Maybe you've seen the collection of old warehouses and vintage structures near Sand Canyon and the 5 Freeway and you've said to yourself, 

"Just what is that place anyway?"

The answer is Old Town Irvine, the original shipping and warehouse center of the old Irvine Ranch, now a historic district in the midst of a modern-day city. Today, the old buildings have new life with a unique group of tenants that are very much open for business. 

On Thursday, October 4th, the community is invited to celebrate the latest business to arrive in Old Town; portrait artist Vin Weathermon who has a studio in the former Irvine Hotel building.  The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, other Old Town businesses will be open for visitors. 

Gigasavvy at Old Town IrvineGigasavvy, an innovative marketing and advertising agency, makes its home in the old 1895 Sack Warehouse.  Knowlwood Restaurant is located inside the old Blacksmith Shop, and La Quinta Inn and Suites offers guest rooms inside the concrete silos of the old Irvine Bean And Grain Growers Warehouse. 

Interior of La Quinta Inn and Suites at Old Town Irvine

The Vin Weathermon Portrait Studio is the perfect fit for this historic district. Weathermon's unique renaissance-style technique transforms modern photography into classic, old-world portraits which are reminiscent of an earlier time. 

Portrait by Vin Weathermon Portrait Studio in Old Town Irvine

“We’re looking forward to this ceremony, a special evening of business and community coming together in historic Old Town Irvine. There is great history on this very land we stand on," said Weathermon. 


WHEN:           Thursday, October 4    Ceremony at 4:30pm     Tours to Follow until 7:30pm

WHERE:        Old Town Irvine Historic District

                       Sand Canyon and Burt Road, Irvine

Docents from the Irvine Historical Society will be on hand to answer questions