How Costa Mesa became Orange County’s capital of cool – Orange County Register
A group of window shoppers pass the Gucci store in South Coast Plaza. The Costa Mesa shopping center’s annual revenue is almost $2 billion. (MICHAEL GOULDING, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
Shunka Sushi Executive Chef/Owner Yuki Takishima puts finishing touches of wasabi and chili on calamari, tuna and Spanish mackerel sushi at his Costa Mesa restaurant which he runs with his wife. Shunka Sushi is one of many highly rated restaurants in Costa Mesa.
Eric Denker and his wife, Jalen Denker, of Irvine, shop at South Coast Plaza. It’s one of America’s most successful shopping compolexes, with revenues approahcing $2 billion per year. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The health-oriented Camp is part of Costa Mesa’s SoBeca district. The Camp, across the street form the LAB Antimall, emphasizes personal wellness and healthy dining.
Misty Copeland performed as Clara in Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Nutcracker” at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Built on Segerstrom family land and funded partly by the family, it opened in 1986 and features a superb touring dance season.(Photo by Doug Gifford, Segerstrom Center for the Arts)
Matcha powder hovers over suzuki sushi at Shunka Sushi, Costa Mesa. (File photo CINDY YAMANAKA, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
A view of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts plaza in Costa Mesa. The plaza is currently undergoing major renovation.(Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Orange County Register/SCNG)
South Costa Repertory, near South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, is one of America’s leading theaters for new-play development. It also hosts this annual Christmas tradition, the longest-running staged “Christmas Carol” in the U.S. (Photo by Sam Gangwer , Orange County Register/SCNG)
Costa Mesa is the home of Orange County’s premiere performing-arts complex, and it’s still expanding 31 years after it opened. Segerstrom Center for the Arts will soon be augmented by the Argyros Plaza and the Center for Dance and Innovation. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
South Coast Repertory groundbreaking, circa November, 1977. Henry Segerstrom mans the shovel, center, while David Emmes and Martin Benson look on. SCR was the first tenant to occupy Costa Mesa’s Theater and Arts District. (Courtesy Costa Mesa Historical Society)
Costa Mesa’s OC Mix is a bustling retail and restaurant space with a trendy vibe under one recycled roof. Small kiosks feature unusual businesses and services. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)
A shopper chats on her phone as she passes by the Versace store at South Coast Plaza. Since it opened in 1967, the shopping complex has attracted an unusual number of high-end fashion names as tenants. (File photo MICHAEL GOULDING, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
Chef/owner Amar Santana flashes a toothy grin at the charcuterie counter next to pig-shaped planks at Vaca in Costa Mesa. He was runner up last season on “Top Chef.”…