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Shop Serious Home Inspiration, Sip a Crafted Cocktail and Grab a Few Tasty Tacos at the Costa Mesa Hub That Has It All

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

Running errands across town from one store to another can get exhausting. Not to mention having to make a detour for your favorite lunch stop. 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. 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 | Let The Sun Guide You

Sunright Tea Studio

Must-Have: Sunright Fruit Tea  

Whether you prefer to grab a pick-me-up on your lunch break, or sit and savor your drink, Sunright Tea is a must stop at the OC Mix. Popular drinks include tara boba milk with pudding and the Sunright Fruit Tea. Choose your sweetness, amount of ice, and add on a topping of choice to your drink. Quench your thirst and leave Sunright Tea Studio satisfied, saying, “Today was a good day.”

Sunright Tea Studio
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste A7
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.232.3750

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3 | Tame the Flame

Arc Food & Libations

Must-Have: Green Chimney

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:  Husband-and-wife team, Chef Noah and Marín von Blöm, operate The Guild Club, offering no-nonsense cocktails, traditional European beers, a crafted wine list, and limited menu of classic offerings. Located next to ARC, The Guild Club uniquely combines simplicity and stunning details to create the ultimate sophistication.

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

 

4 | 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

 

5 | 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
3315 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.432.1630

 

6 | Let’s Have a Ball

Farrow & Ball

Must-Have: Emerald Green, Lake Red, Skimmed Milk and Scotch Blue

For the first time, Farrow & Ball has created a brand new palette of 16 colors in collaboration with renowned institution the Natural History Museum in London, inspired by the true colors of nature. The new Colour by Nature palette of 16 hues includes vibrant and jewel like oranges and reds, natural and opulent greens and blues and a range of soft neutrals. The collection launched in Fall 2019 as an extension to the 132 colors on Farrow & Ball’s color card. Each shade has been meticulously identified, classified and researched in the same way as those that make up the Farrow & Ball core palette, and are blended with an eco-friendly water base that’s kinder to the environment and safe to use in all rooms of the home.

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

 

7 | 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

 

8 | What a Concept must have home items

BoConcept

Must-Have: Designer Furniture by BoConcept

BoConcept is proud in creating original and distinctive furniture designs with the latest Scandinavian styles. Our modern furniture designs are specifically designed for urban life, so whether you have a big home or a small unit, you can customize our furniture to suit your lifestyle and our range is big enough for you to find your own personal interior style. Our range includes custom wall units and designer bookcases, a wide range of extendable dining tables, stylish Scandinavian armchairs and designer sofas in fabric and leather, everything you need to furnish a whole home or simply to add some Danish style to your existing home furniture.

BoConcept
3303 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.432.1630
657.267.0100

9 | 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

 

10 | 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, Michelin Star restaurant 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

 

11 | 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

 

12 | Olive You Very Much 

Must-Have: Fig Balsamic Vinegar 

We Olive is a gorgeous wine bar and olive oil tasting room that offers an impeccable selection of olive oils, wines and shared plates. From the wine bottle-inspired chandelier to the reclaimed wood bar, the space evokes a sense of tranquility not often found in a marketplace setting. Treat your taste buds to We Olive’s fig balsamic vinegar, made with ripe mission figs—a not-too-sweet treat.  

Native Knowledge: We Olive offers a unique selection of gift baskets, customizable olive oil labels and one-of-a-kind etched bottles for those in search of a thoughtful gift. For more details on this service, contact We Olive at info.costamesa@weolive.com.   

We Olive 
3313 Hyland Ave 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.284.0609

 

13 | 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

 

14 | 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

 

15 | 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

 

16 | 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

 

17 | Center of Attention must have home items

Room & Board

Must-Have Item: PREN Coffee tables

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. The Pren coffee table from Room & Board is a part of the brand’s new January 2020 launch and will be available in store and online beginning on January 4, 2020. 

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

 

18 | 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, owner Laura Van Brunt 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

19 | 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 showroom is a destination for modern yet timeless works of architecture. The light and airy showroom allows 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

 

20 | The Finest Shuck You’ll Ever Have

Must-Have: Shio Tang Oyster 

Shuck Oyster Bar gives freshness a whole new meaning. The industrial-style restaurant features a full bar, dining room and a gorgeous outdoor patio. Next time you stop by Shuck, give the “Shio Tang” oyster a try. This scrumptious oyster, native to Washington state, tastes similar to cantaloupe, with a briny flavor in each bite. The restaurant guarantees all oysters served are just one day out of the water.               

Shuck Oyster Bar
3313 Hyland Ave, Ste A1 
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.420.0478 

 

21 | 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

 

22 | Fashion, as Unique as You must have home items

Eva’s Trunk and Denim Bar

Must-Have Item: New Sweaters

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

 

23 | 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

 

24 | 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 offer 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

 

25 | A Taste of Paradise

Rich Elixirs

Must-Have: Grapefruit & Hops

From the marble bar to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the sunlight-filled Rich Elixirs storefront features fresh kombucha and ginger beer options. The blackberry lavender kombucha is an integration of fresh blackberry and lavender, creating a subtly sweet taste in every sip. Rich Elixirs’ kombucha concoctions are also available in keg-sized containers, perfect for true kombucha lovers. 

Native Knowledge: Based on popular demand, Rich Elixirs just released a strawberry mango-flavored kombucha. The drink features a burst of sweetness which is sure to help you feel refreshed and ready for the day. 

Rich Elixirs
3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
949.445.0102

 

26 | 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

 

27 | Happy Howlidays

Jax & Bones

Must Have: Arctic Shag Dog Bed

Jax & Bones, a leader and trailblazer in designing and creating sustainable dog beds and toys, is the newest addition to SOCO + The OC Mix’s roster of businesses!  Located inside The OC Mix, this limited holiday boutique will be open from December 5 through January 5 and plans on debuting new fall products and customer favorites all season long.

Handcrafted in the United States, this family owned brand was inspired by female founder & CEO, Tina Nguyen. Her desire to  discover better quality products for her beloved beagle, Jax led her to create a company built on the belief that good design isn’t just for humans.

Jax & Bones

 

28 | Sleep On Me

The Futon Shop

Must Have: Daisy Organic Natural Sectional Sofa Bed

TFS Natural Home, one of SOCO’s newest businesses, is dedicated to providing customers with the freedom of customization along with the comfort of natural materials. The shop uses eco-friendly ingredients to create healthy non-toxic furniture including sofas, sofa beds, mattresses, and more and is continuing to evolve with an increased emphasis on craftsmanship and high quality chemical-free materials. The Daisy Organic Natural Sectional Bed makes for a wonderful addition to any home and guarantees chemical-free comfort, perfect for any living space.

TFS Natural Home
3323 Hyland Ave Suite F
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
858.729.1892

 

29 | All-New “Kids Club”!

Good news for children and families!  SOCO + The OC Mix is launching its first-ever “Kids Club” after the new year, which will provide fun events and interactive programming each month.  Starting in January 2020 and taking place the third Wednesday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., this new Kids Club invites children and their parents to take part in various creative + hands-on activities!  Every event will offer a live story reading, music and dancing, and a fun craft.  Plus, families will have a chance to enjoy various discounts and specials from participating SOCO + The OC Mix retailers.

Registration information will be announced soon, so be sure to follow SOCO + The OC Mix on Instagram and sign up to receive the center’s bi-monthly e-newsletters which contain information on all the latest events, promos and specials.