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Steampunk in O.C.

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Known steampunk activity and resources in Orange County, California and environs:

ANNUAL EVENTS

January: HRM Steampunk Symposium in Long Beach

On the Queen Mary
January 16-19, 2015
http://hrmsteam.com/

February: Steamathon in Las Vegas

February 6-8, 2015
Main Street Station Casino, Hotel, and Brewery
http://www.steamathon.com/

February: The Dickens Festival in Riverside

February 21-22, 2015
3585 Main St
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 781-3168
http://dickensfest.com A support group was just formed on meetup.com (as of November 2014): http://www.meetup.com/Victorian-Era-Meetup-by-Riverside-Dickens-Festival/

September: Gaslight Gathering in San Diego

The Gaslight Gathering Steampunk and Victoriana Convention
Gaslight 5 -- September 18-20, 2015
Town & Country Resort Hotel
500 Hotel Circle
San Diego, CA 92108
http://gaslightgathering.org/

MEETUPS AND IRREGULAR GATHERINGS


MUSEUMS

Heritage Museum of Orange County

3101 West Harvard St.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
714-540-0404
Friday: 1 pm - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
http://heritagemuseumoc.org/the-kellogg-house/
  • The Kellogg House — a late example of Queen Anne-style Victorian architecture built in 1898.
  • The Maag Farmhouse — a 5,000 square foot Colonial Revival house built in 1899.
Support Group: Victorian Tea Society of Orange County, formed in 1993 with the primary purpose of fund-raising for the Heritage Museum of Orange County. http://www.meetup.com/Victorian-Tea-Society-of-Orange-County/. Contact: VTSofOrangeCounty@gmail.com

Old Orange County Courthouse

211 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714)973-6605 or (714)973-6607
oldcourthouse@ocparks.com
http://ocparks.com/historic/oldcourt/
Built during the 1890’s and opened in 1901, this landmark is Southern California’s oldest court building. Docent tours by appointment only. Self-guided tours are also available. Tours are free of charge. Admission to the Old Courthouse Museum is free. Metered parking is available in the lot on the north side of the Old Courthouse. Open: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as certain evenings and weekends.

Other Victorian Houses in Orange County, California

See https://victorianhousesinocca.wordpress.com/ for a splendid directory of Victorian houses in Orange County, California that was compiled by Adam Bein.

EATERIES WITH STEAMPUNK ATMOSPHERE (alphabetical)

(Not included are the dozen or so Tea Rooms throughout Orange County. See http://www.teamap.com/states/state_CA_City.html for a list of California tea rooms sorted by city name.)

Caffe Caldo

Italian food, coffee & tea
21070 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 960-5900
caffecaldoespresso.com

The Copper Door Bar

This large basement venue with a raised stage in Santa Ana has rustic pine tables/benches and exposed piping that create a bit of a steampunk vibe.
225 1/2 N. Broadway (Basement Floor)
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 543-3813
http://thecopperdoorbar.com

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlors

These turn-of-the-century-styled eateries we enjoyed as kids are making a comeback. As of May 2015, there are four Orange County locations.
Brea Downtown
Buena Park
Mission Viejo
Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.farrellsusa.com

Knowlwood Restaurant (Dieselpunk)

The Santa Ana location of the Knowlwood restaurant chain is decorated with gas station Americana of the World War II era.
2107 East 17th Street (@ Tustin Avenue)
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 541-0555

Rockwell’s Bakery, Restaurant and Bar

Unique recipes served up in an eclectic atmosphere that is primarily inspired by Norman Rockwell (whose first Saturday Evening Post cover appeared in 1916), but also includes such gems as a chandelier that was used on the set of Bonanza and the facade of and British phone booth. The kitchen closes at 3pm on weekends, but the bar remains open late.
17853 Santiago Blvd
Villa Park, CA 92861
(714) 921-0622
rockwellsbakery.com

SteamPunk CoffeeBar & Kitchen (in Greater Los Angeles)

A gallery on site features local artists.
12526 Burbank Blvd
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 508-1276
steampunkla.com
Every day: 8am - 4pm

COSTUMES, VINTAGE CLOTHING, HATS AND ACCESSORIES (alphabetical)

Best Magic Gags & Costume

625 S Magnolia Ave
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 827-6442
bestmagic.com

Clockwork Couture, Inc. (in Greater Los Angeles)

Specialists in steampunk clothing. They are well connected in the entertainment and steampunk scenes and often host events. They sell online and in person.
707 S Main St
Burbank, CA 91506
(818) 478-1515
clockworkcouture.com

e4hats.com Headquarters and Storefront

701 S. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 870-6270
10am - 5pm (Mon thru Sat)
http://www.e4hats.com/

Elsewhere Vintage (for Women)

(Next door to Joyride: Vintage for Men.)
105 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 771-2116
elsewherevintage.com

Gasoline Alley

Custom costuming, year round.
3804 E Chapman Ave
Ste D
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 639-6550
gasolinealleycostumes.com

House Of Humor

Year-round costume rentals. Theatrical, magic, and haunted house props and accessories in stock and catalog, etc.
1215 Baker St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 540-3455
houseofhumor.net

Joyride: Vintage for Men

They may not have much clothing with a 19th century appearance, but the selection of shaving collectibles and other accessories might be worth a looksee. (Next door to Elsewhere Vintage for Women.)
109 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 771-2118

Villains Vintage Clothing

940 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 628-7488

Wicked Chamber

Lingerie and costumes, apparently with a good steampunk selection.
1959 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-5616

COMIC BOOKS, COLLECTIBLES AND GAMING (alphabetical)

Beach Ball Comics

3024 W Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804

Big Red Comics

162-B Glassel St
Orange, CA 92866

Comic Hero University

140 E Santa Fe Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
(949) 424-3768
ComicHeroU.com

Comics Toons N’ Toys

13542 Newport Ave
Tustin, CA 92780

Phat Collectibles

1201 S Euclid St
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 808-9355
phatcollectibles.com

The Realm Games and Comics

1033 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 990-8450
therealmgames.com

OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS WORTH MENTIONING

J.Verne & Co. Vaporium and Exploratorium

A Vaporium specialty shop (as in e-cigarettes) specifically with a steampunk motif.
The Shoppes at Stats
120 S Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 795-9308
jverneco.com

Watson’s Steampunk Odditorium (San Diego)

Out of business as of 10/2014.
421 S Coast Hwy Ste A
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 757-6628