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Getting to know East End - Downtown Santa Ana
East End Spotlight

5th Element Magazine


It’s said the only constant in life is change. For Downtown Santa Ana (DTSA), it has been a culture and hub that truly embraces this idea. With an oncoming wave of new entrepreneurs, DTSA has been buzzing throughout Southern California, creating a fresh atmosphere for an area few would have guessed to be a hot spot for the current generation.  It began when property manager, Ryan Chase, took a chance and worked towards making his vision come alive. Within a span of a few years, a breath of new life has entered DTSA and the mark of another era has definitely begun.  We sat down with Ryan, along with a host of individuals who have helped make the new East End of Downtown Santa Ana the vibrant and revitalized area that it is now. Read More...

East End Artwalk Continues Saturday April 5

The East End Artwalk showcases the arts and community in the revitalized Downtown Santa Ana area.

The East End Artwalk expands beyond Santa Ana’s favorite "first Saturday" artwalk boundaries, extending into 3rd and 5th streets, and Bush and French streets in the heart of the Downtown. The monthly event attracts art enthusiasts of all walks to enjoy art displays and live music throughout the newly renovated East End District.

For the April 5 artwalk installment, Konsept presents Analog MC at the Plaza Santa Ana on the corner of 4th and French streets starting at 6 pm. The event will showcase local rappers and live music by Dye The River, Collin Mac Quartet, Roque Castaneda, Iota Arcane, C-Tre, Karlton Phresh with headliner Hippie-C and more. Visual artists showcased include Lizz Zee, J, Stacy Russo, Sharlene Luna and other local talents jamming out to live music.

Can-U-Not located at 206 East 4th Street will present a unique art show inspired by the films of Wes Anderson called "I Will Never Be Your Friend." Over 30 artists will be exhibiting the thematic work and Chip Monk, Hollow Ran, Let’s Drive to Alaska and more will perform live music to set the tone.

The CW&CS Gallery at 220 East 4th Street will host the special event Santa Ana Wins: Game of S.K.A.T.E. presented in association with JOUVON x StoopDown Limited and the Bridge to Skate Organization. The Game of S.K.A.T.E. will be a one round tournament with 40 planned skateboards competing for first place and prizes. The flat ground skateboarding will take place inside the gallery next to various mural works of art.

Bespoke Cut & Sew at 206 East 4th Street will be offering on the spot tailoring throughout the artwalk evening. Vapor Lair at 210 East 4th Street will feature a juice tasting and contest. The winner’s juice will be featured at all four Vapor Lair locations.

Frida Cinema located at 305 East 4th Street will open doors for the art exhibit "Controversial Celluloid" co-presented by X Is The Weapon. Works by local Santa Ana artists will be on display throughout the theater. Multiple films will run throughout the day and evening including Dogville at 2pm, Manderlay at 5:30pm, A Clockwork Orange at 11:55pm and Nymphomaniac showing at 12pm, 2:45pm, 5:15pm and 8pm. Yost Theater at 307 North Spurgeon Street will host a special East End Downtown Santa Ana artwalk after party co-hosted by Bespoke Cut & Sew and the Vapor Lair.

The East End Artwalk unites art enthusiasts and visionaries to celebrate the flourishing creative community in Downtown Santa Ana. Come for the art and entertainment and stay for the dining and nightlife that make Downtown Santa Ana the cultural epicenter of OC.

East End Spotlight

IO by Playground

220 East 4th St.

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Since debuting in November 2011, Playground has firmly established itself at the forefront of the Orange County dining scene, earning legions of followers in the process. As sharp as Chef Jason Quinn's cooking is, though, there was just something more that he wanted. He dreamed of a place where he could truly celebrate his obsessively-sourced, often times scarce ingredients, an intimate venue where the bounds of cost, complexity, and time go out the window. His vision has been realized in the form of IO, an invitation-only dining series held sporadically at 2.0, a "culinary theater" of sorts situated right next door to the main restaurant (the space is also used for private dinners, pop-ups, cooking classes, and other special events). Inside, you'll find an intimate room housing 17 seats surrounding a well-equipped exhibition kitchen. Read More...

East End Spotlight

Frida Cinema

305 East 4th St.

The historic Yost Theater

[East End] saw what the Cinematheque was and is doing in Long Beach and has now provided them the opportunity to run and program a full-time arthouse cinema—which truly equates to any film geek's dream. The permanent space--inside what is now the Fiesta Twin in Downtown Santa Ana--permits the nonprofit to run student films, LGBT fare, films that lack distributors or have micro-budget, and other pieces of the cinematic spectrum that may have otherwise never met a wall to be shown on outside of computer and television screens. And come September, the Cinematheque's permanent location—two screens with some 650 seats between them—will be offering daily servings of cinematic goodness on top of its local, Long Beach mobile programming.

East End Spotlight

Fourth Street Market

Coming Spring 2014

The historic Yost Theater

Orange County to Have a Real Food Market In—Where Else?—Downtown Santa Ana
The idea is to have a dozen small-scale restaurants that in a Mexican mercado would be called fondas, as well as coffee, beer, and wine. There will be kitchens for smaller-scale projects, like incubators for people whose business models are too large for the cottage food law but too small for traditional commercial kitchens; a gluten-free kitchen and a confectionary kitchen. The market part will emphasize local artisans, including a butcher shop to be run by Michael Puglisi, a whole-animal butcher who moved West from Boston's Butchershop and rose from in-house butcher to sous chef at Bouchon in Beverly Hills. Much of the food for sale will come from the commercial kitchens, and there will be a demo space as well. Read More...

East End Spotlight


200 East 4th St.

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9 years ago we opened our first location in the heart of Costa Mesa. Before then it was a different time, sneaker boutiques weren’t a term just yet. For basketball shoes you would check out Footlocker. For skate shoes you would check out Niketown etc. It’s 2012 now and we now have a stores in San Diego and also Downtown LA. Orange County is where we started where our first store is. Downtown Santa Ana in the past few years has grown into a very exciting city. A lot of good energy has been flowing through with new businesses coming in making a lot of noise and we had to be a part of it. We are proud to announce our 4th BLENDS location in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana. We are on 4th St. which is historically the main street of Santa Ana. Please come check us out. 

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With extensive building and landscaping renovation, including the opening of several new retailers and renovated restaurants as well as several establishments that will be opening over the coming months, East End is a pedestrian promenade located between 3rd and 5th Streets and Bush and French Streets in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana.

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E Fourth St & N Bush St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

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