The new Korean dessert hotspot, Mealtop, includes a variety of sweet treats like the sweet and icy bingsoo, Korean lattes, sweet rice cake toast called injeolmi, and other popular Korean pastries. The popular bingsoo is made of traditional ingredients including soft “snow” ice, braised red beans, chewy rice cakes and sweetened condensed milk. The desserts are made from scratch and the ingredients are selected and combined to create “luxury bingsoo.” This new, sweet cafe within The Source OC shopping center in Buena Park offers a glimpse into Korean culture through these yummy confections. Mealtop’s CEO Joon Baek said that her life’s goal is “to create the proper representation of Korean food and culture in Southern California starting with Mealtop, then beyond.”
6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, mealtopcafe.com
The Music Lair
Your growing musician now has access to all the lessons they need to become the artist they’ve always dreamed of. Fresh off their grand opening, The Music Lair offers lessons in everything related to digital music and equipment that your child could wish for. Music is growing in technology more and more every day, and for modern music artists a thorough understanding of the different equipment, audio machines and more is necessary to make music today. The Music Lair has beginner to advanced courses for ages 9-12, and was created by Grammy winner James Galvez. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instruction make learning fun. The guiding principles for The Music Lair are to teach their students to build, operate and troubleshoot digital audio recording systems, make custom sounds and layer musical instruments properly. These are the essential fundamentals of producing and of music theory, and by learning this your child grows in their musical abilities as well as confidence.
7545 Irvine Center Dr., Suite 200, Irvine, themusiclair.com
In 2017 we covered Hala’s Paws in Ladera Ranch for their luxury pet-care options, and now their quality wares are expanding into the Mission Viejo area for even more pet parents to enjoy. The grand opening of their new location happened this past June, and they are ready and waiting for you and your dog to come on by. Cat owners can come and pick out some cute new accessories too as Hala’s Paws caters to cats as well as canines. Hala Helstein, owner of Hala’s Paws, opened the original store in Ladera Ranch in 2011. Just a few of the choices Hala’s Paws offers for their four-legged customers include healthy food options, unique accessories and pet training. “Hala’s Paws is a retail pet store that truly cares about your furry companions,” said Helstein. “We provide expert advice on nutrition, training and socializing as well as high quality food and treats, lavish pet beds, collars, leashes, bowls, spa accessories, apparel and more.”
27525 Puerta Real, Suite #100, Mission Viejo, halaspaws.com