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Author: Ben Sauer

Home Skillet: Side Street Cafe

Born and raised from the small-town vibe of Cleveland, Ohio, Diane Beach brought a unique approach to the Costa Mesa restaurant industry. “Who you know, how much money you make, what car you drive—all that nonsense isn’t important to me,” Beach explained.

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When Pigs Fly

That board of choice, coupled with his scissor skills, eventually earned Hesse the moniker “Pig Barber” – and it’s stuck. “People no longer know me be my first name,” he said…

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AU & Co: Timeless Fashion With A Modern Twist

Relatively new to the Costa Mesa scene, Alexandra and Peter Uritis [AU & Co], are a collaborative duo creating clothing for women seeking a classic and vintage wardrobe without sacrificing today’s modern, form flattering materials. We were thrilled to hear the story behind…

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Keepin’ It Groovy with Ubiquity Records

Photo Credit: Ben Sauer Ubiquity Records, originally a San Francisco-based label, has been local to Costa Mesa since 2000. Ten years prior, Michael McFadin [Founder of Ubiquity] started a record store with his then wife, Jody, called Groove Merchant. The shop was located off Haight Street in San Francisco and primarily carried old soul, acid jazz, and varieties of funk. They developed a reputation around the Bay Area for having rare vinyl and exclusive tracks to sample. Artists like A Tribe Called Quest and the Beastie Boys were among the supporters. McFadin saw the potential of his business and...

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A Portal into Joey Stupor’s World

“I’ve always been into drawing and creating things,” said Joey Stupor, a 23-year-old, local artist “However, once I got to high school, painting became my main focus.”

Stupor has always moved to the beat of his own drum—growing up obsessed with the way things work. “I used to take apart of all of my electronics as a kid,” he chuckled. “They I’d save the little pieces to make into sculptures.”

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Eastside’s Hidden Vintage Gem

Photo: Ben Sauer “I have been here for 23 years, and nobody has ever written about my store,” Steve Stilgenbauer scoffed when I asked if I could write about his shop. Stilgenbauer is owner of an unprecedented establishment, located in the heart of Costa Mesa, that’s remained humbly well-hidden and under the radar. Coast Coin & Collectibles (Coast CNC) – at 2582 Newport Blvd. – has arguably one of the best selections of books, jewelry, found objects, art glass, studio pottery, and fine art in Orange County. Stilgenbauer has not only curated his inventory over 40 years, but contributes his personal, abstract paintings to...

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