Who: Sidecar Doughnuts co-founders Chi-Lin and Sumter Pendergrast are lovers of coffee, community, each other and, you guessed it, doughnuts. In 2012, they noticed 17th street in their hometown of Costa Mesa transforming from a sleepy stroll into a diverse and throbbing thoroughfare. Inspired by the tight-knit and collaborative community, the Pendergasts set out to bring the good people of Costa Mesa the freshest doughnuts in the world. The sweet combination of farmers market fresh huckleberry doughnuts and signature coffee blends from Stumptown quickly stole the hearts of the neighborhood, so they opened up a second shop in Santa Monica. Below, Chi-Lin takes us on a tour of Costa Mesa and beyond.
Images courtesy of @sidecardoughnuts
Chi-Lin Pendergrast: Our flagship location in Costa Mesa is, more than anything, based on the fact that it was near our home and we were looking for a place to serve our own local community. The area has continued to grow and grow and we’ve loved being a part of it. In fact, that is how we ended up in Santa Monica! Mendocino Farms opened up down the street from us on 17th in Costa Mesa and we became friendly and really just fell in love with each other’s brands. Just as we were looking to expand to a second location, they approached us about one in Santa Monica. And, as it turned out, the Santa Monica location was very similar to our Costa Mesa spot – right on a main road, Wilshire Blvd., and surrounded by neighborhoods. So it was perfect!
ENC (Environmental Nature Center)
Company of Angels
A'maree's in Newport Beach
Common Room Roasters
Heritage Mercantile Co.
Aleph Gallery on Lido Island
Little Saigon in Fountain Valley for Pho
Pork Belly Club
Environmental Nature Center courtesy of @bravelittleexplorers
Images courtesy of @commonroomroasters
Header image courtesy of @sidecardoughnuts