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Please don’t tell us this is just a dream! We just found out that OC is going to have its own version of San Francisco’s famed Ferry Building (pictured above) in Costa Mesa! The OC Mart MIX plans to open in May/June, and we’re already counting down the days. On the 300,000-square-foot property of SoCo or South Coast Collection (already opened with some of our favorites such as Wildflower Linens and Let Them Eat Cake), the focal point will be the MIX, a contemporary marketplace of hip and trendy fine food purveyors, a wine bar, chocolatiers, coffee, home décor, garden décor and more. Across from the MIX will be Eat Chow’s second location!

The MIX plans to create a community vibe with scores of hand-picked vendors, and it will be built with sustainability in mind, using recycled natural woods, corrugated metals, and organic recycled materials. The entire South Coast Collection will be opening hip and trendy restaurants, creative retail space finished with unique interior build-outs, contemporary landscaping, water features and organic architectural facades. Owned and managed by Burnham USA and affiliated with Burnham-Ward properties.

Know of a cool business who might want a smaller sister store in the MIX? Contact Andrea Young at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 949.375.0749. Between Sunflower and the 405 at 3305 Hyland Ave. in Costa Mesa.

Let Them Bake Cake!

How do we count the ways that we love Blackmarket Bakery? Is it their cakes, scones, cookies, tarts, Cabernet brownies, or chef/owner Rachel Marie Klemek, who has more talent than we can even imagine? It’s too hard to choose, and we also know that Blackmarket offers incredible cooking classes. And if you’ve always wanted to make the perfect cake, now you can learn! 

At a cake decor workshop this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. you’ll learn a variety of cake decorating techniques: crumb coating, buttercream application, glazing with ganache, piping techniques and borders, fondant accents, ribbons, bows and luster dust. And you will decorate a 6” round cake to take home. Class costs $68. 17941 Sky Park Circle in Irvine. 949.852.4609.

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