Megan + Gregory: Creative Mornings OC

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast: Meet Megan Anguiano and Gregory Skinner, co-founders of Creative Mornings OC. Creative Mornings is a free, monthly, breakfast-lecture series, available to creative (all!) people throughout Orange County. In this interview, we talk about how Creative Mornings OC got started, what it’s all about, and how you can get involved in the next one and harness the power of your own creativity. Check it out!

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Thomas Curran: Moving On West

When Chef Thomas Curran’s much-hyped, Costa Mesa restaurant didn’t pan out, he found himself at a fork in life’s road. Fifty, spent, and yearning to rediscover meaning – after years “head down” in the restaurant industry – he was ripe for a change. So, he shuttered Taco Brat, boxed up his stuff, and flew to the East Coast to embark on a journey few would have the courage or fortitude to take: walk across the country…

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Dean Tompkins: Costa Mesa, Coffee and Cannabis

On this episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we catch up with our friend, Dean Tompkins, of Thunderking Coffee. Tompkins is always funny and engaging… and we’re pretty convinced he’s the guy who personally knows every single person in Costa Mesa! In this conversation, we discuss the latest happenings at his local coffee company, his love for his city and, *gulp*, the tricky issue of the newly-legalized cannabis industry. It’s a conversation unlike any we’ve had on the podcast to date…

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Westside Puppy Paradise: Hydrant Pet Hotel

With the dog days of summer squarely behind us – and the busy holiday season soon to come – thoughts turn to travel, visits back home, vacations… and oh, what to do with the fur babies when we go? If your pet-care standards are as high as today’s featured Costa Mesans, we see a Hydrant in your future…

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Local Magician… Brettso The Great!

On this week’s episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we’ve got Brett Bolich – who performs all over Southern California as local magician, Brettso The Great! In this interview, we talk about the life of a magician, our local magic scene and, of course, Costa Mesa…

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Kristin Hoang: Newport Mesa Moms

On this week’s episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we talk about parenthood and local, family fun with blogger Kristin Hoang of NewportMesaMoms.com. Newport Mesa Moms is a local blog, covering the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach areas, featuring stories, recommendations, activities, an event calendar, and more! We cover everything – and the Brussels-sprouts pizza – in this interview. Check it out!

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Just Shy Of A Century: Von Hemert Interiors

One of Costa Mesa’s classiest corners is calling it quits after — *gasp* — 99 years in business. Von Hemert Interiors has been a mainstay at 1595 Newport Blvd., on the southern edge of Westside en route to Newport Beach, since the late 1970s. However, the business itself dates to 1920 and founder Anna Martin von Hemert, an immigrant who came to America from Europe…

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Gina Oddo: Center Club Orange County

On this week’s episode of the podcast, we interview Gina Oddo, Club Manager for Center Club Orange County. Center Club – based here in Costa Mesa – is a posh, private club started in 1985 by Henry T. Segerstrom. It began as a place where executive leaders could share interests, unwind, enjoy a drink, and network. These days, it’s grown to become so much more!

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Give It A Dry: Slowtide Art-Inspired Beach Towels

Here in Costa Mesa, we love our art – performing arts, cultural experiences, and visual arts, too. Which may be why Wylie Von Tempsky feels right at home, growing his brand here in Costa Mesa. Wylie is one of the co-founders of Slowtide Art-Inspired Beach Towels, makers of art-forward, surf-lifestyle towels, blankets, ponchos and more. They basically take the absorbent goods you need to dry off, and elevate them into artwork you’ll want to wear…

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Chef John Park: TOAST Kitchen + Bakery

On this week’s episode of the I Heart Costa Mesa podcast, we’ve got the 2019 Golden Foodie Awards ‘Chef of the Year’ – Chef John Park of TOAST Kitchen + Bakery – in studio to share his Costa Mesa story. Chef Park’s journey of giving and growth will leave you feeling inspired, engaged… and *totally hungry* for his delicious menu…

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Anais Tangie: Cultivating Connections

On this week’s podcast episode, we’ve got Anais Tangie – owner of AT Connections – who is currently working with Triangle Square to bring more vibrancy, community, and culture to “downtown Costa Mesa.” Tangie dreams big, so come along for the ride as we imagine what the future of the city might hold in store…

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Wall Flowers: Aaron Glasson’s Costa Mesa Bloom

Next time you’re driving through the part of town where Harbor Blvd. kisses 19th Street, you might notice that a heretofore nondescript bench alcove, alongside Triangle Square, has received a fresh (and refreshingly floral) coat of paint. The piece – titled ‘Costa Mesa Bloom’ – is the latest in a recent flurry of new murals to hit the City of the Arts. It’s is a beautiful, abstract, showstopper-of-a-mural – designed and painted by acclaimed artist Aaron Glasson…

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Matthew Parsons: Shaka Sauce

On this episode of The I Heart Costa Mesa Show, we spice things up with Matthew Parsons – and his tight-lipped, bottle-wielding sidekick, Leo – to learn all about their local line of hot sauces. You can find Shaka Sauce in restaurants and independent markets all over Costa Mesa. Check out the episode, then give Shaka Sauce a try!

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Outside Is In: Molly Wood Garden Design

Molly Wood wants you to step outside. “The fresh air, the breeze — this moment is all we have!” she says, with a twinkle in her eye that reflects a true love for the greenery surrounding her. I’ve poked my head into Molly Wood Garden Design before. It’s hard to resist the cute, little, garden shop, just off Orange Avenue, that’s home to its namesake landscape designer and shopkeeper. Everywhere I look there’s something beautiful or interesting…

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