While it may feel like you can find anything you could ever want or need at the Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center (and that’s not a completely unfair assumption), there are some stores you just can’t find there.
Total Wine & More – Tustin/Irvine Market Place
Total Wine & More is, without a doubt, a wine lover’s paradise. Not only does the store have hard-to-find labels and rare vintages, they also hold private classes, tastings, seminars, and other events so you can further your wine education in a fun environment. There’s something for every budget and palate, and beer and spirits lovers aren’t forgotten here either.
Dogma – Quail Hill Shopping Center
Given the abundance of furry friends in Irvine, pet supply stores are severely lacking at the Spectrum Center. Luckily, Dogma in Quail Hill is close by and has all the treats, toys, and supplies you and your pooch could ever want. And if you don’t have a canine pal yet but you want to add some puppy love to your family, Dogma has frequent adoption events, too.
Costco – The District at Tustin Legacy
The Spectrum Center may not have everything you need, but if there’s one place that comes close, it’s Costco. Whether you’re looking for electronics, succulents, kids’ pajamas, frozen foods, home furnishings, or six months worth of toilet paper at wholesale prices, you’re practically guaranteed to find it at Costco.
Jack’s Surfboards – Oak Creek Shopping Center
Jack’s Surfboards in Oak Creek, Irvine, is a quintessential Southern California surf shop. You’ll find surf enthusiasts young and old sporting the store’s t-shirts and pullovers, and the shop is full of surf- and skate-related supplies and apparel. Wetsuits, flip-flops, surf wax, and even boards can be found here.
Trader Joe’s – University Center
It makes sense that this beloved grocery chain is located in the University Shopping Center at UCI thanks to its extremely low prices on everything from specialty cheeses and produce to health foods and frozen meals. Most items sold here are under the Trader Joe’s brand and their seasonal products, like maple walnut brownies in the fall and chocolate peppermint cookies during the holidays, barely make it to the shelf before they’re sold out.
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