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’Tis the season once again. It feels like January 2022 was just last month, but here I am putting away fall decor and burning a Christmas candle as I write this. As the year is quickly coming to an end, I think we all find ourselves reflecting on our accomplishments—whatever they may be. I wanted to read more this year, so I challenged myself to read 25 books through Goodreads. Looks like I have 15 more books to go, so I better get busy! It seems like life moves faster and faster, so I have been trying to be more present and THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

Stepping Out WHERE TO EAT, SHOP AND CELEBRATE THE SEASON SOUTH BAY STYLE

live in the moment. Take more time to breathe. Don’t sweat the small stuff, which is still a work in progress for me. All in all it’s been a great year, and I’m excited to see what’s on the horizon.

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We’ve had a great year here at Southbay magazine. The team has worked so hard and has done a tremendous job. We even had our first event since the pandemic to celebrate the amazing women in our community. It was a fantastic turnout, and we were so happy to see familiar faces and meet new ones. I continue to be so proud of everyone and what we do here. I hope you feel that when you turn the pages. I am honored to have our long-term partner and friend Hamilton Butler Jewels as the sponsor of this beautiful Holiday Issue. Joni Hamilton and Shelia Butler are true artists and have been specializing in one-of-a-kind, handmade, heirloom-quality jewelry, a selection of trendsetting designer jewelry and a curated selection of vintage treasures in the South Bay for years. You feel like family as soon as you walk into their Hermosa Beach store. They listen to your needs and guide you to the perfect selection. I know they will be thrilled to help you find that perfect piece of sparkle this holiday season. “We are thankful, grateful and blessed,” Shelia and Joni shared with us. “The end of the year is a time to reflect on what makes our lives useful, valuable and meaningful. Take time to enjoy the small and big things that you experienced this year and remember there are blessings in both. We are delighted to sponsor Southbay magazine’s Holiday Issue and wish our community and beyond the happiness of the season.” Our team at Southbay, along with issue sponsor Hamilton Butler Jewels, wish you a very happy holiday season. Let’s take a moment to be proud of ourselves and grateful for what we have. As always, remember to support our community businesses and shop local. We appreciate you so much and look forward to seeing you in 2023.

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ICING ON THE CAKE

THE FLOW STATE

2022 HOLIDAY WISH LIST

One of Manhattan Beach’s oldest businesses

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Surf

Curated gift ideas from our wonderful

is also one of the sweetest. Now a fourth

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South Bay retailers

generation will lead Becker’s Bakery into a

serve more participants one healing wave at

delicious new chapter.

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MIDNIGHT SNACK

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Toast the New Year with a cozy combination

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The Present A sudden and unexpected calm hit me a few weeks ago.

easy. But I do recognize a newfound calm in my day to

How’s this possible, you say? This is no time for calm.

day. And with that calm I’m learning what’s good about

War still rages, big issues evoke frustration and anxiety,

the world around me, like enjoying time with those I

and to top it off, there are rumors of a turkey shortage

love more deeply; not letting small work stuff disrupt

this year! Calm? Humbug.

my mood or day; becoming a better listener and better

Hear me out. Yes, the world troubles me. How could

friend; being grateful for even the smallest gesture. In

it not? And yes, I’m prone to get charged up about what

many ways, being present is the best gift to receive and

I read or watch on the news. Seems like bad stuff is

give as the holidays approach. At a time when I’m usu-

everywhere these days. And while we may be powerless

ally overwhelmed and stressed out, I’ll try taking each

to control the narratives coming at us from all directions,

beautiful, crazy moment as it comes … even the turkeys.

we can choose how we want to respond to them. For me, at this moment, I’m choosing to stay present. I recently read the book The Five Invitations by Frank

Our annual holiday issue is full of giving, both as a shopping list and in the spirit of the community. How lucky we are to have this moment to celebrate together.

Ostaseski, a leading voice in end-of-life care. As the

We at Southbay wish you all a safe and festive season, and

founder of a hospice center in San Francisco, Frank

we’ll see you in 2023.

discovered those approaching death have much to teach us about living. And the core message was staying present—showing up fully for all aspects of life, both the joyful and the challenging. It’s a poignant read. So I’m trying to stay present. And guess what? It’s not

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TANYA MONAGHAN | Tanya is a fashion stylist, style influencer, editor and writer. She has worked for numerous international publications, such as InStyle and GQ, and served as fashion editor for Glamour South Africa. After relocating back home to Manhattan Beach with her husband and three children, she became a guest editor for Southbay, where she enjoys shining a light on inspirational people within the community.

KARA MICKELSON | A graduate of UCLA and Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, Kara trained in Spain and in Napa at the famed French Laundry. She has worked with Food Network chefs Bob Blumer and Giada De Laurentiis and many others on the talk show circuit. She is an on-camera culinary expert, recipe developer, producer, writer and food stylist. Follow her @styleddelicious.

MICHELLE VILLAS | Michelle is an art director with more than 25 years of experience in publication design. After spending 16 years working on magazines in New York, she headed to California where she now calls the South Bay home. A true typophile, she carries her obsession with fonts into every project.

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DECEMBER 2022/ JANUARY 2023 Hey, Sugar Celebrating 80 years of Becker’s Bakery in Downtown Manhattan Beach. More on the following pages.


icing on the cake ONE OF MANHATTAN BEACH’S OLDEST BUSINESSES IS ALSO ONE OF THE SWEETEST. NOW A FOURTH GENERATION WILL LEAD BECKER’S BAKERY INTO A DELICIOUS NEW CHAPTER. Written by Quinn Roberts | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell



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As a little kid, Kit Becker used to sit on an icing bucket in the back of her family’s bakery and watch her dad decorate cakes and cookies. Now, decades later, Kit is working her artistry. “When I was little it seemed like the best place on the planet,” she says. “I got to go back there and see my dad decorating cakes and eat whatever I wanted. My friends couldn’t believe it.” A family business at its core, Becker’s Bakery & Deli spans four generations. Kit, age 30, officially took over in 2021 from her father, Todd, who had run the business since 1984. Located in the heart of Manhattan Beach, Becker’s has been a mainstay in the community since 1942. It all started in the 1930s when Kit’s great-grandfather Harry, a bakery supplier, delivered items to another bakery operating in the current location of Becker’s. When that family decided to sell the business, Harry jumped at the chance to buy the property and make it his own. He eventually passed the bakery to his son Stan, who years later gave the business to his own son Todd. When the shop first opened, it brimmed with a variety of breads, decadent cakes and pastries. Once Todd took over, he scaled things back to focus more on cakes and cookies. He also brought in a little extra joy with more vivid icing colors. Kit has continued with that same vision. Walking into the bakery, you immediately see sugar cookies with bright hues in the shape of surfboards and flowers, alongside colorful cupcakes. On the bakery walls are old newspaper clippings showing the store back in the day, along with school essays written by Kit’s two brothers, Max and Tommy, about their dad’s hard work and determination to make the business a success. The sugar cookie recipe passed

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down for generations and a delicious buttercream frost-

graduated from the University of Oregon with a film

ing recipe are customer favorites that set Becker’s apart

degree, she became a production assistant but quickly

from chain bakeries.

recognized it wasn’t the right environment for her to

“We have people who have never been in, who see everything on the walls and think it is so cool,” says

of her first big decisions was designating a small spot

get a cookie for $1.50. Many appreciate that it is still in

within the bakery for Hi-Fi Espresso, a local coffee

the same family.”

shop with two other locations. It has been in the bakery

gone, but Becker’s has stayed put. It’s one of just a handful of businesses in the city that have stood the test

since June 2021 and is a natural fit. She’s also focusing more on birthday cakes and picture cookies. “I’m a proud dad seeing Kit take over like she has,”

of time. The 100-year-old building housing the bakery

says Todd. “I don’t have to worry, and I know things

became a historical landmark about 10 years ago.

will go smoothly with her. She is no-nonsense and has

“So many things are built up in the South Bay, but our place has easy charm to it,” says Brigid Becker, Todd’s

a great work ethic. Becker’s is in good hands.” Kit arrives at the bakery by 7 a.m. every morning

wife and Kit’s mom. “Every time we have thought about

and immediately helps with the breakfast rolls, dipped

remodeling or tearing down the building, we always pull

cookies and anything else that needs to get done. As

back—it won’t be Becker’s. We have made some renova-

unglamorous as it may be, she’s also on the computer

tions over the years, but nothing too drastic.”

a big chunk of the day, responding to special-order

Being in business for 80 years means there are plenty

emails. That’s been a holdover from the pandemic, with

of stories to tell. One of the most interesting ones was

the majority of orders being placed via email. In fact,

back in the 1980s when Burger King was opening a new

Becker’s actually chose to disconnect its phone. “Old

store in the South Bay. The company commissioned

school with a new-school kick,” jokes Kit.

Becker’s to make a huge cake that was 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. With a giant Burger King logo on the front, Todd and his team put the cake on a giant piece of plywood and planned to move it through the doorway. One problem:

Just like many other small businesses during the pandemic, Becker’s wondered if it would survive. After closing the bakery for one week, the family realized that it had to do something. “Kit and I decided to sell at the front door,” says

It was too tall. Fortunately, the team was eventually

Todd. “We put down a folding table and had dipped

able to get the cake to the location after taking it out in

cookies and cakes to sell. A lot of times we’d get no

smaller sizes.

more than 10 people walking by an hour. We managed to

Another amazing tidbit: None of the family had any formal training. Todd’s decades of experience allowed him to decorate about 10 cakes an hour—something he

make it through.” Residents kept Becker’s afloat, choosing to support the bakery and other local businesses. “We have a ton of regulars,” says Kit. “I have seen

never could have imagined at the beginning. Watching

a lot of kids grow up. Their moms keep coming in.

her dad in the early years and then working in the bakery

They got their first birthday cake with us and now their

throughout high school and a few years after college made

eighth. It even makes me feel old.”

the transition of taking over the bakery easier for Kit.

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Kit has made a few changes since Todd retired. One

Kit. “Locals still come in and are excited that they can

Clothing shops, restaurants and bars have come and

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thrive. She then went to work for her dad full time.

The family had thoughts of selling the bakery, espe-

The family never had a formal conversation about

cially during the pandemic, but never pulled the trig-

who would take over once Todd retired. It just hap-

ger. That decision became a blessing after Brigid was

pened naturally over a matter of years. Once Kit

diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer when Todd was



retiring. Everyone realized how precious family is and that keeping the bakery was more important than ever. As Brigid continues to go through treatment, she

transported back to a time when Todd would bring out a pan of cookies for Kit when she was about 5 years old

dream—called The Hang. It’s located above Becker’s,

and have her squeeze a tube of icing onto the cookies,

which means Kit and Brigid are just a quick walk away

which they all called “star dots.”

“The place has given us such a great life with so many

That’s the kind of experience Brigid wants her grandkids to have too. Just recently, Tommy brought

great experiences and connections,” says Brigid. “It is

his young daughter Daisy to Becker’s. “The first time

almost like you are a little celebrity in Manhattan Beach.”

we brought Daisy to the shop, we realized it was a

When Brigid and Todd attended events at their kids’ schools and people heard their last name, most would ask if they had a connection to the bakery. When they

fifth-generation Becker who was walking through those doors. That is incredible and important,” says Brigid. A staple in the community, Becker’s has no intention

told them they owned it, people always wanted to know

of slowing down. The way things are going, expect it to

more and tell their own stories about visiting the bakery.

celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Todd always participated in career days at his kids’

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husband run the business and now her daughter, she is

opened a home decor store in August—her lifelong

from each other.

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Brigid has had a front-row seat to it all. Seeing her

“It is pretty simple for what I want the legacy of

schools. He’d dress up and bring cookies and cakes for

Becker’s to be,” says Todd. “We will always be a

the students and teachers, telling them about Becker’s

family-run business that serves quality food and keeps

and what he did on a daily basis.

prices low. That will never change.” ■


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the gap between research publications and

is imperative that we bond as families and

get-well guides. I wrote it to help anyone

do things like watch movies, pick pumpkins,

affected by eating disorders or unhealthy

travel and spend quality time together. We

habits navigate back to the path of wellness.

must reinforce the childlike wonder and joy of youth. As my children enter adolescence, I am

My book cross-references in-depth studies and current cultural climates to pinpoint the necessary choices that we can make for

noticing the increasing pressure put on

the betterment of self. It includes recipes,

youth not only from societal expectations but

workout routines and mental exercises to

from their peers as well. There are a variety

help combat the pressures and expectations

of unrealistic images and standards that

of current societal trends.

youngsters are trying to adopt. This has led

With the upcoming holidays, everybody

to a rise in eating disorders, body dysmor-

gets self-conscious. We will see friends and

phia and a myriad of unhealthy habits.

relatives, and food will be everywhere. An overwhelming sense of consumption—both

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physically and mentally—can take over. This

In today’s society, people of all ages are

is why the holiday season is one of the most

expected to look a certain way, which led

important times to band together as a family

me to write my latest book, So You Think

and reinforce core values and healthy mind-

The Precious You Starts In The Mirror: Eating

sets. As we spend time together, we show

Disorders And How To Help You Stop. This

that we understand and are there for each

user-friendly manual is designed to bridge

other along the way.


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recipes and habits during these festive

These issues became very important to me

times! We can all enjoy good habits—includ-

a while back, and for this reason I elected

ing those on a well-traveled path of wellness

book. For further assistance, I am also avail-

to enhance my skills further. I completed

and those attempting to transition into their

able for private consults. We’re all in this

an advanced education degree in psychol-

ideal healthy lifestyle. We must learn to

together; let’s enjoy it as a family!

ogy with a focus on emotional eating and

choose beneficial options, make changes for

eating disorders. I also obtained my certifi-

ourselves and do so in a way that we can

cation as a health coach (INHC) with areas

achieve realistically. Our health is our wealth,

of expertise in nutrition and healthy eating.

and we must contribute to our “savings.”

As I completed my certification at the

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sion and anxiety rose to an all-time high, and there were very few resources to help those affected deal with the repercussions. I learned as a health coach that your diet is much more than what you eat; it includes who you surround yourself with, what you watch, and what you adopt and listen to. I have been fortunate to be featured on Tinabeth Piña’s TV show LATiNAS, Mañana Latina on Telemundo, Todo es Posible and

“WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER; LET’S ENJOY IT AS A FAMILY!”

The Ed Tyll Show. I was invited to El Salvador, the Dominican Republic and Mexico to further spread my knowledge about healthier lifestyles. As I shared this knowledge, I saw just how important it was to emphasize the steps to stay on a healthy path. Today’s youth and young adults need to know how to integrate their health in order to live a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle. They need tools and resources to find their way as they deal with the pressure of modern-day society. A NEW YEAR Oftentimes we make lofty new year’s resolutions, only to disappoint ourselves. In reality, who are we making these for? Is it for ourselves or others? It is important to enjoy the time we have now. This is possible if we implement healthy |

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THE SAUCE

midnight snack TOAST THE NEW YEAR WITH A COZY COMBINATION OF FRESHLY MADE BREAD, SCRUMPTIOUS SPREADS AND A DELIGHTFULLY BOOZY COFFEE. Written, produced & photographed by Kara Mickelson

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RUSTIC HONEY CREAM BREAD Makes 1 large or 2 smaller loaves With substance from wheat germ and depth

Bread Dough

from honey and cream, this bread feels deca-

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

dent enough to serve for the holidays but is also

1 cup warm water*

terrific for everyday use. Whip up the starter the

3½ cups all-purpose flour*

night before and make the recipe the day you’re

2½ teaspoons salt, divided

serving for fresh bread to toast.

1/3 cup wheat germ, not toasted olive oil

Starter

*Measurement is approximate; use more as needed.

¾ cup whipping cream 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice

Sprinkle yeast over starter and massage to combine.

2 tablespoons water

Slowly add water in small increments to mixture and

2 teaspoons mild-flavored honey

then work in ½ cup flour at a time until fully incorpo-

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

rated. Knead in wheat germ. As flour and water combine,

1 cup all-purpose flour

dough will look shaggy and then form a soft, pliable dough that should feel smooth and elastic, not dry or

Mix cream and lemon juice in a bowl or pitcher

sticky. Work 2 teaspoons salt into dough and turn onto a

and let stand at room temperature for 15 min-

smooth, clean work surface. Knead dough with the palm

utes. Stir in water. Warm mixture in microwave

of your hands in a rolling fashion. Work dough into a

for 30 seconds. Stir in honey. Sprinkle yeast on

smooth ball, kneading about 10 minutes. Use both hands

top and lightly stir to mix. Let rest 5 minutes

to tuck dough under the bottom, rolling, pinching and

until yeast bubbles or looks frothy. If there is

pushing it together to create a smooth top surface.

no activity in 5 minutes, start with fresh yeast.

Place dough ball in a large, lightly oiled bowl. Cover

Add flour and work into a sticky paste with

bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm, draft-free

whisk or fork. Cover container with plastic

location for 1½ hours or until dough has doubled in size.

wrap and let rest at room temperature in a

Punch expanded dough to release air. Turn onto a clean

draft-free location overnight or until doubled

work surface and knead until smooth, about 2 minutes.

in size (6 hours minimum).

Shape into a large ball or two smaller discs. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Score dough top with a sharp razor and dust with some flour. Cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel and let rise at room temperature until doubled, about 30–40 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining salt. Bake until golden brown crust forms and dough sounds hollow when thumped, about 35–40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack before cutting. Serve toasted with your favorite toppings.

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CHOCOLATE GANACHE WITH SALTED PISTACHIOS Makes about 1 cup ½ cup dark chocolate chips (at least 60% cacao) ¼ cup whipping cream 1 teaspoon butter, unsalted 1 teaspoon instant espresso 2 tablespoons salted pistachios, chopped Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Heat cream to a simmer in microwave on high, about 40 seconds. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips. Slowly stir until all chips are melted. Stir in butter and espresso until completely incorporated. When ganache mixture cools, place in refrigerator for 1 hour or until firm. Before using, heat in microwave for 10 seconds until pliable. Spread a generous amount on toast and top with pistachios.

STRAWBERRY, ASIAN PEAR & GINGER STOVETOP JAM Makes 1 cup Ditch the canning jars and complicated instructions. This recipe is quick and easy and comes together with a few simple ingredients. It is great on pancakes too! 1 (12-ounce) package frozen strawberries ½ Asian pear, seeded, diced small 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated ¼ cup mild honey 1 orange slice, seeded ¼ cup fresh orange juice 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Cook over medium heat until almost all liquid is evaporated. Stir constantly so honey doesn’t burn; add small amount of water if necessary. Remove from heat and cool. Store refrigerated for up to 5 days.


SPICED BUTTERED RUM COFFEE Serves 1 (6-ounce coffee or 4-ounce espresso drink) 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt but-

¼ cup dark rum

ter. Add rum, 1 cinnamon stick, vanilla and brown

2 cinnamon sticks

sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

dissolves. Turn off heat and remove cinnamon stick.

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar (preferably muscovado)

Leave saucepan on burner to keep sauce warm. Pour

4 ounces strong brewed coffee or 2 ounces espresso

coffee or espresso into a mug; add buttered rum

¼ cup fresh sweetened whipped cream

mixture. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle with white

1 teaspoon white chocolate curls

chocolate curls and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Gotta Dance RUSTY FRANK GETS THE SOUTH BAY ON ITS FEET AND SWINGING INTO THE NEW YEAR. Written by Jen Turquand | Photographed by Monica Orozco

They say it’s impossible to be sad while you’re dancing.

you are “led to,” so each time you dance it’s different.

I have to agree.

This allows anyone—coupled or single, any gender or

Dancing has a way of setting worries free and lifting

get in some laughs with your cardio as you dance the

often have the opportunity to do here in the South Bay.

night away.

Sure, there is dancing at outdoor festivals or weddings,

that by doing this one dance, you get the combined

thought until I found Rusty’s Rhythm Club.

activity of countless others that contribute to overall

My quest began after a visit to Baltimore to see my

well-being and happiness—including exercise, social-

24-year-old son. He took me to Mobtown Ballroom for

izing, brain development and stress alleviation,” shares

a free Lindy Hop lesson followed by a night of dancing.

Rusty Frank, owner of Rusty’s Rhythm Club. Rusty is a first-class tap dancer and Lindy Hopper,

midnight. I couldn’t remember the last time I felt so

producer, choreographer, writer, dance preservation-

joyful. I left humming a tune, a little out of breath and

ist and member of the California Swing Dance Hall of

thinking there had to be something similar for me close

Fame. In 1998, after decades of dancing all over the

to home, right?

world, she started teaching a weekly swing dance class

Back at the beach, I put my Google skills to work and found Rusty’s Rhythm Club in Playa del Rey. Their monthly swing dances include a free intro lesson

in Hermosa Beach at Pointe 705 and hasn’t stopped teaching since. Lindy Hop originated in the 1920s at the legendary

and feature live music. With plenty of free parking, a

Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Young African American

2,300-square-foot dance floor and a full bar, how could

dancers at one of the only integrated dance halls of

I go wrong? So off to the dance I went, husband in tow.

its time created the dance, and it quickly spread like

Swing dancing—and specifically Lindy Hop—is a so-

a California wildfire—first across the nation, then

cial dance, meaning you don’t need to bring a partner.

throughout the world during the swing era of the

You can dance with anyone you’d like. There are two

1930s and ’40s. Now even bigger than in its heyday,

designations, lead or follow—you choose which you

you can find swing/Lindy Hop dances and lessons

want to be and learn those steps at the free mini class

almost anywhere.

at the beginning of the night. It is not a choreographed routine but rather specific steps to put together as you go. Or more accurately, as

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“To me, the amazing thing about swing dancing is

but social or partner dancing is a rare find—or so I

It was such a blast that we ended up staying until after

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orientation—to select your role, meet new people and

our spirits. Yet as an adult, it is not something that I

At Rusty’s Rhythm Club, the energy is high. The live bands are amazing, and the crowd brings together a great mix of old and young, beginner and experienced.


Rusty Frank and Ron Campbell


THE ENERGY IS HIGH.

As a bonus, each monthly dance has a different theme.

THE LIVE BANDS

Campbell find purpose and joy in introducing people

ARE AMAZING, AND

aptly named Lindy by the Sea, their El Segundo dance

THE CROWD BRINGS TOGETHER A GREAT MIX OF OLD AND YOUNG, BEGINNER AND EXPERIENCED.

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These days Rusty and the club’s co-owner Ron to swing dancing and Lindy Hop specifically—thus the school that has been offering varying levels of group dance classes for almost 25 years. “I have worked so hard to keep the classes and club joyful for all,” Rusty says. “Basically, I’m trying to create the world I want to live in.” Of course, I signed up for lessons—with big plans to surprise my son with my fancy footwork the next time I visit. As the saying goes, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” And while I am still working on perfecting my moves, it does keep me smiling. ■



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home for the holidays WATERLEAF INTERIORS’ JILL JOHNSON OPENS THE DOORS TO HER RECENTLY RENOVATED ABODE FOR THE SANDPIPER’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR. Written by Darren Elms | Photographed by Samantha Klose



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Twenty-five years ago, Jill Johnson wrote a letter to the owner of a home she admired saying she would like to buy the property if they ever wanted to sell. It wasn’t until 2018 that a friend mentioned the home was finally on the market. “When I contacted the owners, they remembered me and actually had been searching for the letter I wrote them,” Jill says. “They were happy to sell it to me, and I was excited to renovate the existing home.” But she soon realized that a renovation would be tricky, as the existing structure was built on the property line. Undaunted, Jill decided to start from scratch. It helps that Jill is a seasoned interior designer. She and Suzanne Ascher founded Waterleaf Interiors in 2006 and showcase their coastal style at a shoppable studio in Manhattan Beach. For designing her home, Jill wanted to start with elements that drew her to the property in the first place. “What I loved most about the original home was the large yard with lots of sunlight,” she says. “To keep as much of the backyard as possible, I kept the footprint of the house to a minimum and added a basement. It was really important that I had a decent amount of space in the back to have a pool, pool house, pingpong table and enough grass to have a small volleyball net.” As an admirer of East Coast brownstones and London townhouses, Jill wanted the home, which she shares with her two teenage sons and the family’s dog, to have a city feel but blend effortlessly with the style of Manhattan Beach. “We call the house the Coastal Brownstone,” she says. Jill incorporated many of her favorite design elements throughout the home using a variety of colors, patterns and textures to create a warm, inviting feeling. A wide array of wallpaper is also used throughout the home, including grass cloth, delicate block print, sepia

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surf photos and fabric. The trim is painted in different

a leather sofa, a vintage rug, zebra stools and Jill’s trea-

colors to coordinate with the wallpaper and fabrics in

sured fiddle-leaf fig to create a cozy, warm feeling.

each room. “My custom front door is tall and narrow

piano—in this room, and it’s often the place where we

just like a London townhouse,” she reveals.

end up at the end of the night with friends,” says Jill.

Jill acknowledges the challenge of designing your own home when it’s also your business. “With clients I trust my gut instinct, and my first choice is usually

and look out the window and bark at other dogs.” Jill’s home will be part of the highly anticipated Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour, December 2-4. “I am

with my own space I tend to rethink and play with

a huge fan of the work that Sandpipers does for our

many different ideas before settling on the final look. I

South Bay community and am honored to be a part of

torture myself.”

the 30th anniversary tour,” she shares. “Selfishly, it

In the end, Jill and her team accomplished a space

also motivated me to finish my home. I am always so

that’s not only personal but also beautifully crafted and

busy with our clients, and joining the tour gave me a

curated. She notes that the front music room is a family

little push to get my house finally completed!”

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always the right choice,” she says. “Unfortunately,

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“My sons and I like to play music—either guitar or

with brass hardware and numbers centered on the door

Reserve tickets for the tour to see Jill’s home in person at sandpipershht2022.eventbrite.com. ■



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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

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Waterleaf Waterleaf opened in 2006 with a combined space for interior design and retail in its flagship Metlox location. Within five years, owners Jill Johnson and Suzanne Ascher took over the adjacent space to create a studio for their growing interior design team and opened a larger connecting retail space for Waterleaf Home. During the pandemic they launched an online store, WaterleafHome.com, which showcases a curated collection of their most popular items. Whether it’s creating a beautiful tablescape or finding the perfect pillows, decor, bedding, piece of art or designing your home from the ground up, the Waterleaf team can help you. Check out their complete selection of gifts for anyone on your holiday list, including e-gift cards.

Jill Johnson & Suzanne Ascher, Co-Owners 1210 Morningside Dr., Manhattan Beach 310-546-5400 WaterleafHome.com | @waterleafhome WaterleafInteriors.com | @waterleafinteriors

Hampton plaid navy throw, $150 Deluxe backgammon set, $350 Ornament candle, $38

Waterleaf’s Picks Cocktail shaker, $49 Champagne glasses, set of six, $120

Whale ornament, $18

Gold-filled necklace by Deb Brewer, $120

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Manhattan Village Located in Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Village offers the South Bay a premier shopping and dining experience in an open-air and indoor environment. Open daily!

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

Manhattan Village’s Picks

Johnny Was Cozy blankets in vintage, claret, Tura & Laurie, $248 Martina long kimono, $375

gorjana Diamond pavé alphabet bracelet, $220 Venice layering set, $108

Tommy Bahama Women’s OluKai® Ku’i Slippers in tan, $140

Manhattan Village gift card, $25–$250

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Tabula Rasa Essentials Tabula Rasa Essentials offers the ultimate southern California shopping experience with personally curated gifts featuring local artisans and luxury brands. Owner Maureen McBride and her team provide personalized, convenient solutions for their clients’ gift needs. “We always want our clients to have an amazing shopping experience—especially during the holidays,” Maureen says. “We have something for everyone on your list, including corporate gifts, and we offer free gift wrap.” In recent years, Tabula Rasa Essentials has won Best

Luster glass drinkware, $18–$28 each

Woman-Owned Business, Local Love for Manhattan Beach

Sparkling cuvee 3-wick tin, $26

and just last month the Small and Mighty Award through the Chamber of Commerce. “I am so proud of our team; we have an energetic, friendly vibe and always put our customers’ needs first,” Maureen shares. Check out the store’s website, featuring a holiday guide and a tablescapes section. Trends this holiday season include opulent, vivid colors; alpine decor and home fragrances; gnomes; and magnificent tablescapes to ensure

Maureen’s Picks

your holiday parties are celebratory and fun!

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

Savory Baker’s Delight gift set, $105 Handcrafted resin trim cheese boards, $78–$198 each

Winter gnomes, $42 each Ornament body wash buffer, $14 Lighted swirling tree, $36–$52 each

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Gum Tree Shop & Café Gum Tree is a beautiful home/gift shop and café with two locations in the South Bay. Husband-and-wife owners Lori and Will Ford are excited to celebrate the shop’s 14th birthday this year! Lori always wanted the little blue house on Pier Avenue, and when it became available in 2008 they jumped at the chance to create a lifestyle space for the community. The Gum Tree team loves the holidays and will host their 14th annual Santa Photos event benefitting the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation on December 3–4. Over the years they have raised more than $75,000 for the organization with this event. Gum Tree’s gift selection includes something for everyone—from ornaments to stocking stuffers, white elephant gifts and beautiful solid gold jewelry. “We have gifts for everyone on your list,” shares Lori. “We offer complimentary gift wrap all year long, but we especially love our holiday gift wrap!”

Lori & Will Ford, Owners gumtreela.com 238 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-376-8744 | @gumtreecafe 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-318-2990 | @gumtree_la

The New Cocktail Hour book, $22 Oliver the Elephant, $42 Chan Luu cashmere silk scarf in indigo, $215

Lori’s Picks

Whale bottle opener, $22 Nate Ricketts silver abalone trees, $57, $72, $128 Chan Luu 14k gold labradorite pendant necklace with green peridot inset, $595

Frasier fir statement 3-wick candle, $56

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Skechers Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Skechers has been part of the Manhattan Beach community since 1992. This footwear store carries a vast assortment of casual lifestyle and athletic styles for men, women and kids—with a full range of apparel and accessories. Their BOBS from Skechers boutique allows shoppers to support the firm’s philanthropic collection of footwear, apparel and pet accessories while helping save the lives of shelter animals. Skechers makes it easy for the entire family to

Hands Free Slip-ins: Flex Glide, $52, & Hypno-Flash 2.0 – Odelux, $58

find their perfect look for school, work, hanging out or working out. “We’re proud that we kept the business in this community we call home and

Max Cushioning Hyper Craze Bounce – Galore, $125, & Delta, $105

love so much,” says Skechers president Michael Greenberg. “We hope customers will visit any of our South Bay stores and experience our

Hands Free Slip-ins: Ultra Flex 3.0 - Smooth Step, $90

innovative comfort technologies for themselves.” At this busy time of year, Skechers also offers an option to buy online and pick up curbside.

Michael Greenberg, President skechers.com @skechers Skechers 1121 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-318-3116 Skechers Del Amo 21712 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 310-542-2333 BOBS from Skechers 228 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 424-634-7134

GO WALK Massage Fit, $109, & Upsurge, $105 Hands Free Slip-ins: Ultra Flex 3.0 - Glitter Me, $92, & Natural Step, $90

Skechers’ Picks

The Hoodless Hoodie GO WALK Everywhere Jacket, $59 Diamond Glacier Jacket, $54

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Manhattan Denim Manhattan Denim offers beautiful clothing—from casual to dressy to denim and beyond—for the man or woman who appreciates details and enjoys feeling confident and comfortable. Audrie Benjamin, who has worked in retail her entire career, purchased the store in 2020. She is proud of the warm, relaxed ambience of Manhattan Denim—where customers kick back and are wardrobed by professionals who truly love what they do. “We are grateful when they come in so proud to show us their outfit and are smiling ear to ear,” shares Audrie, who also offers personal shopping appointments before or after hours, online shopping and stellar gift-wrapping. “For your holiday shopping needs, we are here for you and we make gift-giving a

Wool sport coat by Sand Copenhagen, $695 Vintage brass fringe earrings, $185

beautiful experience.”

Stenströms dress shirt, $298

Audrie Benjamin, Owner 920 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach Manhattan-Denim.com

Men’s leather jacket, $998

Audrie’s Picks

Luxe pima polo by Georg Roth, $148 Men’s Italian wool sport coat, $995 Women’s leather jacket, $1,495

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Ounce of Salt Jewelry Jewelry designer Jennifer Baick-Oliak—a Manhattan Beach resident for nearly two decades—knows the South Bay vibe firsthand. Her jewelry designs feature understated luxury and sophistication, exuding the elevated level of quality this community expects. Jen has created her own jewelry collection and also serves as a private jeweler for clients by appointment in her Manhattan Beach office. As a third-generation jeweler, she brings trustworthiness and transparency to the jewelry-purchasing process, which gives clients confidence in their investments. Jen and Ounce of Salt Jewelry have been featured in Vogue, Brides, Town & Country, The Knot and NBC News.

Jennifer Baick-Oliak, Designer & Owner 516 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-970-4485 ounceofsaltjewelry.com @ounceofsaltjewelry

Oval diamond ring stack, $14,500 Emerald cut diamond bracelet, $16,900 Pear diamond necklace, $10,900

Jen’s Picks Moonstone & diamond cup ring, $4,350 Butterfly matte bangle, $6,900 Diamond vintage octagon drop earrings, $7,900 Multi-shaped diamond & emerald butterfly necklace, $5,600

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Beauty Treats Beauty Treats is a spa and boutique offering skin care, lash artistry, airbrush tanning and waxing, as well as gifts and apparel. Owner Salma Bruno is an experienced esthetician and eyelash technician who has worked in the beauty industry since 2005. Located in Redondo Beach since 2016, Beauty Treats has expanded its retail space and increased its apparel selection. “I have loved getting to know our neighbors and community,” says Salma. “Our clients love the sense of friendship we provide as a community store, and we love to see their happy faces!” Beauty Treats carries gifts at a variety of prices for all ages, and they offer gift wrapping. Online shopping is available, and Salma invites everyone to stop in for a visit during the holiday season. “We can’t wait to help you—whether it’s for a spa service or to pick out that perfect gift!”

Salma Bruno, Owner 1704 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach 310-346-1642 beautytreatsspa.com @beautytreatsspa

LAFCO woodland spruce large candle, $70 Beaded matte onyx 1.25” hoop earring, $58

Salma’s Picks

Aqua Heron robe, $180 Frasier Fir gold fragrance diffuser, $47 Malvados Puff Daddy slipper, $70

PJ Harlow Anne tank in red, $57 PJ Harlow Jolie pant in red, $69

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Morgan’s Jewelers The legacy of Morgan’s Jewelers spans more than 76 years and three generations. Much of the company’s business is referral-based, with clientele all over the country. “Our level of expertise, service and selection are unmatched, which is why we have been voted the South Bay’s favorite jewelry store many times,” says owner Russ Varon. “Please come in and experience the difference!” Morgan’s Jewelers has expanded its boutique and designer lines, including a new men’s department. Look for a complete renovation starting early 2023.

Russ Varon, Owner 22200 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 310-375-4471 morgansjewelers.com IG: @ morgansjewelers FB: @MorgansJewelersTorrance

Russ’ Picks

18k yellow gold mother-of-pearl and diamond medallion pendant on an 18” paper clip chain, $2,375 18k yellow gold 9.04ct mother-ofpearl with .40ctw diamond halo border dangle earrings, $2,475 14k yellow gold .91ctw diamond multi-row fashion ring, $3,450 18k yellow gold .95ctw pavé set diamond Roberto Coin “Love in Verona” hoop earrings, $8,200

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Medawar Fine Jewelers Medawar Fine Jewelers is a third-generation family business offering fine jewelry designs, watches and clocks, and an in-house custom design and service center—all set in a warm and welcoming environment. Check out the annual Holiday Open House December 9–10 to see several exquisite new lines and custom pieces. “We get to live and work in an amazing community,” says owner Robert Medawar. “We owe our customers a huge debt of gratitude for their unwavering support.”

Robert Medawar, Owner 810-C Bart Earle Way, Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-0052 medawarfinejewelers.com @medawarfinejewelers

Robert’s Picks

Hermès Arceau timepiece with diamond bezel and mother-of-pearl dial, $9,300 Bizzotto 18kt ruby, sapphire & diamond bracelets with signature stretch design, $5,900–$6,900 Ania Haie Gold Glam tag pendant necklace, 14kt gold-plated on sterling silver with cubic zirconia, $79 S.T. Dupont Line D Medium Rollerball Pen in pearl white, $550–$850

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TRU Center, Move to Wellness TRU Center is a wellness studio owned by Alicia Gilbert. Her new handcrafted line, TRU Rx Essentials, is a medicinal body care system using magnesium, essential oils and coconut oil bases. These products nourish the body, help calm the nervous system—especially through the holiday bustle—and are wonderful gifts for all of your loved ones. “I believe when we truly care for ourselves, this emanates outward to all around us,” says Alicia.

Alicia Gilbert, Owner 1951 Artesia Blvd., Suite 101, Redondo Beach 310-882-8732 trucentermovetowellness.com @Tru_Center

Alicia’s Picks

“Love-in-Rub” magnesium sugar scrub, $47 “Butter Me Better” magnesium body butter, $43 “Saving Salve” magnesium and arnica body salve, $48 “Salt your Soul” magnesium & floral bath salts, $53

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Bespoke by Chase Bespoke by Chase is a menswear store specializing in luxury, tailored men’s garments customized for each client in both style and fit. In addition to Italian sportswear and custom suits, shirts, jeans and knitwear, the shop now carries luggage and leather toiletry bags. Owner Chase Kern recently opened a new location one block from the pier that has the vibe of a bar and lounge, where men can have a drink and watch the game on TV while they shop.

Chase Kern, Owner 1100 Manhattan Ave., Suite 104, Manhattan Beach 503-358-0332 bespokebychase.com @bespoke_by_chase

Chase’s Picks Italian-made sport coat, blue plaid with patch pockets, $1,195 Italian-made wool vest with removable jersey hood, $995 Grey plaid flannel stretch sport shirt, $278 Beige cardigan with grey trim, $465

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Go Gently Nation Go Gently Nation was founded by Kristin Coia in 2007; she opened a Manhattan Beach retail store in 2019. The company’s clothing is designed and manufactured locally using sustainable materials and practices. Offering old-school customer service, Go Gently Nation’s staff is knowledgeable about the store’s eco-friendly products and passionate about customers having a wonderful shopping experience. Find gifts including baby items, children’s toys, women’s clothing and natural home products in a store adorned with natural and festive decorations.

Kristin Coia, Founder 1201 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-545-7883 gogentlynation.com @gogentlynation

Go Gently Nation’s Picks

Women’s organic cotton & hemp Anne blouse, $88 Wood camper car & surfboard, $27 Handmade palm leaf laundry basket, $62 Eucalyptus lap tee, gauze baby pant & organic baby socks, $72

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Season’s Meetings DECK YOUR CALENDAR WITH A VARIETY OF LOCAL SEASONAL EVENTS TO TAKE YOU THROUGH THE NEW YEAR. Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino

Manhattan Beach will host a

SANDPIPERS HOLIDAY

giveback day for the Friendship

HOMES TOUR

Foundation with 10% of in-store

December 2-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

and online purchases benefiting the

sandpipers.org

organization.

The South Bay organization’s inperson Holiday Homes Tour features

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

three homes decorated by local

November 29-December 4

businesses and a marketplace with

torrancememorial.org/holidayfestival

holiday vendors and café items.

The magic of the holiday season will return this year under the big

VOLUSPA SPARKLING

HOLIDAY SNOW SHOWERS

white tent at Torrance Memorial

CUVEE EVENT

November 25–December 23, 6 to 8 p.m.

Medical Center. Celebrating its 39th

December 3

thepointsb.com

year, the tradition of the Holiday

tabularasaessentials.com

Snow is in the forecast at The

Festival continues with decorated

Tabula Rasa Essentials in Manhattan

Point! Magical snow flurries hap-

Christmas trees, shopping, enter-

Beach will toast the holidays with

pen every 30 minutes on Fridays

tainment, sweet treats and more.

bubbly and great gift ideas.

and Saturdays, and every night

Admission to public hours is $5.

December 20–23.

Children ages 5 and under are free.

GUM TREE PHOTOS

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

December 3–4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

November 26

COLLECTION LAUNCH PARTY

gumtreela.com

Remember to support our South

November 30, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Hermosa Beach store wel-

Bay businesses with your early

katelesterhome.com

gift buying!

Kate Lester Home will

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showcase sea-

all proceeds going

FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION

sonal wares at

to the Hermosa

GIVEBACK

the Manhattan

November 26

Beach studio for

Foundation.

kendrascott.com

interior design

$20 for a digi-

Kendra Scott in Downtown

enthusiasts.

tal photo file.

Beach Education


THE CALIFORNIA GREAT

WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE AT

SANTA STROLL

TERRANEA RESORT

December 10

December 21, 2 to 4 p.m.

mychals.org

terranea.com

Mychal’s Learning Center is part of

Celebrate the season with an

this world competition for the most

energy-boosting guided nature

Santas gathered in one location.

hike along Terranea’s native plants

The festive event includes a 5K run

trails. This active holiday offering

LOCAL LOVE FOR THE

and walk for all ages and abilities

will include a visit to the Pointe

HOLIDAYS WEEKEND

along The Strand from Hermosa to

Vicente Interpretive Center.

December 3–4

Manhattan and back.

NYE MYSTICAL GARDEN

downtownmanhattanbeach.com

MANHATTAN BEACH

DINNER AT TERRANEA

the Happy Howlidays Dog Costume

FIREWORKS

December 31

Contest on Saturday. Experience

December 11

terranea.com

the holiday golf cart parade through

Start the afternoon at

Downtown Manhattan Beach on

Skechers Snow Park for

Sunday. Strolling carolers from

kids, 3 to 6 p.m.,

Mira Costa High School choirs will

followed by the

entertain both days while you enjoy

annual fireworks

your resolutions

uniquely curated boutiques and

display over the

for the New Year

outstanding dining destinations.

Pier beginning at

over a three-

7 p.m.

course meal and

Bring your pup to participate in

Be transported into a magithemed family celebration. Set

TWELVE DAYS OF FITMAS December 7

cal mystical garden-

toast a fabulous

ROCK OUT AS A

year ahead with

beachlifefitnessboutique.com

ROCKETTE

Beach Life Fitness Boutique in

December 16, 6 p.m.

Redondo Beach invites participants

shinesocietyfitness.com

to a holiday wellness challenge.

Inspired by the famous holiday

Champagne and live entertainment. Seatings at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. ■

show at Radio City Music Hall in

MARIACHI NIGHT AT THE RIV December 7, 5 to 8 p.m. therivmex.com Riviera Mexican Grill in Redondo Beach will kick off the holiday season with mariachi music,

New York, Shine Society Fitness in Redondo Beach will host a special dance class featuring moves from kickline sensations the Rockettes.

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Past Present SIG WARD FINDS HEALING AND PURPOSE CREATING VINTAGE-INSPIRED JEWELRY. Written by Evy Gallagher | Photographed by Adelaide Brannan

Sig Ward’s love of jewelry started early in her life. Her

off from her work as an acupuncturist to care for him.

mother adored jewelry, although living in a house with

She needed time before she could apply her techniques

five kids meant jewelry was not in the budget for gifts.

to support her family in healing from the trauma. Even

Her mother would save and buy herself significant

a year after the accident, the notion of healing others

pieces here and there. “I remember the joy she would

through acupuncture was still too much for her.

get from buying her own jewelry,” Sig says. Jewelry became a topic that Sig and her mother

to a local jewelry store, and everything was cookie-cut-

love for jewelry,” she says. The two would visit vintage

ter—stuff I had seen before,” she says. So she started

stores together, and it was the story behind each piece

designing jewelry for herself again—adding variety

that piqued Sig’s interest. Today she creates pieces

beyond the beaded necklaces she had made and worn

inspired by the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

during her days as an acupuncturist. Sig’s jewelry caught the attention of moms at her

puncturist. She says that working with people to help

children’s school, and she eventually started designing

them heal was a fulfilling and unique experience. She

pieces for those who inquired about them. At age 45,

loved gems and stones partly for their healing purposes.

she opened Sig Ward Jewelry.

She also loved the aesthetics of trendy, handmade

Modalities of healing that she had practiced in

beaded necklaces. One of those became a staple jewelry

acupuncture transitioned into her jewelry design.

piece for Sig during her years in acupuncture school.

The pieces she created were healing, one-of-a-kind

She found beads like rose quartz and onyx at a store on

items—each with an associated meaning. She thinks of

Abbot Kinney Boulevard and made necklaces for herself

each piece as a talisman.

and, soon after, for her friends at school. “It was the first seed,” she says.

Sig’s jewelry is featured in luxury hotels across the country, and she owns a showroom in Manhattan

In 2012 Sig’s third-grade son suffered a traumatic

Beach. Yet she says her most valuable accomplishment

brain injury during a surf contest. An unleashed surf-

has been establishing a relationship with clients—one

board launched toward him, and what was thought to

that allows them to trust her with “their money and

be a gash needing a few stitches ended up being emer-

their precious moments, milestones and mementos,”

gency surgery, four days in the ICU, 190 stitches and a

she says. “They come to me because they’re getting

long recovery process for Sig’s son and her family.

something different, something their own.” ■

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Sig to peruse jewelry shops around her town. “I went

bonded over. “I got her love for jewelry, and she got my

Before she started designing jewelry, Sig was an acu-

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STREET CHIC Hair artist Gilly Gonzalez keeps it real while he excels at his craft—and encourages others to do the same. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

G

ilbert Gonzalez is no stranger

craft than trends, Gilly does stay on top

to hard knocks. The son of

of fashion. “Everything trickles down from

Mexican immigrants who spoke

designers,” he says. He observes how locals

no English, Gilly grew up in a

are styling their hair—whether in the South

gang-infested neighborhood in Gardena.

Bay or during his travels abroad. “Traveling

He was a poor, overweight, bullied child—he

inspires me when I see the young kids—their

could have easily spun out of control. But at

fashion, their hairstyles. I come back to work

a young age, he had the inner strength and

and get creative. I like to take my inspiration

resolve to make the best of a tough situation

from what I see out on the streets.”

and pave the path for his future success. His four older sisters were busy, and his

He also follows some of the top stylists in the world on social media and continues

L to R: Antonio Lobato, Gilly Gonzalez & Jasmin Cortez

parents worked multiple jobs to make ends

his education with styling seminars, product

meet. So Gilly was alone a lot—essentially

classes and hair shows. “I want to bring that

raising himself. He found solace in styling

knowledge back to newer stylists,” says Gilly,

themselves. Anyone in my chair gets the

friends with his sisters’ hair products and

remembering how his first boss took him

absolute spotlight.”

makeup. At age 14, he styled his first wedding.

under her wings and taught him so much.

For a while Gilly was doing beauty work

“I believe this career can save them like it

and cruising in his classic cars—a tricked-

only on the weekends, and that wasn’t

saved me. I want them to be inspired by

out lowrider ’64 Impala and a ’68 Chevelle

enough to support himself. He recognized

my story and know that with hard work and

convertible. Occasionally he treats himself

his talent and passion for styling hair and

determination, you can come from nothing

to salon indulgences like mani-pedis. “I like

makeup, so at age 19 he went to beauty

and still be successful.”

to be the client too sometimes! I have to love

school and got his license. “Hairdressing saved my life,” says Gilly,

Gilly has teamed up with his assistant, Jasmin Cortez, who has worked with him for

Gilly enjoys taking walks with his four dogs

myself first, or how am I going to take care of other people?”

who is a master stylist at Sutra Salon in

the past eight years. “I call her my business

Gilly has been sharing his artistry with

Torrance. “I worked hard to get out of the

partner, or sometimes I call her ‘the boss’!”

the community for nearly 30 years, and he

’hood—although some of my family mem-

he laughs. “She’s the next rising star.”

loves where he’s landed. “Sutra Salon is a

bers still live there, and it’s nicer today. I never

He often works 13-hour days and has a

wonderful space, and owner Antonio Lobato

thought in a million years I would be where I

two-month waiting list. Realizing he can’t

is a very spiritual person. He brings a vibe of

am now, considering what I went through.”

keep that schedule forever, he is teaching

healing and wellness to his salon,” Gilly says.

Jasmin everything he knows while he focuses

“We are very open—no judgment. People

client’s hair as a unique masterpiece. An

on working in a more advisory capacity. “We

come here and feel amazing, and when

expert on styles, he is just as skilled at creating

work as a team, and she’s amazing,” he says.

they leave, they look amazing.”

1970s blowouts and ’90s layers as he is more

“She specializes in hair extensions and color,

modern shags and bobs. “He can do anything

with a focus on balayage and blonding.”

his clients desire and make it a true expression

Gilly considers himself a “motivational

Gilly views himself as a painter and each

GILLY AT SUTRA SALON 24235 HAWTHORNE BLVD., TORRANCE

of them,” shares Amy, a longtime client. “And

stylist”—part therapist and part hairdresser.

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he does the best blowouts in town.”

“I like to hype people up, bring out their best

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qualities and make them feel good about

@SUTRASALON

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THE JIMMY MILLER MEMORIAL FOUNDATION SURF THERAPY PROGRAM IS EXPANDING ITS REACH TO SERVE MORE PARTICIPANTS ONE HEALING WAVE AT A TIME. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Monica Orozco & Ken Pagliaro


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Torrance Memorial


The Jimmy Miller Memorial

meant to offer an alternative to traditional therapy, and

Foundation (JMMF) Surf Therapy

the cathartic release participants were experiencing in

program, named in memory of the

the water was palpable. “That’s because it breaks down barriers and estab-

local surfer who tragically took his

lishes trust so quickly—trust that would take months of

life in 2004, was established a year

talk therapy or face-to-face therapy—because your life

later by clinical occupational therapist Carly Rogers. Its origin was inspired

depends on the other person you’re working with in the ocean,” Kevin explains. Andy Dellenbach, CEO of JMMF, shares some of

by Carly’s experience as a Los Angeles

the feedback he received: “[The Marines] commented

County lifeguard working with the

that being in the ocean with its dynamic nature and

W.A.T.E.R. youth program. While teaching ocean safety to kids with special needs

ever-changing conditions was like being in a firefight or a war. In combat, the situation is dynamic—it’s always changing. You’re not sure what the enemy is

and from underserved communities, Carly was moved by

doing or planning or what comes next. You don’t know

the restorative power the ocean was having on her young

where the next bullet is coming from. After they did

students. The therapeutic effect was undeniable with

the ocean therapy session, they went back into their

each smile, each increased level of confidence and self-

group therapy and said that was the closest thing they

efficacy. For a moment in time, the participants were

could experience to war, to a dynamic combat environ-

focused only on themselves and the waves.

ment, but with positive memories instead of haunting

“That’s what Surf Therapy is all about,” says JMMF’s program director Kevin Sousa, who is also a licensed

nightmares.” A Surf Therapy program designed to serve veterans

marriage and family therapist. He describes the pro-

quickly followed, with female-only veteran sessions

gram as “connection and being in a flow state. You are

introduced in 2013. JMMF has proudly provided Surf

present, centered and aware in that moment.”

Therapy to more than 500 active-duty and veteran

In 2007, with consistently positive feedback from

participants annually ever since. With the uncertainty

young participants, JMMF extended its Surf Therapy

that came with COVID-19, however, everything came to

program to serve another demographic. After a con-

a halt.

tinuous dialogue with the Pentagon and the command

“When the pandemic hit in early 2020, we got shut

at Camp Pendleton, JMMF created a program for the

down. We weren’t allowed to conduct our sessions.

Wounded Warrior Battalion-West. While the source of

Nobody could go on the beaches. You couldn’t gather.

trauma was different for young participants living in

Everybody was, as you know, completely freaked out,”

underserved communities or struggling with domestic

Andy notes. “We know from experience that for people

abuse compared to the men and women returning from

who are already suffering from mental health issues,

war, the PTSD, anxiety, depression, social isolation and

forcing them into quarantine or isolation is the worst

suicidal ideation were very much the same.

thing that could happen to them. Knowing that sitting on

The introduction of Surf Therapy at Camp Pendleton

the sidelines and doing nothing until the pandemic was

wasn’t intended to replace the therapy Marines were

over was not a solution, we huddled up via Zoom and

receiving through the VA or their battalion. It was

tackled the question: ‘What are we going to do to help?’”

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Kevin proposed leading participants through a series of virtual guided meditations. “We would use images

hospital, she was excited about an opportunity to get in

from Brent Broza, who is one of our board members

the water—but only as a recreational activity. “I had no

and was Jimmy’s best friend growing up. They’re beach

clue about the psychological factor. I guess I didn’t do my

scenes that he blurs. It’s a cool, soothing look,” Andy

research,” Courtney says. After her first session, she knew

says. “In the fall of 2021, restrictions thankfully eased

she was experiencing something special. “I got emotional.

and we started getting back on the beach.”

It was unexpected. I got really moved by it all.”

But while COVID-19 cases began to subside, a new

director of finance, needed a little more nudging before

and nurses were having to make life decisions for

agreeing to get on a board. Torrance Memorial’s coor-

people—partially because families were not allowed in

dinator, Justin Ficke, popped into Cari’s office, hoping

the hospitals,” Andy notes. “It was traumatic for them,

her participation might encourage others at the hospital

and what we started to see was the mental and emo-

to give Surf Therapy a try. “I had never in my life wanted to surf—not even

were starting to suffer from the same PTSD symptoms

an inkling—but I said, ‘OK, I will try it,’” Cari notes.

that we saw in the soldiers coming back from war. They

Immediately, she was hooked. “It was very challenging,

were in a war against an enemy they didn’t understand.

but the staff at JMMF is so fantastic and encouraging. I

They didn’t know what the long-term ramifications

was under a lot of stress with my job, [but while you’re

were. They didn’t know how to effectively deal with

surfing] you can’t think of anything stressful. All your

it. It was a dynamic enemy that wore them down and

concentration is on what you’re doing with that surf-

caused them to go into anxiety mode. A lot of them

board and the feel of the water. At first it’s scary, those

understandably shut down. Many called it emotional

waves coming in, and then it’s just soothing.”

burnout; they had no more to give.” Courtney Herron has been a nurse for nine years,

Now Cari encourages her colleagues to get out of their comfort zones and into the water. “We did get a few

seven of which have been at Providence Little Company

people to join who would not normally—once they saw

of Mary Medical Center. During the pandemic she

the rest of us having fun,” she says. “The friendships that

worked six days a week, 12-hour days.

I’ve made and the acceptance that they give everybody

Running out of space for patients, Courtney helped open beds and create units that didn’t exist. “We used gurneys and put them in the gift shop—making units

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Cari Carver, Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s

mental health crisis was beginning to emerge. “Doctors

tional breakdown of health care givers. We realized they

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When Courtney saw a JMMF Surf Therapy flyer at the

regardless of their age, their background or whatever else they might be facing—it’s a safe place to be.” Surf Therapy can offer an emotional reprieve from

wherever we could because we didn’t have space for

trauma, but it’s perhaps the sense of community it

all the patients we were getting,” she explains. “The

provides that leaves the longest-lasting impression.

first couple months were rough because we had no clue

Which is why a collaboration between the JMMF and

what to do or what we needed. After a while we started

the Friendship Foundation, an organization that sup-

learning what we needed, but then we didn’t have the

ports families of children and young adults with special

supplies. So we were trying to come up with inventive

needs, has been such a successful pairing. When the

ways to work around our problems. It was really dif-

Friendship Foundation’s program development direc-

ficult for a long time, and I think it scared us more than

tor, Daniel Stump, began exploring a partnership with

we realized—especially looking back.”

JMMF, he sat in on a Saturday Surf Therapy session.


Providence Little Company of Mary

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The Friendship Foundation

“I had been there for maybe 15 or 20 minutes and

shares Andy. “I know a lot of parents are extremely

this point, but the first one was magical. Every single

thankful for the program.”

participant was in the water. And with the population

so many commonalities in these participants’ stories.

across the board,” Daniel notes.

“When I stepped in as CEO, my vision and goal for the

“I love working with [the Friendship Foundation] bethe way they get so excited without filters,” Andy says.

foundation were pretty simple: to help as many people as our resources would allow,” Andy says. The evolution of the JMMF Surf Therapy program

“We’re all conditioned to suppress or temper our emo-

continues with Andy at the helm running strategy

tions for societal norms, to control it and not necessar-

and logistics, as well as an incredible team of volun-

ily show the totality of our emotions. But they do.”

teers and Nancy Miller, who is forever at its heart as

The joy, confidence and sense of accomplishment

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Regardless of age, gender or background, there are

that we serve, that’s most certainly not a guarantee

cause you can see in their face and their body language

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beach chairs and umbrellas and watch as spectators,”

was like, ‘Yes, we have to do this.’ We’ve done two at

she continues to honor the memory of her son Jimmy.

participants feel are invaluable. But so is the experience

“She’s at almost every session, cheering people on,

of the family members observing their loved ones from

giving hugs, high-fives and healing herself as we help

the sand. “A lot of the parents come and set up their

others heal from their trauma.” ■



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S P E C I A L A D V E R T I S I N G S E C T I O N

GIVING BACK

THE JEN CASKEY GROUP AT COMPASS

T

he Jen Caskey Group, operating

philanthropic efforts benefit all of us just as

align with your values. Supporting the efforts

under the umbrella of Compass, is

much as the recipients. We actively partici-

of those who endeavor to better other peo-

a luxury boutique real estate firm

pate as a group in local events and have fun

ple’s lives within our community is of utmost

with the motto “Luxury Boutique.

doing it! Everyone on our team knows how

importance to us as a team. I feel that if you

important philanthropy is to our community.

have worked hard and have found some

Global Reach.” Owner Jen Caskey has worked as a South Bay real estate agent

success, it’s vital to give back to those in your WHAT ARE SOME WAYS WE CAN ALL BE OF

community. Also, and just as importantly: Be

Caskey Group at Compass in January. We

HELP TO OTHERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

kind and thoughtful to those around you.

asked Jen to tell us more about how the Jen

The holidays are the perfect time to pause

Caskey Group supports philanthropic causes

and reflect on whatever we are grateful

in the South Bay.

for in our lives. It’s also an ideal season for

FROM THEIR COMMUNITY?

giving to those who might need a little extra

Understanding and engagement. It’s crucial

for more than 30 years. She started the Jen

WHAT CHARITIES ARE YOU DRAWN TO?

help at this time of year, which can be stress-

that nonprofits communicate their goals

There are too many to name, but one of the

ful. You might volunteer in your community,

clearly and then get the community to sup-

most important endeavors we support is the

give a little extra to your favorite charity

port them through fun activities. It’s also

Angel Campaign for the Richstone Family

or simply make a meal for and visit with a

helpful if they establish consistency, like hold-

Center, which provides therapy and preven-

neighbor who is alone. From the time my

ing an annual event to support their cause.

tion programs for victims of child abuse and

sons were young, we participated together in

domestic violence. In fact, the demand for

charitable events in our community. From the

TELL US ABOUT THE BEST GIFT YOU

their services has skyrocketed since the onset

P.S. I Love You Foundation’s Day at the Beach

EVER RECEIVED.

of the pandemic, and there is a long waiting

Celebration to Amigos Unidos, we have

My three boys.

list for families in crisis. We believe it is crucial

enjoyed many events through the years. TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR FIRM.

to support the Angel Campaign immediately to hopefully make an impact on those who

WHAT ARE YOU ESPECIALLY GRATEFUL

The Jen Caskey Group is so proud to offer a

need it most right here in our community.

FOR TODAY?

true boutique experience for our clients. As

This year we once again sponsored the

My family and friends, as well as my clients

a Manhattan Beach native, I know this city

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in

and colleagues who have helped me build a

and the surrounding communities better

October—one of our favorite annual events.

wonderful business over the years.

than most and love introducing our clients to

We love supporting our local organiza-

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WHAT DO NONPROFITS NEED MOST

the best place to live in California! We offer

tions and have a long, comprehensive list

WHAT DOES “THE SEASON OF GIVING”

a very personalized, comprehensive yet

of charities we partner with on our website

MEAN TO YOU?

easygoing approach to buying and selling

under “Philanthropy.”

It means it’s the perfect time to remember

a home and are proud of every transaction

others rather than ourselves. We spend so

we’ve had the privilege of handling for our

IN WHAT WAYS DOES CHARITABLE GIVING

much time on our daily to-do lists, I think it’s

amazing clients.

BENEFIT YOUR COMPANY?

important to stop and think about how you

Giving reflects the values we hold dear at the

can give to someone in need. Sometimes

THE JEN CASKEY GROUP AT COMPASS

Jen Caskey Group and indicates the types of

our time is the most important and effective

805 MANHATTAN AVE., SUITE 201,

people we carefully employ—those who are

gift. Do a little research into local charities,

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New Pastures AFTER MORE THAN TWO DECADES AS PALOS VERDES RESIDENTS, GAYE AND NEIL VANCANS TRADE OCEANFRONT LIVING FOR THE RURAL ROMANCE OF PASO ROBLES. Written by Darren Elms | Photographed by Monica Orozco

Recent empty nesters approaching retirement, Gaye and Neil Vancans asked themselves that inevitable question:

owners 25 years ago and offered unique insight and a

and breakfast—a place their children and grandchildren

welcomed inside track. “He understood what we were

would want to come home to, not to mention friends

looking for and showed us the house before it went on

and other family members. Early this year, all the

the open market,” says Gaye. “We had the inevitable

pieces started to fall into place after their Palos Verdes

ups and downs, and problems with our buyers and tim-

home sold in a week. It was time. But where?

ing in Palos Verdes, but it was obviously meant to be

“We have been going to Paso Robles for a few

because it all worked out.” With 40 years of hospitality under her belt, Gaye had

destination that perfectly mixed the things we love: a

definite ideas about what the finished product would

beautiful environment, good people, good food, good

look like. “We knew that our origins set us apart, so

wine and a strong sense of community and personal-

we set out to create an English-style cottage,” she

ity,” shares Gaye, who served as community director

says. “We have incorporated English antiques brought

at Terranea Resort since before its opening in 2009.

over from the U.K. blended with modern accents,

“Now that we are here, we have found it to be all those

colorful fabrics and lots of wood to create a warm, in-

things and more. We are surrounded by like-minded

viting and informal space full of personality for people

people and constantly surprised at how everyone is so

to enjoy.”

friendly, laid-back and willing to share their town and their community.” Neil fell in love with their chosen property first, ad-

Where possible, the couple and their small local team renovated and gave new life to old pieces rather than buying new—creating a “lived-in” feel that’s both sus-

miring the dry riverbed and expansive views. Gaye was

tainable and brings a sense of history and depth to the

hesitant initially but knew the location was perfect—

space. Adapting along the way, Gaye and Neil learned

just minutes from the center of Paso Robles but in a

what they could and could not change in terms of

hidden little valley. Best of all, they could see that the

construction and budget. With time of the essence, they

house could become what they needed.

didn’t want to change the basic footprint of the house,

“The area of England where we met as teenagers was very rural, so for us it was a return to where we started,” says Gaye. “There was so little on the market at the time; we knew if we wanted it, we had to act quickly. So

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Their agent sold the same property to the previous

What’s next? The pair always dreamed of owning a bed

years for short breaks, and it always spoke to us as a

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we jumped in with both feet and made an offer.”

keeping the back half with a separate entrance for their guests and the front for themselves. “We have managed to complete the project in record time, and as always, we had amazing help from our


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construction team and talented friends,” she says.

The two miss Palos Verdes but are glad they made

Newly christened Lilac Farm, this unique and charm-

the move for a new adventure. “After 26 years in PV

ing getaway, offered on Airbnb, promises a bucolic

we had established a wonderful community, and it was

retreat to relax, escape, celebrate and enjoy everything

hard to walk away,” says Gaye. “We always knew we

that farm life and Paso Robles have to offer. This

were very lucky to bring up our children in that idyllic

includes local produce, farm-fresh eggs and, of course,

environment, but we also knew that it was not where

local wine.

we would stay.”

Lilac Farm is also home to two English cocker span-

Now settled into a rural life some three hours up the

iels, Tumble and Tilly, an indoor cat named Grayson,

coast, they are setting their sights on their future at

three barn cats Gaye and Neil inherited with the prop-

Lilac Farm. “We love the land, the beauty of our sur-

erty, four goats (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme),

roundings and the very strong sense that it is home—it

eight chickens and, soon, two miniature ponies.

felt right from day one.” ■

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Mele Kalikimaka WE’RE OFF TO OAHU, WHERE THE SUN SHINES BY DAY AND ALL THE STARS BY NIGHT. Written by Darren Elms

Oahu, or O’ahu, is often referred to as “The Gathering

Seasons Resort Oahu. Located along the rugged western

Place,” an appropriate nickname for the most popu-

coastline overlooking a picturesque lagoon, the resort

lated island in Hawaii. But this wasn’t always the case.

feels worlds away from bustling Waikiki. And with ev-

In its early history, Oahu had few inhabitants and was

erything you need a few steps from your spacious room,

outranked by the status of other islands.

there’s no reason to leave.

Eventually Oahu would become home to Hawaiian roy-

Four pools await your vitamin D intake, including a

alty and the capital city of Honolulu. It’s this storied his-

pool for the kids so the adults can enjoy a little quiet

tory that makes Oahu a worthy visit, from royal palaces of

time on their own. The infinity pool overlooks the

a lost monarchy to the modern pleasures of Waikiki Beach

Pacific and conveniently brushes up against Dr. Mai

and all the beautiful natural wonders in between.

Tai’s, a swim-up bar housed in a vintage van. Sunset

To reach one of the most desirable destinations on the island—the perfect meeting of resort and recreation—you must head west to Ko Olina and the Four

cocktails? Check. Dining spots include the popular Mina’s Fish House— James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s spin


Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa

on a traditional Hawaiian fish house—also with pan-

Waikiki may be bustling, but it’s also a blast. It’s said

oramic ocean views. For date night, book a table at Noe

that the last queen of Hawaii, Lili’uokalani, built a pier

for Southern Italian fare by Michelin-starred Japanese-

deep off the coast of the beach so she could watch the

Italian Chef Ryo Takatsuka and served in a tranquil

surfers hit the break every morning. The new restau-

garden setting. La Hiki gets your day started with a

rant Queensbreak at Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel &

breakfast buffet, and Waterman Lounge offers a seaside

Spa takes inspiration from that tale and pairs an oasis

setting for closing it out with a drink of your choice.

vibe with a tasty menu from Chef Nuno Alves. Feast on

Wellness figures prominently in the Four Season’s

fresh fare, much sourced locally, all made with love and

itinerary, with daily yoga and fitness classes offered to

a splash of Chef Nuno’s Portuguese roots and Boston

guests. The concierge can book a moderate guided hike

restaurant experience. Then head across the street to

to nearby Ma’ili Pillbox along the western coast with

Pacific Island Beach Boys and take an outrigger canoe

unobstructed views. And pickleball fans rejoice … there

or stand-up paddleboard out into the Waikiki waters

are courts open for you and your racket. If you’re in the

that once enchanted a queen.

mood for chill, experience the Muhala Sound Journey

More good times in Waikiki can be found at White

with Pi’iali’i Lawson, an intuitive energy realignment

Sands Hotel, a mid-century lodging with all the mak-

practitioner—the perfect segue to a relaxing treatment

ings of an Elvis movie setting. Don Ho records, lava

at the Naupaka Spa.

rock, striped umbrellas, tiki mugs … it’s all part of the

In December, the resort will introduce a new seasonal

vibe. The circular bar of poolside restaurant Heyday is

program that will appeal to many South Bay kids.

where the cool cats come to mingle. Sip on a tropical

Proper Rideshop Skate Camp gives mini shredders a

beverage of your choice at one of the swings surround-

chance to learn the fundamentals of skateboarding and

ing the bar, and take in some live music beside the

safety while also building social, mental and physical

sparkling pool. Another round of piña coladas, please. ■

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Life of Service PALOS VERDES RESIDENT ERICA MANGHAM’S PHILANTHROPIC WORK TOUCHES ALL CORNERS OF THE SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY. Written by Marlene Stang Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

Erica Mangham’s first foray into the world of philanthropy occurred, unexpectedly, when she was grounded as a teen. “The deal was that I could only go out during this particular grounding if it were to help people,” she says with a chuckle. She decided to volunteer to feed the homeless with a church group based near her home in Upland, and much to her surprise, she discovered a love for serving others. “Soon after that, I decided I wanted to help kids who needed a permanent home. I was adopted, and so I asked my fellow employees at the Stater Bros. where I worked to join me in baking cookies for kids in foster care.” In the decades that followed, Erica’s love for serving others grew. After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal Poly Pomona, she devoted her professional life to the nonprofit sector. She’s held positions at Best Buddies International as their California state director; Lupus Research Alliance as the Western regional director of development; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in the northeast region; and executive director for Variety–the Children’s Charity. While at Variety, she oversaw 44 offices in 13 counties and worked with each office to create or improve systems to help move the mission forward. Along the way, she also earned a certificate in nonprofit management from UCLA and a certificate in diversity and

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“I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT WE DO, THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE AND THAT CAMP IS AVAILABLE TO CANCERIMPACTED FAMILIES WHO NEED US.” inclusion through Cornell University. Today Erica is a Rancho Palos Verdes resident who serves as executive director for Camp Ronald McDonald

She shares that falling in love with her husband meant also falling in love with the South Bay—a pro-

Charities of Southern California. Known affectionately

cess that involved discovering the community of need

as “Camp” by its community, this program provides

that exists right here. She’s been a longtime member

year-round, free-of-charge recreational camp pro-

of Sandpipers, the South Bay-based volunteer organi-

gramming at a site in Mountain Center near Idyllwild

zation that leads initiatives such as an annual holiday

to children with cancer and their families from across

basket drive for local families living in shelters. She

Southern California—including communities here in

now serves as president-elect for the Palos Verdes

the South Bay.

chapter of National Charity League and served on the

Erica is passionate when speaking about Camp—in heals places that conventional medical treatments can’t

board of Richstone Family Center and as a member of the Manhattan Beach Chamber. Through it all, Erica has been an instrumental vol-

touch. She shares, “I want people to know what we do,

unteer for numerous fundraising events including golf

the difference we make and that Camp is available to

tournaments, galas, local “fun runs,” auctions, food

cancer-impacted families who need us.”

and wine festivals, and charity home tours. It’s her love

Ask Erica how she found her way to the South Bay, and she’ll tell you it was thanks to her husband. “We

for helping others that keeps her going. Reflecting on her career in philanthropy and how

met at Sharkeez in Hermosa,” she says with a laugh.

she’s approached it, Erica shares that she’s been guided

Her husband was born and bred in Torrance and grew

by the words of Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that

up surfing the local beaches.

people will forget what you said, people will forget what

They live in Rancho Palos Verdes with their three

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softball team.

for Good Times, a program of Ronald McDonald House

no small part because she’s seen how the program

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cooking, playing bunco and running bases on her co-ed

you did, but people will never forget how you made

children, two dogs, one bunny and two lizards. Erica

them feel.” Fueled by this wisdom, Erica’s legacy of

finds balance with her hobbies, which include reading,

giving back to the community is still unfolding. ■


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Barsha

Casa Playa

Featuring cuisine from Adnen and

Captain Kidds Fish Market & Restaurant

Lenora Marouani’s cultures, travels and

Serving the freshest seafood in the South

awarded “Popular in the Southland” by

inspirations. Feast on Tunisian + globally

Bay since 1976. A Redondo Beach land-

the Los Angeles Times. Serving home-

influenced cuisine and libations.

mark in the heart of King Harbor. Multiple

made traditional favorites and plant-

indoor-outdoor patios and seafood

based alternatives.

1141 Aviation Blvd., Hermosa Beach

Family-owned taqueria in Riviera Village

delivered daily.

424-452-6266

1903-1/2 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach

barshalife.com

209 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach

310-791-CASA (2272)

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Copper Pot Indian Grill & Café

Día de Campo

COMPAGNON Wine Bistro pays tribute to the classic southern French bistros where

A modern take on traditional North and

Mexican. Join us for weekend brunch,

good food, good wine and friends come

South Indian cuisine. Vegan, vegetarian,

dinner and happy hour!

together to create the special joie de vivre.

gluten-free options. All halal meat, fresh

COMPAGNON Wine Bistro

335 W. 7th St., San Pedro

nan breads, tandoor grills, curries and

1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach

biryanis. Now serving beer and wine.

310-379-1829

424-342-9840

diadecampohb.com

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Gabi James

Little Sister

We bring Spanish and coastal French

Great American International Seafood Market

food with California soul to the South Bay,

Local family-owned seafood market with

and culture from the European colonization

alongside an innovative bar rooted in gin

all you need to host a seafood feast during

of Southeast Asia. Join us for lunch, dinner

that’s not to be rivaled.

the holiday season. Special orders always

and happy hour!

Menu showcases the rich collisions of food

welcome. Gift cards available. 1810 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach

247 Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach

310-540-4884

Golden Cove Center

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gabijamesla.com

31224 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes

830 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 100, El Segundo

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Perfect Storm

Primo Italia

Pura Vita

Neighborhood seafood restaurant in

For generations, our families have enjoyed

100% plant-based Italian restaurant serving

Riviera Village specializing in lobsters,

the tradition of homemade pastas, sauces,

house-made pastas and Neapolitan pizza.

oysters, burgers and cocktails. Check

vino e dolci—and we invite you to partici-

Organic, sustainable, clean ingredients and

out the great seafood specials and daily

pate in that culinary heritage.

gluten-free options. Enjoy our full bar serv-

happy hour.

ing natural biodynamic wines and organic 24590 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance

1611 S. Catalina Ave., Suite 150, Redondo Beach

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restaurant guide

R/10 Social House

Riviera Mexican Grill

Rock’N Fish

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Slay Italian Kitchen

Premiere waterfront restaurant at Shade

Fresh. Authentic. Innovative. A rustic

Steak & Whisky American Tavern

Hotel Redondo Beach featuring California

Italian, rotating menu featuring fresh and

Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, by-the-glass

coastal cuisine, beach-inspired indoor-

dried pastas, meats, seafood, pizzas,

wines and classic dishes from a chef-driven

outdoor seating, happy hour, weekend

local vegetables and wines from Slay

menu in the cozy ambience of an intimate

brunch and live music. Open daily.

Estate and Vineyard.

dining room.

655 North Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach

1001 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach

117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach

rb.shadehotel.com/dine

424-257-8301

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restaurant guide

The Brews Hall

The Original Red Onion

The Rockefeller

With four food concepts, two breweries

Offering a wide variety of catering

The South Bay’s original gastropub, with

and a full bar in partnership with George

options to meet your budget and needs,

locations in Redondo Beach, Hermosa

Lopez and Colin Cowherd, there’s some-

specializing in award-winning Mexican

Beach and Manhattan Beach. Locally

thing for everyone!

and traditional American cuisine.

owned since 2011.

21770 Del Amo Circle East, Torrance, 310-294-9838

736 Bart Earle Way, Rolling Hills Estates

1707 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach

73 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 424-348-0800

Catering: 310-541-5936 | jeff@originalredonion.com

418 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach

thebrewshall.com

Takeout/reservations: 310-377-5660

1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach

IG: @thebrewshall

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The Strand House

Un Caffè Altamura

zinc@shade

Featuring 180° sweeping views of the

Locally owned cafe and wine bar

Located at Shade Hotel Manhattan

Pacific Ocean and a California coastal

indulging in the marriage of simplicity

Beach. Fusing the coastal lifestyle and

menu that highlights the bounty of pro-

and quality. Midweek dinner club

energy of L.A. nightlife, this festive,

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Second Serving A BELOVED SOUTH AMERICAN RESTAURANT IN HERMOSA BEACH GETS A MAJOR REFRESH. Written by Jennie Nunn | Photographs courtesy of Silvio’s

Fourteen years ago, South Bay native Nicolle Howarth

“It had started to feel kind of stale, and we thought it

Beach Brazilian restaurant Silvio’s South American

was time to elevate the space and the menu and give

Lounge and Grill, got a phone call they’d never forget.

our location new life,” explains Nicolle, who grew up in

“It was like winning the location lottery,” recalls

for four years. “The culture has changed here a little

Hermosa Beach Pier. “I remember we got the call [and

bit, and people’s expectations are higher. We needed

we were driving], and we were screaming with excite-

to up our game and reinvigorate. I wanted to keep it

ment. We had young kids at the time. It was tough, but

coastal and keep the cool factor, but I wanted to make

it was exciting. We got together a bunch of investors,

what was existing in our dining room flow better.”

There was nothing like this when we first opened.” But realizing changing needs and customer prefer-

Working within the current footprint, Nicolle and Doug turned to Nicolle’s brother, James Mitchell of DC Mitchell Design & Construction, to help with the trans-

ences, Nicolle and Doug decided that the restaurant

formation. “Design is a hobby of mine, and I thought,

design and menu needed an upgrade. The casual eatery,

‘How can we do this within a budget?’” explains

based on a Brazilian food idea first conceived by Doug

Nicolle. “We wanted to make the interior cohesive, and

(also CEO of Howarth Hospitality Inc., a food innova-

we needed a new floor, a redo of the bathrooms and a

tion and concept-creation consulting business) and

little bit of eye candy without making it look too clut-

former partner Silvio Correa, serves up regional dishes

tered. Before, it was darker and the colors were orange,

by Chef Paul Bentsen. These include arepas de choclo—

bright yellow and terra cotta with travertine. It didn’t

fresh corn cakes stuffed with mozzarella and provolone;

weather well. We used to have a lot of sports memo-

chargrilled plates such as tri-tip drizzled with rock salt

rabilia in the restaurant, but the downtown aspect

and beer; and the house favorite, BBQ chicken dubbed

is changing a little. We wanted to get away from the

“golden chicken” (Silvio’s grandmother’s recipe.)

sports scene and make it more of a destination for a

“Coming out of the pandemic, we understood that the community was looking for something more than

date night or brunch with girlfriends.” The changes are apparent throughout, including new

what we offered,” explains Doug. “They wanted a chef-

lighting, paint, linen napkins, silverware and staff uni-

driven food and beverage program and something more

forms. They also introduced an upgraded beer system

than just Brazilian. We kept the core Brazilian menu

and internal technology, including an LED sign and

that the community loves and expanded on that to

“Copacabana” tile-inspired mural.

include traditional South American dishes.”

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Torrance and worked for interior designer Kate Lester

Nicolle of landing the site on the highly coveted

and we were lucky enough to have people believe in us.

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They also knew the interior needed a major face-lift.

and her husband, Doug, owners of longtime Hermosa

“The lighting and paint made the biggest impact,



and the mural pays homage to the boardwalk,” explains

such as Dani Armstrong, Kevin Sousa Band and Nate

Nicolle. “I went to HomeGoods and Ikea for baskets

Amor for live music on the patio. “We have all kinds

in different shapes and sizes, took off the handles and

of music. It has been really fun, and the locals love it,”

turned them upside down. And I got some really cool

Michele points out.

light bulbs. It was a budget-friendly way of adding about 30 light fixtures.” To help overhaul the beverage program and as-

brown rice or breakfast potatoes, chargrilled tri-tip,

Gutierrez (formerly of Patrick Molloys), who invented

bacon, Brazilian black beans, vinaigrette, shredded

new libations including the Li’mosa with prosecco,

cheddar, chopped cilantro, diced tomato and topped

fresh-squeezed lemonade, vodka, charred lemon and

with an orange slice. Future plans include reinstat-

a brown sugar or Tajín rim, and the Frosé, a California

ing quarterly craft beer and wine dinners replete with

rosé slushy with vodka, strawberry and raspberry puree.

four- and five-course tasting menus and offering tap

“I wanted to create a higher-level cocktail list, and I

takeovers for local and emerging breweries. “There are always ups and downs, and we thought

a beautiful drink with a charred lemon on the side, and

about not continuing many times,” explains Nicolle. “But

it’s low-calorie. That and the Frosé are now our two

we felt like there was still some life and some things we

biggest sellers.”

could do to bring it back up on top and give it another

She’s also been instrumental in procuring local bands

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gas, and a churrasco bowl comprised of two fried eggs,

sist with day-to-day operations, they hired Michele

added the Li’mosa during COVID,” says Michele. “It’s

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The team has added a weekend brunch with offerings spanning deep-fried carnitas, Breakwater chimichan-

chance. I’m so glad we did. It’s a labor of love.” ■


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pushing the limits A PALO ALTO ATHLETE TAKES ON ONE OF THE TOUGHEST ULTRAENDURANCE RACES AND DOCUMENTS IT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH. Written by Jennie Nunn | Photographed by Drew Altizer and Team Tarlton




Competitive athlete and cancer

hooked. “It turns out that I am better suited to racing

advocate John C. Tarlton blames

longer distances than the 60-mile road races of my

his passion for cycling on two

college days,” John recounts. “I enjoyed the sense of accomplishment. I also liked the health benefits. Not

things: a close childhood friend

only had I lost massive amounts of unhealthy mass, I

and a harrowing cross-country

had more energy and was able to consistently stand up

ultraendurance race. “I had seen the Race Across America (RAAM) on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in childhood during my first romance with the bicycle,” says John, a UCLA

straight without pain. As a side benefit, I found that distance cycling allowed me to slow my thoughts and better manage obsessive and depressive tendencies and get better sleep.” John, who lost both his parents and sister to cancer, set his mind on competing in RAAM—a 3,070-mile, 12-day, cross-country journey that surpasses the

graduate who studied engineering

infamous Tour de France with a shorter time allowed

and was a member of the university’s

for completion, a longer distance and vertical climb-

cycling team. “It was with my childhood friend Peter Cazalet [who later became a professional triathlete] that my love of cycling blossomed into an obsession of sorts.” After graduating from college and venturing into the

ing feet, and stages including no rest breaks for eating or sleeping. There’s also one major key difference with RAAM: no prize money awarded. In 2014 John and his crew crossed the finish line. “Looking back on my cycling journey with an appreciation of my obsessive personality, it seems almost inevitable that I would compete in RAAM,” he explains. “However, this is with the benefit of hindsight. I am

business world (a family commercial real estate devel-

not sure I—or any of the crew—knew for sure that we

opment company, Tarlton Properties), he spent nearly

could do it until we crossed the finish line the first time

10 years working grueling hours and ignoring his fit-

in 2014.”

ness and health. “Toward the end of my first decade in

In 2019 John and his wife, Jenny Dearborn, decided

the workforce, I was forced to reevaluate my priorities,”

to document the inspiring journey and his RAAM that

he says. “At this point, I was seeing a chiropractor and

year with the film Until The Wheels Come Off, which was

massage therapist multiple times a week just so I could

featured at the 2021 Napa Valley Film Festival. “John

stand upright and get to the office.”

was raising funds for cancer research by riding in a race

To reprioritize his overall well-being and fitness re-

that not many people have ever heard of, so I knew that

gime, he returned to the bike when he was 30. “I knew

to be effective, we needed interesting video footage of

I was good at it—at least a decade ago—and I knew

RAAM—not just still images,” explains Jenny.

that I was in the fittest shape of my life when I was

The film—featuring music by Chris Phillips and

competing on the bike,” John explains. “What started

produced by Matt Dearborn, Jenny Dearborn and Rick

as a ride or two a week around ‘the loop,’ a local ride

Weis—raised money for cancer research, with 100% of

that starts in Palo Alto and goes up to the foothills in

the proceeds benefitting the Stanford Cancer Institute.

Portola Valley and back, turned into signing up for the

As a rolling “city” housing bike equipment, gear, food

Davis Double Century with my riding buddy Frank.

and supplies, a crew of 17 followed in vehicles behind

Things escalated from there.”

John every mile of the 12-day expedition from

Soon the Palo Alto resident and father of three was

Oceanside to Annapolis. The crew was comprised of the

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film team and a mix of friends and family including

vehicle watching it happen. Add sleep deprivation on top

Jenny and his three children: Jack, Cloe and Cooke.

of the fear and anxiety, and it was awful.”

“The heat in the early stages of the race was very

memorable moments for John, who listens to audio-

riding include Perfect Bars, handmade granola and his

books such as Harry Potter to keep his mind lightly oc-

daughter’s cookies. “We had a plan for dealing with

cupied and steer away unwanted thoughts, body aches

the heat, which fell apart before the start of the race as

and discomfort throughout the race. “Riding through

the equipment we expected to use was lost in transit to

Monument Valley is a deeply moving experience,” says

Oceanside. We fell back to our 2014 strategy of plac-

John. “It is always incredibly rewarding to ride through

ing ice inside my socks. In the end it was successful.

Durango, Colorado. It’s a charming mountain commu-

However, the toll that the heat took on my body showed

nity with a beautiful river rushing through it.”

up later in the race. My failing neck—Shermer’s neck,

Looking back, he wouldn’t trade the experience or

a condition where muscles fail from fatigue and can no

the personal meaning he’s extracted from the bike. “My

longer support the head—created significant challeng-

cycling journey has opened my eyes in so many ways,”

es. Riding a bike when your neck becomes unstable is

says John, who is currently training for the Lake Chabot

hard, and racing with this is another level of difficulty.”

Ultra, a trail running race in Castro Valley. “Perceptions

There were also rough patches along the way with

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of my limitations were peeled away in increments. My

emotions, crew dynamics, bedbugs at one of the hotels, a

perceptions of human limitations in general have also,

traffic violation for driving too slowly and the sheer real-

as I experienced the incredible teamwork of our crew

ity of the cross-country endeavor. “It was an emotional

during the race and watched other competitors do in-

roller coaster,” admits Jenny. “I would go back and forth

credible things. Cycling is freedom—the sense of flying,

between being so proud of my kids and my husband to

meditation, health, accomplishment and endorphins all

being hysterical, sobbing with the fear of John being hit

wrapped up into one wonderful ball.” ■

by a truck and killed, and my kids being in the follow

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challenging,” recalls John, whose go-to snacks while


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Girls Night Out Ladies once again rocked their pink at Cancer Support Community South Bay’s 18th annual Girls Night Out fun-raiser. Back by popular demand, the three-night event generated proceeds of $180,000 for CSC’s free support programs for cancer patients and their families. Girls Night Out is a festive celebration in support of women affected by cancer, with evenings of fun and laughter provided by a lineup of premiere comedians.

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY JAMES RICHARD KAO

Afterward they enjoyed a party with music, food and fun.

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk The 14th annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk raised more than $3 million for children with varying abilities, schools and scholarships—a new record that has helped the event surpass $21 million in funds raised to date. With more than 19,000 participants, the event was supported by presenting

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Robin Curren, Amanda Kloots, Michael Greenberg, Brooke Burke, Sugar Ray Leonard, Keith Sultemeier, Yossi Mintz

Dani Bowman and Michael Greenberg

Michael Greenberg with Amanda Kloots and her son, Elvis

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LAUREN FORBES Principal, Lauren Forbes Group | Compass

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fter working for eight years as an attorney, Lauren Forbes transitioned to the real estate industry 21 years ago. She is the owner of the Lauren Forbes Group and joined Compass three years ago as a founding member of the Manhattan Beach office. Her team specializes in the South Bay and also lists and sells on the Westside of Los Angeles and areas of Orange County. WHAT SETS YOUR TEAM APART FROM OTHER TEAMS? “I’ve always believed in a boutique approach to my real estate team. My intent is to build a cohesive, professional team—not to merely expand sales. Our team is so wellrounded (and dare I say overqualified!). We have two attorneys, three brokers, a medical doctor, a former mortgage broker and the former regional marketing director from Coldwell Banker. We have agents living on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. Last year we sold properties as far east as Whittier, as far north as the Pacific Palisades and as far south as Lake Forest. In addition to our huge reach, we go above and beyond for our clients. As such, Lauren Forbes Group is the #1 rated team on Zillow in both Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. This ranking is based on sales volume in conjunction with client testimonials—something that we are extremely proud of.” WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE IN REAL ESTATE THIS YEAR, SPECIFICALLY IN THE SOUTH BAY? “With so many recent changes and challenges due to the pandemic, it’s hard to predict the future. While we knew interest rates were going to increase in 2022, the rise started sooner than expected. Higher rates coupled with incredibly low inventory are driving prices to heights almost

STEVEN MULLINS Realtor , Vista Sotheby’s International Realty ®

incomprehensible. For example, inventory in Manhattan Beach is currently at an all-time low—we have only 17% of what we would usually consider a healthy market. This low inventory coupled with pent-up demand should dictate a continued sellers’ market where home sale prices are rising and terms are extremely favorable to those willing and able to sell their homes. Sadly, I don’t expect the inventory to pick up quickly or substantially, but I hope I am wrong on that one. A little more inventory would not greatly affect increased pricing, but it certainly would help our buyers.”

I love getting to know new people and helping them find a house that becomes their home. I love the art of negotiation and securing the best deals for our clients. I love seeing people’s relationships with their homes, how they improve them and the memories they make. I love working with my team—celebrating wins and commiserating losses. I love the creative end of the business and am always looking for new ways to market homes to sell them faster for higher prices. While there is nothing easy about being a full-time Realtor, it is incredibly rewarding and exciting.”

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR HOME BUYERS IN TODAY’S MARKET? “The best advice for home buyers today is to keep the faith. It is extremely difficult to navigate such a strong sellers’ market— especially when you have to buy. Because of our great contacts with other top agents in town and our negotiating capabilities, we can often get information that will help in negotiations and secure a property in a competitive bidding situation. Buyers should make sure that whomever they are working with understands that we are in a rising market. Their agent should guide them to step up now; otherwise they will likely have to step up higher on their next offer. These days, the purchase price (a moment in time) is much less critical than the interest rate, which dictates their monthly payment for the next 10, 20 or 30 years. I’ve always found that everything happens for a reason. Without exception, when our buyers lose out on a property, we recognize in the end that the home they ultimately purchase is a much better fit.”

HOW DO YOU STAY POSITIVE WHEN THE MARKET IS TOUGH? HOW DO YOU STAY ENERGIZED WHEN YOU’RE OVERWHELMED? “It has taken me many years to get to the point where everything is in flow. Early on in my career I took many things personally and got wrapped up in negative narratives. Today I know that everything happens as it should, and as long as I do my best, good things will happen. I think the single most important thing I have done to make my life extraordinary is to create and follow a consistent morning routine. I cannot stress enough how having my ‘miracle mornings’ has changed my life. I highly recommend some version of it for everyone. My routine goes like this: I get up at 5 a.m. and speak my gratitude before I open my eyes. Then I commit 10 minutes to a daily reading and 10 to some writing (journaling or whatever the moment brings to me). I meditate for 15 minutes and then do a one-hour workout—usually hot yoga. By 7:30 a.m. I have already had a near-perfect day since everything I need to feed my soul is done. I then feel ready to conquer whatever craziness this real estate career can bring and am able to stay positive and energized through it.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? “What I love about real estate is that every workday is different, and you can learn something new from almost every transaction.

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fter graduating from UCLA and earning his law degree at Loyola Law School, Steven Mullins practiced law for 15 years as a corporate mergers and acquisitions attorney and then an associate general counsel. Steven obtained his broker license in 2005 and pursued the real estate business part time until 2016, when he joined Sotheby’s and went full time to help homeowners and investors achieve their real estate dreams. He lives in Hermosa Beach with his wife, Shauna, and two children, Ella and Duke. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? “I wake up every morning and can’t wait to get my workday started. Whether I’m running on The Strand, meeting new clients or attending a school event, it is great to see friends, coworkers and clients enjoying the unique environment that I am so fortunate to live and work within. Real estate provides me an opportunity to engage in a business that is both personal and professional. I also love that I can utilize my legal background and calm demeanor to help my clients feel less stressed and more confident throughout what can be an emotional process.” WHAT ARE KEY FACTORS FOR FINDING A GOOD FIT WHEN CHOOSING A BROKER TO WORK WITH? “Look for someone who has your best interest in mind— someone with both the experience to navigate the negotiation process and strong relationships with other agents to help bring parties together. In the current competitive environment, I tap into my legal background to negotiate on behalf of my clients whether they are buying or selling. Over the years, I have established solid working relationships within the real estate community. In addition, I am a member of a multiagency, highly collaborative networking group that shares leads on pocket listing and properties before they come to market— giving my clients an early opportunity to view them.” GIVE US YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHY REAL ESTATE IS SUCH A PROFITABLE, STABLE MARKET IN THIS COUNTRY. “From a macro perspective, real estate—like all other asset classes—will go up and down. But no other investment can serve as a primary residence and largest asset to some, and to others a way to use debt to multiply your returns with the use of other people’s money. At the micro level, I see our market continuing to be strong for years to come. The South Bay provides unique small communities with outstanding schools, engaged citizens and public services that the remote workforce will continue to be drawn toward.”

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MANHATTAN BEACH

While assisting clients and supporting their community, the DeRenzis real estate team values relationships most of all.

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A masterpiece designed by KAA Design and built by Matt Morris Development, this magnificent property stands proudly on the Manhattan Beach Strand overlooking one of the most prestigious

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to Malibu. Four levels of soaring 10-foot ceilings and floor-toceiling windows and doors flood this 7,454-square-foot house with ike most real estate transactions, it started with a relationship. I knew

family. We had a vision for the home and what it could be. Today it’s the hub of our friend group and I take great pride in the fact that I helped create that for them and

a year and a half, and I’ve had an opportu-

all of us,” he shares with a laugh.

sponsoring charities and causes, providing

that the most powerful marketing is free; it comes from forming relationships with

tion, and building many lifelong relationships

the families in our communities and being

in the process.

invested in their well-being and the people

Life as a Realtor is a dynamic one. There

room features an impressive bar with bronze shelving, a lounge area and pool table. Also on this level is a fully equipped gym and spa oasis not often found in a private residence. Below this level is the home theatre along with another living area, wine cellar and tasting room. A stunning beachfront facade is arranged around four two-story mahogany “masts,” maintaining ocean views but allowing for interior privacy for the midlevel master suite and boardwalk level beach room. This 5-bedroom, 8-bathroom exqui-

Meredith and Darin have also taught me

our clients with the absolute best representa-

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spectacular views and privacy from the beach below. The beach

Darin lives for the deeply personal and individual stories this job inspires. “Years ago a good friend and I found a home for his

next move, we discussed the possibility of me working as their assistant. Fast-forward nity to watch them in action—promoting and

natural light. The top floor outdoor living and dining area enjoys

role as a Realtor.

Darin and Meredith DeRenzis as friends and neighbors before I began

working with them in the summer of 2020. Burned out from teaching and unsure of my

site home exudes luxury and discerning taste and offers unmatched living on The Strand with privacy unlike any other.

they love. Our business primarily comes from

is something magical about how Darin and

beloved clients who are ready to buy again,

Meredith navigate their relationships. A flu-

as well as those referred to us by clients and

idity exists where clients become friends and

friends. It’s a privilege to build these rela-

friends become clients. While it’s enjoyable

tionships, and I’ve seen firsthand how often

and downright fun to find homes for the

many evolve into great friendships.

comes with it that the team at DeRenzis Real

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Estate leans into. Working for and with your

Driving around the South Bay with them is

friends is a responsibility they take seriously.

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people you know well, an added pressure

always an opportunity for me to learn. They point out new construction and inform me of

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what is being built and by whom. They are in

Working in real estate for the past 16

constant discussion of pros and cons on cer-

years—and as a partner at Vista Sotheby’s

tain streets and why particular clients might

since 2010—has given Darin expertise in

prefer one over the other. They describe

guiding his clients through the process of

how specific areas have changed over time.

buying and selling homes. And it has also

I know their expertise is deep, and equally

given him a deep understanding of his true

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Happy Holidays!!! Wishing you and yours health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year! We look forward to assisting you with all of your future real estate needs.

JENNY MORANT 424.409.8976 | DRE 01874517 hello@jennymorant.com IG: @jenny_morant jennymorant.com Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.


LAST WORD

Invitation to Live A SOUTHBAY CONTRIBUTOR REFLECTS ON AN UNEXPECTED CALL TO ACTION. Written by Alison Clay-Duboff | Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino

Deep within us, lying in wait in the deep recesses of our

Choices California and signed up as a volunteer. As a

souls, dwells our purpose. Walking through the world

global public speaker, I will be giving presentations to

with purpose is a divine gift. Unearthing our inner com-

various organizations, including hospices, retirement

pass oftentimes comes as the result of a personal tragedy.

communities, senior living facilities and whoever else

The tipping point for me was when my husband was

needs to hear that there are choices for people nearing

terminally ill on hospice care. He asked me a painful question: “Al, do terminally ill people just lay in bed and wait to die?” On that day we didn’t know Ken had a choice. I didn’t

and the birth of the next. This year is the second season without Ken, and I’m choosing to lay myself bare and

from hospice that, yes, he did have a choice, he went

talk about that big elephant in the room. The one bond

from despair to living again.

that links us all: our mortality. I’ve grown and expanded. My heart has doubled in size

prising new beginning—a gift born from my difficult

as I meet the challenges of this unique sort of volunteer-

loss. Much like the painful physical experience of child-

ing. I’m talking about death while living life. It’s an ac-

birth, the physical pain recedes and is eventually replaced

complishment—deeply fulfilling to know that my actions

with supreme joy. Well, until they become teenagers.

could bring profound joy and closure to those who seek

My sadness, which was emotional and physical, meta-

it. I’ve pulled back the curtain between life and “next” by

morphosed into a call for action. Perhaps purposeless

trading my sorrow for a soaring leap of faith to enlighten

inaction brought my grief to an intolerable standstill. I

those who have yet to experience the need for choice.

need something positive to come from Ken’s death. I decided to forge my sorrow, harness the energy of

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The holiday season stokes my sense of purpose, and it bubbles up from deep within me. The end of one year

have an answer for my husband. But when we found out

What I thought was the end of my life became a sur-

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the end of their lives.

The season of giving is upon us. Even though there is no shelf life for generosity of spirit, dig deep, open your

my grief into a tangible, rewarding purpose, and there

heart, cruise around your soul and find your purpose. I

seemed a blindingly obvious choice. I found End of Life

promise the rewards will be immense. ■


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