The LAB in Costa Mesa invites you to explore the SoBeCa District, an acronym for "South on Bristol Entertainment, Culture and Arts," wherein lies a unique enclave of boutique shops, one-of-a-kind eateries and artistic happenings from art showings, poetry readings, musical offerings and seasonal festivals.
This one-of-a-kind destination is known for reaching out to the Orange County community to bring together a diverse mix of cultures with shared interests in art, music, fashion and the outdoors. Pamper yourself at the Crew Salon, where they use the latest concepts and modern to give you a new look. Find the latest shades to protect our eyes and complement your style at the Eye Society. Visit several trendy stores such as Blends, The Hives, and Arth where you can experiment with fashion.
If you take a moment to admire the structure of The LAB, you will notice that it is made up of remnants of what was once a goggle-making factory. The site has been creatively transformed and now includes a relaxed indoor-outdoor courtyard that invites customers to lounge, relax and enjoy regular events. While you're at the LAB, don't miss out on trying some of the best foods in town. The Gypsy Den Cafe is a popular choice among guests for because of its organic coffees and teas, Habana is well-known for their authentic Cuban cuisine and Zipangu gives guests a new way to look at authentic Japanese dining.
The LAB has distinguished itself from other shopping centers by staying true to its "anti-mall" atmosphere. Unique stores such as Urban Outfitters and Buffalo Exchange inspire customers to create their own identity by experimenting with a variety of genuine looks. The eclectic array of one-of-a-kind clothing shops featuring clothing, hats, sunglasses and shoes is what has trend-setting shoppers returning regularly to this distinctive shopping center.