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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.

Alayna Dunklin

SEVIIN is an Orange County based, online clothing store committed to bringing comfortable, high-quality garments to children from 0-18/24 months. I often get asked how I decided on the name “SEVIIN”, and it’s simple; it came about because the number seven in roman numerals is “VII”. To some it is just a number, but to me it’s everything! Seven letters in their first, middle and last name. My two boys, Dalante Donnell Dunklin. Read more>>

Nkolika

I started rapping when I was about 17. I would freestyle in-front of groups of people and they loved it. After that I started dropping freestyles on soundcloud. Ive always been inspired by lil Kim and the way she rapped as well as left eye. Lil Kim’s style when it came to high fashion, luxurious living really shaped the way I rap today. I dropped my first single “Daddy” in November of 2019. Its gained a lot of attention and so far it has over 300,000+ streams. Read more>>

Maris Ensing

I grew up and was educated in the Netherlands. I moved to the UK in my early twenties and worked at a company that did commercial research and development with projects that involved electronics and software as well as physics, chemistry, optics and a whole host of other disciplines. I ended up running my own aerospace team, working on scientific satellite subsystems. Read more>>

Summer Sharma

As a little kid, I always wanted to climb the highest tree and jump off so my parents put me in gymnastics when I was six years old. They told me I was ruining their couches so I needed to go somewhere ELSE to be hyper. Little me couldn’t believe that there was a sport that taught you HOW to flip safely and land “pretty.” I was hooked and no one could tell me differently. My late coach nicknamed me “Mowgli” and I sure lived up to the name. Read more>>

Chasen Paige

I’m 24 years old. I’ve lived in 6 states, been to 10 schools, excluding being homeschooled for a year, and have now lived in 20 homes and counting. Yes, I know that’s a lot. The one thing I’ve learned throughout life is that change is inevitable. You will adapt, it just takes time, and to understand and feel out the hard times. Once you’re on the other side, you see the picture clearer and why it needed to happen. Read more>>

Lateefah Smith

I am the Founder of The Veggie Connection. The Veggie Connection is an event where attendees are exposed to a host of plant-based vendors, speakers, entertainment, and more in 2nd tier cities. The Veggie Connection aims to not only create awareness regarding the plant-based lifestyle but to ensure that it is accessible, enjoyable and sustainable for all who are on this journey towards wellness and abundance. Read more>>

Luis Hernandez

After years of trying the college route and changing majors like 5 or 6 times, I ended up settling for a small-business degree. I moved to Wisconsin to continue my education there, but unfortunately it did not work out after a few months. I moved back to California towards the end of 2015. In 2016, my cousin was the Kicker for his high school football team. During practice, he ended up straining his hamstring and could no longer continue fulfilling his kicking duties. Read more>>

Brigette Santana

I have been modeling from age 16-39. That is a long amount of time in this industry. I raise two young boys and a teenager. I manage my time between my career and my children. I was born in Escondido but, I was raised on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Banning C.A. I moved to Orange County at age 19 to pursue my modeling career. I am currently enjoying where my career is going. Read more>>

Angelina Espinosa

Alpha Business Service is a sole proprietorship owned and operated by Angelina Espinosa that provides tax compliance and return preparation services, as well, notary services. Alpha Business Services has a humble beginning. The principal owner of this sole proprietorship has over 13 years of experience in the area of taxation. Read more>>

Jeffrey Basa

It all started when I was a little kid around the age of 5-6. I was always attracted to listening to music and sometimes even dancing to it. Whenever my family, specifically my cousins, would start playing music, they would instantly hype me up and make me start dancing to it. When I turned nine years old, I started playing the piano. Later on, my parents put me into piano lessons to help me get better and compete in recitals. Read more>>

Shea Hardiman

My yoga journey started in 2012 when I was backpacking Europe. I had left a marketing job because I felt unfulfilled. I traveled around filming a documentary asking people what the meaning of life was. During this time, I signed up for a yoga teacher training. That is where I discovered my life purpose. I started teaching yoga which lead me to astrology and later on doula work. Read more>>

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