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South Coast Collection – Orange County Mart Mix – Farmer’s Market – Eclectic Stores & Food in Costa Mesa

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April 28, 2013 by danisdecadentdeals

The OC Mart Mix

The OC Mart Mix

If you have not yet had a chance to visit the South Coast Collection, also known as SOCO that houses a variety of eclectic stores and restaurants, the time is now.  Located within SOCO is the OC Mart Mix, which is a marketplace with eco friendly products, gourmet food, coffee, and wines as well as unique shops.

Milk & Honey Baby - Clothing for babies to early years

Milk & Honey Baby – Clothing for babies to early years

In the past year the SOCO Collection & the OC Mart Mix has grown exponentially with new businesses moving in regularly to be a part of the excitement.   Formerly the large Ikea store off of Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, the SOCO/OC Mart Mix has become the Orange County Mecca for divine foodie restaurants, crafty shops, clothing, olive, oils, spices, coffees, and everything else your heart desires when shopping!

Milk & Honey Baby Clothing Store

Milk & Honey Baby Clothing Store

I recently went on a tour with some other women blogger friends of mine and we had the opportunity to check out each venue within the OC Mart Mix, as well as the SOCO Farmer’s market & a group of us dined at the Surfas Culinary District restaurant, also housed in Hollywood.  There is certainly a little something for everyone in this shopping/dining plaza, located off of Hyland Avenue & Harbor Blvd in the convenient central Orange County city of Costa Mesa, California.:)

Portola Coffee Lab

Portola Coffee Lab

On Saturdays from 9am till 2pm there is the SOCO Farmer’s Market where fresh local produce and other fabulous fresh food items are sold. Fresh produce is brought to the farmers market from local farmers! There are also local items from bakeries and butchers. My husband was excited to buy a great cut of tri-tip!

Awesome cow by the cheese shop

Awesome cow by the cheese shop

My most exciting moment at the SOCO farmer’s market was when I had the excitement to meet some people from Homeboy Industries.  I had the opportunity to purchase their fresh baked sourdough bread made by hand. In case you are not familiar with Homeboy Industries, they are a company created by Father Gregory Boyle that assisted in pulling people in Gangs out of that lifestyle and helping them to make a better life for themselves by helping to create mass job opportunities for them, one of the being the Homeboy bakery in Los Angeles.

Scientists at Work in Portola Coffe Lab

Scientists at Work in Portola Coffe Lab

I recently had the opportunity to hear Father Gregory Boyle Speak at a Gang conference (I teach alternative high school) at University of California, Irvine. He was fabulous. See a picture I snapped of him accepting an award in this post.:)  For more information about Homeboy Industries, click here: Homeboy Industries.  Father Gregory Boyle also has a movie coming out at the end of April all about his success in helping to support people in the gang culture and to turn their lives around! For information about his upcoming movie called “G-Dog” (Father Gregory Boyle’s Nickname) click on this link here: Gdog Movie information

Rock Climbing Wall in OC Mart Mix

Rock Climbing Wall in OC Mart Mix

While walking around the OC Mart mix, I had a few personal favorite stores of my own. These included N’Ice Cream, a lovely homemade gelato and sorbet store that regularly has 16 flavors offered, never more than 12 hours old, The Cheese Shop with a large variety of domestic & imported cheeses as well as crackers, jams mustards, etc, Milk & Honey Baby, which has unique upscale beach clothing for newborns up to six years old, Portola Coffee Lab, in which each cup of coffee is made individually to order, the savory spice shop with a variety of spices, and last but not least, the We Olive & Wine Bar that offers over 20 different complimentary tastings of locally produced oils, as well as a variety of wines by the glass and even a happy hour!

Homeboy Bakery

Homeboy Bakery

For many other stores in the OC Mart Mix & the SOCO Collection please go to their links here: OC Mart Mix Stores & Restaurants & SOCO Collection Stores & Restaurants

Awesome Spice Shop

Awesome Spice Shop

One other really cool item housed within the SOCO Collection/OC Mart Mix is the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. This place was bustling with many people when I visited as there was an art class going on for children.  The Chuck Jones Center is a Non-Profit Organization which houses a nice size art gallery in which there is art classes, exhibitions, lectures, film festivals. The huge space can also be rented out for special occasions, such as weddings. The Catering Company that operates the venue is one of the most prominent in Orange County and is called 24 Carrots that is well known for catering events throughout southern California. To see more about 24 Carrots and their venues click here: 24 Carrots Catering Company.

The OC Mix in Costa Mesa

The OC Mix in Costa Mesa

Something else really cool that is going on at the Chuck Jones Center that I think is worth mentioning is the “Drop Off & Dine Program.”  This is a great program that gives parents the ability to have a date night or some time with their friends at one of the delectable restaurants within the SOCO Collection/OC Mart Mix while their kids ages 4 & up have the opportunity to participate in various creative activities with the inspiration of Chuck Jones’s animation, film, and fine art. For more details about this program, click here: Drop Off & Dine Program.

Me With Some Friends at Surfas Culinary District for Lunch

Me With Some Friends at Surfas Culinary District for Lunch

Whether you live in the local area or are planning to visit from afar, The SOCO Collection/OC Mart Mix & SOCO Farmer’s Market are definitely worth checking out!! Everything is conveniently located in one spot to shop, dine, and relax!  Did I mention there is also rock climbing inside?  You will have to visit to find out more! 🙂

Cheese Shop of Cheeses from all over the World

Cheese Shop of Cheeses from all over the World

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For a few other fun places in the city of Costa Mesa, Check out these places as well:

Pierce Street Annex

Pitfire Pizza

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee

OC Fair Deals & Yummy Fried Goodness

Interior of OC Mart Mix

Interior of OC Mart Mix

OC Mart Mix Shopping & Dining

Anne Watson Photography

Apples & Oranges

Alexander Gray

Analog

Birdie Bowl and Juicery

Briana Rene

Cheese Shop

Deer Lovely

Derringer Cycles

Eva’s Trunk Denim Bar

Fashion Camp OC

Heirlooms and Hardware

KCeeG

Local Fare

Lollipop Nail Studio

Milk And Honey Baby

N’iceCream

Nirve Sports

Portola Coffee Lab

Savory Spice Stop

Shuck Oyster Bar

Smocking Birds

Stoned Jewelry

We Olive & Wine Bar

Whiskey Tango 1977

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41 thoughts on “South Coast Collection – Orange County Mart Mix – Farmer’s Market – Eclectic Stores & Food in Costa Mesa

  1. WOW! What amazing pics and info! Cool pic of the awesome cow at the cheese shop! I love all of it! Thanks so much for sharing these experiences! Love it!

  2. What great info!! I love how you are so thorough with all the information that you share! Keep it up!

  3. Okay I would love to visit SOCO Collection/OC Mart Mix & SOCO Farmer’s Market! I love fresh food and am from farm country! Thank you so much for sharing the reviews about theses companies that are making good products and trying to make a difference!

  4. SOCO sounds like a great place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I didn’t know you were a teacher, very cool! I am very interested in that rock climbing wall, and the eco friendly products : )

  6. tomholmberg378799134 says:

    I love the SOCO and the OC Mart Mix. This is the type of thing that orange county has been needing from a cultural and community perspective for a long time. I am happy to see that they are aligning themselves around the gourmet and craft food movement.

  7. Anita Fiander says:

    Amazing photos and looks like a great time! I love going to farmers Markets!

  8. Thank you for sharing! I love the cow!!

  9. MamaRed says:

    Dang it darlin, you find the kewlest stuff! It looks like you’re having so much fun!

    Laugh Lots, Love More!
    MamaRed

  10. For the life of me, I don’t know how you manage to find all this each week! YOU are a ROCK star!!! Love how you spell it all out clearly… Thanks!!! x0x

  11. LiveBetterDC says:

    Oh my goodness, Danielle. . . . This is so cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Looks like a great place to spend some time! Our local farmer’s market just started today for the summer!

  13. Sounds like an awesome place to visit! Great pics and descriptions – I bet those in the area will be on their way, ASAP!

  14. Ok, so if I ever get to the West Coast, I know where to go! Love this site Danielle.

  15. There’s something about farmers markets that absolute reek of community, isn’t there, Dani? Probably has to do with getting back to basics … getting grounded and away from the distractions of everyday life. You always bring us new (ad)ventures!

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  18. […] This past week an awesome event happened in Costa Mesa at SOCO and it was called, “To Live & Dine Chef’s Challenge.” The event was on Wednesday, August 14th from 6:00pm-8:00pm and cost $20 and was put together by Riviera Magazine.  Upon being invited to this event I was unsure of what to expect, but I was blown away by the awesome set up and all of the fabulous vendors that attended!  🙂 SOCO is located at 3303 Hyland Avenue in the city of Costa Mesa. For more information about the awesome SOCO center and OC Mix Mart, go to my post here: South Coast Collection  […]

  19. […] place with so many awesome eclectic stores and restaurants. For more about SOCO, see article here: ALL ABOUT SOCO.  Patchwork Edible will be an event that will showcase the artisan food movement and will include […]

  20. […] SOCO is always a fun place to go! Find out all about SOCO & the OC Mix here: SOCO/OC MIX COSTA MESA […]

  21. […] few weeks ago I attended the grand opening of the Michelle Haut Chocolat Store in Costa Mesa at the OC MIX at SOCO.  Michelle Haut Chocolat makes the finest artisan chocolates that could once only be found at […]

  22. […] Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is a Los Angeles Based restaurant that has recently expanded to Orange County with 2 new locations that opened in Costa Mesa, California.  There is a Greenleaf on 17th Street and a new one housed in the awesome SOCO/ OC Mix shopping center where there is a variety of different shops, restaurants and fresh products to buy. See details about SOCO/OC Mix here –> SOCO/OC Mix […]

  23. […] I attended a grand opening for a new store called, The Mixing Glass in the OC Mix & SOCO in Costa Mesa where you can now find the highest quality bar tools that were unable to be found […]

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