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LA Times: Carlos Salgado’s Taco María is The Times’ 2018 Restaurant of the Year

Yet no restaurant in years may have had quite the impact that Taco María and its chef Carlos Salgado have had on the Southern California scene. The restaurant, which serves tasting menus of Salgado’s Mexican-influenced cooking, is at the center of a culinary movement that seems to grow in importance each year. By regarding tortillas with a seriousness familiar to any fanatical French baker, by using perfect seasonal produce and by treating regional Mexican dishes with both imagination and respect, Salgado has propelled California-Mexican cooking into the jet stream of abstracted modernist cuisine.

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Spring Happenings at SOCO & The OC Mix

Happy Friday!  Join SOCO and The OC Mix for one (or a few!) of the many exciting events & happenings coming up this month.  Home to a variety of Orange County’s best retailers, home design stores and eateries, SOCO and The OC Mix has something for everyone!  Be sure to visit our website for a full list of events, and follow @socoandtheocmix for information about giveaways, the latest updates, announcements, and more!

 

Shop in Style at Kestan’s SS18 Private Sale

Kestan is kicking off the season in style by celebrating the launch of its Spring/Summer 2018 collection in the most fashionable way – by hosting a private sale event on Saturday, April 28 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Guests are invited to shop the retailer’s newest collection and freshest styles while enjoying sips, snacks, live music and a special 15% off discount on the entire store. Click here for more info: (https://kestanprivatesaless18.splashthat.com/)

 

 

Van Brunt Optical Haus/ L.A. Eyeworks Trunk Show + Portrait Exhibit: Two With a View

Calling all eyeglass aficionados! Don’t miss this fabulous trunk show on Sunday, April 29 from11:00am – 5:00pm. This free event will feature trunks chockfull of colorful & unique L.A. Eyeworks frames and a portrait exhibit showcasing fabulous black and white portraits from the popular, “Your Face is Like a Work of Art. It Deserves a Great Frame” campaign. Click here for more information (http://socoandtheocmix.com)

 

 

Sourcing Saturdays at Pirch

You’re invited to join PIRCH every Saturday from10:00am – 4:00pm for Sourcing Saturday where the expert culinary team will guide you through a hands-on cooking experience highlighting PIRCH’s world class appliance brands! If you’re thinking about upgrading your appliances, these workshops are a must! The experience is complimentary, yet also very popular, so RSVPs are recommended! (www.pirch.com/costamesa)

 

A Day of Beauty at Paul Mitchell the School at SOCO

Join Paul Mitchell the School for a Day of Beauty onSunday, May 6 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Enjoy mimosas and snacks while pampering yourself with a haircut, treatment and style, customized dermalogica treatments and a variety of hair and skin services. All proceeds from this FUNraising event will go to charities including Children’s Miracle Network, Eyes on Cancer, Food 4 Africa, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation and more! For more information visit www.socoandtheocmix.com

 

Red Dot Auction VII at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

On Friday, May 11 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm, WoodSnap will join Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to donate their work, printed on the company’s signature birch wood, at the eighth annual Red Dot Auction. Additionally, more than 100 artists from around the globe have contributed one or more canvases and 3D art objects to this special fundraising event! For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit ChuckJonesCenter.org/RedDot

 

Second Saturdays at SOCO’s Farmers’ Market is Expanding

On Saturday, May 12 from 9:00am – 2:00pm, you’re invited to kick off Second Saturdays at SOCO’s Farmer’s Market! Located in the heart of SOCO, the newly expanded market includes even more farmers, artisans and vendors than ever before. We’re celebrating the official kick-off in a big way with live music and the chance to participate in an exciting market tour and hands-on chef demo by Sorella Collective! Click here to purchase chef demo tickets, https://form.jotform.com/81151172750146

 

 

ROSÉ Soirée – A Toast to Spring at SOCO and The OC Mix

Raise your glass for a toast at SOCO and The OC Mix’s ROSÉ Soirée! On Thursday, May 17 from5:00pm – 7:00pm, enjoy live music in SOCO’s beautiful courtyard while sampling a curated selection of more than 20 rosé wines hand selected from Provence, Europe and The New World by Orange County’s own LCA Wine, alongside meticulously paired rosé-inspired bites by ROSÉ Catering & Events. Click here to purchase tickets (bit.ly/SOCORoseSoiree)

 

C.S. Wo Debuts Newly Renovated Showroom

C.S. Wo & Sons is celebrating its newly renovated showroom at SOCO!  Come in to shop the new, upscale and modern look, classic contemporary styles, and more – each hand selected to round out the showroom’s unique and eclectic mix.  Choose from top brands including Century, Bernhardt, Lexington, Elite Leather and more, and enjoy complimentary in-home design services! For more information, please visit (california.cswoandsons.com)

 

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Spring Happenings at SOCO and The OC Mix!

 

Hello, Spring!  We’re excited to share the below upcoming events happening at SOCO and The OC Mix this season.  Be sure to visit our website for a full list of events, and follow@socoandtheocmix for information about giveaways, the latest updates, announcements, and more!

 

LOTS Concert Series at LCA Wine
Join us this Sunday, March 25 for the popular Lord of the Strings concert series at LCA Wine with Acoustic Eidolon – a unique blend of guitar, cello and vocals resulting in some of the most beautiful and thought-provoking music on the scene today!  Doors: 2:00 pm. Show: 3:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

 

Paul Mitchell The School SOCO FUN-Raiser for Children’s Miracle Network
On Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., join some of OC’s most beloved local vendors at Paul Mitchell The School at SOCO for a FUN-RAISER benefiting Children’s Miracle Network.  You’ll enjoy shopping with vendors such as Scentsy, LuLaRoe and LipSense – and a portion of your purchase will support local kids in need!

 

 

Van Brunt Optical Haus/ L.A. Eyeworks Trunk Show + Portrait Exhibit
Calling all eyeglass aficionados! Save the date for this fabulous trunk show on Sunday, April 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This free event will feature trunks chock-full of colorful and unique L.A. Eyeworks frames and a portrait exhibit showcasing fabulous black and white portraits from the popular “Your Face is Like a Work of Art. It Deserves a Great Frame” campaign.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Celebrate Spring and Second Saturdays at SOCO’s Farmers Market
On Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. you’re invited to kick off Second Saturdays at SOCO’s Farmers Market!  Located in the heart of SOCO and long known as the perfect place to spend a Saturday and purchase the best in local produce, the newly expanded market will run through Summer and include more farmers, artisans and vendors than ever before.

 

 

Save the Date: ROSÉ Soirée – A Toast to Spring at SOCO and The OC Mix
Raise your glass for a toast to Spring at SOCO and The OC Mix’s ROSÉ Soirée!  You’ll enjoy live music in SOCO’s beautiful courtyard while sampling a curated selection of more than 20 rosé wines hand selected from Provence, Europe and The New World by Orange County’s own LCA Wine alongside meticulously paired rosé inspired bites by ROSÉ Catering & Events. What better way to celebrate Spring? Coming May 17, 2018.

 

 

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OC Register: New furniture stores open at SoCo

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Kestan in Where Orange County Magazine Spring 2018

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ST Patisserie Chocolat in OC Reggister

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Don’t Miss ‘I Heart The OC Mix’ Shopping Event this Saturday!

Don’t miss out on all of the happenings taking place this Saturday at the I Heart The OC Mix shopping event. See below for the full list of participating stores and offerings.

We look forward to seeing you at The OC Mix this Saturday from 11am-6pm – and please RSVP by clicking here! 

Thank you to our partners at I Heart Costa Mesa. Be sure to check out their online shop by clicking here.

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Meet Sarah Choi of Miel

The stylishly trendy Miel fashion boutique isa destination for many Orange County fashionistas. Owner Sarah Choi talks about the business.

Q. Tell us about yourself and what you did before opening your business, Miel?

A: “I am a fashion design graduate from New York. I designed handbags and pursued a career in New York. Then I moved back to SoCal where I grew up, & continued my career at Guess as a handbag designer. I majored in womenswear & always wanted to pursue my dream of having my own line of women’s apparel & owning a small boutique that would possibly carry my brand. I eventually left Guess & started designing & manufacturing my own brand, Percée in Los Angeles, which eventually led me to open Miel here at The OC Mix.”

Q. What challenges do you face as a small business owner and how do you overcome them?

A: “As a small business owner, the biggest challenge & a blessing is having to do everything, from buying the right styles of clothing & accessories to managing various employees, as well as working as a salesman. My next challenge is to get our website back on track, which is almost like another full-time job!”

Q. What do you like best about having your shop at SOCO and the OC Mix?

A: “We are located outside of your usual “shopping mall” which gives a unique shopping experience for those who are looking for that “special something.” I’m also a big fan of searching for great places to eat in Orange County and I think The OC Mix is like a hidden gem for newcomers!”

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Meet Milk and Honey Baby

Meet Milk and Honey Baby’s Founder and Designer Nichole Horiuchi. Milk and Honey Baby is an upscale baby boutique with beach & boho inspired styleapparel, shoes, blankets, dolls, organic gifts and toys for children up to age 6. Nichole was born and raised in Huntington Beach, Orange County. With a background in fashion design from CSU Long Beach, she has been influenced by a beach lifestyle, travel and a love for good design.

Milk and Honey Baby originated in 1996 as a wholesale company, manufacturing the brand locally in Orange County. In 2011, Milk and Honey Baby opened its first brick and mortar retail boutique in Costa Mesa, CA.

Q. What is the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?

A. “I feel the biggest challenge is the changing retail market. Competing with on-line baby retail. I try to market on social media as much as I can and get our name out there.”

Q. What do you like about having your shop at SOCO and the OC Mix?

A. “I love having our store at the OC Mix. Next year will be 7 years since we opened. We were one of the first stores here and have seen it grow over the years. It’s exciting to be a part of it!”

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Marin Von Blom of ARC PIZZA HOUSE

Meet Marin Von Blöm, half of the team behind ARC PIZZA HOUSE. Marin and husband Chef Noah recently introduced ARC PIZZA HOUSE at #SOCOandtheOCMix. The restaurant features a menu of unique wood-fired pizzas. This new concept is now an extension of acclaimed restaurant, ARC, and is located in the space formerly occupied by Restaurant Marin, which will be relocating to a new home on the Newport Beach Peninsula in early 2018, when the von Blöms’ DirtySexyHappiness Hospitality Group will debut a new culinary concept.

We chatted with Marin about being an entrepreneur.

1. Tell us about yourself and what you did before opening your restaurants.

Both Noah and I have always worked in restaurants, Noah has trained under some very amazing Chefs (Restaurant Daniel in NYC) and my first restaurant job was at the OC institution of Tutto Mare at Fashion Island. Noah had always been true to course, but I dabbled in the IT world. I realized quickly that I was too much of a people person to be stuck behind a computer on the daily; I worked in restaurants at night and IT during the day. Even though I decided to be in the restaurant business to avoid computers, I find myself back at a computer often reconciling the books for the restaurant! I always know that the energy of the restaurant and the people who work and dine there is waiting for me when I finish up :)

2. What challenges do you face as a small business owner, restaurateur and how do you overcome them?

Being a small business is always difficult, I think the hardest thing for Noah and I was getting our business off the ground. Going from restaurant employee to restaurant owner is a huge step, and many people have to trust you as a person and rallying people behind our ideas was hard. Once we opened, the idea became a reality and many more people saw value in what we wanted to create for Orange County.

3. What do you like best about having your restaurant at SOCO and the OC Mix?

Too many things to just say one! But top two –first, the ownership of SOCO, Scott Burnham and Bryon Ward are both amazing business men and visionaries. These two gentlemen have spent more time with Noah and I, going over plans, talking about new ideas, and where the business is going. They are mentors more than landlords!!

Second, our fellow shop / restaurant owners! We love being amongst other small business owners. Seeing others who are pursuing their passion in life creates the authenticity and feel of SOCO. Without all the hardworking people who make it happen, it could just be another strip mall in OC, but together we all make SOCO a reason to visit.

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