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Sunday Funday: Westside Market

Sunday is for all kinds of things. Some of us like to relax and chill, either on the couch with Netflix or football or by heading outside to the beach or the park. Some of us like to get stuff done on a Sunday: check tasks off the to-do list and get a head start on the week ahead. But did you know there’s a place right here in Costa Mesa, where on the second Sunday of every month, you can relax and chill AND do something productive too? It’s just around the corner, on the Westside…

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Debora Wondercheck: The Work of Art

Debora Wondercheck is out to change the world – adding “the arts” back into the lives (and schools) of local kids. Her non-profit organization, The Arts & Learning Conservatory, is busily restoring confidence by honing creativity and character. With the work-ethic of a classically-trained cellist – and the CEO skills of a smart, strategic leader – Wondercheck’s bringing professional-level theater and music here to Costa Mesa…

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Turning The Tables

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, contributing writer, Samantha Chagollan, turns the tables on co-hosts Erin Huffstutter and Brandy Young – asking them the questions she wonders about the project, the purpose (and the people behind it.) So if you’re curious to learn more about the I Heart Costa Mesa team, check it out…

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Seizing The Oppurrtunity

Cats are getting a new lease on life from a tiny corner of Costa Mesa. Most know the PetSmart on West 17th Street as being near Trader Joe’s and as a place for all one’s pet needs. But did you know a family-run, nondescript Costa Mesa hometown nonprofit is run out of there too? And it has a clever name: Oppurrtunities. As the moniker implies, they’re all about giving opportunities to cats, hundreds of them.

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Second To Naan: The India Cafe

It’s no secret that we here at I Heart Costa Mesa are huge fans of small, local businesses. We just think what they do is really brave and a big boon for our city. The hours, the effort, the courage, the commitment – ‘small business’ is an act of love, no matter how you slice it. So when we discovered The India Cafe – a little restaurant with a large menu of delicious, house-made dishes, located at 528 West 19th Street – we knew we wanted to meet the hardworking people behind the paneer…

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Amanda Malson: Common Standard

If you’ve noticed the fresh, beautiful modernization of local establishments like Eastside Mini Mart, Jan’s Health Bar or Memphis Cafe – or marveled at Pacific City’s Lot 579 food court, or the swanky, remodeled Lido Marina Village – you’ve unwittingly been touched by the design prowess of local Architectural and Interior Designer, Amanda Malson, of Common Standard Design…

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Marta and Pepe Tena: Making Space

At 777 West 16th Street – here in Costa Mesa – Marta Tena and Pepe Tena are carrying forward their father’s vision: to turn a repurposed and restored, mid-century warehouse into a welcoming event space for all. Space 777 is brand new and a total “blank slate” – it’s just itching for the next art show or industry party. We talk with these creative and connected Costa Mesans about future plans for Space 777 and what they love best about our fabulous city…

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Natural Beauty: Eclectic Ox Designs

In theory, I love all my neighbors. Don’t you? But that doesn’t mean I know them very well. I always wave and smile, but we don’t have in-depth conversations or spend a lot of time together. But there’s one exception in my neighborhood. And I met her about 100 miles away from here, even though she lives just down the street. That’s Molly Croteau: maker, designer, naturalist, wife and mom, and… my neighbor.

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Fall in Love with the Westside

Fall in Love with the Westside 2018 is coming on Saturday, October 20th from 9am – 3pm at Estancia High School in Westside Costa Mesa. Part maker market, part community festival and part school fundraiser – this fun (and new) little tradition is just another example of what makes Costa Mesa such a great city…

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Sowing the SEED of Love

The party is tonight. And you STILL don’t have a cool gift. Or even a card. You’ve got nothing. What do you do? Don’t panic. I know just the place. SEED Peoples Market. No question, every time, I can find something for anyone on my list. And probably discover a couple of things I can’t live without, too…

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Muriel Ullman: Network for Homeless Solutions

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we tackle the tricky topic of local homelessness with Muriel Ullman of the Network for Homeless Solutions. What is the state of our homeless situation in Costa Mesa in 2018? What is being done? What’s working and what isn’t? Listen in to find out…

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Violent Gentlemen: Game, Gear, Gravitas

Some years ago, designer Brian Talbert was flipping through a magazine described as ‘a European version of GQ’ when he came upon a pair of words he really liked. It was in an article about how ‘high fashion’ took cues from the ‘low fashion’ of soccer hooligans. Apparently, those soccer fanatics wore scarves and layered in a way that piqued the attention of the runway crowd. Tucked within the article was a photo-caption quote from the designer describing how “the violent gentleman” wears his clothes. Violent? Gentleman? Good combo, Talbert thought. He wrote it down for later…

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Metal Fab & Etch A Sketch

Despite our city’s size (112,000 residents or so) – a fair number of the neighbors we interview cite ‘that small-town feel’ as one of their favorite things about Costa Mesa. So what gives our town such a homey vibe? And why – no matter how robust the population becomes – does it still feel so much like ‘Costa Mayberry?’ Well, one of our theories is that it’s because so many people who grow up in Costa Mesa, stay in Costa Mesa. The city has a vigorous representation of multi-generation families, all living, working and supporting each other within these 16-square miles.

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Pin Drop: Tiny Riot Designs

One day, not long ago, we began noticing a steady stream of small, wooden disks – etched with love, life and laughter – marching their way through our Instagram feed. Upon further investigation, the disks proved to be little, delicate, laser-cut pins emblazoned with big, cheeky, audacious messages. ‘What wonderfulness is this?’ we asked ourselves, and were pleased to uncover…

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