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!”

Must Read – Five New Tenants at SOCO and The OC Mix!

Happy Thursday! We’re excited to share with you five new tenants now open and opening soon at SOCO and The OC Mix. Be sure to check out our event calendar for grand opening events, in-store promos, and much more. We look forward to you visiting these new stores and giving them a warm welcome to SOCO and The OC Mix – and our valued community and neighbors!

Eggslice pop-up inside Shuck Oyster Bar at The OC Mix 
Visit Eggslice every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7AM-10:30AM inside Shuck Oyster Bar to enjoy perfectly crafted breakfast sandwiches that were born at local Farmers Markets in Sydney, Australia more than 18 years ago. These delectable breakfast sandwiches feature unique locally madeChili Jam, combined with fresh, local ingredients. You’ll get your sandwich piping hot, stacked with flavor and served with a reverence towards sustainable, local ingredients in a timely manner. Visit  for more info and menu options. 

Bono Spera at The OC Mix 
Bono Spera, meaning ‘Good Hope’ in Latin, is a new women’s athletic apparel and beauty store now open inside The OC Mix at SOCO. Bono Spera’s goal is to help women in their pursuit of a healthier version of themselves without compromising style. In addition to offering trendy athleisure wear, Bona Spera specializes in all natural, eco-friendly Korean skincare products as well as Korean cosmetics and body care that no one should go without in their daily regimen.  

Natuzzi Italia at SOCO
Natuzzi Italia is Italy’s largest furniture house and one of the most recognized in the furniture industry. As the best-known luxury brand in the furnishings sector worldwide, Natuzzi Italia is committed to social responsibility and environmental sustainability. The SOCO location will showcase the new store design, merchandising concept and overall Natuzzi Italia consumer experience. Opening this winter at SOCO.

Bang & Olufsen at SOCO
For more than 90 years, Bang & Olufsen has been an iconic brand, known for its highly distinctive and exclusive range of televisions, music systems, loudspeakers, and multimedia products, which combine technological excellence and emotional appeal. The company – opening this Fall at SOCO – will offer a proud legacy of excellence in both design and engineering as a statement of timeless quality, ensuring that each new generation is as compatible with the past as it is with the future.

Chuck Jones Gallery at SOCO and The OC Mix
Founded by four-time Academy Award recipient, animation director, creator and creative genius Chuck Jones, and his daughter, Linda Jones Clough, Chuck Jones Gallery is best-known as “the” gallery for the art of American Pop Culture. This second, smaller location in The OC Mix (now open) will focus on finding the art people love to collect and helping them place it in their homes and offices. In addition to its fine arts collections, the gallery will carry Looney Tunes-inspired gifts and offer archival framing for your own treasured works of art.  

At Designer Camp’s first O.C. session, students get a taste of fashion 101

Whhen Kristen Dees and Mercedes Curran made high school visits on behalf of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles to speak with adolescent students, many of the pupils seemed unsure about pursuing a future in the industry.

“It was almost too late, like they were too scared to know if this was something they wanted to do for the rest of their lives,” Dees said. “Some parents wanted tutoring and mentoring geared toward the college-bound kids. But what about the age before that?”

Read the Full Article Here.

(Photo by Kevin Chang / TimesOC)

Design Camp

July 24-28

A five day, hands-on design camp for young creatives, (ages 11 – 17) exploring the exciting worlds of Art, Branding, Fashion, Interior Design, Photography, Styling, Trend Forecasting, and much more!

Designer Camp partners with Orange County’s top design industry experts, giving students a rare opportunity to engage in creative workshops, design talks from professional designers, and behind-the-scenes tours of studios and showrooms. 

Please visit for more details!


Calligaris OC Win the 2016 Good Design Award

We are so proud to announce that two Calligaris OC designs were awarded the 2016 Good Design award! These two designs will now be part of the Permanent Design Collection of the Chicago Anthenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design. Bravo!  Both chairs can be seen (and custom-ordered) at our store at SOCO and The OC Mix!

Calligaris OC Win the 2016 Good Design Award