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THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

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to which beer was brewed with Citra hops versus Centennial hops. My solutions to these issues: Get a phone when yours breaks. Instagram rabbit holes are weird. And just order a friggin’ beer. No. Nonsense. Subsequently and certainly by no intentional means, that no-nonsense approach was also subtlety woven throughout some of the stories we told this year. For instance, we talked with subjects like Kori Clausen, who lost her husband to an unexpected heart attack, and we learned what rebuilding her life was like with four daughters. We talked with Joe Bark, a local paddleboard legend who is not one for the limelight but a certified badass who graced us with insight into what fuels his passion for life, family and the ocean. We talked with Tom Sullivan—author, entertainer, philanthropist, motivational Time sure fly.just Ashappens it turns out, our parents knew what speaker anddoes golfer—who to be blind. There is an intertwined theme here. No. Nonsense. And you, theythewere talking about when they said it goes faster and reader/viewer, responded. Profoundly so. We love where we live. And we here at Southbay have the good fortune of celfaster thewhere older you get. Here we arestories working on our last issue ebrating we live by highlighting some incredible of some incredible people who call this community home. And of the year, which is crazy to me. I always tell people that I we will continue to do so. Authentically with no nonsense. It’s the Holiday issue, so that means this issue is brought to think of the year in terms of our magazine issues. So when you by Morgan’s Jewelers Palos Verdes. Morgan’s is a family and operated the lastletter 71 years. for We atour Holiday Issue, I know I’mowned sitting here company typingforthis Southbay magazine have had the privilege of working with the team the last 10 consecutive years and deeply value it’s Morgan’s tick-tock until the new year. the partnership that has been established. Be sure to stop by their Palos Verdes showroom this holiday season to view I don’t about but I’m forthose the holidays. It feels different than last year, and their know wide array of you, exceptional giftexcited ideas for very special people your life and experience therelief. difference that Morgan’s it seems likeineveryone feels a sense of I’m excited for the in-person holiday parties. I Jewelers provides. moved this year, so I’m excited to decorate my place with all of my decorations that I have col-

lectedThank for years. Is this theHolidays, year I put up lights outside? I think it is. you, and Happy The Southbay team got together yesterday for lunch at a restaurant we all wanted to try. It

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was great to be together and catch up. We reflected on the past year and discussed our plans for next year. Everyone was excited. New sections in the magazine. Bringing events back to the community. As I sat there and looked around, I felt proud of everyone on the team and what we accomplished this year. We hope you liked it too and still get excited when the latest issue comes to your door. Jared Sayers, Group Publisher Speaking of time flying, this is the fifth year in a row our friend and long-term partner Morgan’s Jewelers Palos Verdes has sponsored our beloved holiday issue. We at Southbay appreciate their support and partnership throughout the years. Marshall and his dedicated team are ready to help you find the perfect gift for that someone special at Morgan’s, which has been family-owned and operated for more than 70 years. To help celebrate the holidays, the Morgan’s team is offering tremendous opportunities in value and quality for their beautiful pieces. Shop early for the best selection. I know they will be excited to see you and ready to provide their top-level customer service in a friendly environment. We at Southbay and our issue sponsor, Morgan’s Jewelers Palos Verdes, wish you a very happy holiday season with your loved ones. Enjoy every moment. Remember to shop local, and cheers to an amazing 2022 ahead. See you soon!

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Believe “We need a little Christmas … right this very minute.”

As we end another year of Southbay, I want to extend

It’s not even mid-November as I write this letter, and I

my thanks to everyone who makes this magazine hap-

can’t resist the urgency of this holiday song. “We need a

pen, including my creative and editorial teams, espe-

little music … need a little laughter.” Anyone else feeling

cially Michelle, Nikki and Laura; my publisher, Amy; our

my mood? Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas, I’m ready

incredible sales team, Erika, Marcie and Jen; and our

for you. It’s not the gifts, the extra sparkle, the holiday

wonderful business partners in the community.

parties or even the eggnog I’m craving. Togetherness—

And I’m grateful for you, our readers. We’re going on

that’s what I’m after. And it’s been absent in my life for

year 16 as we head into 2022 and couldn’t be more excit-

much too long.

ed for what’s to come. I wish each and every one of you a

I need my family. I need my friends. I need a collective

beautiful holiday, and we’ll see you in the new year.

exhale. I need to believe we can all get on the same page again, put aside our differences and find the common good. If I still wrote a letter to Santa, these would top my wish list. And I’d throw in some really nice cookies and milk to seal the deal. Am I being too greedy? Too optimistic? Maybe. But the season calls for cheer. More than ever. So “haul out the holly … fill up the stocking.” I need a little Christmas now.

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Lynn Stone and Mandy Gregory initially met when their eldest boys were in kindergarten together. Lynn’s family moved to Manhattan Beach in the middle of the school year. When Mandy’s son came home and announced that a new family had recently moved to the area from India, she reached out to Lynn with a dinner invitation. “I think it can be hard to acclimate in a small town,” says Mandy, who recognized that it can be even harder for a family to adjust when moving to a new country. Turns out Lynn and her family had actually moved from Florida, but the ladies got a kick out of the mix-up and have been friends ever since. Mandy, originally from the San Francisco Bay area, came to Southern California for grad school, where she studied psychology. Lynn’s background was in journalism. Despite coming from different professions, Lynn and Mandy had a lot in common. They were both busy moms, philanthropic community members and shared a passion for design. So after nearly a decade of working together on community service programs and developing a close friendship between their families, Lynn and Mandy decided to turn their creative interests into a business with the start of Hunter Carson Design. Back when Lynn and her husband, Rob Stone, were searching for a house in Manhattan Beach, there was one home in particular that Rob didn’t even want to get out of the car to see. “When we drove by this house, my husband looked up and it was very Victorian, very gingerbread and had a lot of different colors,” Lynn notes. “He said, ‘I just don’t see myself here.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh we found the house’—just because he

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“WE HAVE A VERY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. TO BALANCE LIFE AND

“We design our clients’ homes the same way we live in ours,” she explains—with fabrics that don’t fade and hardwood floors that can withstand roller skates. “My daughter was skating up here yesterday before dinner,” she says with a smile. With seven kids between them, life is busy—so cre-

WORK AND FAMILY,

ating balance is also a priority in their design process.

YOUR HOUSE HAS

balance life and work and family, your house has to be

TO BE CALM. WHEN

“We have a very active lifestyle,” Mandy notes. “To calm. When you walk into your home, it should be your sanctuary. It should be pretty and elevate your mood.” Lynn tackled her home’s renovation before she and

YOU WALK INTO YOUR

Mandy started Hunter Carson Design, but the two still

HOME, IT SHOULD BE

own,” Mandy notes. “But she would talk to me a lot.

YOUR SANCTUARY.

bounced ideas off one another. “She did this on her Same when I was building our house in Park City. I feel like we were collaborating even then.” Over the years, the two families have traveled to Park

IT SHOULD BE

City often. “We both love the mountains,” Mandy says.

PRETTY AND ELEVATE

Hunter Carson Design.

YOUR MOOD.”

And that connection has resulted in the expansion of “Our business is half in Park City and half here,” Lynn points out. “A lot of our clients in Park City started out as Manhattan Beach clients,” Mandy adds, which really speaks to the positive experiences their clients have had working with the two. “We’re not pushy, and we’re not aggressive,” Mandy

made that comment.” The original exterior may not have made a good first impression on Rob, but once inside, the property revealed a stunning and unobstructed view of the ocean.

wise, we like to bring fun to the situation.” Of course, understanding the unique needs of their clients and their individual spaces is also paramount

do. We can make this work,’” Lynn says.

to Hunter Carson Design’s process. “We want to know how many kids you have. Are you entertaining? We

highlighting the home’s prized feature: the view.

want to understand our clients’ lifestyles and work

As a mom, functionality was also a high priority.

within the framework of what they have and what they

Maximizing space and finding storage solutions was

like,” Lynn adds.

a must, as well as creating an environment that Lynn describes as both bulletproof and beautiful.

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“We looked out the window and said, ‘Oh, this we could The project was extensive, with Lynn focused on

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says. “Our point is to take away the stress, to bring

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amazing clients, so we’re pretty lucky,” Mandy says. What began as a shared interest has since evolved into a passion project and now a thriving business. But it hasn’t slowed down the ladies’ philanthropic efforts. Lynn is a member of the School on Wheels board, an organization that pairs homeless youth with volunteer tutors. And Mandy is the cofounder of the Uncle Kory Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing cancer research. The ladies are busy, and they’re making sure their families know the importance of serving their community. “We are constantly reminded of how incredibly generous this community is,” Lynn says. “It inspires us to give back even more.” ■

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season’s eatings WELCOME THE SPIRIT OF ST. NICK WITH THIS DELICIOUS (AND ADULT) SPIN ON MILK AND COOKIES. Written, photographed & produced by Kara Mickelson

Winter Spice Rum Almond Cookies


Perfect for entertaining and lovely as gifts, these cookies can be modified to make a myriad of flavor combinations. The dough is egg-free and can be gluten-free. We have listed some of our favorite upgrades on the next page, but don’t let that stop you from crafting your own signature cookie.

BASIC HOLIDAY COOKIE DOUGH Makes 24 cookies 1¼ cups 1-to-1 blend gluten-free flour (Bob’s Red Mill) or all-purpose flour

with a handheld mixer, cream butter, powdered sugar and brown sugar on medium-high until

¼ cup almond flour (not meal)

light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add rum and

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

vanilla; mix until combined. Reduce speed to

1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

low and add half of the flour mixture. Mix until

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

incorporated and then add remaining flour. The

1 tablespoon cornstarch

dough will be slightly dry but hold together when

½ teaspoon kosher salt

pressed between two fingers.

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Form dough into an evenly shaped cylinder 2½

½ cup powdered sugar

inches in diameter. Wrap dough tightly in plastic

¼ cup dark brown sugar or muscovado sugar

wrap. Freeze overnight.

1 tablespoon dark rum 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Slice the dough into ¼-thick rounds. Place cookies on a sheet tray 1½ inches apart. Freeze for 5 minutes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350º. Whisk flour, almond flour,

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden

cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cornstarch and salt in

brown on the edges. Let cool for 8 to 10 minutes

a medium bowl. Reserve.

on a wire rack. Serve immediately or place in an

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or

airtight container for up to two days.


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ALMOND RASPBERRY JEWELS

WINTER SPICE RUM ALMOND COOKIES

CHOCOLATE CHIP

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon

¼ cup powdered sugar, or more as needed

½ teaspoon almond extract

½ cup almond slivers, chopped into small dice

½ cup toffee bits

¼ to ½ cup sugar-free red raspberry

½ cup chopped bittersweet

fruit spread

Add ¼ cup powdered sugar to a bowl. Add warm (not hot) baked cookies to the powdered sugar to coat. Turn each cookie and add

or semisweet chocolate chips In the basic cookie recipe, add cardamon

more powdered sugar as needed. Continue

In the basic cookie recipe, substitute al-

to flour mixture. After the final mix, stir

until all the cookies are dusted with sugar.

mond extract for the vanilla extract. After

almonds into dough. Knead dough to thor-

Serve cool or slightly warm.

the final mix, add toffee and chocolate

oughly combine all the ingredients. Proceed

chips and stir. Knead dough to thoroughly

with the directions to shape the dough. After

CINNAMON & SUGAR

combine all the ingredients. Proceed with

removing dough from the freezer, allow it to

¼ cup granulated sugar

the directions to shape and bake the dough.

soften slightly and make a thumbprint in the

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Serve cool or warm.

center of each cookie. Spoon ¼ teaspoon jam into the center of each cookie. Chill cookies in

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small

the freezer for 5 minutes. Bake according to

bowl or dish. Once baked cookies have cooled,

the directions for the basic cookie dough. Let

sprinkle generously with cinnamon and

cookies cool before serving or storing.

sugar. Serve cool or slightly warm.


SPIKED VENETIAN HOLIDAY HOT COCOA Serves 1 to 2 ¼ cup mascarpone cheese 1 to 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided 1¾ cups heavy cream, divided ¼ cup water 2 tablespoon dark rum (use 1 tablespoon nonalcoholic rum or vanilla extract for kids) 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided¼ cup high-quality bittersweet chocolate baking chips (65% to 74% cacao) ¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder To make the topping, whisk mascarpone with powdered sugar using a stick blender with the whisk attachment and a tall container, or a handheld mixer. Whisk until combined and whipped. Add ½ cup cream and whisk until soft, billowy peaks form. Can be made one day in advance and stored covered in refrigerator. Stir before using. To make the cocoa, place 1¼ cups cream and water in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring continuously. Stir in rum and 1 tablespoon cocoa powder. Stir until combined. Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips and let sit for 1 minute so they begin melting. Whisk until combined. Pour the spiked chocolate into a mug. Spoon the whipped topping on top. Add remaining 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to a tea ball or sieve and dust the top of the whipped cream. Sprinkle espresso on top. As the chocolate drink cools, the dark chocolate will settle at the bottom of the mug as the cream rises, creating a layered effect. Enjoy!




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Time to Bloom AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OF PLANTING SEEDS INTO HER BUSINESS, JENNY BARKER IS READY TO BLOSSOM AND SHINE. Written by Kara Mickelson | Photographed by Kat Monk Florals designed by Magical Blooms & sponsored by Mayesh Wholesale Clothing & makeup by Macy’s at Del Amo Fashion Center

During the pandemic, Jenny Barker, owner and founder

and beauty of flowers hooked her at age 5. By age 19,

of Magical Blooms flower studio in Redondo Beach,

with only $500, she started her floral business and

found joy in sharing her flower philosophy and passion

eventually established Magical Blooms in 1999.

on Instagram. It started as an experiment but quickly

Today she runs her floral studio and prescribes

took off as she gained a fan base, with more than

“floral medicine.” Early on, she noticed how a vase

400,000 followers tuning in for her live instructional

full of flowers would bring in a natural sense of beauty

floral classes that are sprinkled with personal stories,

and lightness. She says flowers remind us that life has

sage advice and an authentic dive into what inspires

seasons. For 23 years, she has provided floral design

and motivates her. The unscripted dialog is heartfelt

for weddings, baby showers, graduations, bar mitzvahs,

and resonates with her growing audience.

proms, funerals and celebrations of life.

With the help of those live demos on the platform,

Jenny says it is her purpose to deliver beauty to the

Jenny was selected out of thousands of floral designers

world during significant moments in life or every day

to represent California on season 2 of the popular HBO

as a form of flower therapy. Always the rose before the

show Full Bloom. Though her time on the show was cut

thorns, she’s part realist and part optimist—deeply

short, she is still riding a wave of success. Soon after

rooted in her purpose to share the metaphors between

appearing on the show, Jenny was picked up by Dan

life and floral design.

Levin of Prominent Brand + Talent. He is now working

“Place them where they belong,” she says, arranging

alongside her business advisor, Jim Buch, to manage

flowers on her live feed. She then adds, “Where do I fit

and expand Jenny’s brand.

in … where do I belong?” drawing a parallel between

Recently, an L.A. Style article referred to her as the

the flowers and her audience. For Jenny, both the flow-

“flower doctor.” The title sort of stuck and gave her a

ers and arrangements share a uniqueness that deserves

new avenue for reaching her community and custom-

to be seen. These supportive, authentic, healing mes-

ers. Her message of growth and healing is rooted in the

sages—paired with her live floral design demos—endear

science, design, color and spiritual energy of flowers—

her to her fans.

something she discovered early on and studied for 25 years. This profound connection to the healing power

At the Redondo Beach floral studio where her dream took root, the vision expands. Jenny now offers The

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EARLY ON, SHE NOTICED HOW A VASE FULL OF FLOWERS WOULD BRING IN A NATURAL SENSE OF BEAUTY AND LIGHTNESS. SHE SAYS FLOWERS REMIND US THAT LIFE HAS SEASONS.

Flower Prescription, a farm-to-table floral concept in a box. The custom-designed golden boxes—a nod to her son’s nickname “Jack Golden”—include a graffiti Passiflora vine design on top and a die-cut heart on the side, representing her heartbeat. Shipped nationwide, her floral magic now reaches beyond the South Bay every week. She considers this new business venture to be one of the most exciting projects she has ever embarked on. But there’s plenty of room to grow for this unique floral artist. With a book in the works and the desire for her own television show, the magic of Jenny Barker has only begun to flower. ■

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Founded on a deeply rooted value system that honors

have been raised with—integrity and honesty. We

its owners’ multicultural legacy in India, Vismaya offers

wanted to bring out a brand that would make our father

a colorful collection of scarves, kimonos, bandanas,

proud of both of us.”

beach wraps and more. It’s a collaboration among many minds and hands. Siblings and cofounders Shivani Mehrotral and Yatin

within us or wonder that surrounds us. The idea is for

successful brand. Their father, Naresh, ran the family

us to create wonder with thread. We want to be able to

fashion business in Delhi, India, and hoped to pass it

say that every piece we make is different and unique,

on to his children. But Shivani chose to forge a differ-

whether that’s some embroidery or special threadwork

ent path. She earned a master’s degree in accounting

at the end.” Vismaya created extensive collections for Anthropologie

world in America. Yatin, Shivani’s younger brother,

and the catalog company Sundance. Both of these part-

joined the family business by the time Shivani married

nerships helped establish Vismaya as a global brand.

and left India for the States in 2001.

Within our local community, Gum Tree has been one of

“When I moved over here, my brother Yatin said, ‘There is a new trade show that is coming up in L.A.

their most loyal and long-standing customers. “It took us a long time to launch our e-commerce

Maybe we should launch this scarf brand and see how

brand,” notes Shivani. “But last year, with everyone

that goes for us?’” she remembers. They set up a booth

moving toward the digital world, we launched our

with the collection they had created in just 10 days. “My

brand online. We had to make ourselves visible in some

family is very creatively inclined, and they love colors

way in this big world.”

and vibrancy,” Shivani adds. “We had no expectations.

Shivani started looking around different galleries for

We did a three-day event show, and the response to our

artists who resonated with the Vismaya ethos. These

product was unbelievable!”

collaborations involve using the artists’ designs on

Soon the siblings hit up another successful market in San Francisco and knew they were on to something. “This was the path that we followed: One day I was

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explains: “It could be wonder of the world, wonder

Narula are the third-generation creatives behind the

and finance with her sights set on joining the corporate

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Working alongside her brother, Shivani is now the CEO of Vismaya, which translates as “wonder.” She

Vismaya’s fabrics used to create scarves, bandanas and other items. “One of the ways we can give back to society or to

listening to my brother speaking about the brand and

the community is helping promote upcoming artists,”

the business with so much passion that I thought, ‘How

she shares. They started with L.A.-based artists Colette

can I not be part of this legacy?’” Shivani shares. “The

Miller, Alison Corteen, Bruce Rubenstein and the South

legacy is carried in the values that me and my brother

Bay’s own Wendy Stillman. “When I met these artists,



“THE LEGACY IS CARRIED IN THE VALUES THAT ME AND MY BROTHER HAVE BEEN RAISED WITH— INTEGRITY AND HONESTY. WE WANTED TO BRING OUT A BRAND THAT WOULD MAKE OUR FATHER PROUD OF BOTH OF US.” I was taken away. I can relate to them because they

been challenging at times, but it has given me an op-

are trying to make themselves visible; they’re trying to

portunity to meet different people and to travel. A lot

make themselves stand out in this world.”

of our designs are inspired by our travel. For us, the

Shivani is grateful for the support she has received

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backstory needs to be as compelling as the finished

from her local community in Manhattan Beach, her

product, and each product needs to have a personality

family and especially from her husband, Raj. “It has

of its own.” ■


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Something’s Brewing A PROMINENT PRODUCER, AUTO RACER AND COFFEE PURVEYOR SHARES A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND ART THROUGH EVERY CUP OF SPECIALTY COFFEE HE POURS. Written by Jennie Nunn | Photographed by Sarah King

Redondo Beach native Erich Joiner takes his coffee very

about roasting coffee. As a content creator for brands,

seriously, down to the fastidiously designed rosette on

I should have known that there was a World Barista

top. But the founder of goodboybob Coffee Roasters,

Championship. I invested in a roaster and made it a

with locations in Santa Monica, Culver City and

point to hire people who had competed in these barista

Manhattan Beach, never set out to open a single coffee

championships.”

shop—let alone three. Erich—a film director, commercial producer and

Nearly five years later, the living room-like Santa Monica shop—lined with cozy rugs and hand-selected

owner of Tool production company in Santa Monica

artwork—has a perpetual line out the door and a loyal

whose clients include Netflix, Amazon and Microsoft—

following of international coffee enthusiasts known

first came up with the idea approximately six years ago

to take an Uber upon landing at LAX just to taste the

when he wanted to create a meeting spot for fellow

fresh brews. The small-batch coffees chosen by Erich

industry creatives, filmmakers, editors and musicians occupying office spaces near his studio. “I had never been a part of a partner-owned anything in the hospitality business before,” explains Erich, who resides in Manhattan Beach and just opened the door to his newest outpost on Highland Avenue—steps from the public library—last month. “There was really no place in the city planning years ago where people could walk to and gather. You had to get in your car. So I decided I wanted to open a coffee shop to have a little gathering place and provide an experience for people on our block to get together and share a cup of coffee.” Originally the inaugural café, which Erich describes as “hidden down an alley and behind this gate,” was not zoned for food or coffee. Erich implemented that change and quickly immersed himself into everything coffee—from hospitality to roasting. His wife, Deidre, chose the company name goodboybob based on their family dog, Bob. “It was a lot of fun for me to educate myself and meet people in that world,” Erich says. “I had no idea

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and roasted in Torrance have swiftly gained recognition from coffee connoisseurs around the world. Goodboybob has a robust subscription base encompassing cities such as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Dubai. “It’s handpicked when it’s ripe and roasted fairly lightly to medium, where you can taste all the flavors without burning it,” Erich says. “It doesn’t have that bitter taste that a lot of people associate with coffee, without putting any sugar into it. It’s very smooth.” He opened a second location in Culver City, followed by his brand-new Manhattan Beach shop. Goodboybob focuses on handcrafted coffee and grab-and-go offerings—from artisan-style avo toast with pickled carrots and sesame seeds and chapatis, a type of breakfast wrap. “I’ve taken the philosophy of not wanting to be a chain where we just duplicate everything and reproduce it,” Erich says. “If I decide to go into a community or a location, I try to understand that community and what will be best for that community. I wanted to create a place where people could come in, grab a coffee and a chapati before running to the beach, or a cookie and a coffee and go skateboarding. Or preorder from the app, pull over quickly and then commute to work.” Erich, who attended Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design, enhanced his newest store’s 300-square-foot space with touches such as black-and-white photos of his parents on the beach in high school (they owned Competition Surf magazine in the 1960s); a kinetic clock sculpture by Swedish duo Humans since 1982; and a large-scale photo of surfing legend Dewey Weber from the estate of photographer LeRoy Grannis. The shop will also feature bespoke coffee equipment for purchase and a concierge service for complimentary home setup.

farmers who care about it,” adds Erich, who is also a professional auto racer for the Trans Am Series. “There haven’t been many curated coffee shops here. I’m excited about coming into this community and sharing these coffees from all over the world that are roasted a couple of miles from here.” ■

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coming home A FAMILY PIECES TOGETHER FOUR GENERATIONS OF LOCAL HISTORY WHILE PURSUING A MODERN-DAY LIFE IN MANHATTAN BEACH. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Ken Pagliaro


Je’Nai Kuhn is a fourth-generation

explained how the deal came to fruition. “We had so

Manhattan Beach resident. Today

much sand at the time,” he said. “A guy came over

she and her husband, Rory Kuhn,

from Hawaii looking for sand to cover the rock beaches on the islands. Our company was the only one around

are raising their three children—

who had the equipment to handle the operation. We

Krislynne, 17, Kayden, 12, and Kasper,

would haul it up from the beach, load it onto railroad

4—next door to the home where Je’Nai’s mother, Kristi, was raised with her siblings.

cars, and have it transported to the harbor in San Pedro [and then] by barge or ship to Hawaii. Selling it to those guys from the islands was quite a lucrative deal. We sold it to them for years and years. Makes me feel kind of proud. If it wasn’t for Manhattan Beach’s sand,

“One of our neighbors, Nikki, used to babysit my mom,” Je’Nai notes. “She said, ‘I remember your family. I used to watch your mom for your grandma.” Je’Nai’s great-grandmother, Florence, lived off Kuhn

that reached outside The Bubble—though he changed his name from Kuhn to Bob Keane. A record producer,

the street that shared her family’s name. “All I cared

Keane was most notably known as the owner of Del-Fi

about was seeing my Nana, her candy jar, the piano and

Records and for the discovery of Ritchie Valens.

a street with her name; no one paid attention to that.” Manhattan Beach has been home for the Kuhn family since before the Beach City was given its name. Je’Nai’s great-great-grandfather, Bob Kuhn Sr., and his wife,

Je’Nai heard parts of the Kuhn history as a child, but only in passing. “The only stories I can recollect are the ones my grandmother would tell me back in the day, and so now I’m putting together the pieces,” she says. Je’Nai’s mother, Kristi, graduated from Mira Costa in

Isabel, were German immigrants who traveled west in

1969 before leaving Manhattan Beach and joining the

1905 with their four children from New York to what is

Air Force. In fact, most of the Kuhn family—with the

now known as Manhattan Beach.

exception of Je’Nai’s great-grandmother—would even-

“I’ve heard my great-great-grandmother was a pis-

tually move away from Manhattan Beach. “My Nana

tol,” Je’Nai says—a description befitting the matriarch

said, ‘I had this house built, and I’m not leaving,’”

of a family Je’Nai describes as headstrong. Bob Sr. had

Je’Nai notes with a smile.

many titles in the small beach community including

When Je’Nai was 7 years old, her mother passed away

water superintendent, street superintendent and city

from cancer. Je’Nai moved to Las Vegas to live with her

marshal. Some sources say he also ran a grocery store

grandparents, Florianne and Richard, but the family

as well as the post office.

would always return to Manhattan Beach in the summers.

Bob Sr.’s son, Young Bob, was the community’s first

“Even when Nana passed away, we continued the

electric light tender. Young Bob Kuhn and his brother,

tradition,” Je’Nai notes. “When [Rory and I] had our

Marshall Kuhn, later owned Kuhn Brothers Construction

kids, we would still come back every summer. And then

Company. The firm was not only responsible for paving

finally, it just felt like home.”

a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway but, according to

Je’Nai sensed a deep connection to the place her

Marshall, was also involved in a 1920s deal with devel-

family had called home for generations. And now that

opers from Hawaii that involved transporting sand from

she had a family of her own, she wanted to raise them

Manhattan Beach to Waikiki.

in the place she felt the most connectivity to her roots.

In a 1976 Daily Breeze article, 77-year-old Marshall

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Marshall’s son, Robert Kuhn, who was born in Manhattan Beach in 1922, gained some recognition

Drive. However, as a child Je’Nai didn’t think much about

the tire swing,” she explains. “I didn’t care that there was

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Hawaii might not be what it is today.”

“When you have a sense of loss,” she starts, and


A collection of early Kuhn family photos courtesy of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society


then pauses for a moment. “I feel like this is where I’m most supported. I feel like they’re here. Your true soul

Dane, a line of luxury dog accessories and a storybook

This is where they built themselves, and I feel like I’m

inspired by the family’s larger-than-life Great Dane—

meant to rebuild here.”

Je’Nai and Rory are also part of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. Active in the community, this

of his wife’s desire to move their family to Manhattan

modern-day Kuhn family is living the Beach City life-

Beach and make it their forever home. “[Je’Nai] used

style of the moment.

to share all these stories about her grandmother and

It’s been a journey for Je’Nai to piece together her

all their deep history, which was fascinating to me,” he

history, with so much of it shared through stories passed

says. “The first time we came here together, it was like

down from generation to generation by a very private

all of a sudden my soul just sunk in. I started looking

family, as she describes them. But with Rory’s support,

at properties, and I could see us raising our kids here. It

she is sharing as much as she can of the Kuhn legacy.

was an immediate connection.”

“You can’t hold everything in because then no one will

Today Je’Nai and Rory are busy with three kids at three different schools. Je’Nai is a singer, songwriter

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With multiple businesses—including Kane the

is always in the place that resonates the most with you.

Rory, who is originally from Waikiki, was supportive

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Reflections Art Program Competition at Mira Costa.

ever know the [history],” Rory says. “You have to share.” Sharing the family’s legacy is especially important

and author. At age 7 she began using poetry as a form of

for the sake of the three youngest Kuhns living in

expression after the loss of her mother. Writing is a pas-

Manhattan Beach, so they may know their family his-

sion that continues to inspire her today. This year Je’Nai

tory and have a deeper appreciation for the small beach

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Tabula Rasa Essentials Shop your way by shopping local first with Tabula Rasa this season—whether in-store, online or over the phone. With plenty of new products available, they offer free gift wrapping and local delivery, as well as curbside pickup so you can avoid parking. Owner Maureen McBride is the Chamber’s 2021 Local Love For Manhattan Beach award recipient, and Tabula Rasa epitomizes the love she feels for her customers and the community—especially Downtown Manhattan Beach. Maureen and her

Manhattan Beach edition Monopoly game, $39.95

team hand-pick merchandise, often supporting

Tawny reindeer, $38

local artisans and small business manufacturers. Enjoy the shop’s friendly vibe while finding trea-

Hibiscus glass red bud vase, $70

sures for yourself and gifts for everyone on your list!

Ornament candle, $36

Maureen McBride, Owner 919A Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-318-3385 tabularasaessentials.com Social Media: @tabularasamb

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Acacia wood & resin cheeseboard, 6 colors, $60 to $160 Elegant silk-like shawl robe, $180 Après Ski whipped sugar scrub, $36

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Gum Tree Lori and Will Ford, owners of Gum Tree, love being part of the South Bay community and are celebrating 13 years at their Hermosa Beach location and five years in Manhattan Beach. They have gifts for everyone on your list—from

Baguette horseshoe necklace, $55

the new baby to Grandma and everyone in between. Gift wrapping and delivery in the South Bay are always

Sky High earring set, $110

free. Gum Tree has expanded its business to an online site, gumtreela.com, and can ship gifts to your family and

Maileg Super Hero mouse in suitcase, $27

friends this holiday season and all year long. Lori shares, “We thank you for supporting small businesses!”

Lori & Will Ford, Owners Gum Tree Shop + Café 238 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-376-8744 Gum Tree Manhattan Beach 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-318-2990 gumtreela.com Instagram: @gumtree_la @gumtreecafe Facebook & Pinterest: @gumtreela

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Manhattan Village Shopping Center Come see what’s new this holiday season at Manhattan Village! A South Bay shopping destination since 1985, Manhattan Village recently completed a $250 million renovation. The Plaza, a new outdoor area, will host various holiday events including the lighting of a new

Tommy Bahama Island Soft pajamas in oatmeal, $68 Tommy Bahama neoprene tote bag & pouch, $90 Origins Ginger Scent-Sations gift set, $42

41-foot Christmas tree. Stop by the full-service concierge booth for assistance with gift suggestions, dining reservations or Manhattan Village gift cards—ranging from $10 to $500. Shopping is easy with plenty of free parking and new stores like gorjana and Faherty, opening this holiday season.

3200 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-546-5555 shopmanhattanvillage.com @manhattanvillage

Manhattan Village’s Picks Origins Youthful Greetings Plantscription gift set, $97 Gorjana diamond Jolie necklace, $250 Gorjana Go To bracelet set, $105

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Maison Luxe Serving the South Bay for more than 20 years, Maison Luxe is a home goods store owned by interior designer Carrie Quinn. The friendly staff offers unobtrusive but helpful service while you browse the soothing textures. Open seven days a week, Maison Luxe carries a fabric library, furniture and interesting gifts, candles and accessories for the home and wardrobe. Want to shop from home? Maison Luxe features an extensive online shopping experience and even offers gift boxes with some of their best collections on their website. They will ship items to your loved ones—making the gift-giving process almost effortless for you!

Carrie Quinn, Owner 138 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-372-5552 maisonluxehome.com @maisonluxehb Resin surf cheese plate by local artist, $83 Inca chair (28” x 31” x 33”), $815 Balsam & cedar luxe sanded mercury glass candle, $54 Christmas doormat (32” x 16”), $30 Stoneware tree, $43 to $63

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Alpaca throw blanket with fringe (51” x 71”), $260 Surfer Girl gift box with Surf Like a Girl book, 6 oz. Girl Gang candle, piece of hand-selected coral, 4” x 6” blue inlay puzzle frame, $145

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Ounce of Salt Jewelry Ounce of Salt Jewelry started as an online boutique

Cushion cut baguette & round diamond halo ring, $5,900 Pink sapphire halo earrings, $4,900 Tapered diamond bracelet, $2,200

by third-generation jeweler Jen Oliak and quickly grew to offer personal design work and custom orders. Concierge jewelry services in their Manhattan Beach office allow locals to browse available stock found on their website or create a one-of-a-kind piece during their private consultation. Ounce of Salt Jewelry is excited to present several new collections designed by Jen, including diamond butterflies, diamond eternity bands and engagement rings. Count on Ounce of Salt Jewelry to provide transparent, trustworthy service that clears away the shade in the fine jewelry-buying process.

JEN’s Picks

Jen Oliak, Designer & Owner 519 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-970-4485 ounceofsaltjewelry.com Instagram: @ounceofsaltjewelry

Diamond star bracelet, $3,000 Pink sapphire butterfly eternity band, $14,000 Pink tourmaline & diamond pear pendant, $5,400 Pink sapphire twisted ring, $1,870

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THe Point Local shopping and dining destination The Point has been a favorite for South Bay families since opening in 2015 at the corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. The Point offers unmatched shopping, dining and, most importantly, an oasis-like escape for the South Bay beach communities. Celebrate the season with a variety of holiday events happening at The Point including a Hanukkah celebration, a holidaythemed Kids Club, and a toy drive in partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Plus, get into the holiday spirit at The Point with magical snow flurries every Friday and Saturday through December 23, happening every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. No Rest For Bridget, gold cowl-neck dress, $39

850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., El Segundo 310-414-5280 thepointsb.com Facebook: thepointsouthbay Instagram: @thepoint_sb

Outerknown blanket shirt in dusty red Cusco plaid, $148 Evereve Sorel Lennox lace boot, $185

The Point’s Picks Athleta reversible warm + fuzzy jacket in dark sky violet/shasta purple, $119 Evereve Think Royln The Bar Bag, $158 Athleta downtown metallic vest in silver, $159 Sugarfina Letters to Santa 2-piece candy mailbox, $24

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Skechers Originally opened in 1995—a few doors down from their current location overlooking the pier—Skechers has been

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a neighborhood footwear store in Manhattan Beach for nearly 30 years. They carry a vast assortment of casual lifestyle and athletic styles for men, women and kids, and their expanded location now offers a full range of apparel and accessories. The company recently opened a BOBS from Skechers boutique right up the street, where shoppers can support their philanthropic collection of footwear, apparel and pet accessories. Skechers makes it easy for the entire family to find their perfect look for school, work, hanging out or working out.

1121 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-318-3116 Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance, 310-542-2333 skechers.com Instagram & Facebook: @SKECHERS Twitter: @SKECHERSUSA

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Alandrea Making your holiday season easy and joyful is what Alandrea clothing boutique is all about. Celebrating their 27th anniversary this year, owner Carolina Hartigan and the Alandrea team encourage everyone to shop local and support small businesses—especially after the past couple of tough years. They offer FaceTime shopping, gift wrapping and delivery, personal styling at the shop or your home, exciting events and extraordinary customer service. Check their Facebook and Instagram pages for more details!

Carolina Hartigan, Owner 1809 South Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 310-378-3868 shopalandrea.com Social Media: alandrea boutique

Carolina’s Picks Shana Gulati Rumeli pendant necklace, $360 Xirena Dillan sweater, $312 Clare V Marisol suede stripe handbag, $398 Xirena Camelia dress, $294

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Medawar Fine Jewelers Medawar Fine Jewelers is a family-owned business spanning three generations. Operating for the past 41 years, Medawar offers fine jewelry designs from all over the world, fine watches and clocks, and an in-house, state-of-the-art custom design and service center. Owner Robert Medawar and his team take great pride in offering a warm and welcome environment when customers visit their store. They are excited to introduce some exquisite new lines and custom pieces this holiday season.

Robert Medawar, Owner 810 Bart Earle Way, Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-0052 | medawarfinejewelers.com Instagram: medawarfinejewelers Facebook: Medawar Fine Jewelers

Robert’s Picks Aviation X-Wind Automatic Chronograph Hamilton watch in khaki, $2,145 UNOde50 GLOW collection goldplated metal alloy bracelet with leather straps and button clap, $59 Canary diamond ring in platinum, 12.82 carat, cushion modified brilliant cut center stone, $745,000

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Gaia Living Art Gaia Living Art specializes in handcrafted indoor and outdoor furnishings, accessories, and gifts that spark conversation and bring life to any area. Owners Michael and Alexandra Osborn create pieces that distinguish you from your neighbor— allowing you to turn a simple room into an inspirational space. It’s not uncommon for customers to spend hours in the store, likening it to an art gallery. Gaia offers a wide range of items—something for everyone this holiday season.

503 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach 310-946-1470 | gaialivingart.com Instagram: gaia_living_art Facebook: Gaia Living Art

Teak branch coffee table, $595 Large organic teak board, $50 Wooden beaded garlands, $14 Mahogany root console, $1,870

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Mary Kelley’s 23rd Street Featuring custom, contemporary and classic jewelry, Mary Kelley has 40 years of experience designing and manufacturing custom pieces for her clients. She delights in learning their tastes and their history to properly assess how to craft a gem for any special occasion. Available by appointment, Mary can create a piece using your diamond/gemstone or one that is sourced through her extensive jewelry network. Her store also features a beautiful collection of fine jewelry pieces to choose from.

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Mary Kelley, Owner 1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 203 Manhattan Beach 310-740-2267 Instagram: @MK23RDST

Bridal platinum & diamond solitaire ring, price upon request Platinum, oval blue sapphire & diamond earrings, $12,500 18 karat yellow gold, 4.25 ct cushion cut pink sapphire & diamond ring, $8,000 18 karat yellow & blackened gold earrings with square emerald cut diamonds, price upon request

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Fritz ‘n Chewy Apparel Company Gilles Vanpoucke has been surrounded by footwear since his mom owned a shoe store in Belgium when he was young. He and his wife, May Kim, own Fritz ‘n Chewy, featuring highend socks with modern, colorful designs. “We see socks as a form of expression,” says Gilles. The business was named after their dogs and supports three local animal rescue operations. Their BE PROUD. BE BOLD. BE YOURSELF campaign includes rainbow socks in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Gilles Vanpoucke, Owner & Cofounder fritznchewy.com Instagram: @fritznchewy Facebook: facebook.com/fritznchewy

Chewy’s PICKS The Shadow & Chance 2-pack (The Rainbow Design), $29 The Collection 10-pack (designs vary), $99 The Toto, buy a 3-pack or 4-pack, get a free pair Socks with a personalized holiday message for the recipient, starting at $14/pair

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The Mountain Call DELIGHT IN THE SEASON WITH A PLETHORA OF WINTER ACTIVITIES AND OFFERINGS IN TELLURIDE. Written by Jennie Nunn

There’s a reason why Telluride, Colorado, is a little off

of Excelsior Café, Las Montanas and Bluepoint Grill).

the beaten path. Arguably one of the most picturesque

Following a property-wide remodel with 83 rede-

cities in the nation, the teeny and humble mountain

signed guestrooms, updated public spaces and a slew

town—perched at an elevation of 8,750 feet—is tucked

of new guest experiences (think dogsledding or ice

into a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains. Located in

climbing with a local outfitter), Madeline Hotel &

the southwestern corner of the state, Telluride is about a

Residences has unveiled the new Timber Room—an

6½-hour drive from Denver and a 2½-hour drive from

indoor-outdoor bar and lounge—and the Alpine Swim

Grand Junction. Founded in 1878 as a Victorian mining

Club with an outdoor pool and dining terrace. Outfitted

town, Telluride was designated a National Historic

by Liubasha Rose of Miami-based Rose Ink Workshop,

Landmark District in 1964 and now boasts a population

guestrooms are designed as a wink to the surrounding

of approximately 2,500 year-round residents.

landscape with wooden walls, stitched carpets, black

Lined with cascading waterfalls, surrounded by steep

steel desks, and thoughtful guest amenities such as an

mountains and boasting some of the most breathtaking

adventure bar with mountain-inspired accessories and

views imaginable, Telluride is home to endless outdoor

gear. After a day on the mountain, check into the spa

adventures—from hiking and mountain biking to

for the Spirit of the Mountains treatment comprised

snowshoeing and skiing. In 1972 the first ski lift arrived

of a warm herbal poultice of lemongrass, kaffir lime

at Telluride Ski Resort. The mountain, now one of the

and sweet basil—intended to reduce inflammation and

best ski destinations in the nation, offers 120 runs and

soothe tired and achy joints.

more than 2,000 skiable acres. With a free gondola connecting the historic district

GRAB A TABLE

with Mountain Village, there’s a long to-do list for

Located inside a restored home steps from the gondola,

visitors. Here, we’ve unearthed what’s not to be missed

221 South Oak is the vision of Top Chef Season 10 alum

this winter.

and chef-owner Eliza Gavin. Dotted with wooden ceil-

BOOK A ROOM

a seasonal menu of Chef Eliza’s creations such as Rocky

Situated in Old Town, the New Sheridan Hotel has been

Mountain trout with a duo of ravioli, and duck confit

a mainstay for more than a century. The 26-room bou-

with red wine poached rice noodles.

tique inn, featuring complimentary Wi-Fi, ski lockers

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At Allred’s Restaurant, situated on top of the San

and boot dryers, also offers dining options including an

Sophia Ridge at 10,551 feet, take in mountain views

on-site historic bar and renowned Chop House restau-

of surrounding peaks such as Ajax, Mount Emma and

rant headed by executive chef Brian Batten (previously

Mendota. For après-ski, order the Blood and Spice

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MADELINE HOTEL

ings and colorful framed artwork, the restaurant offers


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Crossbow Leather

Mule with jalapeno vodka, blood orange and Fever

staple for handmade leather goods created on-site by

Tree ginger beer, or the Paper Plane with Buffalo Trace

proprietor and leather artisan Macy Pryor. Watch the

bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Aperol and fresh lemon.

process in action at the workshop located in the back of

For an Old West-meets-modern vibe, head to There

the store or choose from an assortment of catchall ves-

for daily happy hour (4 to 6 p.m.) for $6 house drinks.

sels; tote bags crafted with grizzly or glovetanned leather

For dinner, seasonal small plates and shared menu items

and brass hardware; and belts made from latigo leather.

include flash-fried brussels sprouts with sea salt, and

While there, pick up a wide-brim fedora handmade from

wild tuna tartare with smoked jalapeño, avocado crema,

Australian wool and finished with a leather band.

cucumber and sesame. Shareable entrees range from

At design studio and home décor shop T.Karn

lamp lollipops with herb spaetzle, whipped dill yogurt,

Imports, find brass cuffs, sculptural vessels and or-

cucumber and tomato, to PEI mussels steamed in a white

ganic, handloomed cotton throws—all hand-selected by

wine, butter and garlic sauce with andouille sausage,

owner Tesha Karn from a stable of more than 20 global

shaved jalapeño and paired with a sourdough baguette.

and national artisans.

Blending culinary influences from countries includ-

For a step back in time in Telluride’s history, head

ing Malaysia, India, Greece and Thailand, Siam serves

to the Telluride Historical Museum. Originally built in

starters from crab rangoon to Pad King Sod ginger stir-

1896 as Hall’s Hospital, which was in operation until

fry with choice of veggies or protein and served with

1964, the building is one of the oldest in Telluride. The

ginger, mushrooms, scallions and ginger garlic sauce.

museum houses 10 thematic rooms with interactive exhibits, artifacts dating to the Valley’s first inhabitants

SEE THE SIGHTS

and the early mining days of the late 1800s, and an out-

Outfitted with exposed stone, rustic wood floors and

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Leader of the Pack LATOYA MORRIS TURNS A LIFELONG FEAR INTO A BUSINESS FOR GOOD. Written & photographed by Kat Monk

When Latoya Morris was a child, she never dreamed she would become a dog trainer—much less the co-owner

saturated market.” Love Ur K9 also trains service dogs, which Kevin

of a dog training facility. She had twice been bitten by a

oversees thanks to his specialized training from Rickey.

dog years ago; the second time, the dog bit down so hard

A service dog is trained to know when its owner has a

on her ankle, she couldn’t shake it off. She avoided dogs

medical condition, such as epilepsy or issues with faint-

from then on—until she met her husband, Kevin.

ing, and alert someone that its owner needs help.

Now parents, Latoya and Kevin didn’t want to pass

They are not cheap and sometimes difficult to locate.

their own fears on to their two children. Slowly but

“We like to keep the cost to about $10,000 or less for

surely, Kevin helped Latoya become more comfortable

service animals, although they do need continuing

around dogs. When Latoya’s daughter asked for a dog,

education too,” says Latoya. Nationwide a service dog

she agreed—despite her hesitations. But that dog would

typically costs up to $40,000. Latoya understands that

need to be well trained.

an owner may already be struggling physically, so why

Rickey Sanders, a master dog trainer, provided Kevin with his early training knowledge. Soon the couple

add a financial burden? She stresses that while the Love Ur K9 team trains

transformed their home into a dog training facility.

dogs with satisfaction guaranteed, it is imperative to

Kevin replaced their dining room table with several

keep up the educational process to make the happiest

kennels, and their daughter would do her homework on

home possible. Like her own journey, getting it right

top of one of the kennels.

takes time, and even the most challenging situations

Kevin started his dog training business, Love Ur

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K9, 12 years ago, and Latoya became co-owner six years ago. “What is better than working with my best friend every single day?” she says. Once fearful of her four-legged clients, Latoya now enjoys a commanding knowledge of dogs. They train “the pack” in an El Segundo facility with a few additional handlers. “Toya is genuinely the most giving of her time and her energy to her clients, friends and family,” shares Stephanie Haskell-Rees, originally a client and now Latoya’s best friend. “The love and passion she has for training and her dedication to the success of her fur babies (and her fur babies’ owners) to complete the full independent circle of training are unparalleled in this

“TOYA IS GENUINELY THE MOST GIVING OF HER TIME AND HER ENERGY TO HER CLIENTS, FRIENDS AND FAMILY.”

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sparks of hope WITH THE WELDING SKILLS HE LEARNED TO LOVE AS A YOUNG MAN, STEVE BUNYARD GIVES OTHERS IN NEED AN OPPORTUNITY TO BLAZE A NEW FUTURE. Written by Quinn Roberts | Photographed by Jeff Berting


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On a sunny September day in the parking lot of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, an 18-wheel trailer hummed with activity. Within these metal walls, despite the burning temperatures outside, a handful of students engaged in the art of welding. Steve Bunyard, the founder and CEO of ReIGNITE Hope, first envisioned his nonprofit after talking to a woman running Fred Jordan Missions on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Working as a pastor at Rolling Hills Covenant Church at the time, he believed the best service he could offer the homeless population was helping them find jobs. But how? Steve zeroed in on an idea. “Welding just kept coming into my head, but I’d never taught anyone how to weld,” he shares. “I didn’t even know if it could work.” Steve learned how to weld as a young man, thanks to his love of race cars and hot rods. Up until his late 30s, he was the CEO and owner of Premier Performance, an automotive retailer and manufacturer in Orange County. When Steve initially launched the operation in 2011, ReIGNITE Hope was given a room by Fred Jordan Missions to start the project. Once Steve bought the proper equipment to teach, five homeless people at the mission were chosen to participate. Little did Steve and all those involved know that this humble beginning was the start of something much greater. As the nonprofit began to grow and improve, ReIGNITE Hope moved into a 6,000-square-foot facility in Gardena where it could increase the number of people being trained at one time. That improved space has helped his organization train nearly 1,000 people to date. Though the facility originally had 15 welding

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stations, it has been reduced temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges of the last two years,

because of ReIGNITE Hope.” Tuition remains free, as most students lack the financial resources to pay for this kind of education. That

ReIGNITE Hope graduated 51 students last fall and

accessibility generates huge interest. Steve receives let-

another 60 students in May. All of the students who

ters and applications from outside Southern California,

attended the training passed their welding certification

including Hawaii and Texas. Because of the demand,

test, with many graduates finding well-paying union

ReIGNITE Hope takes its acceptance process seriously.

jobs in industries including aerospace, manufacturing

Steve and other board members interview the applicants

and construction.

and decide who will be invited into the program.

The silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic is the

“It is hard to go away for six to eight weeks,” Steve

trailer, which is giving students another way to learn

says of the participants. “We have people who commute

outside the Gardena facility. The nonprofit is in the

from Riverside, the Antelope Valley and even San Diego

process of building another trailer—growth Steve sees

every day. That is a big hike. When you see some of

as the future for ReIGNITE Hope. The trailers will

them catch three buses to get to class, that is pretty se-

make it possible to go to more underserved communi-

rious. We love to see that seriousness and dedication.”

ties and help people who don’t normally have such opportunities. Word about ReIGNITE’s program spread like wildfire

When a few local leaders in the Dallas area heard about what ReIGNITE Hope was accomplishing, they set out to do the same thing in their region. They plan to

throughout Southern California. San Bernardino and

follow the same model, building trailers to train those

Riverside counties have shown interest in starting

in need looking for a fresh start. It was important for

programs. ReIGNITE Hope classes just began in Orange

Steve and other members on the board to ensure they

County. Steve also speaks at jails and high schools

had the same philosophies on life and faith before help-

about the program to generate interest.

ing them start the process.

“Steve is driven because of his faith and has this

As ReIGNITE Hope continues to expand, it relies

amazing, quiet spirit,” says Bill Duncan, chair of

on its donors and grants from the state of California.

ReIGNITE Hope. “Once the students get used to Steve,

Many of the donations come from Rolling Hills

they recognize he is here because he loves and wants to

Covenant Church but also simply from word-of-

help them.”

mouth. The organization even received a donation from

A great example of ReIGNITE Hope’s impact is a former student named Rudy. He heard about ReIGNITE

a person in Nebraska. Steve still cannot get over the generosity of the com-

Hope while in prison. Once released, he signed up for

munity. Sometimes it comes when he least expects it.

the program and completed the 100 hours of training.

Just recently, a couple with no connection to Steve or

From there he became certified and joined the union.

any of the students donated $50,000 to ReIGNITE Hope.

“We have a big picture of him in our classroom to

Community members also generously donate their

give the students inspiration,” says Steve. “He sent

time. Some join Steve in teaching the students how to

us a picture of himself at the top of Banc of California

weld. Others within the church donate meals each day.

Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles with his welding

Former students are sometimes employed as instruc-

machine standing so many feet high up. He wanted

tors, and some help find employment for new students

us to see what his life turned into from what it was

after completion of the program. Students also learn

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practical skills such as budgeting and saving. “We value and cherish our donors’ money, so we

including farmwork in Bakersfield for $5 a day. This

person to be a part of the program,” says Steve. “We

opportunity has been a breath of fresh air.

And the students recognize just how much the pro-

“My mom’s cousin is a welder. He kept telling me to get into it,” says Joshua. “It is great. The thought of

gram and its volunteers will change the trajectory of

taking a pile of metal and being able to create some-

their lives. “They are so calm and patient with us. They

thing is pretty amazing.”

talk to us so patiently and tell us when we can do better

Veteran Alex Simpson heard about the nonprofit

with something. They have such a positive energy, and

through his therapist, who thought it would be a great

it really picks us up,” says student Joshua Price.

way to combat his post-traumatic stress disorder.

Joshua found out about ReIGNITE Hope on the

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internet and couldn’t believe that tuition was covered.

“Making something out of nothing gives me a sense of


pride. It’s something I can show my kids,” says Alex.

will receive from the program after they graduate, they

“You can make something dirty [into something] pretty

also enjoy another great perk: building relationships

and shiny.”

with fellow classmates. Many have had similar life

This experience has taught Alex not just how to think outside the box but also to feel comfortable in his own

experiences and interests. For Steve, seeing all of this happen is a dream come

skin. “I just needed a different outlet to show my skills.

true. ReIGNITE Hope has touched so many lives and

I have always been into lowrider cars and am a bike

will continue to each day, month and year. That little

enthusiast, and I wanted to upgrade my skills,” he says.

mustard seed, as he calls it, has definitely sprouted.

“Usually I have a hard time coming out of my shell, and

“I pinch myself all the time,” he says. “I almost feel

I just observe. Now I feel comfortable, and I ask for dif-

like a spectator in this. I never could have planned that

ferent tips and tricks.”

it would be like this. I couldn’t have written this story

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Winging It REDONDO BEACH’S HUDSON RITCHIE IS NOT ALLOWING CONVENTION TO DEFINE HIS PATH IN LIFE. Written & photographed by Kat Monk

At 23, Hudson Ritchie has seized opportunities that

Classic Burger in Torrance and noticed “country break-

guitarist and even pilot, he’s putting it all out there in

fast” on the menu. “What a great name for a band,”

pursuit of a rich and well-rounded life.

Hudson said to his bandmates.

Hudson carves his own path and takes nothing for

song about biscuits and gravy that became Country

These moments become welcome routine. If good

Breakfast’s first hit. With the help of his surf sponsor

waves roll through the coast or a south swell approach-

Rhythm, the band has received additional exposure.

es, Hudson loads his rigged-up van with all the essen-

Recently Country Breakfast was asked to perform at

tials—including his longboard—and cruises up to Leo

BeachLife Festival in a Friday night spot. For Hudson,

Carrillo beach in Malibu. With the help of his parents,

to perform for his hometown audience on that kind of

Hudson transformed the inside of his van to resemble a

stage was a chance of a lifetime.

A role in the 2018 film Age of Summer allowed

Did we mention that he’s also a pilot? Hudson received his solo license at 17 after successfully flying

Hudson to earn his Screen Actors Guild card despite

alone and landing three consecutive times. Local avia-

not having any previous acting experience. He hit it off

tion customs dictate that after passing your solo, the

with director Bill Kiely as they chatted about surfing

instructor cuts out the back of your T-shirt—since the

during his audition.

instructor no longer needs to tap the student’s back

“Hudson drips authenticity to a degree [that] he was cast to play himself,” Bill says of the California surfer

during training. Hudson’s T-shirt is now framed and proudly show-

kid. Filming in the South Bay afforded Hudson the

cased on the wall at his home. His next step is to become

ability to ride his bicycle to the set every day for almost

an instructor and achieve the necessary hours required

four months. With his own trailer, he invited friends to

for a multi-commercial license. One day he hopes to fly

come chill and hang out.

the friendly skies for American, Delta or United.

While some of the movie’s actors went on to do other

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granted. Early mornings. Breakfast burritos. Van naps.

1960s VW Bus with curtains and wood paneling.

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The morning after the event, the three headed to

others only dream of. A talented actor, surfer, singer,

It is not uncommon for Hudson to rent a plane to

acting work, Hudson had different plans. Soon after

fly his family or girlfriend to Santa Barbara and back.

filming, an opportunity arose for local bands to play at

The real dream, though, is to trade the van for his own

a thrift store event. Without hesitation, Hudson pulled

airplane so he can fly to Mexico and never miss any

together a drummer and bass player to form a band.

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the comon perspective TORRANCE CAMERA SHOP OWNER MARK COMON SHARES HIS LOVE FOR THE LENS WITH FELLOW VISUAL STORYTELLERS. Written by Kara Mickelson | Photographs courtesy Mark Comon



Walk into Paul’s Photo in Torrance,

than differences. “Mothers are mothers, daughters are

and you immediately feel the buzz of

daughters, sons are sons and fathers are fathers, for

a community shop. A longtime patron

the most part—no matter where they live,” he says. Through years of travel and looking through the camera

may be sharing details of a recent trip

lens, he appreciates the powerful link of human con-

while another customer trades in old

nection. “It’s what makes the world interesting, acces-

gear for new. After a while you get

sible and awesome.” Currently, the CPA has adventures planned to Cuba

to know the familiar faces, including

in March, Italy in June and Africa in July with a trip

owner Mark Comon.

extension to Uganda. Each adventure is customized to capture those perfect photos and experience the local

At 14 Mark began working at Paul’s Photo with his

the Chianti region, guests will enjoy a stay in a 10th-

the owner of the business, Mark shares his father’s

century monastery. Daily excursions to neighboring

passion for photography—so much so that he extended

towns, cooking classes and wine tastings are woven

the operation to include the Creative Photo Academy

into the itinerary as a respite from shooting or as ad-

(CPA) next door.

ditional activities for a spouse or travel companion.

CPA classes attract photographers of all levels and

already working with a local tour operator with deep

comers—some looking to improve their skills, others

knowledge of the country, capable of making special

to join a community. Since Mark began the academy

arrangements to satisfy Mark’s photo community. The pace of the international trips can be described as

won a collective 200 entries and 65 ribbons out of

slow travel. And Mark insists it’s not all about f-stops

8,000 submissions in the prestigious Orange County

and shutter speeds. The experiences are personal—

Fair photo contest.

sometimes even life-changing. Like all adventure travel,

Inspired by Mark’s vacation photos, students wanted to join him on the road for classes. In response, he

Mark says, sometimes you might just have to “roll with it” because “stuff happens.”

created a travel extension of the academy, taking stu-

On a winter trip to Yellowstone, his luggage was lost

dents on both domestic and international photography

and he had to endure the elements of –10º temperatures

adventures. Mark recently returned from his 30th group

and snow while teaching his classes in a knit cap, jeans

trip—this time to the Eastern Sierras.

and regular shoes. On an Eastern Sierras trip, a river had

With the demands of running both the photo shop

washed out the road, leaving debris and fallen rocks.

and the CPA, not to mention having a family at home,

The group quickly pivoted and worked together as they

Mark sets his life at a rapid shutter speed. The quiet

cleared the path and pushed on.

force behind his enthusiasm is his wife and high school

Sometimes weather changes the plans or offers a

sweetheart, Sheryl. She supports home base, only oc-

lesson on how to shoot in the rain or snow, or a travel

casionally joining him on the adventures.

snafu reminds participants to practice patience. It’s all

For Mark, travel is the great equalizer. It shows us that we have more in common with our fellow humans

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For Mark, the Kenya safari is a bucket-list trip. He’s

backgrounds—professionals, hobbyists, artists, new-

as a “photo boot camp” in 1988, his students have

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culture on a deeper level. For the Tuscany adventure in

dad, whose name still proudly sits atop the store. Now

part of the adventure. And that’s why people sign up. They don’t plan to lounge in Havana at the hotel.


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Mark and his students want to be where the photo

Mark offers local social events that allow partici-

opportunities are—even if that means getting up early

pants to try the latest gear—from telephoto lenses to

to see the sunrise, battling unexpected travel delays or

mirrorless digital cameras. He even provides pho-

tracking wild animals in the African bush. They show

tographic content like exotic owls and falcons. Over

up to see the beautiful landscape, capture that inspir-

the years, he has customized adventures and classes.

ing, once-in-a-lifetime shot and endure unplanned

Students can perfect their craft while exploring

mishaps as part of the adventure.

California’s natural wonders with annual trips to Death

The students also just like hanging out with Mark and other photographers. Typically the participants are an eclectic group of people with a singular focus and love of adventure and photography. Each photo tour has unique moments that have been

Valley, Monterey, the Eastern Sierras, Yosemite and the American Southwest. Whether photographing landscapes, exotic birds, models, zoo animals (a popular local event) or city lights, there are plenty of opportunities and social

curated and planned for the best possible photo experi-

events for all skill levels and budgets. Mark also offers

ence. Mark has spent years cultivating local relation-

a wide range of online classes and schedules viewings

ships to fine-tune the adventures and handle trip

of recent trips to build community and highlight the

logistics. He serves as both host and teacher, taking the

upcoming adventures.

group on a photographic journey peppered with social and cultural highlights. He refers to his signature trip to Africa as “com-

His students share his enthusiasm. “I have taken classes with Mark and purchased equipment for my interior design business,” says Diane Barber. “His

ing home,” sharing that it’s a feeling that this country

passion for photography extends well beyond working

is where it all started. As anyone who has been on an

his magic behind the camera lens. Sharing his artistry

African safari knows, it’s easy to get hooked. The heady

with his customer and students is definitely his calling,

scent of Mother Earth and animals. The intense heat

which he does with gusto, wit and technical genius.”

blanketing the landscape that forces a relaxed calm.

Jane Takagi so enjoyed her first trip to Africa with the

That primal hum of nature that fills a void for some-

CPA that she signed up to go again. Another fan, Tami

thing we didn’t know was missing. Playful adolescent

Johnson, notes Mark’s ability to build a great com-

elephants charge, lions roar in the night, zebras and gi-

munity of people. She has been on a trip to the Eastern

raffes stalk the vast plane. Participants are transported

Sierras and met friends she now shoots with regularly.

back to the days of hunters and gatherers, tracking the

A wonderful teacher and travel leader, at his foun-

next fantastic photograph. Sometimes a student will show up to an experi-

dation Mark is a photographer—a visual storyteller. Through the lens he builds a relationship with the

ence with just an iPhone—choosing to take the trip to

viewer, taking us on both a physical and emotional

enjoy the group’s safety and community. That’s fine

journey. His photographic artistry and award-winning

with Mark too. He considers a smartphone helpful

documentary images will capture your imagination and

as a tool in planning shots, connecting and building

maybe even inspire you to create your own. ■

an online community. He also acknowledges that the smartphone’s photo limitations can be significantly less desirable compared to those of a professional camera and lens.

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ranch to table WITH DEEP ROOTS IN CALIFORNIA RANCHING, TELEVISION PERSONALITY ELIZABETH POETT BRINGS HER BUCOLIC LIFESTYLE TO AN EAGER AUDIENCE. Written by Bonnie Graves Photography courtesy of Magnolia Network


Pandemic lockdowns provided many families with all too much time to consider lifestyle. For many, getting out of the city suddenly seemed

she is not a fake. Rather she is the great-great-greatgreat-granddaughter of José de la Guerra, who homesteaded on Rancho San Julian in California’s Central

far-fetched. If you developed a

Coast in the early 1800s. That makes Elizabeth the eighth generation to work the land, and it continues to be hard work. Far from a vanity farm, this is real ranch

the #vanlife rabbit hole, you’re

life—one in which 500 head of cattle must be tended,

not alone. And with remote work

in addition to managing horses, chickens, a thriving

and telecommuting now solidly

apiary and fruit orchards. Central to the series is Elizabeth’s kitchen, which is

embedded in the American worker’s

in fact the same kitchen in the same house where her

psyche, maybe you can live out that

great-grandmother cooked. Fearing an earlier pan-

bucolic fantasy.

demic—the Spanish flu of 1918—that grandmother fled

Or you can just tune in to Magnolia Network’s new Ranch to Table series and experience all that life on Rancho San Julian offers. From the juggernaut that is

Santa Barbara to return to the safety and isolation of the ranch and had the house floated down the coast on a barge to be installed back at San Julian. Nowadays Elizabeth’s parents live just down the

Waco’s power couple—Chip and Joanna Gaines—comes

road, and her two cute boys spend a good amount

a new streaming service that focuses on what their

of time being shooed out of the historic house to go

core audience can’t seem to get enough of: wholesome,

hang with Grandma and Grandpa. This alone made me

family-based content where food, kids and home are

positively green with FOMO envy. If only my kids could

seamlessly integrated.

similarly scamper down the road like that to Grammy

Rising star Elizabeth Poett is in many ways just what the network ordered. An appealingly earthy, self-

and Grandpa’s! This is the essential appeal of Ranch to Table—it’s like

effacing mom of two boys who married the handsome

an updated version of The Waltons but with real people

rancher from down the road, Elizabeth and her new

who know what they’re doing. Viewers simultaneously

show are a winning combination. Watching her opening

like Elizabeth and Austin while envying the lifestyle.

episode made me suddenly (and somewhat inexplicably

I haven’t watched the whole series yet, but I did find

for this black-clad New Yorker-until-I-die) yearn for a

myself hoping there’d eventually be some content

cowboy hat and a pitchfork so I too could toss hay bales

around cow pies and maybe the abattoir alongside all

and love on Clover the orphaned baby lamb, whom

those scenic truck tours, farm B-roll and darling baby

Elizabeth nursed from infancy.

animal close-ups.

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Elizabeth is a beauty, and those cameras certainly love her blue eyes and jean-clad, slender figure—but

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cameras into their private world.

But no matter. What does work exceptionally well

authenticity. Elizabeth is not some newbie donning that

in this series is the integration of farm goods into the

cowboy hat for the sake of television. If anything, you

lifestyle. Throughout the series, Elizabeth and Austin

get a sense that both she and especially her camera-shy

do a great job of tracing the path of animals, vegetables

husband, Austin, were somehow talked into allowing

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more than just a title. Most of what the family consumes is harvested from their land, and it is an inspiring if exhausting idea. No Target runs from Rancho San Julian, and no DoorDash likely either. Elizabeth is featured making an earlymorning galette crust to chill before heading out for grueling ranch chores. It later is finished with local apples and blackberries to round out an epic ranch dinner that features Santa Maria-style tri-tip raised on their ranch with fire-roasted salsa made from peppers that Elizabeth harvests by hand. Theoretically, I would like to make homemade salsa from my theoretical bed of heirloom peppers, but there are so many amazing Mexican takeout joints near my home that I am frankly too lazy. But I felt inspired watching Elizabeth make it. We caught up with the very busy Elizabeth to ask her a few questions. From large-batch summery pesto to harvesting her Hachiya and Fuyu persimmons, her approach to cooking is refreshingly unfussy and focuses on seasonality and color. You’ll want an invitation to hang out and eat with this multitalented momma, believe me.

AS A BUSY WORKING MOTHER, HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE “RANCH TO TABLE” INTO YOUR OWN FAMILY’S DIET? ANY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS TO SHARE? FAST DINNER OPTIONS? Our family lives and eats seasonally here on the ranch, so even though kids’ lunches aren’t always fancy, I try to build them around the vegetables and fruits growing in our garden. I believe that a “ranch table” is more of a feeling and a way of life. It is all about enjoying simple, fresh food with friends and family. It does not need to be complicated. It is all about enjoying a meal together. I always try to add color to school lunches— lots of fruits and vegetables that the boys enjoy, with cheese. And they do love a pesto chicken sandwich. I try to make pesto in huge batches over the summer to last throughout the year because my kids love it.

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WHAT DO YOU MOST LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON? ANY TIPS YOU CAN PROVIDE TO OUR READERS FOR INCORPORATING FALL-WINTER PRODUCE INTO THEIR HOLIDAY MEALS? During the fall, I love to work with apples and pears, especially in baking. There are so many incredible ways to use them—from jams to pies. I like to use cinnamon and nutmeg and other spices to really bring out the seasonal flavors. And I am excited for persimmon season! I love making persimmon bread with the Hachiya persimmons and also adding the Fuyu persim-

OF A FEELING AND A WAY OF LIFE. IT IS ALL ABOUT ENJOYING SIMPLE, FRESH FOOD WITH FRIENDS AND

YOUR FAMILY’S ROOTS RUN DEEP IN

FAMILY. IT DOES

THAT MOST RESONATE WITH YOU? HOW CAN GOLDEN STATE READERS BEST HELP PROTECT OUR RANCH AND FARM RESOURCES AND PEOPLE? I think it is important to support as many of our local farmers and ranchers as possible. Go to your local farmers markets—not only will you be supporting these amazing, hardworking farms but you will also be so inspired by all the fresh ingredients. ■

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Vistas for Children Vistas for Children, Inc. held its annual fall fundraiser at Palos Verdes Golf Club. The James Bond-themed casino night featured casino games, signature cocktails, dinner and a live auction. Guests were also treated to a message from Lynn Taylor, board chair of TrinityCare—one of the 20 organizations Vistas for Children granted funds to last year, impacting nearly 6,000 children. Since founded in 1978, Vistas for Children has granted more than $7.6 million.

Josephine Balzano with Nadia Elgrably McMahon, Teri Nelson Carpenter and Rene Mizuguchi. The Aston Martin DBX was provided by Aston Martin Beverly Hills and O’Gara Coach.

Auctioneer Grant Synder, Jayanna Howerton and Dr. John Kennedy (seated: Katrina Goldberg)

Jim Heavner, Vanessa Heavner, Suzanne Winkler, Irma Levine, Katrina Goldberg, Michael Goldberg, Joe Dufresne, Ron Anfuso

Lynn Taylor

Celebrate Wellness 2021 Cancer Support Community – Redondo Beach’s 24th annual Celebrate Wellness event was a recordbreaking success with proceeds of $327,000. Funds raised benefit more than 200 free support programs offered each month by CSCRB for cancer patients and their families. More than 500 guests sampled fare from 30 of the finest restaurants and beverage companies as they strolled through the late afternoon garden party.

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Jackie Suiter, Adrienne Nakashima, Wesley Nakashima, Danielle Brown, Charlie Brown

Walt Zipperman (standing) and Deborah Arnold (seated), Jim Hunter (standing) and Joanne Hunter (seated), Lynn Wolf

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Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk returned to the beach and broke new records, raising more than $2.6 million for education and children with special needs. The event was supported by presenting sponsor Kinecta Federal Credit Union as well as more than 100 other generous businesses and partners. The event featured appearances by Sugar Ray Leonard, Brooke Burke and Meb Keflezighi, plus live performances by Selena: The Series singer/actor Madison Taylor Baez, Dance Moms’ GiaNina Paolantonio and He’s All That actor Gabe De Guzman.

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Olympian Meb Keflezighi with runners from West High in Torrance and Mira Costa High School

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Skechers president Michael Greenberg and Friendship Foundation member Jacob

TikTok star Zach Valentine

Manhattan Beach Foundation members

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Verte 2021 Grades of Green, a nonprofit that inspires and empowers students across the world to take environmental action, hosted its annual fundraising gala Verte 2021. The gala was a major success, beating the organization’s goals by raising more than $330,000 in much-needed funding to sustain the nonprofit’s work. For their deep commitment to supporting students and the environment, Grades of Green honored Kathy Kellogg Johnson of Kellogg Garden Products with its first-ever Mother Earth award and James Hartzberg, COO of LAcarGUY, with its Environmental Business Leadership award.

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310 JOHN ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

3007 THE STRAND, HERMOSA BEACH

865 3RD ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

123 28TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

2804 HERMOSA AVE., HERMOSA BEACH

429 5TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

220 8TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

249 33RD ST., HERMOSA BEACH

3412 WALNUT AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

587 26TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

637 17TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

1313 PINE AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

1511 2ND ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

1037 2ND ST., HERMOSA BEACH

2504 PINE AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

1436 11TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

653 26TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

112 23RD PLACE, MANHATTAN BEACH

SOLD AT $11,200,000

SOLD AT $8,200,000

SOLD AT $3,850,000

SOLD AT $3,850,000

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SOLD AT $5,449,000

SOLD AT $3,750,000

SOLD AT $5,400,000

SOLD AT $3,675,000

SOLD AT $5,074,500

SOLD AT $3,675,000

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SOLD AT $4,500,000

SOLD AT $3,635,000

SOLD AT $4,500,000

SOLD AT $3,350,000

SOLD AT $4,399,000

SOLD AT $3,925,000

SOLD AT $3,450,000

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SOLD AT $3,365,500

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609 15TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

222 27TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

216 1ST ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

539 4TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

1261 BRYANT PL., MANHATTAN BEACH

1418 2ND ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

2820 ALMA AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

2101 AGNES RD., MANHATTAN BEACH

2751 FORRESTER DR., LOS ANGELES

1724 WALNUT AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

3520 WALNUT AVE., MANHATTAN BEACH

17 CORDOBA CT., MANHATTAN BEACH

648 2ND ST., HERMOSA BEACH

1156 10TH ST. #2, MANHATTAN BEACH

1017 8TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

911 15TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

920 2ND ST., HERMOSA BEACH

941 24TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

909 8TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

1628 11TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH 444 CALLE DE CASTELLANA, REDONDO BEACH

SOLD AT $2,500,000

SOLD AT $2,400,000

22 FAIRWAY DR., MANHATTAN BEACH

513 ANITA ST., REDONDO BEACH

340 VIA ALMAR, PALOS VERDES ESTATES

902 6TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

58 HIDDEN VALLEY RD., ROLLING HILLS ESTATES

27108 WHITESTONE RD., RANCHO PALOS VERDES

923 N LELAND AVE., SAN PEDRO

121 S THURSTON AVE., LOS ANGELES

234 LARSSON ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

4137 VIA NIVEL, PALOS VERDES ESTATES

4880 VIA LA GRANJA, YORBA LINDA

4078 NEWTON ST., TORRANCE

24442 WARD ST., TORRANCE

14435 VALERIO ST #15, VAN NUYS

815 CLAUDIA, HARBOR CITY

3511 SENEFELD DR, TORRANCE

539 23RD ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

SOLD AT $3,875,000

SOLD AT $3,625,000

SOLD AT $3,595,000

SOLD AT $3,375,000

SOLD AT $3,366,000

SOLD AT $2,835,000

SOLD AT $3,100,000

SOLD AT $4,800,000

SOLD AT $5,365,000

** SOLD AT $3,072,000

SOLD AT $2,920,619

SOLD AT $2,500,000

SOLD AT $1,325,000

SOLD AT $2,625,000

* SOLD AT $2,475,000

SOLD AT $2,925,000

SOLD AT $1,775,000

SOLD AT $660,000

* 5142 CAROL DR., TORRANCE

SOLD AT $1,633,000

SOLD AT $2,060,000

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SOLD AT $2,150,000

SOLD AT $2,200,000

SOLD AT $1,975,000

528 24TH ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

SOLD AT $2,400,000

SOLD AT $460,000

1610 21ST ST., MANHATTAN BEACH

SOLD AT $1,650,000

525 N LUCIA AVE #A,REDONDO BEACH

SOLD AT $1,420,000

SOLD AT $1,410,000

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SOLD AT $1,415,000

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SOLD AT $1,150,000

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* SOLD AT $3,850,000

* SOLD AT $2,275,000

SOLD AT $880,000

526 24TH PL., HERMOSA BEACH

1230 9TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

SOLD AT $2,500,000

SOLD AT $810,000

* 17 CORDOBA CT., MANHATTAN BEACH

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3816 VIA PALOMINO, PALOS VERDES ESTATES

SOLD AT $443,000

SOLD AT $1,550,000

SOLD AT $1,970,000

1920 GATES AVE. #B,REDONDO BEACH 1903 GRANT AVE. #B,REDONDO BEACH 2301 PULLMAN LN., REDONDO BEACH

SOLD AT $1,870,000

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SOLD AT $1,150,000

*

SOLD AT $1,900,000

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209 VIA COLORIN PALOS VERDES ESTATES 4350 CARTESIAN CIR, PALOS VERDES PENINSULA 19 MISTY ACRES RD ROLLING HILLS ESTATES

SOLD AT $5,005,000

SOLD AT $3,125,000

SOLD AT $1,520,000

SOLD AT $3,000,000

SOLD AT $3,450,000

SOLD AT $612,500

709 N VALLEY DR., MANHATTAN BEACH

SOLD AT $1,841,400

* 1601 RINDGE LN #1, REDONDO BEACH

SOLD AT $820,000

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* 342 ARDMORE AVE., HERMOSA BEACH

SOLD AT $1,500,000

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519 MEYER LN. #53, REDONDO BEACH 607 S GERTRUDA AVE., REDONDO BEACH 431 S. BROADWAY #5,REDONDO BEACH

SOLD AT $850,000

* 1415 S NORTHWOOD AVE., COMPTON

SOLD AT $1,625,000

SOLD AT $1,475,000

448 11TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

1251 7TH PL., HERMOSA BEACH

SOLD AT $1,691,000

* 4532 NEWTON ST., TORRANCE

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*

SOLD AT $1,360,000

SOLD AT $1,160,000

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504 PALM DR., HERMOSA BEACH

1205 7TH PL., HERMOSA BEACH

129 N. BROADWAY #A,REDONDO BEACH 760 VIA DEL MONTE, PALOS VERDES ESTATES

SOLD AT $1,565,000

SOLD AT $2,550,000

4509 HIGHGROVE AVE., TORRANCE

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* SOLD AT $1,389,375

SOLD AT $1,752,000

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335 10TH ST., HERMOSA BEACH

611 2ND ST., HERMOSA BEACH

SOLD AT $1,915,000

SOLD AT $2,350,000

SOLD AT $2,050,000

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* 1301 CABRILLO AVE #214, TORRANCE

SOLD AT $2,569,125

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3512 ALMA AVE,M MANHATTAN BEACH

SOLD AT $2,321,500

* SOLD AT $2,230,000

** SOLD AT $1,555,000

SOLD AT $2,300,000

SOLD AT $2,625,000

* 6347 W 79TH S., LOS ANGELES

SOLD AT $1,625,000

SOLD AT $1,300,000

* 6644 VISTA DEL MAR, PLAYA DEL REY

SOLD AT $1,950,000

* 629 SUNSET AVE., VENICE

SOLD AT $4,678,000

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LAST WORD

It’s a Wonderful Celebration AN ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT IN HERMOSA SPARKS CHEERFUL MEMORIES FOR OUR CONTRIBUTOR. Written by Scott Sanford Tobis | Illustrated by Nikki Smith

When I was a child, the gloriously sentimental It’s a Wonderful Life was mandatory Christmas viewing for my family. Watching

local holiday event. It turns out, the tree-lighting celebration

George Bailey, played by the inimitable Jimmy Stewart, slowly

started as an ad hoc (and surreptitious) stringing together of

realize the value of friendship and the beauty of his hometown of

Christmas lights plugged into the outlets of the old and sorely

Bedford Falls under the guidance of his guardian angel, Clarence,

missed bar The Mermaid almost 50 years ago. This is accord-

is embedded in my soul. For years, every time I heard a bell, I

ing to Rick Koenig, the unofficial mayor of Hermosa, whose

was reminded of the guardian angel’s quest for his wings.

family’s roots here date back to the late 19th century … so one

Over the years, my perception of the holidays tended to shift

tends to trust his anecdotes.

to the dark, melancholy celebration of James Joyce’s “The

Eventually, the city embraced the notion of a more tradi-

Dead” over such a sentimental classic. Rumination versus

tional tree lighting, and it became an official event. Thousands

celebration was the order of the day. That all changed with

of people line up every year for the lighting, children’s activi-

the arrival of a particular bundle of joy 18 years ago, combined

ties and holiday treats. The Holiday Open House and Tree

with the light that comes from the holiday season.

Lighting Ceremony went virtual last year, but fortunately they

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the aforementioned bundle-turned-elementary-school-aged son and I had the

were in person again this year for South Bay residents to soak in the holiday spirit.

distinct pleasure of stumbling onto an extraordinary sight—not

While the menorah has been located in different parts of the

fictional this time, but in real life. While walking on The Strand

South Bay for years, it only landed at the pier seven or eight years

toward Hermosa with my young son, I was expecting to see

ago. According to Rabbi Yossi Mintz of the Jewish Community

the massive Christmas tree erected at the base of the pier. I

Center of the South Bay, various locals eagerly donated funds to

was greatly surprised to also find a giant menorah celebrating

make it possible to place the symbol in such a prime location.

Hanukkah, which had started a few nights before. With the notion of America being a melting pot feeling like

Hanukkah starts on November 28 this year. In other words, just one week after the Christmas tree is lit, the menorah joins in on

a distant memory, it was heartening to see representations

the holiday fun. I hope many others will react with the same level

of different religions in the same place. It seemed more than

of surprise and joy that was on my son’s face as he gazed up at

appropriate for the holiday season. The two symbols of the

both the massive tree and the menorah all those years ago. ■

holidays were a joy to behold.

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