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Orange County’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Orange County’s gems below.

Ysabel Hilado

I’m a 21-year-old Filipina fashion designer based out of Artesia, CA. Since high school, I’ve taught myself everything I know strictly from tutorials straight out of Pinterest and YouTube. From cutting Barbie dolls’ clothes, drawing up designs, and watching True Jackson VP, fashion became a part of my life at a young age. Read more>>

Nicholas McPherson

Creatives need to always be learning and evolving, and I wanted a range of skills across the board to make whatever I could dream up. I have been fortunate to work on a variety of items from jewelry design to large scale murals, and I could not be happier to get up every day and make something new. Read more>>

Christine Finkelson

I feel really lucky that I was trained in the darkroom with black & white and color film. I believe it gave me a lot of tools and an artistic language to utilize. All the photographic digital software is based on that language. I now work primarily with digital capture. Read more>>

Abigail Kim

I genuinely want to share and represent the beauty of multicultured and multiethnic individuals and artists around the world and am hoping that I can eventually lead that army into the next generation of artists who will collectively breakthrough the current societal standards of the music industry. Read more>>

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