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Author Archive for Randy Kraft

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Big Changes in Small Packages

Big Changes in Small Packages

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent A duo of innovations hit the downtown this month with the Planning Commission’s approval of a temporary use permit for a cottage foods storefront on Beach Street and the introduction of Forest Avenue’s first social robot. Micheau Folse’s Lightning Bolt Foods, currently operated out of her home in […]

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Rewriting Life Stories

Rewriting Life Stories

You might say Lagunan Kaira Rouda has spent a lifetime reinventing lives – her own as well as others. She moved around during childhood, from the mid-west to points south and west, and she has shifted jobs several times, although not careers. From journalist to copywriter to marketing strategist, entrepreneur and business writer to novelist, […]

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The Show Goes On

The Show Goes On

Sam Goldstein might relax and enjoy the rewards of a long productive career. However, if you know him, you won’t be surprised to learn he has embarked on yet another venture, one that brackets his early days as a musician and award-winning television producer, before he meandered into property investment. You may know Goldstein as […]

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The Truth Behind the Fiction

The Truth Behind the Fiction

  When I was a girl, a police officer lived with his sweet wife and three fresh-faced children in the ground floor apartment. Think Norman Rockwell in the Bronx. Now and then, angry shouts and frightening sounds were heard behind their door. When I asked my mother about it, she said that things happen between […]

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Mind Over Matter

Mind Over Matter

Memoir has been a hot ticket in publishing for over 20 years now, more often preferable to autobiography because of the intimate perspective in the telling. Rossandra White has just published her first memoir, which, like many memoirs, starts in the present and moves back and forth through the past. What’s to come remains to […]

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Finding Home

Finding Home

There are over 100 registered non-profits in Laguna Beach. Nearly every one of them supports the needs and interests of locals, and every one of them is constantly on the quest for funding to fulfill their missions. Today, every day, and year after year, non-profit organizations survive on the kindness and generosity of friends and […]

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The Thing About Twitter

The Thing About Twitter

I found a writers’ community at Twitter. Writers of all types. Editors. Publishers. Book reviewers. E-zines. Lit-zines. Indy book promoters. Strangers all, until the first reply, the retweet, the favorite. Suddenly, friendly acquaintances. Bonded by mutual interest. What I like best about a Twitter feed is the focus. We tweet about reading and writing. We […]

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Folding Up Their Easels

Folding Up Their Easels

It is said where one door closes, another opens. In the case of Laguna Beach commerce, gallery closings in recent years have opened storefronts to other types of merchants, so that the town is becoming less about art sales and more about, well, shopping. I had hoped to provide quantitative data on this subject, but […]

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Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

  It is said where one door closes, another opens. In the case of Laguna Beach commerce, gallery closings in recent years have opened store fronts to other types of merchants, so that the town is less about arts and more about, well, shopping. I had hoped to provide quantitative data on this subject, but […]

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Minding Our Business

Minding Our Business

Crafting a Culture Leanne Cairnes manufactures eco-friendly handbags as a cottage business, Belyn Designs. She works closely with fabric designers to evoke natural settings like tree branches and flowers, and last season scored a holiday order with retailer Anthropologie online. Cairnes sews more than textiles. She stitches together creative entrepreneurs through a new venture called […]

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Minding Our Business: Let There Be Juice

Minding Our Business: Let There Be Juice

When I was a girl, my mother pressed oranges into juice by hand and I nibbled the mashed fruit remains. Tropicana OJ and Mott’s apple juice was what I poured my own children, never imagining how little nutritional value was left nor how much sugar was added, not to mention the dreaded preservatives. These days, […]

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Minding our Business: Career Shift

Minding our Business: Career Shift

Here’s the fiction: Accomplished woman marries for love, discovers a stranger, and in this novel, an abusive stranger, and has to find her way out to protect her children. Perfect fodder for a page-turner. Here’s the backstory: Happily married Laguna architect, Suzanne Redfearn, seizes the downtime of the recession to write thriller fiction. “I sort […]

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Minding our Business

Minding our Business

The Business of Storytelling On a cul-de-sac off the Canyon Road, bracketed by the Sawdust and Seven Degrees, Laguna’s beloved cooking school and wine center, Laguna Culinary Arts, is also home to the local branch of Dime Stories, where writers, aspiring writers, or anyone with a story that can be told in three minutes, is […]

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Minding Our Business: French Fashion on Forest

Minding Our Business: French Fashion on Forest

Extra! Extra! A new shop in Laguna Beach shares its marquee with Beverly Hills, New York, and Ibiza, Spain, the epicenters of design and hardly the centers of shabby chic. Robins Jeans is a whole new sort of shop on Forest Avenue. Shabby? Decidedly not. Chic? Oh yes. The retailer joins the ranks of Anastasia, […]

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Minding our Business

Minding our Business

Fashionable Food on Forest   I have a friend in Sonoma County who practices the religion of abundance. Surrounded by grape vines and fig trees, she has a voluminous backyard garden of greens and herbs and all sorts of veggies, and she even installed a chicken coop from which she extracts the most delicious eggs […]