Old Towne Orange Plaza Review | Issue 99 | Aug-Sep 2020

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CU Staying Healthy Neighbors help neighbors. That principle has guided Chapman University’s administration,

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faculty, students and staff since the COVID-19 crisis began. Students produced medical face shields on 3D printers and started pen-pal correspondence with residents in assisted living facilities. Teaching faculty created videos to help K-12 teachers teach math online. The Frances Smith Counseling Center continues to offer free counseling to anyone in the community struggling with the crisis. The work continues, even as the pandemic brings new challenges

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almost daily. The university created a comprehensive plan instructing our campus population to practice safe and healthy habits on and off campus. The plan also includes strategies should stepped-up restrictions be called for by local and regional health authorities. Please visit cusafelyback.chapman.edu for detailed planning information. We invite you to also follow Chapman University Community Relations on Facebook for the latest updates at

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From the Publisher As we navigate what has undoubtedly been a challenging time for many, I’m reminded of how two weeks after we published our first edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review in August 2001, 9-11 occurred. What ensued was another challenging time for our nation and local community. At the same time, what I am also reminded of is the sense of unity, camaraderie and community support that followed that tragic event 19 years ago. In the wake of 9/11, our Orange community banded together to support and encourage one another, and to bring hope. In this issue, we present community members and local merchants who have done the same since the Pandemic began. In times like these, true character and strength appear, and I am honored to share that within these pages. In this issue, we take a look at businesses that are new to the area (pgs. 10-11) with their positive and optimistic spirit, as well as mainstay businesses representing the foundations of our community (pgs. 12-13). This includes organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, celebrating 100 years this year, and Zito’s Pizza, a fixture in our community since 1988. It is true that challenge and diversity can create a time of unrest, but even more importantly, difficult times bring forth unity and compassion. If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s to focus on what truly matters in our lives. For many this is family, friends and health. I am grateful to all our sponsors and readers, many of whom have reached out in support of the Plaza Review. It is for you and because of you that we have endured. We wish you happiness and health in the coming weeks and months. Sincerely, Mike Escobedo 134 South Glassell St. / Orange, CA 92866 714 - 771 - 6919


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AUGUST 2020 Fri & Sat / Aug 14 & 15 / 9:30 & 11 am One Little Spark Art Work Art Workshops for Kids Get the kids outside for some creative outdoor fun. Direct message to reserve your spot, while they’re still available. Also Fri, Aug 21. Tiddlywinks OC 129 North Glassell Instagram: @onelittlesparkartwork Mon / Aug 17 / 10 - 10:30 am Orange Home Grown Kid’s Club Mindful Monday Children’s book reading, followed by a LIVE guided meditation with Good Luck Yogi, an inner peace superhero. Free on-line event: Facebook.com/OrangeHomeGrownInc Sat / Aug 22 / 9 - 9:30 & 10 - 10:30 am Moana Nui Polynesian Dance Polynesian Dance Lessons Free children’s dance lessons, with a dance demonstration in between. See article on page 10. Tiddlywinks OC 129 North Glassell St e-mail: moana.nui@moananui.net to register your child. Space in limited.

Sat / Aug 22 / 11 am Dragonfly Shops & Gardens Mosaic Tiling for Beginners Create a keepsake, perfect for your garden or desk, by adorning a stone with mosaic tiles, glass & a token. $30. 260 North Glassell St / 714-289-4689 www.dragonflyshopsandgardens.com Fri & Sat / Aug 28 & 29 / 9 - 11 am Backyard Art Camp Therapeutic Art Workshop For kids 6-14. Focusing on feelings & emotion expressed through color & design. Tiddlywinks OC / 129 North Glassell St Instagram: @backyardartcamp (714) 425-0936 SEPTEMBER 2020 Fri - Sun / Sep 4 - 6 Orange International Street Fair Going Virtual 20 hours of original content to be streamed online, featuring cooking demonstrations, local music, non-profit leaders & more, with the goal of raising funds for local non-profits. www.orangestreetfair.org




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Around the Plaza ONGOING Every Fri / 9:30 - 11:30 am Orange Home Grown Educational Farm Volunteer Farm Friday Try your hand at growing food. Plant, harvest, compost, mend soil & more. All ages invited, as new volunteers are paired with seasoned volunteers to work on farm projects together. 356 North Lemon St / 714-397-4699 Fri & Sat / 6 or 6:30 pm Paris in a Cup Tea Salon Sunset Suppers Be pampered at sunset, while enjoying an entree, with soup or salad, tea delights, savories, scones & an expanded dessert menu. 119 South Glassell St / 714-538-9411 www.parisinacupteasalon.com 1st Sat / 9 am & 3 pm Dragonfly Shops & Gardens Kids Fairy Garden Workshop Create an enchanting miniature garden with your child, friends & a little help from the fairy’s. $25. 260 North Glassell St / 714-289-4689 www.dragonflyshopsandgardens.com

Every Sat / 8:30 am - 1 pm Orange Home Grown Farmers Market A great way to begin your day, with quality produce & fresh healthy foods. 1st Sat Market Tour / Yoga for All Ages 2nd Sat Free Cooking Demo 3rd Sat Kids Club / Seed Lending 4th Sat Handmade Market Place 303 West Palm / OrangeHomeGrown.org

Every Sat / 10:15 - 11:15 am Naranjita Flamenco Absolute Beginner Classes Live-streamed, easy-to-follow instruction with Justine Grover. naranjitaflamenco.com / 714-400-2939 Mon - Fri Marinus Welman Studio Private Art Viewing Call to meet artist Marinus Welman & view his extensive collection of paintings. View ad on page 27. 2402 North Glassell St / 714-998-8662 www.MarinusWelman.com 1st & 3rd Wed / 6 pm Flag Lowering Ceremony Honoring our veterans & active duty. Plaza Park, Old Towne Orange

Through Sep 13 City of Orange Orange Plaza Paseo North & South Glassell are closed to vehicular traffic & open for safe, socially distanced, pedestrian friendly shopping & dining in support of Old Towne Orange business. Old Towne Orange / cityoforange.org Through Oct 31 Hilbert Museum of California Art Los Angeles Area Scene Paintings An exhibit featuring more than 70 vibrant paintings of everyday life in 20th century Los Angeles. 167 North Atchison St 714-516-5880 / hilbertmuseum.com Musco Center for the Arts Go Virtual with the Musco Take a virtual tour of the Musco Center, and view many online presentations with Theatrical Designers, Voices of Our Time & a myriad of on-line archives. www.muscocenter.org

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While a tropical vacation may not be in the cards anytime soon, Moana Nui School of Polynesian Dance & Entertainment brings the island spirit to Orange. Located off Katella Ave. and Glassell St., Moana Nui offers Polynesian arts and dance classes for all ages. “Polynesian dancing is for everyone,” says Sheila Vaiura Walstead, Director and Head Instructor of Moana Nui. “There is a lot of joy coming into the studio and everyone is welcome.” Sheila was born and raised in Orange but began Polynesian dancing when she was 6 years old. From teaching hula to traveling to Tahiti for competitions, Sheila is committed to the art. Before opening Moana Nui, she taught out of a Lake Forest garage, in her Orange home, and eventually in a subleased studio in Tustin. After three years in Tustin, she decided to create her own space. Moana Nui hosts classes for students aged 3 and up, and includes courses such as hula, fire knife dancing, ukulele and the trademarked Tahitian dancing class, Aloha Fitness. “With Aloha Fitness, people get a taste of real Tahitian dancing and an unbelievable workout,” says Sheila. “They dance to live Tahitian drumming; the energy in the room is intense.” Moana Nui also partners with the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County to offer classes for children with special needs. They recently hosted a Zoom dance party with basic hula instruction.


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Although summer in Orange looks a little different this year, new businesses are opening, determined to make a positive impact on the Old Towne community during these challenging times. The new businesses featured here, Moana Nui School of Polynesian Dance & Entertainment and Philz Coffee, give Orange residents creative twists on exercise and caffeine. Complete with social distancing protocols, these destinations are gearing up to provide safe opening experiences for customers.

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Sheila’s ability to teach any student regardless of ability is the reason hula instructor Wailana Rhonda Stutz chose to dance for Moana Nui. “I love dancing and working with Sheila and her students,” says Stutz. “They are my support, fellowship and therapy. We are all always there for each other.” Sheila also works with her daughter, Soleil Walstead, who manages the administrative and marketing aspects of the studio. “Our instructors are all extremely knowledgeable, talented and passionate,” says Soleil. “I love that

Sheila Vaiura Walstead dances at a Moana Nui event. Walstead’s Tahitian name, Vaiura, means “sacred water,” so when she developed her own studio, she took the water inspiration to create the name Moana Nui, which translates to “vast ocean.”

I’m able to soak up their knowledge to make me a better student, dancer and hula person.” Both Sheila and her husband, Chuck, grew up in Orange. After raising her two children here, she’s excited to continue expanding her passion in her hometown. Although Moana Nui’s grand opening was postponed due to COVID-19, students can sign up for classes online. All first classes are free.

“My goal is to bring knowledge to the community about what Polynesian dancing is about,” says Sheila. “Hula is so beautiful, and there’s so much to learn from the culture.” Whether you’ve had years of experience or never danced before, Moana Nui has a class for every level. “If you have a heart that wants to dance, I’m here to teach you,” says Sheila.

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After months of construction, planning and grinding, Philz Coffee is almost ready to bring caffeine-filled sips to Old Towne residents in need of their daily dose. Philz Coffee, a pour-over coffee chain that originated in San Francisco in 1978, is opening soon in the building that previously hosted Auto Quality Care. “We’re so excited about being in Orange,” says store leader Rocky Covill. “Old Towne Orange has charm and culture, and my goal is to integrate Philz into the feeling of the Plaza.” Although Philz has 52 stores across the country, it’s known for creating a personalized feeling at every location. Covill describes the Old Towne shop as having a bohemian grassroots aesthetic. For the past year, Covill has been preparing for the Old Towne opening by working at the other Philz Coffee locations across Orange County. He describes the menu as diverse but customizable. “There are a thousand different cups of Philz, and we can always find your cup,” he says. “We want you to love your drink. Try it before you leave, and if you don’t like it, we’ll fix it to your specifications.” With offerings featuring festive names like the Mint Mojito and Iced Coffee Rosé, the menu is original and inventive. Instead of offering classic drinks like espressos and lattes, Philz focuses on


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providing customers with specific coffee blends that allow for different aspects to be customized, such as the drink’s creaminess or sweetness levels. The store also sells smaller food items to pair with drinks, like breakfast bagels, toast and pastries. Covill is looking forward to sharing the exclusive Philz creations with Old Towne and says his goal is to impress customers with taste and experience. “Philz’s motto is ‘bettering people’s days,’” he says. “We want to get in there and spread the love of Philz, one cup at a time.” For team lead Jose Ramirez, his days have been bettered after

From left to right, Philz Coffee employees Jose Ramirez, Nicole Siffrar, Rocky Covill, Emiko Haga and Mckenzie Kuyper stand in front of the soon-to-be-opened coffee shop. The Philz Coffee building keeps many of its historical features, including the three rolling doors used by the previous location’s auto shop.

he joined what the company calls the “Philz pham.” For the past six months, Ramirez has trained at other Philz locations but is looking forward to creating an individual atmosphere at the Orange store. “The main thing I love about Philz is how amazing my team has been,” he says. “They truly live up to the standards and have helped me create many memories that I will treasure.” When the store officially opens, customers can order ahead on the

Philz mobile app and pick up their selections at a designated time. Although the store lobby won’t be open to guests until further notice, Covill is hopeful that Philz Coffee will still create a compassionate community. “I’ve never felt this kind of support or love at a company before,” says Covill. “I want to pass that along to the guests in Orange. When you walk into our store, I want you to feel love.”

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In times like these, special traditions are more appreciated than ever. So, for this issue, we catch up with the Boy Scouts of America’s Orange County Council, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and Zito’s New York Style Pizza, where they’ve been dishing up delicious pies and more for three-plus decades.

When the Boy Scouts of America’s Orange County Council started discussing events to celebrate a century of Scouting in the area, organizers never imagined being forced to adjust their plans because of a global pandemic. But that’s exactly where they found themselves earlier this year, along with the rest of the world. And while some major events, including May’s Scout-O-Rama at Oak Canyon Park, were either cancelled or postponed due to state and local health requirements, the council never surrendered to the situation. Instead, they adapted, because that’s what Scouts do, says Greg Beck, who leads the team organizing this year’s 100th anniversary celebration. “The world needs more Scouts because they figure things out and learn how to work with other people. They build more bridges than divide,” adds Beck, a longtime OC council volunteer who first signed up when his son, now 25, started in the Cub Scouts. “It’s an odd situation we find ourselves in. But hopefully we’ll see our way through it.” Many traditional Scouting activities have continued, with

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Learning how to tie knots has long been a part of Scouting. Youths in the program are taught that along with a variety of other useful life skills, says Russell Etzenhouser, Executive Director of the Boy Scouts of America’s Orange County Council. “The whole COVID crisis, as much as anything, is a giant exercise in overcoming adversity. We equip kids and families with the tools to be better able to deal with that and other things as they come up.”

modifications for social distancing and other considerations. Newport Sea Base, for example, has welcomed Scouts so they could continue earning merit badges, along with engaging in a variety of activities such as sailing and canoeing, and also learning life skills. The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center— which has two pools, a water slide, zip line, archery range and other amenities—also has been open. “Both of those have been very important, this year in particular because there have been so few

opportunities for kids to get outdoors and do things,” according to Russell Etzenhouser, the Orange County Council’s Scout Executive. While the Scout Oath and the Scout Law may be two touchstones that every Scout learns and aspires to live up to, Etzenhouser says that’s only part of the picture. “Scouting also teaches them how to overcome adversity. In child development terms, it’s called ‘resilience.’ We all face adversity at

different times of our lives, and this year we’re getting it in spades.” Modeled after an association started by British Army officer Robert Baden-Powell, the Boy Scouts of America was established in 1910 and made its way to Orange County a decade later. “Scouting is alive and well and open for business,” Beck says. “As for the 100th celebration, we’re now planning for next year and keeping our fingers crossed.”

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More than 50 slices of pepperoni and nearly a pound of fresh mozzarella cheese are two of the ingredients that go into every large pepperoni pizza at Zito’s New York Style Pizza. “With our pizzas, we don’t skimp. And we have generous servings of everything,” says owner Steve Silverstein, who was inspired to get into the restaurant business by an uncle who in the early 1960s landed a contract to feed the workers at the World’s Fair in New York. And it’s not just quantity, the quality is even more important. That means every ingredient that goes into the antipasto salads, hot Italian subs, homemade lasagna, garlic knots, cinnamon dessert knots and, of course, the pizzas. “We’ve always focused on the quality of the food, which in turn brings in families and sports teams for the wide variety on the menu,” says Steve, who has been comfortable preparing food since a young age. With his mother working as an elementary school teacher and his father not the best at preparing meals, “I had to learn how to cook for myself.” Since 1988, when the first Zito’s opened in Orange, the company has made it through several economic downturns.


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The quality of the food and the friendliness of the employees have been important ingredients to the Zito’s experience, says Steve Silverstein, who opened his first Orange pizzeria in the late 1980s. “I’ve been fortunate to have seen two generations of customers—parents who came in with their kids and those kids who have since grown up and are now coming in with their kids.”

“We’ve been fortunate to weather some tough times,” Steve says. “If we keep up the food quality, variety and maintain the service, hopefully we can make it through this tough time. We’re doing our best thanks to our longtime loyal customers.”

Earlier this year, when state and county health safety orders limited restaurants to takeout and delivery, office manager Jennifer Zimmermann says that many diners were still showing up wanting to enjoy as much of the

Zito’s experience as possible. “They would order, take the food out to their cars, sit in the parking lot and have a little tail-gating party,” she says. “Even without dine-in, they still came and supported us, as we do them.”

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Perservering through a Business was going well for Adel and Zalfa Mashi, longtime owners of Byblos Café. The number of diners coming to their landmark Mediterranean restaurant in the Plaza was increasing to the point they were looking to hire an additional person to work in the kitchen.

was no longer allowed and eating establishments could only be open for takeout and delivery. “We were doing good, then overnight—boom! The lockdown happened, and we had to furlough several people,” says Adel, echoing countless business owners throughout the state and here in Orange.

Pandemic! them to enjoy at home, in parks or at the beach with a friend, and leaving them on friends’ porches as a little surprise.” For others, the shift to online brought fresh challenges.

Dragonfly Shops & Gardens (Mar/Apr 12) orangereview.com/article/dragonfly-shopsand-gardens • • •

Byblos Cafe (Jul/Aug 18) orangereview.com/article/byblos-cafe

Naranjita Flamenco (Nov/Dec 18) orangereview.com/article/naranjita-flamenco

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And then the world changed. In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom in mid-March issued sweeping guidelines that included, at first, limiting restaurants to half capacity to keep customers at least 6 feet from one another. Shortly after, in-person dining

Challenges weren’t limited to restaurants. Justine Grover, owner of the Naranjita Flamenco Dance Studio, had booked two high-profile artists from Spain to do workshops at the facility. Instead, she was forced to cancel their appearances and closed her physical location in mid-March.

Ditto for Beth Davidson, owner of the retail outlet Dragonfly Shops & Gardens; the team behind the Orange Home Grown Farmers & Artisans Market, Cheryl Turner at Paris in a Cup Tea Salon & Cafe and others. Many others. “As someone who is accustomed to so much activity and interaction with customers, the quarantine was extremely difficult,” Denise Jochec, owner of Summerhill Antiques & Design on South Glassell, wrote in an email, perhaps speaking for many. “I missed my customers, missed our staff and hated the stagnation.”

Paris in a Cup (Jan/Feb 14) orangereview.com/article/french-inspired • • •

At Naranjita, Grover says that online classes work wonderfully for more advanced dancers, who are looking to improve their choreography or other skills, “but for lower-level students, who need teachers to correct their technique, that needs to be done in person.” To help those students, Grover was looking into moving some classes to a park. Outdoor instruction should “make a huge difference,” she says. For operations both big and small, owners emphasize that employee and customer health and safety are paramount.

Summerhill Ltd (Jan/Feb 13) orangereview.com/article/summerhill • • •

For businesses to survive amid the pandemic, with social distancing requirements in place, myriad changes were necessary. “I discovered that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks—or at least how to use technology,” Davidson wrote in a post on Facebook, adding that Dragonfly had started an online shop. The physical store on North Glassell Street opened in July after being closed for four months. “We now have so many of our workshops in kit form, and as a result have a national presence,” she added. Turner updated Paris in a Cup’s website to accommodate to-go orders for curbside pickup. “We developed an Afternoon Tea to Go in a cute carry-out box, with a full tea service inside,” she says, adding that sales have been in the hundreds. “People are buying 14

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In the pandemic’s early days, Jeri De Martini, owner of Jadtec Security Services Inc., worked to secure protective eyewear, gloves, masks, sanitizer and other equipment for both the employees who monitor alarm systems 24/7 from the main office in Orange and also workers out in the field who are installing equipment for new customers. “Everyone pulled together and did (and are still doing) an amazing job to follow all the safety guidelines in order to continue monitoring our customers’ accounts,” she wrote in an email. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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Chapman’s Plan for a Healthy Return to Campus Learning by Daniele Struppa, president of Chapman University

The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time, full of energy and anticipation. As the 2020-21 year begins, we at Chapman have never been better prepared nor more eager to welcome our students back into our classrooms and teaching labs. We just aren’t sure to what extent in-person classes and research will be possible as we start the fall semester. Countless hours of hard work by hundreds of Chapman people as well as a huge investment in new technology ensure that we will deliver an education of distinction, whether classes happen on campus, via remote learning or a hybrid of both. We anticipate that we will start the semester with remote learning, given the number of coronavirus cases in California and Orange County. We will follow all public health guidelines and only return to campus if we have the support of health authorities as well as approval for our plans and protocols. Throughout the late spring and summer, 18 dedicated task forces of Chapman faculty, staff and administrators worked tirelessly to develop an adaptive and comprehensive plan we call CU Safely Back. The task forces reach into every area of campus life, and their recommendations deeply inform the university’s re-opening plans, as well as a full range of contingency plans. Whenever we are able to return to campus, we will implement a vast array of health and safety steps, from physical distancing to symptoms monitoring, from personal protection equipment to sanitation, all designed to help keep our communities healthy. A key consideration is student housing, which we have worked hard to adapt for this semester. To support the health of residential students, the local community, and to meet what we expect will be the public health expectations for student housing, we have developed a plan to house students in private bedrooms with private bathrooms for the fall semester. To do so, we must further reduce our housing density across all building areas. As a result, we are encouraging all students to thoughtfully consider whether they need to live in Chapman housing or in the local community for the fall semester. During the spring and summer, when the vast majority of our faculty, staff and students have been studying and working from home, we have made numerous improvements to our campus, which we are eager for you to see. Unfortunately, we have to ask for your patience. To maximize health and safety, the campus is closed to all visitors until further notice. We will eagerly invite you back to stroll the grounds, view the art, attend events and generally enjoy the campus when circumstances allow. As new developments unfold, the best sources for information are our website, cusafelyback.chapman.edu, and our Community Relations Office, which you can contact on Facebook at www.facebook .com/ChapmanCommunity. For now, please know that even when we are away, our hearts are in Old Towne Orange. We can’t wait to return to our campus home.


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A Labor Day weekend tradition since 1973, this year’s Orange International Street Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, some of the event’s signature food, fun and fundraising will be available—but only virtually. Organizers are preparing an online event featuring many of the nonprofits that traditionally benefit from an experience that brings some 400,000 visitors to the Plaza and is one of Orange County’s largest annual events. “We’re obviously disappointed we couldn’t produce the physical event, but deep down inside we were even more concerned about the nonprofits that have been unable to raise funds, basically since March,” says Adam Feliz, the street fair’s president. “Since it’s our mission to support them, we’ve been trying to figure out what we can do and that’s how we landed on the virtual event.” Street fair organizers and others, including students in video arts classes at two local high schools, are producing 20 hours of original content that will be streamed during Labor Day weekend on the street fair’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Videos will include cooking demonstrations—with chefs preparing some of the event’s signature food items—along with local music and other entertainment, plus leaders of the nonprofits highlighting some of the important work done by each of the organizations. The goal is to raise $250,000, which will be distributed evenly to the 50 organizations that had signed up for this year’s event. Feliz said that he and the team behind the Orange International Street Fair, which includes seven board members and a 10-person committee, hope to return to an in-person event in 2021.

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When Orange County natives (and high-school sweethearts) Eric and Michelle Sullivan first saw the historic house for sale located just outside of Old Towne, they were so horrified by the home’s condition they didn’t even consider making an offer. Two weeks later when the price dropped by $30,000, they were still hesitant. Fortunately, they decided to take a chance on the house and have since transformed this unique residence into the dream home they envisioned for their family. “We could see past all the neglect from it being a Chapman rental over the years,” says Michelle. “Even though it needed so much work, we had a vision and knew we could turn it into something we’d love. Our neighbors have since told us they are grateful that the house is in the hands of a family that will take care of it.” Rented to Chapman students as a fraternity house for 12 years CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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High-school sweethearts, the Sullivans just celebrated their 25th anniversary this summer. Both are Orange County natives who attended Tustin High School.

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could tell that every last space inside had been rented out as sleeping quarters, including the closet and the little cubbies upstairs, one of which still had a

Replete with gold medallions, the original ceiling is one of Michelle’s favorite architectural attributes of the home. With a little resourcefulness, the couple was able to artfully restore a section of the ceiling that had incurred water damage.

sleeping bag in it. Right around that time, some Chapman filmschool students knocked on the door and asked if they could pay money to film a horror movie there. The den was the perfect backdrop. “The den was truly terrifying,” recalls Michelle. “All the windows were boarded up and it had a faux-rock fireplace and aluminum siding that looked like a trailer. It was just the right scene for their horror movie. We used the money they gave us to remove the siding and convert the den into our back patio.”

Built in 1903, the two-story, four-bedroom home originally belonged to the Bosch family from Germany, who had purchased the surrounding fields in the late 1800s to plant lemons and avocados. The property stayed in the Bosch family into the 1940s. According to the Sullivan’s current neighbors, a lovely older couple had lived in the home for 30 years and were known to bring at least seven Christmas trees inside during the holidays, thanks to the nine-foothigh ceilings. While renovating the property, the Sullivans uncovered some

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An advocate for special-needs kids, Michelle wrote a book called “Eli Included,” named after their six-year-old son. “I wanted him to have a book he could show his kindergarten classmates explaining what Down syndrome is,” she says.

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The couple restored the kitchen in keeping with the era of the 1903 home. “We love the high ceilings and the subway tile backsplash,” says Michelle. “The barstools were a Craigslist find.”

interesting finds in the attic, including an old architectural drawing of the house by renowned Orange architect C.B. Bradshaw. Prominent in the early 1900s, he designed many of the district’s most iconic buildings, such as the Odd Fellows Lodge,

Orange Union High School, the Rochester Hotel, the Royer Mansion, the Elks Club Lodge and French’s Opera House in Santa Ana. “The architecture of this house is considered Victorian farmhouse,” says Eric. “It has some of

the Victorian style but not as many of the ornate elements associated with a traditional Victorian. The walls are lathe and plaster, and the exterior showcases three-inch boards across. When we pulled out some of the wallpaper in one of the bedrooms, we found

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panes. In the kitchen, the couple retained the original built-in hutch but had to gut the entire space. Their new Shaker-style cabinets, subway tiles and quartzite countertops impart a classic, timeless look. The home’s original porch has been converted into a bedroom, while the bathroom retains the beautiful chandelier, copper fixtures and clawfoot tub. Michelle enjoys shopping for vintage items in Old Towne. Michelle grew up in Santa Ana, and Eric grew up in Tustin. They met while attending Tustin High School and have been married for 25 years. They have four children, the oldest of whom is 21. Their young son, Eli, who

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Ask many accomplished individuals at what point they had an epiphany pointing toward life purpose, and they will often describe those moments of clarity in great detail. In some cases, those turning points occur at a young age. Such is the case with sociologist Peter Simi. “When I was five years old, the miniseries “Roots” aired for the first time on television,” says Chapman University’s Associate Professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology. “I remember spending every night in front of the television the eight nights the show aired, profoundly impacted by what I saw.” Early Revelations and Inspirations The graphic depictions of the dehumanizing brutality of slavery in “Roots” greatly affected Simi. “I recall becoming sad and angry and crying during parts of the miniseries,” he says. Further life events throughout his childhood impacted Simi’s view. These included living in a racially diverse neighborhood in Sacramento and befriending an older African American boy. “Ken became a father figure to me, as my own father was ill and died when I was nine years old,” says Simi. Despite the diversity in his neighborhood, on one occasion when Ken wasn’t present, some of the other children made racist jokes about him. That event and many more caused Simi to struggle to understand racially inspired hatred. When he moved from Sacramento to a more homogenous neighborhood in Vancouver, Washington, racial bias also caught his attention. “I will never forget when one of the kids in the first neighborhood we moved to started singing a horrifically racist nursery rhyme,” he says. Simi’s awakened sensitivity and desire to understand how such perceptions come about led to his major in college. He 22

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Meaningful Forty-five years after the Vietnam War ended, two survivors started meaningful conversations right here in Orange. Veteran John Goosman and Vietnamese refugee Khoa Van Le are Orange residents who met two years ago. Despite their widely different pasts, the two have taken time together to explore the similarities connecting them. A composer and photographer, Khoa came to the U.S. in 1975 after the fall of Saigon. In Vietnam, he served as an artist and composer, eventually landing a role as a television show host for the youth program “World of Children.” After fleeing to the U.S., Khoa brought his passion for the arts to new platforms here, wearing many hats, including as the local chapter president of the Artistic Photography Association of Vietnam and chairman for the Vietnamese American Philharmonic Orchestra. Khoa was also awarded a gold medal from Trierenberg Super Circuit in Austria, the world’s largest photo art contest. “When I entered into the international photo competition, they listed me as an American,” he says. “I love the U.S., and I do whatever I can to elevate the name of America.” Khoa’s daughter Kim Le connected with Goosman’s daughter,

Rebecca Zollo, to introduce the two survivors. Although Kim and Rebecca had known each other for 20+ years, Khoa and John first met in 2018 during a Thanksgiving dinner event, where they shared another connection: they had both been featured in documentaries about their lived experiences. “At this gathering, we were able to share both films with each family,” says Rebecca. “It was a very beautiful, healing experience for everybody.” John is featured in “In the Shadow of the Blade,” a documentary focusing on untold war stories through a trip on a restored Huey helicopter. In 1970, Goosman was the sole survivor of a helicopter crash that killed his four other crewmen. Twenty years later, Goosman was able to finally connect with the family of one of his crewmen, initiating a lifetime process of hope and healing. Khoa and Goosman’s friendship has also developed into a method of healing for the two men and their friends and families. “To me, what was so beautiful about bringing these families together was being able to witness that exchange of gratitude,” says Rebecca. “I think Vietnam veterans didn’t have a chance to hear that level of gratitude from the Vietnamese community, who

Across the world, Le Van Khoa is known for his music. He has composed more than 600 arrangements and compositions. Locally in Little Saigon (Orange County), he hosted the radio show “Music in Our Life.” His commitment to photography has also won him numerous awards. His piece pictured below, titled “Rescue,” is currently featured in an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art. F i n d o u t W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g i n t o w n e a t :

Conversations came here directly as a result of the work these veterans did.” For Goosman, connecting with Khoa was a major breakthrough in his healing process. Although he was initially apprehensive about meeting Khoa, Goosman now looks up to Khoa and honors their friendship. “It’s been a privilege for me to call Khoa a friend,” says Goosman. “He’s a tremendous asset to our community.” Last year, the two families hosted “Healing Wounds with Music and Film,” an event that opened up the conversation about their past experiences and provided insight into how new connections can help with old trauma. The event was held at the Pacific Conservatory of Orange, a music and arts school where Kim serves as Director. “There were people in the room who had been avoiding that kind of situation and talking about the war,” says Kim. “We also had refugees who have gone on to do some amazing things here. It was really cool to hear both sides.” In his 45 years in the U.S., Khoa certainly has gone on to make a lasting contribution in various industries. He was featured in the documentary “Le Van Khoa: A Lifetime of Arts,” which highlights his commitment to pre-

serving Vietnamese culture through music, photography and education, including blending arts from different communities. “I use Vietnamese folk songs, and I arrange for a western orchestra to play them,” he says. “Then you can have the best of the two different kinds of music together.” Khoa and Goosman partnered with the War Survivors Institute for their event, and after its success, hope to continue bringing light to the importance of these connections. The War Survivors Institute, founded by CEO and President Michael Hollifield, MD, aims to restore health to all soldiers, families and refugees touched by war. “It’s amazing how one year can change a person’s lifetime,” says Goosman, who served in Vietnam when he was just 18. “I’m grateful for guys like Dr. Hollifield, who put their hearts into working with people affected by war. Not just the soldiers, but also civilians and families.” Both Khoa and Goosman are looking forward to highlighting their stories throughout the community. While any in-person events are put on pause, they hope to use their friendship as a way to affect change for all, no matter what side of the war they resonate with.

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studied sociology with a focus on criminology, earning a master’s and PhD, the latter of which he received in 2003. Simi’s research uses an ethnographic approach to study the relationship between a person’s identity and resulting hate and potential for violence. Much of his time in graduate school he spent conducting field work. In particular, he stayed in the homes of various white supremacists to study them and their world views. He also taught sociology in the Nevada prison system for a time. Understanding Racism “I approached individuals active in white supremacist organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan in order to better understand them,” says Simi. “Some of them allowed me to spend time with them to get to know their world from their perspectives.” These experiences allowed him to better understand how people tend to become involved with and indoctrinated into racists groups. He also gained a clearer view of the roots of racism and the phenomenon’s spectrum. “Racial hatred isn’t a uniform movement,” says Simi. “It includes a divergent set of participants.” Simi has found from his work that society produces racism. “People aren’t born racist,” he says. “Racism is learned and is reflected in how we organize our society and economy. History also plays an integral part. Everything currently occurring in terms of protests and general unrest is rooted in what happened during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War.” Expert on Race Relations and Hate Crimes Simi’s research has won grants from the U.S Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. Over the years, he also earned a reputation as an expert on what motivates hate groups. Due to his expertise in the area of hate crimes, over the past 10 years, Simi has served as an expert witness in several high-profile cases. This includes testifying in February 2020 for the Multnomah County (Portland, Oregon) District Attorney’s Office in a double homicide hate crime case that led to the conviction of Jeremy Christian for killing two individuals and severely injuring a third on the city’s public transit system. “My testimony in the case involved offering an opinion regarding Mr. Christian’s beliefs and motivations relevant to his criminal charges,” says Simi. “I am currently working on a civil case on behalf of the plaintiffs in a case related to the violence that occurred in Charlottesville at the Unite the Right event where Heather Heyer was murdered. The plaintiffs, all of whom were injured in some capacity during the event, are attempting to hold the organizers of the event responsible for the violence.” That case is scheduled to go to trial October 2020. Simi is an Executive Committee member of the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology and Education Center (NCITE). This university-driven research center, based at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, is committed to the scientific study of the causes and consequences of terrorism in the U.S. and around the world. He is also author of American Swastika: Inside the White Power Movement’s Hidden Spaces of Hate. Joining Chapman University Simi joined Chapman in the fall of 2016, moving from a position at the University of Nebraska, where he was an Associate Professor of Criminology for 13 years. That position included teaching criminology and about hate crimes and domestic terrorism. “I applied for the position at Chapman and was really impressed with the university when I came for an interview,” he says. “I’ve enjoyed being at Chapman and in Southern California. When I taught my first undergraduate sociology class, I was so impressed with the high quality of the students at the university, and the same goes for the faculty and staff.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

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weekly farmers market to purchase their nutrient-dense healthy foods,” says Megan Penn, cofounder and Executive Director of the Orange Home Grown Foundation Inc. “They believe in supporting local, and this is part of their weekly routine.” At the Pacific Conservatory— which offers students a varied music and arts educational experience along with musical theater, language classes and workshops—the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system was upgraded with a germicidal UV air purification unit and MERV-13 air filters in each of its three 720-square-foot suites, according to owner Kim Le. In addition, other measures have included added health safety training for instructors, thoroughly disinfecting instruments between each use, and groups have been

split into smaller classes, except for those that have shifted to online. “It’s been some of the hardest challenges the small but mighty music school has ever faced, but we hope to emerge stronger than ever,” Le wrote in an email. Pacific Conservatory celebrates its 30th anniversary in September.

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Despite the difficulties Orange merchants have experienced during the pandemic, many have been heartened by the community’s response, including Phil Hernandez, co-owner of Circle City Barbers, a fixture in the Plaza for a decade. “I came away from this situation with a real sense of camaraderie with our community/fellow business owners,” says Hernandez. “It was quite heartening to receive calls

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got a reality check that made us slow down and spend more time with our families. That’s possibly the one good thing that came out of all this madness.”

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Back at Byblos, the Mashis were encouraged by the formation of the Orange Plaza Paseo program, which closed on-street parking in some areas of the Plaza so restaurants could extend outdoor dining. As of press time, the program is scheduled to run through September 13, but could be extended by the City Council. “Since we can’t seat people inside the restaurant, it really gave us a nice boost,” Adel Mashi says. “Everybody wants to experience it at all of the restaurants. It’s a much better situation.”


The feeling is mutual for Simi’s Chapman colleagues. “I am deeply grateful that Pete is at Chapman and that he does the work that he does,” says Stephanie Takaragawa, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Sociology, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about him when I learned he lived with white supremacists as a researcher, but I’ve since come to understand that this is part of what makes him such an outstanding sociologist. He truly does try to understand everyone’s point of view and what makes them tick.” Takaragawa believes Simi’s work over the last two decades is of paramount importance to helping us understand what is happening in the world today. “Race relations in the U.S. and elsewhere in 2020 has demonstrated a need for a close examination of why racial intolerance persists and what is at stake with conflating whiteness (or race) with nationalism,” she says. “Pete’s work on white supremacy has provided much needed insight into perpetuation of the alt-right, extremist and hate groups.” Chapman University President Daniele Struppa echoes Takaragawa’s sentiments. “Pete works on hate groups and tries to understand how they are formed and the characteristics of their members in an effort to devise ways to help people leave those groups,” says Struppa. “I wish I could say this is just interesting research, but unfortunately, I must say it is extremely timely research. Important, significant and necessary. He is a wonderful teacher and great partner for us in administration as we try to understand how the university should respond to the hate groups that occasionally target the institution and its students. He is very smart, committed, extremely knowledgeable and courageous.”

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WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT: A Groundbreaking Classic By almost anyone’s estimation, the Walt Disney classic “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” released by the studio in 1988, was a groundbreaking motion picture. Disney, of course, had created earlier movies that combined live actors “interacting” with cartoon characters. These included the Oscar-winning “Mary Poppins” in 1964, but even earlier than that such favorites as “So Dear to My Heart,” “Song of the South” and “Saludos Amigos.” In fact, Walt Disney’s very earliest success, the “Alice Comedies” series of short films in the 1920s, featured a young actress onscreen with animated characters. It was a significant way that Disney distinguished himself from the pack of other animators in those early days of the medium. But when it came along, “Roger Rabbit” was different from all the rest. A candy-colored, tongue-in-cheek, satirical, eye-


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popping, heartfelt love letter to the art of animation itself, “Roger Rabbit” fused live action and animation in the most naturalistic way yet. And in ways that really haven’t since been equaled. The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University is currently featuring a special exhibition, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Original Movie Art from the Disney Classic,” on view through October 31, 2020. (Note: As of press time, the Hilbert Museum remains closed, due to the pandemic. More information at the end of the article.) The “Roger Rabbit” exhibition features 30 original cels from the movie, most with photographic backgrounds showing the live actors. The cels are generously on loan to the museum from collectors William Heeter and Kristi Correa, who previously loaned their “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” cel and art collection

to the Hilbert Museum for a notable exhibition in 2018-19. Heeter explains that he started collecting original cels from “Roger Rabbit” simply because the movie knocked his socks off. “The first time I saw the movie in the theater in 1988, I was stunned. It was a period in which I hadn’t found many of the newer animated features to be very interesting, or for that matter the characters particularly engaging. “So, I didn’t really have high expectations, but I decided to view the movie because Steven Spielberg (producer) and Robert Zemeckis (director) were involved. I thought the premise of combining animated and live-action characters might be interesting. And was it ever! Heeter found the opening of the cartoon captivating. “There was more action in those first few minutes than in most 30-minute animated series. And it was

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Walt Disney Studios, original animation cels and photographic backgrounds from the 1988 feature “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” (from top) Jessica Rabbit. (Autographed by Kathleen Turner, the voice of Jessica.) Jessica Rabbit and Roger Rabbit. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) and Roger Rabbit. Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit. (Autographed by Andreas Deja, character animator of Roger.) Collection of William Heeter and Kristi Correa.

at the Hilbert Museum funny! When the movie switched to live action, the hook was set, and I was caught. The animation was gorgeous, the characters interesting, the voice work of Charles Fleischer (as Roger Rabbit) and Kathleen Turner (as Jessica Rabbit) was brilliant, as was Bob Hoskins as the liveaction detective Eddie Valiant. And the dialogue was really clever. Who can ever forget Jessica saying, ‘I’m not bad; I’m just drawn that way?’ I loved it!” In addition to the preternaturally sexy “’toon” Jessica Rabbit—a combination of Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth and Playboy bunny—the movie fired on all cylinders as a razzmatazz ode to 1940s gum shoe thrillers, wrapped around a manic cast of stretchy, wacky, wise-cracking cartoon characters from several different studios. Another astonishing aspect of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was that the movie assembled, for the first time ever, many of the favorite characters of Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros, Fleischer Studios, Walter Lantz Productions, King Features, etc. Your eyes can’t leave the screen for fear of maybe missing a fleeting cameo by one of your favorite characters. How was the movie able to corral so many characters from so many different studios and creators? Reportedly, it was producer Spielberg who accomplished that herculean feat of licensing permissions. Never before—or since— has such an epic cast of ‘toons appeared onscreen together. “Roger Rabbit” demonstrated to the studios that audiences would still respond to a cleverly written, well designed, wonderfully drawn and brilliantly directed full-length animated feature,” says Heeter. “It broke the mold in so many ways.” The movie went on to win four Oscars—for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best

Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and a Special Achievement Oscar for animation director Richard Williams. “The film appeals to adults and children alike,” says Hilbert Museum Director Mary Platt, “which is one of the reasons we wanted this exhibition. It’s subversive and subtle enough to keep grown-ups laughing, but the grown-up jokes and visuals fly right past the kids, who love it for the more blatant gags and the funny character bits. It’s really a movie for everyone, in a way that today would be focus-grouped and story-managed to within an inch of its life. But in 1988, it somehow emerged full-blown and delightfully uncalculated in its absolute zaniness.” Was the film a game-changer for Disney? In a way, yes. The success of “Roger Rabbit” in 1988 broke the studio out of its tepid “Fox and the Hound/Black Cauldron” doldrums and paved the way for the so-called “Disney renaissance” that began the following year with the release of “The Little Mermaid,” a much more conventional return to the animated fairy-tale Disney features of the 1930s through the 1950s, presented like a Broadway musical (which it would later become). “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and many more followed, leading to the Pixar period and the digital-driven animation of today. Nothing from Disney (or any other animation studio) ever really matched “Roger Rabbit” again, though, in terms of pure, revolutionary weirdness and mile-a-minute creativity. It’s a one-off, the kind of movie we may never see again. Yet it remains fresh, funny and amazingly ofthe-moment today, 32 years later. You can re-visit many of its top moments via the art in the Hilbert Museum exhibition, or cue “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” up to view on Disney+.

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University is located at 167 North Atchison St., Orange. The museum remained closed at press time. To check for reopening plans: 714-516-5880, www.hilbertmuseum.com, or follow @hilbertmuseum on Facebook and Instagram. If the closure extends into the fall, the “Roger Rabbit” exhibition’s run dates will be extended. w w w. O r a n g e R e v i e w . c o m / e v e n t s

To see these paintings call 714-998-8662 for a studio visit and meet the masked, but friendly, artist Marinus Welman

Summer Time 24 x 36” A/C

Lifting Fog at Point Lobos 24 x 36” O/C

Mission San Miguel 24 x 36” O/C

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A Creative, Cultural & Culinary Neighbor with Don Cribb

In recent years, Downtown Santa Ana has successfully reimagined itself into a revitalized creative cultural hub and culinary center. Within the 10-block area of the Artists Village and East End districts and surrounding areas are a plethora of up-trending businesses that continue to add to the increasingly diverse and exciting fabric of the area. Santa Ana’s ever-increasing incoming tide of talent and enthusiasm continues to draw new and return visitors. Here are some trendsetting businesses that have had key roles in re-envisioning Downtown Santa Ana and making the city a destination.

Alta Baja Market Celebrating the “new” Santa


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Ana while nodding to the past, Alta Baja Market & Café blends a grocery store with a café and educational space. Created by longtime Santa Ana business owner and resident Delilah Snell and located at the 4th Street Market, the café celebrates the foods and crafts of California, Mexico and the American Southwest. In addition to a curated wine and craft beer list, people come from far and wide for the café’s specialties, including Micheladas and Blue Cornbread.

Benchmark Restaurant Like many up-trending eating establishments in Downtown Santa Ana, Benchmark Restaurant seamlessly combines upscale with casual, making for a market-driven culinary experience featuring

fresh and seasonal dishes. Owned and run by Duane Greenleaf and Pedro Arizmendi, the restaurant features outdoor atrium seating, creating the perfect backdrop for regional wines and local craft beers paired with culinary favorites such as their Gochujan Fried Chicken and Lamb Ragu.

Blinking Owl Named after a bar that used to operate in Santa Ana, the Blinking Owl is one of the first distilleries in the state of California to hold the Type 74 Craft Distillers License. This means you can enjoy tasting, as well as buy a few bottles when you fall in love with a distilled spirit. Blinking Owl features a wide variety of special distilled spirits made on the premises,

including Whiskey, Gin and Vodka. Located on Washington Ave. and Santiago in Santa Ana, the distillery is owned and operated by Brian and Robin Christenson, who formerly ran Scribble Theory art gallery, and their friend and business partner, Kirsten Vangsness, who played Penelope Garcia on the CBS drama “Criminal Minds.”

Electric City Butcher The Electric City Butcher is a prime example of how the City of Santa Ana has inspired an eclectic mix of culinary experiences. Owner Michael Puglisi brought traditions from the other side of the world when he opened his shop after being inspired by the way his cousin in Sicily runs his butcher shop. This resulted in a responsibly sourced, whole animal butcher

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Don Cribb is the Founder of the Santa Ana Artists Village, served eight years on the Santa Ana Planning Commission, three years on the Environment and Traffic Advisory Committee to the City Council, and is the former Chair of the Santa Ana Arts Commission.

shop providing custom, cut-to-order meats and charcuterie. The meat comes from small, family-owned farms on California soil and is processed and sent directly to the Electric City Butcher.

4th Street Marketplace Created to showcase innovative food and trailblazing entrepreneurs, the 4th Street Market in Downtown Santa Ana features a gallery of gourmet and incubator restaurants featuring a fusion of foods offering a wide variety of choices. The culinary destination and surrounding upscaled community are the result of the efforts of Ryan Chase and his family. Chase is president of Downtown Inc., a leading business improvement organization. His father, Irving Chase, is an influential property owner and a board member for Chapman University.

Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags Stroll through Downtown Santa Ana, and you’re likely to run across well-known brand names. This includes Harvey’s Seatbelt Bags. This handbag design and manufacturing company founded, owned and operated by husband and wife, Dana and Melanie Harvey, features creative bags composed of actual seatbelt material. Dana originally came up with the idea in 1997, while installing seat belts into a vintage 1950 Buick. He decided to create a matching handbag for Melanie with extra seatbelt material.

Mix Mix In keeping with the fusion approach to dining known throughout Santa Ana’s culinary district, Mix Mix’s unusual name comes from a popular dessert made in the Philippines known as Halo-halo, which translates to Mix Mix. Mix Mix’s owner and chef, Ross Pangilinan, takes this same approach with his restaurant’s offerings. The continually evolving menu features a wide variety of dishes. Pangilinan, who is Filipino, likes to mix things up with foods that have a little bit of sweetness, spice, sour and crunch. This includes his Seared Albacore Tostada and Filipino Ceviche.

OmG–Omakase Sushi is a staple in most culinary hubs, but few equal the works of art made by owner and sushi chef Gino Choi. The restaurant features 16-course meals served in an intimate setting as Choi prepares the food while guests watch and he answers questions. Menu choices vary according to what’s in season. Items you’ll likely find on the menu during this unique dining experience include his signature sashimi plate and appetizers like Ankimo (monkfish liver) pate.

Playground A favorite dining establishment amongst nearby residents of Santa Ana’s Artist village, as well as diners from afar, this aptly named Downtown Santa Ana mainstay restaurant features modestly priced gourmet food and drink in a trendy atmosphere. Owner and Chef Jason Quinn strives to offer fine dining inspired food to everyone who walks through the doors. Some favorites include their Wild Boar Belly Poutine and Veal Marrow.

Gardening in a Pandemic


by Brande Jackson

“Gardening in a pandemic” was not a phrase I would have ever thought I’d be writing when this year started, but life is often about surprises and the unexpected, and, well, here we are! Gardens seem to be very ‘in’ right now, at least according to social media posts. This is wonderful, of course, as there is lots of research regarding the benefits of gardening, from stress reduction all the way to making healthier living choices. We have seen this increase in the “demand for plants” in our own nursery. After being closed for several months, we had the busiest June we have ever had! Many of us seem to want to plant things right now. The question is why? NPR reported on this back in May, quoting Jennifer Atikson, a professor of environmental studies: “What people are starved for right now isn’t food, but contact with something real. We spend all day on screens…We can’t even give hugs or shake hands. So all of a sudden, the appeal of sinking your hands in the dirt and using your body in ways that matter, that becomes irresistible.” Maybe it’s the “Zoom meeting fatigue,” feeling the need to be outdoors, or an instinct for providing for yourself, but the “victory garden vibes” are strong this year. I think there might also be something about the fact that it is just deeply satisfying to grow something, to nurture it, learn about it and help it turn into something new. Digging in the dirt has long been a salve for the soul, and it seems that an entire new generation of gardeners are being born as a result of the upheavals we have all lived through recently. So, for all the new (and not so new!) gardeners out there who had an abundant spring, don’t forget that if you live in Southern California, you get to garden all year long! August and September might be hot, but, with a bit of mulch and maybe some extra shade, you can keep on gardening. If you are into veggies and other edibles, late summer is when you start seeds for fall and winter plants like brussels sprouts, carrots (plant carrot seeds in cycles – spaced out around 3 weeks – so that you don’t have a bunch of carrots at once, you want to keep them coming!), cauliflower, broccoli, as well as greens like kale and chard. You can still plant cucumbers and squash and the like, too, but you’ll need to get some that are already somewhat established plants. It’s too late for seeds on those. You can always plant sunflower seeds, though, and in our humble opinion, you should, they make everything a little bit better! On the flowering front, we like to plant salvia this time of year (all year, really, but it’s a great fall plant in SoCal), rudbeckia, foxglove, milkweed and geum. As a bonus, most of these are fairly drought tolerant, too. The best advice we can give new gardeners is to pay attention. If your plant looks droopy and the soil is dry, give it some more water. If the soil is damp and the plant looks sad, a little less. Burned looking leaves usually means too much sun. Leaves turning yellow or dropping is often not enough of it. Gardening is trial and error, in the best possible way. Like we have all had to learn to do over the past few months, it’s about adapting, adjusting, changing course when you need to and staying committed to new growth. Go outside and dig in the dirt. We promise it will make you feel better!

Brande Jackson is the owner of Johnnye Merle’s Gardens, located in Country Roads in Old Towne Orange at 204 West Chapman. @johnnye_merles_gardens She can be reached at brande@johnnyemerles.com. Check out her walking tours of DTLA – featuring lots of gardens! – at nobodywalksin.la.


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