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Neighborhoods: Costa Mesa
The Trendy East Side
Heritage Mercantile Co.
Artisan goodies abound in this treasure-trove of unusual gifts. Choose from shiny headbands ($32), vintage bracelets ($105), wooden toys ($25), tea sets ($120), and more. 1720 Santa Ana Ave., 949-646-2417, shopheritagemercantile.com
In one corner, you may find sparkly earrings ($20). In another, Courtshop jeans ($125) and an Oats cashmere wrap ($235). It all has the same cool, casual California vibe, no matter the price. 1720 Santa Ana Ave., 949-650-0910, uptowngirlclothing.com
Don’t let the decor fool you. These doughnuts are thoroughly modern, with flavors such as Callebaut chocolate mint ($3). So is the java, with beans made from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters. 270 E. 17th St., 949-887-2910 sidecardoughnuts.com
You won’t find design snobs here—just a friendly staff, plush chairs and couches (starting at $1,500), cozy blankets (starting at $150), and rustic tables stocked with candles ($40) and picture frames ($35). 270 E. 17th St., 949-515-2335, gatehousehome.com
Photographs by Amanda DeFrancis