Small Business Saturday at The OC Mart Mix: Over 25 Owner Operated Shops & Dining Under One Roof

According to the American Express website, over 100 million people shopped locally last year during Small Business Saturday, which will be held this year on Saturday, November 24.  

A marketplace with over 25 owner-operated retail shops and dining under one roof, The OC Mart Mix (3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa) is expecting this year to be bigger than ever.  The OC Mart Mix hours on Small Business Saturday will be 8am-8pm, and guests can expect live music, a Santa booth, Holiday photographer, specialty holiday drinks and sales throughout the center.

As Orange County’s answer to the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Sunset Magazine says “The OC Mart Mix is the best new reason to pull off the 405” calling it a “sweeping breath of fresh air”.  Southwest Airlines, in an issue of Spirit Magazine, said “aficionados of the offbeat, head back to Costa Mesa to visit The OC Mart Mix”.

The OC Mart Mix is a MUST DO on Small Business Saturday.   If you are a media outlet and looking for place to cover the Small Business Saturday trend,  we would love to have you at The OC Mart MiX. Please contact: for press access.  


Waterless Manicures, Organic Apothecary, Healthy Nail Polish Options + More

Costa Mesa, CA – Their tag line says it all: Lollipop - Where organic and glossy meet.  The OC Mart Mix, a contemporary marketplace with over 30 independent retailers under one roof, is proud to announce the addition of Lollipop Nail Studio, a sophisticated organic nail studio that is dedicated to healthy, non-toxic products and services. From nourishing, water-based nail polish to lotions, scrubs and soaks made in-house of only the freshest organic ingredients, Lollipop strives to make getting a mani-pedi as safe, luxurious and enjoyable as possible.

With coral walls and coordinating mid-century lounge treatment chairs embroidered with the Lollipop logo, the Lollipop Nail Studio offers a chic take on organic beauty. The studio strives to ensure an environment where the only aromas circulating are from the four essential elements used in the manicures and pedicures: almond, rose, camellia and geranium. Offering nourishing nail polish that is water-based and safe for your skin in a wide variety of shades and colors, the treatments are safe for adults and kids alike. Lollipop is also an artful apothecary where signature products are mixed to match treatments and needs, using the finest quality organic ingredients and oils.

This isn’t the first shop for Lollipop Nail Studio creator, Jackie Dalton, a former fashion designer, who once owned Iconology, an ultra-luxe designer clothing store in La Brea, CA with her sister, a former Woman’s Wear Daily editor.  Their celebrity-favorite clothing store was featured in Lucky, Elle, Los Angeles Magazine and more.  Inspired by her four-year-old daughter, Jackie says: “I really wanted to create a place where both kids and adults could enjoy time together, indulge in a little luxury and feel good about it being a healthy treat but still keeping the fun. Out of that desire to take my daughter to a nail salon free of chemicals, came Lollipop.”

Details of the signature Lollipop Nail Studio Manicures and Pedicures:
For each service, Lollipop sterilizes all stainless steel tools, and uses only brand-new files, sticks and buffers, as well as new liners for each pedicure. Manicures are waterless, performed with hot towels and custom-created oils.

Prices start at $25 for an adult manicure, $35 for an adult pedicure; $15 for a child manicure and $15 for a child pedicure.

The Great Pumpkin Exchange at The OC Mart Mix

Bring Canned Goods For Non-Profit Families Forward & Receive a Free Pumpkin
Boo Bags, Trick-or-Treating, Pumpkin Gelato, Polka Dot Manicures and More

On Saturday, October 27 from 10am to 5pm, The OC Mart Mix is hosting its first annual The Great Pumpkin Exchange at The Mix. Bring in canned goods for Families Forward, a non-profit, to receive a free pumpkin. Families Forward is a non-profit organization providing help and support to Orange County families in financial crisis

  • ·         Children are also encouraged to dress up for store to store trick-or-treating all day
  • ·         Design and create your own Boo Bag at Fashion Camp OC ($20 per bag; Drop in anytime.)
  • ·         Lollipop Nail Studio will be offering a Mommy and Me October special: A free child polka-dot manicure with the purchase of an adult manicure
  • ·         N'iceCream will be offering pumpkin flavored gelato with a coupon for a $1 off their next child scoop



The Event Presented by EAT | SEE | HEAR  Also Includes Art Walk, Live Music, Food Trucks, Dishes by Local Eateries + Wafflegato

Costa Mesa, CA – Proving they ain’t afraid of no ghost and to get into the Halloween spirit, SoCo Outdoor Cinema at The OC Mart Mix presented by Eat | See | Hear will be featuring the 1984 mega hit, Ghostbusters, on Friday, October 12, from 5:00pm-10:00pm. The outdoor entertainment experience will feature live music, food, art, and a viewing of Ghostbusters.

With the doors opening at 5:00pm, guests can enjoy the food trucks and Art Walk in the parking lot in front of The OC Mart Mix, while ticket holders will have access to dishes and drinks from nine different eateries inside the event, which will be held in the SoCo courtyard.  Live music by the The Cerny Brothers, begins at 6:30pm, and the movie begins around 7:00pm. Movie guests are encouraged to bring their own beach chair and will enter through The OC Mart Mix at 3313 Hyland Drive, Costa Mesa.
The Details.
Tickets: are $5 presale and $7 at the door. A link to purchase tickets  is on 

Live Music by The Cerny Brothers: Brothers Robert and Scott Cerny, along with drummer Cody Fontes and upright bassist Gabe Davis, have been building a loyal following and turning heads with their energetic, yet intimate live shows. The Cerny Brothers’ music, rooted in a time-honored blend of Folk and Americana styles, has been shaped by long instilled values of hard-work, dedication, and honesty. The Cerny Brothers play music that inspires a sincere and genuine connection between them and their fans - a connection that is unique, timeless, and simply cannot be ignored. Videos from The Cerny Brothers:

Participating eateries inside the event
Christopher Garrens
Waiiha Sushi
Iron Press
Shuck Oyster Bar
Cheese Shop
Portola Coffee Lab
Hurbert's Lemonade
We Olive and Wine Bar
Participating Food Trucks: Parked outside The OC Mart Mix for additional dining options, will include several food trucks to choose from.

Art Walk: Featuring the work of local artists, the Art Walk is an opportunity to view and buy local artists’ work.

Wafflegato will return to The OC Mart Mix.  The Iron Press, Savory Spice Stop, Portola Coffee Lab, The Cheese Shop, and N'iceCream are teaming up once again to bring the Wafflegato back to The OC Mart Mix.  Back by popular demand, the innovative dessert plays off the term 'Affogato,' which is an Italian dish in which espresso is poured over gelato or ice cream. Available near N’iceCream, the Wafflegato is available for $6. 

Ghostbusters: Three odd-ball scientists get kicked out of their cushy positions at a university in New York City where they studied the occult. They decide to set up shop in an old firehouse and become Ghostbusters, trapping pesky ghosts, spirits, haunts, and poltergeists for money. They wise-crack their way through the city, and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, one which will release untold evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters are called on to save the Big Apple.


The Not For Profit Boutique Showcasing Local Artists Expands Store
& Moves To New Location In The OC  Mart Mix
Costa Mesa, CA -- Apples & Oranges (A&O), a not-for-profit store front showcasing local artists, has moved and expanded its boutique in The OC Mart Mix.  To celebrate, A&O will host a grand re-opening on August 25, from 5pm-9pm.  Featuring live music, treats by For Cake Sake, guests will also have a chance to meet and greet local artists (3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa).  
The goal of Apples & Oranges, which opened its first retail location at The OC Mart Mix in November 2011, is to give local artists a place to display and sell their work and in turn they give back 10% to the charity of their choice. Apples & Oranges is run by a team of volunteers and interns who are passionate about pouring into the artistic community in Orange county. “Creating a place that gives back and props up in as many venues as possible, A&O is not about making a monetary profit but making a profitable influence in the lives of our artist and the community,” says Cindy Avilla, A&O’s proprietor.
With everything from handcrafted jewelry, soap, and pillows to paintings, clothing and more, the artists featured in Apples & Oranges, include:
Kenton Michael Designs
Andrea Luna Reece
Halo Jak
So Succulent
Jacaranda Creations
Eclore Soaps
Cause 2 Be
Tree Swing
Cotton Treats
Tag Home Designs
Help Ink
DEDO Frames
Nostalgic Woods
with more to come...

The Artist at Apples and Oranges give back to the following charities:
44 women for Children
International Princess Project
Dwelling 222
Susan B Komen foundation
Jacaranda Creations
Bam Gam
Boxer Rescue LA
Liberty House
And many more...
Apples & Oranges is a non-profit boutique that offers artists, designers, and charitable organizations a space to showcase their products with a purpose.  At Apples & Oranges you will find artisans with passion, love, and a heart for others; along with the desire to see change, restoration, beauty, and strength grow in human kind. By having a place to display their product, they have the opportunity to make a difference with every purchase.  With every purchase, a 10% donation is made to another non-profit.
A&O supports a community of like-minded people; creating a venue to support the dreams and visions of artist to bring about intentional compassionate change in our world. We bring the community unique, hand-crafted products that give back and inspire the next generation of growth.
In each fruit there are seeds. When just one small seed takes root, with proper light, water, and nurturing, it can become something so rich and beautiful; a tree ready to bear fruit and harvest its full potential. It just takes a little seed, some love and nurturing and an opportunity to grow; to bring something so life giving that it can’t be compared to anything else; it is like apples and oranges.
Apples & Oranges


Fashion Camp OC - Fashion Camp is a creative learning space for kids, teens and adults.  Offering fashion classes in creating, designing, sketching, styling and of course, sewing, Fashion Camp OC is the brain child of Erin Bianchi, a 20-year fashion industry veteran, who also offers week-long camps that highlight all aspects of fashion, and encourage creating thinking.

Meet The Owners Of The Gourmet Food, Wine, And Coffee Shops At The OC Mart MIX

Offering a new kind of shopping destination, the gourmet food shops and owner-operated retail boutiques are drawing the crowds at The OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa, CA, a modern market place for gourmet foods, coffee and wine with over 30 retail shops under one roof. It’s Orange County’s answer to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.   

Below is more about the food, wine and coffee shops and their inspired owners, including N’iceCream, We Olive & Wine Bar, Portola Coffee Lab, Savory Spice Shop, The Cheese Shop, Local Fare and the soon-to-be-open, Shuck Oyster Bar. Even though all are independent, the shops often collaborate on dishes and specials.  N’iceCream incorporates Local Fare’s toffee and Portola’s coffee into their gelato and recently, five shops created the Wafflegato, a dessert only offered at special events or times (See below for more on Waffelgato), while We Olive & Wine Bar offers Moo Mondays, with We Olive wine and cheese from The Cheese Shop.

The LA Times and OC Register both just featured The OC Mart Mix, which opened in 2011, with the LA Times calling the center “cool shopping in Costa Mesa.” Southwest Airlines, in its Spirit Magazine, said “aficionados of the offbeat, head back to Costa Mesa to visit The OC Mart MiX” and Sunset Magazine called the center, “the best reason to pull off the 405”.


Christian Toxboe and Laura Neilson, husband and wife duo hailing from Denmark, came to the US in 2008 and have since opened four  N’iceCream shops specializing in freshly-made organic gelato and sorbet. Every morning, they are hard at work making 16 batches from
scratch, while offering over 150 different flavors that they rotate between. Some of the company’s most popular flavors include: Salted Caramel, Raspberry Basil, Lemon Olive Oil, and Stracciatella. N’iceCream gelato is made in their signature style, a bit lighter than what most gelato stores serve. Choosing to add less cream and sugar, the flavors of the gelatos and sorbets are not masked by the fat and sugar content in the product. A N’iceCream gelato or sorbet will always have a clean and crisp taste, and it is their goal is to use as many natural ingredients as they possibly can.  All the gelatos are based on organic milk and they never add any color or artificial sweeteners to their products. The sorbets are dairy free and fat free, and are made with fresh local produce that follows the seasons.  Check out the company website, where you can see what flavors have been made in the different shops, what time they have been made and you can subscribe to your favorite flavor.;


Recently featured in the Orange County Register, Laura Shute, co-owner of two Savory Spice Stop shops, one in Corona del Mar and the other in Coast Mesa, CA at The OC Mart Mix, features 400 herbs and spices and more than 140 unique blends, organic selections, extracts and spice ware at her shop. Laura Shute has literally spent the last 2 years up to her elbows in herbs and spices.  

At Savory Spice Stop, the herbs and spices are hand-blended, ground fresh weekly, free of additives and preservatives and are gluten-free. One of the wonderful things about the shop is spices are available for as little as a 1/2 ounce for a recipe or up to pounds of an herb or spice if that's what is needed.  Customers can smell and taste all of Savory Spice Stop’s spices.  Everyone at Savory is knowledgeable and helpful about the company’s products and with more than 40 different spice collections and gift boxes, that are fully customizable, they have the perfect gift for everyone.  

Knowing the ins-and-outs of the more than 400 spices she carries in her shops, Laura dispenses spices, knowledge and advice on a daily basis. An avid home cook, Laura, with her partner Randy Morton, got into the spice trade in 2010 bringing the shops to Southern California so that people could see what a difference freshly ground spices can make in their meals.  Laura regularly speaks as an expert on spices including; history, lore, uses and health benefits.  Laura lectures at the shop, at private events including St. Jude's Hospital Wellness Center.  Laura is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


The Cheese Shop offers specialty cheese, accoutrements and more, is one of three shops for owner Dawn Mednick, who also has The Cellar in San Clemente, CA and The Loft Wine Bar in Las Vegas, NV.  The Cheese Shop, which just opened at the end of January, offers a unique selection of domestic cheeses, charcuterie, gourmet accoutrements, home goods, and daily grab-and-go sandwiches.;!/OCCheeseShop;  Twitter: @OCCheeseShop  Find out more about The Cheese Shop from The Daily Pilot.


NEW Local Fare sells delicious and healthy marinades, sauces, pastas, sweets and pantry essentials sourced mostly from suppliers within California.  Additionally, Local Fare offers an eclectic mix of tabletop items, kitchenware and giftware for any occasion. Owner: Sheri Metzler


We Olive & Wine Bar – Owners, Deb and Phil Brooks aren't new to the olive oil business. They opened the We Olive in Belmont Shore in January 2009 and now are happy to have opened one of the first We Olive & Wine Bar at the OC Mart Mix. It  has been a dream of the Brooks family to have a wine bar one day, so were delighted when asked to not only do our olive oil tasting bar at The Mix but also a wine bar. Offering complementary olive oil tasting, wine by the glass and also wine flights, Debby and Phil strive to bring small artisan olive oil producers from California and feature small boutique wines as well. Guests  enjoy complementary olive oil and balsamic with a glass of wine or order one of the delicious tapas plate featuring some of We Olive’s wonderful gourmet foods, as well as a variety of extra virgin olive oils, flavored oils, and vinegars that can be refilled at a discount.  Here is a great video about We Olive & Wine Bar:


Moo Monday: $4 off our three cheese plate (3 cheeses chosen from The Cheese Shop @ OCMartMix, two tapenades, bread and nuts)
·         Tasting Tuesday: $8 for a sampling of one of our cheeses, extra virgin olive oils, wine and bread for dipping that make a tasty pairing
·         We Olive Wednesday: $3 off our wine flights - makes it $8 white flights, $9 mixed flight, and $10 red flight (3 wines at a 2oz pour)
·         Sangria Thursday: $5 glass of fresh sangria (no more $1 tacos, if anyone asks, and we are hoping to replace it with something soon)
·         Live Music Friday: Live Music from 6-9 featuring a rotation of talented local musicians 
·         So Co Saturday: Farmer's Market open from 9-2 with gourmet food trucks, We Olive mimosas $5 a glass from 10-3, Live Music from 5-8 featuring a rotation of talented local musicians
·         Sunday Funday: Happy hour all day 


OPENING SOON - Shuck Oyster Bar - Shuck Oyster Bar from the dynamic foodie duo, Noah Blom and Leonard Chan, is a spot for people to mingle, glasses to clink, oysters to shuck, and mouths to slurp.  Pleasantly proper without pretension, magically modern and comfortably clean. Delicious decadence dealing dastardly flavors of fantastic freshness. The stars of the Shuck show will be seasonal oysters from all over our green and blue sphere, including impossible to find oysters. The supporting cast will be ranging from handpicked clams and mussels, a couple of happy chowders, a flawlessly grilled cheese sandwich that will make you weep from childhood memories, and some crisp and fresh salads to gnaw on. Libations will include delicious local brews, a few bubblies to choose from, and of course, perfectly mixed mimosas.  For those with a sweet tooth, look for Shuck to sling out pure cane sugar sodas. Leonard already runs The Iron Press and Noah is about to open Arc, both restaurants are a stone’s throw from their collaboration on Shuck.


The uber-popular third wave coffee house, Portola Coffee Lab is making its mark on coffee drinkers. Coast Magazine recently called Portola’s following, “Coffee Religion”.  LA Weekly says, “the shop is on its way to becoming one of the best coffee roasters in Southern California. No exaggeration.” And Orange County Register recently said that Portola “approaches the creation of coffee like a science.” 

 Portola Coffee Lab is just that, it is a Lab. It is a third-wave coffee house, cafe, and micro roaster. It is a place where the science of coffee is taken seriously from the coffee crop to the cup. Portola experts visit coffee farms, bring the coffee back to the shop, roast it themselves on the clean-air coffee roaster, and then expertly trained baristas custom craft every single cup right in front of you in a way that truly features what the farmers and Portola’s coffee roastmaster have put into the coffee.

Freshness matters. One of the main things that is unique about Portola is that every cup of brewed coffee is brewed to order. The husband/wife owners, Owners Jeff and Christa Duggan focus on freshness, which is key to enjoying their amazing coffee. The flavor that is unleashed after they roast is intense and complex, designed to be savored within weeks, not months. To best showcase this freshness, Portola is using several unique brewing methods that highlight the inherent flavors of each coffee. Whether it is from the brand new BUNN Trifectas, the Sci-fi-looking Siphon Bar, or the amazing Slayer Esperesso machine, you’ll get an education and experience that is as unique as the beans themselves.

MORE ON WAFFLEGATO, which will be offered next on August 10th at the SOCO Outdoor Cinema event, featuring the movie The Artist, Live Music, Food and more.

Nirve Bicycles At The OC Mart MIX

Nirve at The Mix is Nirve's
premiere store with comfort bicycles and accessories. Nirve is committed to
offering high quality construction and materials in all their products. With
original frame designs and graphics, Nirve bikes will carry you in style and
comfort for years to come. We make bicycles that are fun and easy to ride,
both for pleasure and for short trips that you might otherwise make in your
automobile. Riding a bicycle is great exercise, good for the environment,
and you can do it in style . . . on a Nirve.