Category Archives: Buy Local

Patchwork Show – Santa Ana June 15

Find us at this wonderful festival on Father’s Day!

patchwork modern creative festival


Join us at Patchwork Show: Modern Creative Festival and shop local from 200+ local independent vendors featuring handmade & independently designed goods including clothing, art, paper goods, accessories and housewares.

– FREE bike valet from The Bicycle Tree
– FREE shuttle at East End lot (pickup at 4th/Spurgeon) + Santa Ana train station
– Over 150 craft artisans
– 35+ artisan food vendors, pop-up restaurants and gourmet food trucks
– DIY/hands on crafting station from The Makery 
-3 stages of music & performance art all day from OCCCA , Naturalist for You & Royal Albatross
– Joia beverage bar + tasting station
– Pop-up trucks : The library Truck, Fashion Truck & Lil’ Green Wagon
All of downtown is celebrating Fathers Day! Restaurants are hosting special meals + drinks + events throughout the day!
PLAYGROUND: visit this Jonathan Gold’s (LA Times) list of The 101 Top Restaurants
CIVIC EATS (corner of Civic Center @ Bristol): Tri tip + eggs or chorizo burger combo from 9-2PM
C4 DELI: Happy Hour from 3PM – 6:30PM
CHAPTER ONE: Buy dad a meal and we will provide a select craft draft beer or Bloody Maria “Ozawa”!
LOLA GASPAR: Pasture menu + two World Cup matches (11:30/2:30)
and more specials from restaurants across downtown!

Want free lunch + Patchwork Show mugs?
We need a few more volunteers for the Santa Ana show. Send an email to if you want to help out.

Supporting local artists/ crafters

As I mentioned, at Patchwork Santa Ana I started my Christmas shopping.

Now to explain, I’m someone that doesn’t think Christmas season and shopping should happen before Thanksgiving.  So it’s common for me to start the weekend after Thanksgiving.  The biggest shopping weekend of the year.  But I didn’t step foot in any mall or big box store.  I stuck to local vendors working their own pop-up booths at a big craft fair.


I’m not going to give too much detail – so I don’t give away information on what my friends and

family are getting for Christmas.  But I shopped at a couple of great vendors.  This amazing artist, Chris Kawagiwa, had some amazing prints of his original works in his booth.  Be sure you check out his work for the fanboys in your life:



And who doesn’t love PAC MAN and Ms. PAC MAN ghosts!  I shopped at felt artists Ester Shin’s booth:

Remember, support local artists and businesses this holiday shopping season!  It’s good for your neighborhood!


Walking the Walk – (buying local)

So, as you’ve figured out if you read any of this blog, I’m considered a “local” small business owner.  My other half and I (with our daughter) are running the candy business.  He and I also own another local small business (CC Fine Furniture).  So every year at this time, I start to encourage folks to shop local for their holiday gifts.


I’m proud to say that last year I did buy a few holiday gifts from local handmade vendors at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Christmas Crafts Village and other events.   This year I’d like to take that further.  I am going to try to buy all of my holiday gifts from local businesses/ makers.  I have to admit, this is harder for me than it should be.  I love to shop online.  I tend to search for the best deal and frequent those big chain stores more than I should .

So I’m going to post about my experience shopping local.  I’ll be posting about some great places/ events to do your local shopping at as well.  And I’m going to be featuring any vendor/ local shop that I buy from in future blog posts.

I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to join me on this adventure and I’ll try to feature your experiences too.

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