Are you hunting for cool, music-related artifacts in Orange County?
Look no farther. The OC Mart Mix in Costa Mesa just debuted Analog, which specializes in handmade items that celebrate sound and art. It's a new resource for one-of-a-kind products, local art, hard-to-find boutique music equipment, and handmade accessories.
Analog is the brainchild of Alex Forsythe, who founded the concept that speaks to musicians and sound enthusiasts looking for found objects. Forsythe's company, Walldogs, creates advertising murals on buildings in Los Angeles, most recently portraits of Clippers' players on the Hotel Figueroa.
Analog is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Mix is at 3313 Hyland Ave.. For more information, visit http://www.theocmartmix.com/analog.
Kahoots, an animal and pet supply company, just opened its second Orange County store at 5 Points Plaza in Huntington Beach.
Kahoots offers supplies for fish, birds, reptiles, cats and dogs, as well as specialty items like dog runs and large enclosures. Premium name brand products and all natural animal foods are available at competitive prices.
It's open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Kahoots is at 18681 Main St. #102. For more information, call (714) 842-1841, or visit kahootspet.com. Kahoots is also at 26012 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo. For more information, call (949) 348-1682.
Film buffs can give back and have a memorable experience as volunteers at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival, running from April 26 to May 3.
As a volunteer, you can participate in guest relations, merchandise sales, theater ushering and office reception, and you'll deal directly with filmmakers and directors. You just need to attend an orientation meeting, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Newport Beach City Council Chambers, 3300 Newport Blvd.
Tanya bakes up Tasty Tempting Treats
After years of baking whoopies, meringue kisses and other sweets for friends while running a commercial stone design company, Tanya von Mittenwald finally closed her business to dedicate time to her real passion: baking.
She recently launched Irvine-based Tasty Tempting Treats by Tanya, where she bakes old-fashioned favorites combined with current trends in flavors and the season. Tanya's signature is the whoopie pie, which some could argue is the better parts of a cupcake, just the frosting and cake shaped into a cookie.
She takes a traditional whoopie pie and puts her spin on it, offering red velvet with cream cheese filling, stout cake with milk chocolate filling, black currant with absinthe filling, dark chocolate truffle with mint filling, and blood orange with lemon curd filling.
A set of 10 whoopie big pies costs $30. Other sweet treats include Raspberry lemon cake, chocolate truffle cake, meringue kisses, bourbon pecan pie tassies, and shortbread cookies.