Business Beat: Active Culture and zpizza

By Jim Shilander and Andrea Papagianis

New Location

Active Culture

111 S. El Camino Real

949.276.4625, www.velvetyogurt.com

Faye Clapp at the newly rebranded Active Culture store on El Camino Real. The former Velvet Yogurt moved across the street from its previous location, allowing for expanded offerings, including breakfast. Photo by Jim Shilander

Faye Clapp at the newly rebranded Active Culture store on El Camino Real. The former Velvet Yogurt moved across the street from its previous location, allowing for expanded offerings, including breakfast. Photo by Jim Shilander

Faye Clapp of Active Culture said the businesses’ move to its new location across the street from its former home was a good time to create a whole new identity in San Clemente. Now known as Active Culture, the shop has added a breakfast menu and a whole host of new offerings.

“This is a really great opportunity for a full makeover,” Clapp said. “We also own Active Culture in Laguna Beach. It’s doing well, so we wanted to bring them together.”

Clapp said the previous space was essentially built out, and did not allow for the opportunity to add the new equipment and space necessitated by the changes.

As Active Culture, the store now offers shakes, smoothies and a breakfast menu. Clapp said it the offerings fit the healthful, natural food aesthetic of the two stores. A new website, www.activeculturelb.com, will go live in a few weeks as well, she said.

The company is keeping the Velvet Yogurt brand name for its yogurt offerings, she said. Hours have also expanded. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Clapp said she had heard from some customers who were worried about what might have been going on.

“I think there was a little bit of concern, but a lot of folks in San Clemente drive to Laguna Beach to get the food there,” she said. “They didn’t know we owned both.”

 

New Owners

zpizza

1021 Avenida Pico, Suite C,

www.zpizza.com, 949.498.3505

Longtime owners of San Clemente’s branch of zpizza, Barbara and Don MacIsaac, have handed over the reins of their California inspired eatery. But the pair will remain a restaurant staple for a few more weeks, as new owners Radim and Jennifer Konecny make their transition.

“We recently made the very difficult decision to move on to a new chapter in our lives,” the MacIssacs said in an email. “It is time to turn the store over to more capable hands, which we have found in Radim and Jennifer.”

Barbara, Don and daughter, Kasey, opened a local arm of the Laguna Beach-startup nearly a decade ago, and were immediately welcomed with open arms by members of the community, who became lifelong friends, the pair said.

“We’ve watched you fall in love, marry and have children and now they have become ‘Little zpizza Lovers,’” the MacIssacs wrote. “We have been so incredibly blessed to have had you in our lives.”

With their daughter moving to Idaho, her nuptials on the horizon and a string of health concerns, the MacIssacs made their decision to move on. And while their decision wasn’t easy, they said the location is being left in good hands, with owners who will continue where the MacIssacs left off.

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