By Maggie Bryan
Celebrating its 25th anniversary on September 28th, 2014, The Latest Thing is a store helping recovering addicts and
alcoholics, as well as other members of society, grow one day at a time. It was
first opened in 1989 by mother and daughter team Kimberly Funk and MaryLou Williams, and has since grown into a
store unlike any other.
owner, has a passion to help, and it shows in the store’s unique atmosphere.
Not only can you find what is needed to start or maintain the journey of
recovery, but she has created an environment for growth in other areas of life,
or just to have an experience every time you visit The Latest Thing.
the inspiration behind the store in 1989, and has been a constant throughout
these 25 years. Books on recovery, jewelry, clothing, merchandise, anniversary
gifts; it can all be found at the Latest Thing.
The store carries items from many different
fellowships, allowing people in all areas of recovery to come in and find
something they want or need in sobriety.
Kimberly’s patented birthday coins celebrate various years of recovery, and
every time we sell one, every time someone receives one, it is a special experience. From the
essentials when first starting to recover, to gifts for someone on their
birthday or just for you, you can be sure to find something at The Latest
For those not
in recovery, or those who are looking for more of a spiritual experience, The
Latest Thing has you covered. The metaphysical, meditation, and self-help are a
large part of living, and is included in the store’s vast array of merchandise.
Incense, candles, crystals, stones, oracle cards and pendulums; The Latest
Thing carries many tools to guide customers in spiritual discovery and growth.
Our meditation selection is growing nearly every day, and the response has been
immediate. People can not only find a Zen within their sobriety, but in their
spiritual lives as well.
Thing also employs spiritual advisors, giving everyone the opportunity to come
in and receive readings. Phone readings, private
parties, scheduled appointments and walk-ins are
welcome. With more than 100 years’ combined experience, our readers help many
expand their spiritual direction and can bring a sense of serenity and
understanding to the client.
On Sunday, September 28th, from 10-5, come help us celebrate our 25th anniversary and receive 25% off everything in the store. Also, follow us on Instagram and receive
40% off select items. It will be a fun time with
refreshments, prizes and a good time to shop for the holidays. We are also on
Twitter and Facebook. Stay in touch and receive special offers and news about
opened in ’89, The Latest Thing was one of about 2,000 recovery stores
nationwide. Today, 25 years later, it is one of only about 200 that have
survived. Its excellence is shown in withstanding the times. We value our
faithful customers, and look forward to celebrating our journey with you.
The Latest Thing is located
at 1576 Newport Blvd. in Costa Mesa. You can reach them at (949) 574-8900. Also
is Assistant Buyer and Customer Service Representative for The Latest Thing.
photos by Lauralee McKay.