Avanti: Best Feet Forward

There are few things in life more magical than people who have discovered their personal gift, and make expressing it their life’s purpose. It takes courage, conviction and a willingness to stand out from the crowd. Our city of Costa Mesa is a hotbed for this kind of magic, and the story of local studio, Avanti Dance Company, is the consummate “born talented, fully expressed” situation. This local gem doesn’t just shimmer, it shines.

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Joey Lopez: Shreducate Academy

Episode 2, of Season 3, is here! We’ve got Joey Lopez, founder and owner of Shreducate Academy, on the podcast today. Lopez is at the forefront of school skateboarding leagues, kids’ sk8 lessons, and the movement to turn skating into a legit, internationally-recognized sport. We cover so much with Lopez, it’s hard to enumerate! He’s got big plans to make his mark on the skate world…

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2019: Going “All In” On Costa Mesa

We’re back for Season 3 of the I Heart Costa Mesa show! On this kick-off episode to our latest season, Erin and Brandy talk about the decision to start #costamesa365, a new challenge where Erin is trying to only shop in Costa Mesa for an entire year.
Plus, will we ever get Bob Hurley or Wing Lam on the podcast? This, and so much more on this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa show…

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Globe Deli: Sweet and Sauerkraut

Costa Mesa is a city with rich, Orange County history woven throughout its community fabric. Even as our city becomes more modernized – new buildings, businesses and neighborhoods replacing the old at an increasing clip – there are still those Costa Mesans working to preserve important pieces of our past. One iconic business that has meant a lot to locals, for a very long time, is The Globe European Delicatessen (Globe Deli, for short) at 1928 Harbor Boulevard, just north of where it transects 19th Street…

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Winsome Wire: Laurane Elisabeth Designs

…you can’t blame me if I’ve garnered a new(ish) obsession: gorgeous earrings. I’ve refined my taste over time, and while I love some big, bold designs, I can also appreciate a simple hoop. Recently, I discovered Laurane Elisabeth earrings, and I’m obsessed all over again! Clean, simple lines, high-quality, and made-by-hand right here in Costa Mesa. I think I’m in love…

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Anthill And Chill

Ahhh, February. Le mois de l’amour. One of our most favorite months of the year. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the city is dripping with hearts! Here, at I Heart Costa Mesa, we’re feeling right at home. After all, love is our jam. But as we move into the fullness of February, the clock is ticking on procuring that special something for our own Valentine…

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Banding Together: Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Michoacana

As I pull into the parking lot, I can already hear the music. A cacophony of trumpets, violins and guitars greet me as I walk up to the small strip mall space on the Westside of Costa Mesa. Araceli Ceja, the founder of Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Michoacana, greets me with a huge smile. “Welcome, thank you for coming!” she says, and ushers me into a little room just outside where the kids are already playing…

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Jesse Fortune: Epic Art Quest

On this episode of the podcast, we’ve got local artist and gallery owner – Jesse Fortune – of Location 1980 in Westside Costa Mesa. We talk about the artist life, how Location 1980 has changed since its inception, Fortune’s “epic art quest” travels and the annual “$100 Or Less Holiday Art Sale” happening December 8th, 2018 from noon until midnight here in Costa Mesa…

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Gordon Bowley: Giving Sports A Sporting Chance

Costa Mesa United started as a dream; a dream to build a real football stadium at Estancia High School and a modern aquatics complex at Costa Mesa High School. On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Gordon Bowley – President of Costa Mesa United – about the work, advocacy and dedication that not only went into the achievement of those early dreams, but all the ways this local, non-profit group continues to further and unite youth athletics right here in our city…

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Coming Home To Brew

The first time I walked into Windsor Homebrew Supply Co., I didn’t know the difference between a hop and a hopper. I mean, I love a tasty craft beer as much as the next Costa Mesan, but I had no idea how it was made. My husband, however, had recently taken an interest in brewing at home. He had been talking about it forever, and I wanted to give him a gift that showed I’d been listening. A friend told me about the greatest little homebrew shop right here in Costa Mesa, just off Randolph Street. “The owner is so friendly,” she said. Sure enough, I stepped into Windsor and my lack of hoppy knowledge was all but forgotten…

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Jamie Reidling: Let Them Skate

Jamie Reidling is “OG Westside” – a musician, surfer, skater, dad, community organizer and hardcore Costa Mesa local – and he’s on a mission to bring a skatepark to Westside Costa Mesa! On this episode of the podcast we talk about what it was like coming up in Westside Costa Mesa “back in the day,” what he’s up to now, and why he thinks it’s totally ridiculous that Westside youth don’t have a skatepark of their own…

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Michael Towey: California Workshop

This week, we interview mechanical engineer, furniture designer, kite surfer and modernism practitioner – Michael Towey – owner of The California Workshop! Towey and his team design and build lighting and furniture out of his studio in Westside Costa Mesa. He’s one deep and interesting guy with a very philosophical “form follows function” take on the world…

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