Daily Pilot: Small Business Saturday brings big crowds and savings to SOCO and OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Big crowds gathered in search of sizable savings during Small Business Saturday at South Coast Collection and the OC Mix in Costa Mesa.

The annual promotion, first sponsored by American Express in 2010, is meant to shine a spotlight on brick-and-mortar, mom-and-pop-style shops nationwide, as opposed to big-box and online retailers.

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Daily Pilot: Portola Coffee Lab and other shops will be featured at Small Business Saturday

(Christa Duggan and husband Jeff Duggan run Portola Coffee Lab, which will be featured during Small Business Saturday on Nov. 19 at SOCO and the OC Mix in Costa Mesa. (Kevin Chang / Times OC)

Jeff and Christa Duggan are passionate about coffee — almost to the point of obsession.

That deep enthusiasm about the intricacies among coffee beans is what drove the husband and wife to open Portola Coffee Lab, which has taken root as a favorite among Orange County coffee drinkers who prefer an alternative to mass-produced java.

Portola, along with other Orange County businesses, will be featured Nov. 25 at Small Business Saturday at SOCO and the OC Mix.

 

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Daily Pilot: Restaurant Marin to open in Costa Mesa

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If Arc restaurant has shown the “dark side” of Noah and Marin von Blom — Costa Mesa’s award-winning duo of restaurateurs behind the DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group — their newest venture, Restaurant Marin, proves there’s a lighter side as well.

The intimate, diner-inspired venue adjacent to Arc in Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection will officially open Monday after hosting soft openings in March. But unlike Arc’s dark but cozy living-room atmosphere, Restaurant Marin’s decor is bright and airy — coastal California meets Parisian cafe, with blue and white accents.

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