Sing-a-Long with Mrs. Claus at SOCO’s Holiday Storytime!

This season, we’re bringing the North Pole to SOCO + The OC Mix!  Every Saturday, beginning November 28 through December 19, children and families are invited to join the holiday fun by taking part in a variety of festive activities – including music, shopping, and story time with the one-and-only Mrs. Claus! 

Each week starting at 11:00 a.m., Mrs. Claus will be reading a seasonal children’s storybook inside The OC Mix, near the West entrance (located adjacent to Rich Elixirs).  One lucky attendee who RSVPs in advance will be entered to win a personalized copy of that day’s featured storybook, with a note written by Mrs. Claus herself! 

Following story time, Mrs. Claus will lead an interactive (yet socially-distanced) holiday sing-a-long session that the entire family can take part in.  Stick around afterward from 11:30am – 12:00pm to take holiday photos with Mrs. Claus in front of SOCO’s special winter wonderland backdrop.  Photos will be emailed to parents following the event!

 And the fun doesn’t stop here –

Every Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., guests can enjoy live holiday jazz music performed by the Pie Dog Jazz Quartet while browsing all the wonderful shops at SOCO + The OC Mix, making last minute-gift purchases, or while enjoying lunch at one of the center’s delicious eateries.

 Whether you’re looking to catch a glimpse of Mrs. Claus, capture photo memories for the whole family, or simply get into the holiday spirit with festive live music performances, SOCO is bringing sugar, spice, and everything nice to your holiday season.

To RSVP for a story time session (and be entered to win a personalized copy of the weekly storybook!) please visit the links below – 

   

 

Brown Jordan’s New Outdoor Collection from Milan

Brown Jordan is introducing a new outdoor furniture collection from Milan designer Toan Nguyen – The H Collection. Named for the first letter of the word “hoy” – “today” in Spanish – the H collection marks a step forward for Brown Jordan, taking a classic mix of materials for a new spin and adding enticing curves and finishes, for a completely fresh look. Its 3-inch diameter rope creates a dramatic sculptural effect against the collection’s streamlined aluminum frames. 

The core of Brown Jordan’s design philosophy is simple – does it work? Is it aesthetic? Is it functional? Does it work over the long haul? Does it enable people to gather, connect, communicate and experience all life has to offer?   At Brown Jordan, the answer is yes. They understand the life-affirming power and profound joy of creating a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy with the people you love most and create effortlessly beautiful and impeccable designs. 

Transform your backyard into the outdoor living space of your dreams with Brown Jordan. 

Get to Know SOCO: An Inside Look at Rich Elixirs

Introducing: Brooke Rich!  Brooke is the founder/manager/marketing director at every kombucha lovers’ favorite spot – Rich Elixirs.  Offering fresh, local kombucha + ginger beer, Rich Elixirs has ever-changing flavors on rotation that keep your options limitless!

They also offer a subscription service that delivers kombucha straight to your front door.  Choose the bottle size, number, and frequency, and like a modern-day milkman, Rich Elixirs will deliver (to most of Orange County) while picking up used bottles to recycle.  Next time you’re at SOCO, be sure to swing by Rich Elixirs located inside The OC Mix and satisfy your cravings with a refreshing kombucha or ginger beer!

Name: Brooke Rich

Title: Founder / Manager / Marketing Director

Why do you love being at SOCO and/or what’s a favorite memory from your time at the center? I love holiday season!  Christmastime is my favorite, and I love seeing decorations and people getting into the holiday spirit. 

How did you get into the food/beverage industry? After dealing with some health issues, I found that kombucha, ginger beer, and bone broth helped me to overcome these health concerns and ultimately give me a happier / healthier lifestyle! 

Why are you passionate about what you do? I love bringing a product to the table that I know firsthand works and can help others that have also struggled with their health! 

What is your favorite store/restaurant at SOCO besides your own? I love Shuck Oyster Bar! They have the best oysters I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried a lot of places! 

Anything else you’d like to say to the Costa Mesa community? Keep pushing through and support one another, because we will all get through this together! Also, don’t forget to take care of your health from the inside-out, and support your local businesses! 

Bang & Olufsen Celebrates 95 Years with the Launch of “Golden Collection”

This month, luxury audio brand Bang & Olufsen celebrates its 95th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the company is pleased to announce the launch of its Golden Collection, a luxurious new colorway comprised of the company’s most popular and iconic products.

The Golden Collection reflects on memories created with family and friends and honors 95-years of crafting memories together with its customers. Featuring a rich palette of materials, the Golden Collection celebrates B&O’s 95-year history of beautiful sound, timeless design, and unrivaled craftsmanship.

Available on November 17.

Favorite Home Gifts for the HolidaysFrom SOCO!

When it comes to interior design, home décor, and furnishings, there is no place more inspiring than SOCO! This season, SOCO is your go-to source for inspiring gift-giving too. As we all spend more time at home, a house-warming gift takes on a new meaning. It’s not just a present to celebrate a new home, but a meaningful gift for anyone on your list that will bring cheer and comfort to their space no matter how long they’ve called it home. Here are some of our favorite home-inspired holiday gift-ideas:

During the holidays, gathering around the table is a given. Liven up your table space with the Chelsea Centerpiece ($260) from Gather Home. With a profound, bowl-like top, this versatile design complements both traditional and modern décor. Whether filled with fresh blooms or winter citrus, it certainly deserves a place at the table. Available at Gather Home at SOCO (714) 486-3135.

With striking design as fluid as the water that goes in it, the HK Pitcher is one of designer Henning Koppel’s most famous pieces. The Danish designer was best known for his silver vases and flatware. Unmistakable characteristics, like an elevated handle and an exaggerated pouring lip, make it easy to see why this mirror polished stainless-steel pitcher is so coveted. Available at Design Within Reach (714) 427-0628.

This organic cotton and silk face mask ($20) from TFS Natural Home is a stocking stuffer that is both luxurious and practical. Tightly women cotton prevents particles from pass through the mask, while the lightweight silk lining makes it ideal for all-day wear. These masks are available in three sizes, have elastic ear loops and a slot to insert your own filter for extra protection. Available at TFS Natural Home at SOCO (858) 729-1892

Your sofa is probably getting a lot more screen time these, days, doubling as your home theater seating and your work from home/Zoom space. Spruce up your sectional with the Queens Pillow ($69) from Modani Furniture.

Hang your stockings by the chimney with care this season, courtesy of Rejuvenation’s Animal Cast Brass Hooks. This charming hardware is crafted from solid cast brass in six different whimsical animal design, all with an attractive, unlacquered polished brass finish. Available at Rejuvenation (714) 241-1450.

Revel in some happy Hygge this season! Hygge is the Scandinavian word for the contentment that comes from appreciating simple pleasures in our own intimate and cozy settings – and the holidays are the perfect time to get into this spirit. An easy way to bring Hygge to your home is with the Midnight Bedspread ($349) from BoConcept. Made of 100% tufted cotton velvet in a deep, rich blue, it brings unexpected texture and comfort to the bedroom. Available at BoConcept (657) 267-0100

The ChimChim Scent Diffuser ($28) was designed by Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada and Portuguese designer Ryosuke Fukusada and Portuguese designer Rui Pereira to be reminiscent of the fireplace. This porcelain piece is available in three different colors and ideal for use in rooms you want to fill with a warm glow and the scent of the season. Available at HAY (714) 462-4055.

 

Get To Know the Faces Behind The Cheese Shop!

As we continue to introduce you to the faces behind the various showrooms, restaurants and retailers here at SOCO + The OC Mix, we are excited to be highlighting Naveed Anwar, the COO/Owner of The Cheese Shop – a husband and wife owned restaurant serving gorgeous charcuterie boards, mouthwatering sandwiches, craft wine + beer and more! 

Naveed is proud to work alongside his wife Nushin Anwar, who is the CEO/Owner – together they make everyone’s charcuterie dreams come true! Read below to learn more about Naveed and his passion for the food & beverage industry.

Name: Naveed Anwar

Title: COO/Owner

Why do you love working at SOCO and/or what’s a favorite memory from your time working at the center? I enjoy being able to socialize with all my guests and be part of an amazingly talented group of business owners who strive to provide nothing but the best for our customers.  

 How did you get into the food industry? I grew up working in the restaurant industry when I was in high school to make a little extra money while saving to buy a car. I ended up having a passion for food when I opened my first restaurant in 2005. Since then I have opened 6 other locations.  

 Why are you passionate about what you do? When you love what you do and become passionate about it, you continue striving to do better. I really enjoy being able to socialize and build relationships with all of our customers. When you serve something you love, the quality speaks for itself, and we don’t shy away from providing the best quality artisan products you can find. 

 What is your favorite store/restaurant at SOCO besides your own? I love being in a space next door to the first MICHELIN star restaurant in OC called Taco Maria. I have become good friends with the owner/chef Carlos and we continuously motivate each other to do better every day. I love having so many different options for shopping and dining at SOCO, which makes it such an enjoyable place to be. 

 Is there anything you would like to say to the Costa Mesa community at large? SOCO is a hidden GEM that gets overlooked off the 405 & Harbor Blvd. Once you get to the center it has so much more to offer than you could ever imagine. As small business owners, we strive to provide the best quality food and products while having the ability to meet and greet each and every one of you. 

 

The Mixing Glass: Curated Cocktail & Knowhow Virtual Event

Don’t Miss The Mixing Glass Virtual Fall Cocktail Class on Friday, November 6 featuring Special Release Bottling, Ahus Midvinter.

The Mixing Glass has teamed up with Ahus to launch this special seasonal bottling product, of which only 700 bottles were made! Perfectly delightful with warming spices, fruit, and a hint of fennel + caraway, this aquavit is approachable and playful, and will blend perfectly into your Autumnal favorites, getting you through Fall and Winter!

Tickets are available for purchase online and are $100 each. Each ticket includes an ingredient kit good for 1-2 people that includes 5-6 recipes, and everything needed to craft your cocktails except for ice and tools.  In addition, Lucas of Cool Hand Co is making a custom shrub to include with all the other ingredients that will be featured in the kit this time around!

Spice up your Fall Friday night in the comfort of your own cozy home and click here to purchase tickets now.

 

 

Eye-Catching News: Van Brunt Optical Haus is BACK!

Have you heard the news? Van Brunt Optical Haus has returned to SOCO and is now open for business! Van Brunt is a unique optical shop committed to supporting independent eyewear brands that are ananti-corporate and anti-mass production that guarantees no corporate owned, big box, clothing endorsed logos displayed on the temple of the eyewear.

Founder Laura Van Brunt takes pride in getting to know her clients, so she can further recommend frames that will match each personality and lifestyle needs. Once a client finds a pair of frames they love, they have the option to purchase the frame only or get their prescription lenses filled as an optical or sunglass.

For prescription lenses, clients will complete an eye assessment and collect their current written prescription which will then be applied to the lens of choice and shipped back for dispensing and adjustment of their new personalized eyewear. Appointments are highly encouraged as only one person/family will be allowed in the shop at a time. Visit the Instagram page @vanbruntopticalhaus to book your appointment today – we can’t wait to “see” you there!