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Author: Ben Sauer

When Pigs Fly

“I graduated in 2008 – the worst year to finish school,” sighed Dane Hesse, founder of Eagle & Pig, as he reflected back on his college years. The economy was at its lowest point since 1930, just as Hesse was graduating…”

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Jamie Browne: Do It ’til You’re Dead

Photo: Ben Sauer Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, Jamie Browne is an ideal transplant artist into Costa Mesa’s lifestyle and culture. Jamie is an exceptional human being both in ability and character. He upholds a humble demeanor despite his diverse talents and success in the art community. We had the pleasure of digging a little deeper inside his mind to find out how he ended in our little corner of California. Jamie was originally into rugby during his earlier years; however, as he approached high school his interests started to divert. All of his friends...

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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 the elegant threads.”

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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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