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From Taco Maria–LA Times’ Restaurant of the Year–to Contemporary Home Designs at BoConcept, This Costa Mesa Hub Has Everything We Want and More!

Written By: Diego E. Gaxiola, LOCALE Editors
Photography Provided By: SOCO + The OC Mix must have home items

If anyone has ever asked you what items you can’t live without, your top five must-haves probably come to mind. As humans naturally do, we change and so do our favorite food, drinks, styles and so on. You’ll go to the tastiest taco joint near your house and then hit up the home decor store about a mile away. Well, how about visiting a place that incorporates everything that you would ever need and more? Stop your Yelping because we went on a field trip to the gem of Costa Mesa: SOCO + The OC Mix. You might’ve come across it—or you might not—but this growing hub of aesthetics, cultures, flavors and lifestyles is sure to flare up your creativity and inspirations, tickle your taste buds and change your mind about what it is you can’t live without. As we share our must-haves from the diverse stores and restaurants that we’ve visited, maybe you’ll write down these items on your wishlist, too!

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#1 | Say Cheese must have home items

The Cheese Shop

Must-Have: Cheese & Charcuterie Board

For those looking for heaven on earth, swing by The Cheese Shop in the OC Mix. From the fresh, crisp baguettes and delicious sandwiches to the eclectic array of meats and cheeses, The Cheese Shop is the perfect place to expand your taste horizons…or fall back on tried-and-true favorites.

Native Knowledge: Looking to experiment? In their fridge, they have small, taste-tester-sized bits of cheese and charcuterie so you can try something new without having to commit to a larger amount.

The Cheese Shop
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.284.0558

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#2 | We Love It So Matcha!

Midori Matcha

Must-Have: Black Sesame Granita

Matcha lovers rejoice! Midori Matcha is where you’ll find ceremonial-grade, organic matcha from Japan. Aside from drinks, you can opt for ice cream swirls or matcha-infused pastries that are delectable as they are decorative.

Native Knowledge: Don’t count on all the drinks to be pre-sweetened. If your matcha isn’t sweet enough, make sure to ask and they’ll be happy to adjust the sweetness level!

Midori Matcha
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste A7
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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#3 | Tame the Flame

Arc Food & Libations

Must-Have: The Old Fashioned

ARC Food & Libations is where the finest form of finesse and sophistication meet adventurous decadent flavors born over open flames. With every menu item created from scratch coupled with an array of crafted cocktails, it’s the perfect rustic-chic spot for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

Native Knowledge: There’s a hidden speakeasy in ARC Food & Libations with an ever-changing, undisclosed menu. The speakeasy is invite-only and only allows for eight to ten people inside.

Arc Food & Libations
3321 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.500.5561

#4 | Eat Outside the Box

Tackle Box

Must-Have: Korean BBQ Burger

Tackle Box is Orange County’s favorite coastal pub with a wallet-friendly menu that spews fine-dining flavors for an affordable price. From their Salmon “Poke” decorated in a refreshing citrus sesame dressing to their Korean BBQ burger with a perfectly seared angus beef patty caramelized in Korean BBQ sauce and paired with Kimchi relish, Tackle Box will surely satisfy the cravings of even the pickiest eaters. Owner and Top Chef alum, Chef Brian Huskey, describes Tackle Box as a chef-version of a modern pub—there’s something for everyone!

Native Knowledge: Every Friday night from 6-10 p.m., Tackle Box hosts their Tackle Beats Friday where a live DJ spins to old hip hop or house music while you enjoy a delicious meal of your choice.

Tackle Box
3321 Hyland Ave, Ste E
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.486.3301

#5 | HAY There

Design Within Reach

Must-Have: Kaleido Tray

Hanging light fixtures, geometric trays and plush pillows are bountiful when you walk into Design Within Reach. As you weave your way around, you’ll find something for each section of your home. Don’t hesitate to plop down on one of their couches to get a feel or simply relax!

Native Knowledge: Adjacent to the showroom, you’ll come across HAY’s new store. From office accessories to bathroom necessities, you’re bound to pick up an item and add a pop of color in your home or on your desk!

Design Within Reach
3303 Hyland Ave, Ste C1
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.427.0628

#6 | Reclaimed Treasures

Cisco Home

Must-Have: Jug Cluster Canopy

With globally-sourced fabrics and leathers, reclaimed finds and glass hand-blown by the same LA-based family since 1990, Cisco Home makes unique and eco-friendly decor fit for any home.

Cisco Home
3303 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.432.1630

#7 | Let’s Have a Ball

Farrow & Ball

Must-Have: Trevon, Bancha, De Nimes, School House White

Beautify your home from the inside out at Farrow & Ball. Discover a world where handcrafted wallpaper is designed with artisanal methods and paint colours are purposefully blended with the highest quality ingredients and an eco-conscious flair. It’s a place where paint and paper artfully dance into the story you want displayed on the walls of your home.

Farrow & Ball
3323-C Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.438.2448

#8 | Out With a Bang

Bang & Olufsen

Must-Have: Beosound Edge in Bronze

If an audio system from Bang & Olufsen meets the sound comforts and style desires of Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio, their audio products must be engineered to perfection. From their travel-size Beoplay M5 Cover to their powerful 360-degree Beosound Edge in resplendent bronze, their exclusive range of audio products, music systems and loudspeakers offers something for every music lover. Bang & Olufsen is where cutting-edge soundwaves meet minimalistic art designs with contemporary notes, revolutionizing the way we listen to sound.

Bang & Olufsen
3323-B Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.617.5817

#9 | What a Concept must have home items

BoConcept

Must-Have: Copenhagen Wall System

If you’re looking to bring modern and contemporary design into your home, BoConcept is a great place to start. Whether you’re starting small with a lamp or going full-out with a table and a set of chairs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here.

BoConcept
3303 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.432.1630
657.267.0100

#10 | Ay Bobois

Roche Bobois

Must-Have: Mah Jong Sofa

Elaborate, unique living or dining room exhibits at Roche Bobois will convince you to remodel or redesign your home. With a boost of inspiration, you’ll fall in love with the colors, patterns and textures from around the world.

Roche Bobois
3309 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, 92626
714.557.1422

#11 | Wanna Taco ‘Bout It? must have home items

Taco Maria

Must-Have: Mole de Pollo Tacos

Named the “Restaurant of the Year 2018” by Los Angeles Times, Taco Maria has moved to the OC to spread their Californian-Mexican flavors. Their produce, regional meats and seafood are locally sourced to freshen the authenticity of Mexican cuisine.

Taco Maria
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste C21
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.538.8444

#12 | Off to the Market

SOCO Farmers Market

Must-Have: Freshly Picked Farm-to-Table Produce

Put on by Farmer Mark, the SOCO Farmers Market pops up every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot. There, you’ll find an array of artisans with their crafts and farmers with their fare. Supporting local farmers and artisans has never been more fun!

SOCO Farmers Market
3315 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

#13 | What’s up, Buttercup?

H.D. Buttercup

Must-Have: Blue Mist Coffee Tables

Modernity is at its finest when you enter H.D. Buttercup, a museum of sleek and luxurious home furnishings. Whether you need wood accents or fur cushions, the selection is beyond the scope of your imagination. The quality is definitely “high-definition”—you’ll notice how much detail is put into each couch, bed, table and rug for an appearance that keeps your eyes stimulated!

H.D. Buttercup
3305 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
657.218.7100

#14 | A Luxury Pirch-ase home decor

Pirch

Must-Have: Imperial Blue Kathryn Undermount Lavatory Sink

For extravagant and diverse showrooms, you’ll want to stop by Pirch where contemporary designs will give your home that sharp and edgy aesthetic. You can test out showerheads or gather ideas for your next kitchen remodel.

Pirch
3303 Hyland Ave, Ste D
Costa Mesa, 92626
949.429.0800

#15 | Can We Have Some Modani, Please? best interior design

Modani Furniture

Must-Have: Luna Table Lamp

Your home needs as much love as everything else in your life. For a little (or a lot) of refurnishing, Modani Furniture is where you’ll discover contemporary designs with a flash of bright colors and geometric shapes. Whether or not you have an aesthetic for your home, adding doses of decorum brings out your personality and provides everlasting comfort.

Modani Furniture
3309-F Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.881.7040

#16 | Bear-ly There

Bearfruit Jewelry

Must-Have: Phoenix Goddess Crown in Gold

If sweet and subtle is your preferred choice in jewelry, then Bearfruit Jewelry is for you. With their dainty designs and modern flair, these items are as perfect for layering as they are standing on their own.

Bearfruit Jewelry
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.275.3152

#17 | It’s You Sweet Baby must have decor

Milk & Honey Baby

Must-Have: Kyte Bamboo Footies

For the little ones, Milk & Honey Baby is the brick and mortar baby boutique that you’ve been looking for. Baby gifts, apparel, footwear, organic wood toys and blankets are all on display for you and your child to see and feel. Their products are eco-conscious and their designs come from well-known and up-and-coming designers.

Milk & Honey Baby
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste C1
Costa Mesa, 92626
714.376.7241

#18 | Outdoor Decor, Redefined must have home items

Room & Board

Must-Have Item: Velvet Pillows

From luxurious sofas to striking chaise lounges, the utilization of velvet has become an immensely popular element incorporated into home design. Since 1980, Room & Board has helped individuals accomplish their interior design dreams thanks to their extensive selection of modern home furnishings and decor, expertly displayed throughout their large showroom. Velvet pillows, available in three different sizes and 11 bold colors, are great decor pieces to elevate any space.

Room & Board
3309 Hyland Ave, Ste A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.549.5995

#19 | All Eyes on You  

Van Brunt Optical Haus

Must-Have Item: Blake Kuwahara’s Graves in Tortoise With Custom Tint

With over 35 years of experience in the optical and sunglass industry, co-owners Jessica and Laura opened Van Brunt Optical Haus with the goal of providing customers with access to unique eyewear designs and a plethora of customizable options. One thing that sets Van Brunt apart is the owners make it a point to support independent eyewear brands instead of mass-produced, corporate-run ones. Blake Kuwahara’s gorgeously designed Graves, in tortoise with custom tint, is a must-have eyewear option available now at Van Brunt Optical Haus.  

Van Brunt Optical Haus
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste C-19
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.394.0083

#20 | Fun-Shui must have home items

Ligne Roset

Must-Have Item: Elenore Nalet’s Serpentine Outdoor Line

Opened in October of 2018, Ligne Roset’s breathtaking showrooms are a destination for modern yet timeless works of architecture. The light and airy showrooms allow customers to connect with design experts, utilizing their masterful knowledge to help accomplish your design vision. Parisian-based designer Elenore Nalet’s magnificent, cloud-like Serpentine outdoor line is a must-have seating option, ideal for outdoor spaces.

Native Knowledge: The Serpentine sofa and chair were recently featured at the 26th Philharmonic House of Design in Laguna Niguel, CA.  

Ligne Roset
3323 Hyland Avenue, Ste A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
657.900.2225

#21 | The Iron Throne must have home items

Sonder Living at H.D. Buttercup

Must-Have Item: Marianne Chair

Sonder Living’s central philosophy focuses on the most important aspect of design: you! The diversity of interior design styles available within their showroom allows individuals to carefully decipher what resonates the best for their specific design dreams. LA-based designer Thomas Bina’s alluring Marianne Chair is a timeless piece, crafted from exposed oak hardwood and rolled steel with a black powder-coated finish. With a beautiful showroom filled with various designer options, Sonder Living experts are equipped to make your vision a captivating reality.    

Native Knowledge: Each piece of furniture is almost entirely hand-made, utilizing techniques like leafing, hand-carving and welding.

Sonder Living at H.D. Buttercup
3305 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
657.218.7110

#22 | The Gift That Keeps on Giving must have home items

Local Fare

Must-Have Item: Corkcicle Stemless Flute

Local Fare is a charming boutique highlighting a wide-range of amazing products, from soothing candles to lovely jewelry pieces. For those looking for a way to keep drinks cold on a hot summer day, the Corkcicle Stemless Flute is a must-have. The triple-insulated sleek cup keeps liquids cold for nine hours and features a shatter-proof lid. Whether you’re looking for items for your next big beach day or need a present for a dear friend, Local Fare has it all!

Local Fare
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.455.9878

#23 | Fashion, as Unique as You must have home items

Eva’s Trunk and Denim Bar

Must-Have Item: Veronica M’s Jumpsuits

Owned by the same fashion powerhouse who brought you Newport Beach’s popular Queen B Boutique, Eva’s Trunk and Denim Bar is continuing the tradition of offering women versatile, high-quality clothing catering to all shapes and sizes. The boutique features a refreshed and on-trend inventory of clothing items, tastefully displayed throughout the chic space. Designer Veronica M’s line of jumpsuits is a must-have clothing item perfect for these warm summer months.   

Eva’s Trunk and Denim Bar
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.319.2542

#24 | Relaxation Meets Elegance

Calligaris

Must-Have Item: LAZY Armchair

From dining areas to work spaces, Italian-based brand Calligaris showcases gorgeous furniture designs focused on functionality and expert craftsmanship. The exquisite showroom seamlessly blends an assortment of products, ranging from decorative accessories to elegant sofas. The LAZY armchair is an essential item for those looking for a sleek, contemporary piece formulated to withstand the wear and tear of any active lifestyle.

Native Knowledge: The LAZY chair’s fabric color is completely customizable, even available in leather options. Not a fan of the chair’s base? There is a swivel option available as well!

Calligaris
3315 Hyland Ave, Ste F
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.884.3346

#25 | Get to Your Destination, Comfortably

Nest Bedding

Must-Have Item: Easy Breather Travel Pillow

With summer in full bloom, you are bound to have to endure a plane ride or two to reach your vacation oasis. The Easy Breather Travel Pillow, with the ability to conveniently adjust firmness, is a perfect way to make your next trip so much more comfortable. Not only does Nest Bedding’s exciting store offers this travel essential, it also mainly specializes in a California-based certified organic mattress selection.

Native Knowledge: All Nest Bedding mattresses come with a free 100-day trial period where you can test out your new mattress, with the option of returning or exchanging it if it’s not quite what you’re looking for.     

Nest Bedding
3323 Hyland Ave, Ste D
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.740.7314

#26 | A Taste of Paradise

Rich Elixirs

Must-Have Item: Grapefruit & Hops Kombucha

From the marble bar to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the sunlight-filled Rich Elixirs storefront features deliciously-fresh kombucha and ginger beer options. The ridiculously-tasty Grapefruit & Hops Kombucha is a refreshing drink choice created by mixing fresh grapefruit juice and muddling the hops, producing a citrus and sharp taste. Rich Elixirs’ Kombucha concoctions are also available in keg-sized containers, perfect for true kombucha lovers.

Rich Elixirs
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.445.0102

#27 | Sip, Sip, Hooray! must have home items

The Mixing Glass

Must-Have Item: Pajarote Tamarindo

The Mixing Glass, a mom-and-pop style liquor store, offers a welcoming atmosphere for those looking to stock up on an assortment of spirits, barware and even essential recipe books. The curated selection of products allows individuals to really immerse themselves in finding that perfect drink recipe for their next dinner party or simply learn more about spirits in general. Next time you stop by The Mixing Glass, you need to check out Pajarote Tamarindo!

The Mixing Glass
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste A6
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.975.9952