Orange County is a county in the state of California. It is the smallest county in terms of land mass but it has the third largest population, after Los Angeles and San Diego counties. It is a very popular place for tourists because of the beaches and places like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Wild Rivers.
Aside from being a tourist destination, Orange County has a vibrant economy with affluent residents. It is the headquarters of some of America’s largest companies. They include well-known companies like Ignam Micro, First American Corporation, Western Digital, Pacific Life, Gateway Inc. (computer manufacturer), Linksys (router manufacturer), and Blizzard Entertainment (computer/video game creator). International companies also have a big presence here. International giants like Toshiba, Mazda, Samsung, Toyota, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi and Hyundai have their headquarters in Orange County.
With its affluence, it is not surprising that many fashion companies got their start here. They include Oakley Inc., Hurley International, famous shoe company Pleasure USA Inc., St. John, Wet Seal, PacSun and many more. All these companies are taking advantage of Orange County’s reputation as a purveyor of beach wear and fine clothing.
With so many companies based in Orange County and other businesses having a major presence, the economy is very competitive and discounts are everywhere. Consumerism is part of the culture of the county. Looking good and material accumulation is almost like an obsession with the residents. Of course their spending generates more business activity with consumers buying, companies manufacturing and jobs being created.
This cycle of business activity is most visible in the number of dining and restaurant establishments in the area. There are many chain restaurants here. These include McDonald’s, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, El Pollo Loco, Del Taco, Taco Bell, Claim Jumper, In-N-Out Burger, Wienerschnitzel, Marie Calendar to name a few. Of course, no place is complete without the smaller eateries. Orange County has a large Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Hispanic and Indian population. They serve the area well with a plethora of ethnic foods. Combine that with all the other American and European inspired food places and you have a county where residents have literally endless choices to eat from. To stand out, many restaurants offer exciting deals and discounts. To find these bargains, you can go to several local online websites. Most of these groupon-clone sites require a purchase of a voucher for future redemption. For example, you buy a $10 voucher valued at $20 and use that to buy food at the restaurant. Local merchants from across the area offer amazing deals that you can print out. Just go online, print out the coupon and use it with your next purchase.
With so much business activity, it’s no wonder millions of tourist from in-state and out-of-state come here to shop and eat. They come to enjoy the nice weather and experience the Orange County life. In fact famous reality shows like “The OC”, “The Real Housewives of Orange County” or “The Hills” play to the popular notion of Orange County residents being privileged albeit sometimes spoiled. To be seen as successful in Orange County, it matters how you look and what you have. Businesses love this spending and are more than happy to accommodate this culture of consumerism.