New ArtWalk On The Block

The City of the Arts has a new monthly gig that lives up to its name. The Costa Mesa ArtWalk is now a free monthly event, held on the lawn in front of the library. If you thought we already had a free art walk, you would be right—it’s a self-guided tour through the city featuring the most notable sculptures in town. This ArtWalk, however, is different…

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Neck of the Woods: Cottonwood Music Emporium

A “coffee shop vibe with a guitar factor.” It’s a concise way the marketing director of Cottonwood Music Emporium, a new electric guitar, amp, pedals and effects store in Costa Mesa’s Sobeca District, describes the place. Cottonwood, a name inspired by trees in Colorado, is the brainchild of Jim Deitzel and his marketer/partner, Mary Harden. Their dog, Bowie, also wanders the store, located at 2967 Randolph Ave., Suite C, across from Barley Forge Brewing Company…

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A (Gluten Free) Walk Down Lavender Lane

It’s 2019, and the “food as medicine” movement is fast becoming mainstream. We all know someone eating – or avoiding – certain foods in pursuit of better health. For many, the rise, and rising awareness, of food allergies and sensitivities has upgraded the issue of food choice from ‘optional’ to ‘critical.’ With so much focus on what to give up, it can be hard to know where to safely turn for a treat. One that can satisfy that sweet tooth without derailing diet directives. Luckily, at the crossroads of healthy and indulgent, lies a new, local sweet spot: Lavender Lane Baking Co.

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Prism Boutique: Free-Spirit Fashion

Have you been shopping at The LAB lately? I stopped by recently to see what’s new at the iconic Anti-Mall, and found a sweet surprise: Prism Boutique. Just like its namesake, Prism Boutique at The LAB captures all of the light and separates it into a gorgeous array of colorful goodness. Each display shows off a carefully curated story of unique and delightful items—from chic clothing and funky shoes to quirky stationery and jars of delectable bath and body products. It feels more like you’re in your cool, free-spirited and fashionable best friend’s closet. And that’s by design.

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Day 172: OC Press Club Awards

I’ve decided Bradley Zint is our fairy godfather. A former Daily Pilot reporter, Zint has been a contributing writer at I Heart Costa Mesa for about a year – but his influence on our publication extends well beyond that! Over the course of these past four years, Zint has a way of showing up at just the right time, with just the right stuff, to make a big difference in our little project. Like all good stories – wishes, bears, billy goats gruff – his magic comes in threes…

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Bye To The Big Three

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, co-hosts Erin and Brandy wrap-up with a rundown of all the Season 3 guests. What lessons will the I Heart Costa Mesa team take away from this season’s guests? Find out on this season finale episode!

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A Brush With Beer

Chris Kent is a unique kind of a guy—he can tell you all about the perspective and symmetry of a piece of art while also educating you on the “hoppiness” and mouthfeel of your favorite craft beer. All with said beer in hand. (Now that’s talent.) Chris is the “Head Dude” at Craft & Arts, an arty, hop-filled experience that he likes to describe as, “not your average paint night.”

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Jeffrey Smith: Wickid Candle

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we’ve got local chandler (that’s ‘candle-maker’ to some) Jeffrey Smith, founder of Wickid Candle. Wickid Candle is a Costa Mesa-based purveyor of organic handmade candles in masculine scents, like tobacco, musk, ozone, teakwood, tonka and more. Listen in to learn more about candle-making than you ever thought possible, then go check out Smith’s full line of organic candles…

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The Top Chef Tackle

Costa Mesa is a foodie mecca. There are so many good restaurants around town. We could easily ‘dine out’ for every breakfast, lunch, dinner – plus happy hours, Taco Tuesdays, brunches, suppers and tea times – and still not make a dent in all the eateries our mouthwatering Mesa has to offer. (Although, forks up! We’re sure gonna try.) So when we heard that Season 11 Top Chef Alumnus, Brian Huskey, was serving top-shelf burgers, sandwiches, salads and seafood – in a casual, pub-like, ‘grub shack’ environment – we knew we had to tackle that, stat…

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Pots and Pans with Jack and Annie

On this week’s podcast, we’ve got dynamic radio duo – Chef Annie Morgan and Horticulturalist Jack Carlisle – of the ‘Pots and Pans with Jack and Annie’ show, which airs Sundays from 9:30-10:30am on local station KOCI 101.5 FM. Jack and Annie are an integral part of our local community… and no topic is off the table. We laugh! We cry. We discuss the value of partnership and debate the benefits of chatting up random strangers at the mall. It’s a fun episode you won’t want to miss. Check it out, Costa Mesa!

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Volcom: Not So Fast, Fashion.

Do you know how your clothes are made? Or where? And here’s a better question… why should you care? I keep hearing about “fast fashion” – and maybe you have, too. In a nutshell, it’s kind of like fast food – quick, cheap, and makes your mouth water – but choosing it has lasting implications that leave you a bit queasy…

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Orleda Azevedo: Girls Inc.

On this week’s episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show podcast, we’re chatting with Orleda Azevedo, Director of Volunteers at Girls Inc. of Orange County – now celebrating its 65th year! Few organizations have such a storied history, locally. Listen in to learn more about the amazing work they are doing for local girls and young women…

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Molly’s Music: Born To Sing

The last time I sang vocal scales, it was the mid-90s and I was likely wearing Doc Martens and a plaid flannel. It’s not the quite the same as scream-singing Alanis Morissette in your Nissan Pulsar as you cruise down Harbor Boulevard. Vocal scales are straight-up scary. But I’m surprisingly non-terrified as I find myself standing in a vocal studio on a breezy spring afternoon, dutifully sliding up and down scales, across the piano from local music maven, Molly Webb.

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