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Shoot For The MoonGoat

There may be no one more more excited to launch a business than the three guys behind MoonGoat Coffee. On a recent afternoon, I Heart Costa Mesa caught up with the founding trio — David Yardley, Martin Stern and Mark Evans — in a Santa Ana warehouse. The digs are acting as the temporary base of operations until MoonGoat’s Weststside Costa Mesa HQ is ready. These guys? Beyond ecstatic. Quick to laugh, new ideas popping up seemingly on the fly, eager to explain their coffee-making process — they had it all. In short, MoonGoat Coffee is going to be a Costa Mesa hometown coffee roaster and coffeehouse along Placentia Avenue. Supplementing the brews are food and live entertainment. And, given that area’s dearth of such places, this spot appears poised to have a big effect on the Westside corridor…

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Phillip Marsh: Fish To Fry

Phil Marsh is the President of the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club – the wonderful people behind this year’s 71st Annual Fish Fry at Fairview Park! From Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd, you can eat some famous fried fish, enjoy carnival rides, listen to live music and check out classic cars. Not many community gatherings last 71 years. Hear the history behind this local, can’t-miss tradition…

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Karen Barloon: Eleven Years Running

Karen Barloon never meant to spearhead a yearly 5K / 10K race – heck, she doesn’t even run. But she cares deeply enough about kids and local schools to bring it all together (beautifully, we might add) anyway! Get the story on the 11-year running tradition that is the Costa Mesa Community Run…

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Clay For Keeps

Walking up to the Eastside garage studio, I feel a mix of nostalgia and anticipation. It’s been awhile since I was around this much clay, and the fine gray dust that sits daintily on top of everything reminds me how much I love ceramics. I’m also fangirling a bit over meeting Andrea Luna Reece, the artist behind Luna Reece ceramics. I first saw her work at the Patchwork Show in Santa Ana, and I’ve been an avid follower of her Instagram feed ever since. She welcomes me warmly, dusts off a stool and invites me in for a chat…

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Julie Leffler: Big Hype

Julie Leffler grew up in Costa Mesa and now she’s growing a business here, too! From Estancia High School to a Semester at Sea, from Hollywood to Hurley – and now with her own marking firm, Big Hype Marketing – it’s been one exciting ride for Leffler….

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Shaheen Sadeghi: Radical Retail

Episode 1 of Season 2 is finally here! We’re super starstruck to have Shaheen Sadeghi in studio. Sadeghi is celebrating the 25-year anniversary of his flagship project – The LAB (Little American Businesses) anti-mall right here in Costa Mesa. He’s also the creative visionary behind The Camp in Costa Mesa’s SoBeCA District, as well as the Anaheim’s Packing District, and others too.

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The Full Spectra

When you walk through the doors of Costa Mesa’s Spectra Yoga, there’s a little bit of palpable magic. And that’s the intention of studio owner Aileen Pham. “We are kind of a one-stop shop for your mind, body and soul,” Aileen says with a jovial wink and a smile.

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Watch: Costa Mesa Speedway

What’s it like to hang off a sidecar motorcycle — with no brakes — sliding through turns at over 60 mph? We bring Mister Mesa to the Costa Mesa Speedway to find out! The Speedway is celebrating 50 years of high-octane, short-track racing at the OC Fairgrounds. In this episode, Mister Mesa gets a lesson on how to hang on for dear life from Joe Jones, 11-time National Champion in Sidecar Racing. Will Mister Mesa survive it? Tune in to find out.

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Where The Streets Have Yo’ Name

We here at I Heart Costa Mesa love our mesa. We want to see it all and know it all. But what’s in a name? Have you ever driven down Paularino and wondered, “Who or what is a paularino?” Or cruised down Harbor Boulevard thinking, “Where’s the harbor?”  (Answer: There never was one, but a harbor is fairly close.) Well, we did some digging to answer these roadworthy questions and find out what’s behind some of Costa Mesa’s street names.

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Coloring Outside The Wines

A creativity explosion is happening in Costa Mesa and (lucky us!) we all get to be a part of it. The ‘artification’ here just keeps leveling up! Every day now, it seems, new examples of artists, makers, builders, thinkers, tinkerers and creators are sprouting all over our city. While some are focused on creating their own artistic outcomes, others – like today’s featured Costa Mesan – are driven to extend those creative opportunities into the hands of others. Meet Karen Nguyen. Founder and owner of InspiRED Art Wine, she is all about getting people AFK so they can engage creatively IRL.

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The Family Vans

It’s Open season at Vans. This past weekend kicked off the Vans US Open of Surfing in nearby Huntington Beach. With it, Vans is not just celebrating their sixth year of title-sponsoring this major surf competition and action-sports festival, but it also marks their first full year since moving Vans HQ to our beloved Costa Mesa. I Heart Costa Mesa sat down with Kristy Van Doren, Vans Senior Director of North America Brand Marketing – and granddaughter of Founder, Paul Van Doren – to talk US Open, the company’s ‘checkered’ past, and why the move to Costa Mesa made all the sense in her world for this iconic, Southern California brand.

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Jumping Sheep

A few months ago, on a sunny Costa Mesa afternoon, CMPD Officer Trevor Jones returned to the site which, a few weeks earlier, made him a minor Internet sensation. The spot was Sheep Hills, and when Jones arrived, he did the unexpected. He hopped on his patrol bike, dipping and jumping on a few of Sheep Hills’ world-famous dirt ramps. Onlookers, surprised to see a cop handle himself on the trails, hooted and hollered. “Oh my God!” one exclaimed.

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Listen: “Coach Q: Everything Fitness”

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we’ve got a guest host: our very own Mister Mesa! He interviews local fitness coach, Quentin “Coach Q” Pullen. Coach Q is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and ex-bodybuilder who has been a fitness trainer in Costa Mesa for over two decades. In 2014, Coach Q was responsible for creating the PlayPen OC, a military-style obstacle course at the Newport-Mesa YMCA…

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Listen: “What We’ve Learned”

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, co-hosts Brandy Young and Erin Huffstutter share the things they’ve learned from locals interviewed on the podcast. We have enjoyed so much wisdom, humor, insight – and have gained such great information – from our Costa Mesa guests. If you want to share what you’ve learned from our previous podcasts, be sure to let us know in the comments!

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