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Mar 22, 2019 08:13PM
The CAMP

2937 Bristol Street // Costa Mesa // THECAMPSITE.COM
The CAMP is an Eco-friendly mecca aka campus of environmentally sound boutique shops, vegan and health-conscious eateries, landscape art, and immersive fitness and lifestyle experiences. Comprised of outdoor art installations, fiery ghost chili-threaded tacos from Taco Asylum, strung lights leading you to the coolly decorated and ambient Mesa restaurant, the CAMP will have creativity swarming around you like a happy hive. When you pull into the parking lot, your experience begins with positivity stamped in every parking spot. Sayings like, “Get out of your own way” and “Smile” make the transition from car to calm an easy one.

With all the air of enlightenment and upscale without stuffiness, the CAMP is an inviting, community-driven space. Whether it’s showcasing an array of local artists for scheduled art shows, giving you a reason to drink mimosas on a Monday morning at Old Vine Cafe, offering finely made lattes at Milk & Honey, hosting story time at SEED, or offering free yoga in the Treehouse, the CAMP is an Orange County revelry that has always been one of my favorite places to go.

On the Calendar
Social Hour at Mesa
Tuesdays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Mimosa Mondays at Old Vine Café
Two-for-one mimosas every Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The LAB

2930 Bristol Street // Costa Mesa // THELAB.COM
The LAB, also known as the anti-mall, has been a fixture of the urban culture and hipster underbelly of Costa Mesa for 25 years. Redefining urbanism in the area, the LAB is its own brand of cool. With one single mantra love without reason you can come here and know this is where misfits and lovers belong. Sure, there are cool apparel stores that make it easy to blow all the cash in your possession in a single outing, but it’s also where hippies and socialites can come together for outdoor yoga while eyeing handmade bohemian jewelry at Prism Boutique.

Here you can wander and find a vinyl record store or a vintage Cuban-inspired restaurant called Habana, sip on a witches’ brew at the Gypsy Den, indulge at Good Time Doughnuts, and stay for an art exhibition by way of the Artery. Regardless of why you come here, one thing you can count on is that your desire for visual aesthetics and inspiration will be met.

On the Calendar
Habana Nights at Habana
Live entertainment. Serving mojitos, sangrias, and cocktails Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sake and Sushi at Hana Re
More than 20 Japanese sakes and Omakase tasting menu available from $180 to $220 per person.

SOCO Collection and the OC Mix

3303 Hyland Ave // Costa Mesa // SOCOANDTHEOCMIX.COM
SOCO offers a culinary and design experience featuring 70 finely curated showrooms, stores, and restaurants made to appeal to your inner artist. A cultural destination in the heart of Costa Mesa, the SOCO Collection is a blend of experiences that make a mid-day escape or a leisurely Saturday afternoon outing appealing.

Some of the area’s most illustrious interior designers have showrooms at the SOCO site. Featuring specialty firms and a range of resources, from custom doors, windows, and surfaces to contemporary furniture and art, they also have designers and sales representatives who are available to assist you in bringing your vision to life. The showrooms for stores such as H.D. Buttercup and BoConcept will harken those who prefer browsing independently and have you visually laying out the design of your dreams or finally give you a reason to get that couch you keep talking about.

The OC Mix might be one of the coolest places to shop. You can saunter up and down the well-laid aisles and do complimentary olive oil tastings while saying yes to a wine flight at We Olive, visit Taco Maria to taste Chef Salgados’ award-winning tacos and homemade gourmet tamales, and proudly own up to being a coffee snob at the Portola Coffee Lab. Should you be in the mood for brunch, you can get it at the limited pop-up called Eggslice happening at Shuck Oyster Bar on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Stay and suck down some Kumamoto oysters afterwards, and then hit the Cheese Shop. When your belly says enough and cocktails sound like the right thing to do, head into the Mixing Glass to buy high-end barware and bar tools, and top it off by entering the American Roast House to drink craft cocktails fit for any gentleman or dame.

On the Calendar
SOCO Farmers Market
Includes live music, wine or cocktail classes, and more. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lord of the Strings
Two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Gruber, former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings band, author, and first-call musician, presents Lord of the Strings from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.