A loss of two long time Irvine Village Center tenants in the past few weeks…
Paradise Perks, Drive Thru Cleaners and Devilicious Donuts all have shut down within the last month or so at the corner of Jeffrey and Irvine Center Drive.
@paradiseperks is a loss since they provided a unique and free spirited Starbucks alternative and actually stayed up and open past 9p. Alas, that may have been what doomed them according to this OC Weekly obit and editorial.
Drive Thru Cleaners had its fair share of fans and haters, as seen by the split reviews on Yelp, but it’s been around seemingly forever (my wife Denise and I have lived here over 20 years and can’t remember when we haven’t seen it there – but that might just be old age) and it’s another strike against cleaners on Irvine Center Drive, as we were longtime customers of “@ the cleaners” at the Sand Canyon Plaza off of Irvine Center and Sand Canyon.
Devilicious Donuts continues a new sort of trend in 2013-2014. Just a random opinion here, but more and more businesses are pulling the plug sooner than ever on their businesses rather than sticking things out until they become a known entity/resource in the community. This is by no means exclusive to Irvine.
Double D was selected as number 63 of the “100 Favorite Dishes of 2013” by OC Weekly Magazine. Irvine’s location was not even open yet, and the date of that publication is late July 2013! Less than a year? With all of the hype?
For the record, we never got there to try it. Opened late, closed early. The guess here is a great PR agent, but a missing business plan. Too bad. However, Woodbridge still has the very tasty Donut Star, open 24/7/365, at much better prices and with very tasty treats. To start you off right, here’s a buy 2, get 2 free coupon courtesy of Real Irvine and The Irvine Company!