ou’ll find everything you need from groceries and gas to take-out and dry cleaning right here on [...]