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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...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013

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,...
Posted On 18 Oct 2013

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...
Posted On 13 Sep 2013

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...
Posted On 29 Aug 2013

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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...
Posted On 15 Aug 2013

Minding Our Business: One Stop Beauty

Estee Lauder may be the matriarch of the skin care industry, her first products date to 1946, and many others have followed, including Anita Roddick of the Body Shop or the more recent phenomena of Bare Minerals created by Leslie Blodgett. In Laguna Beach, Josephine [JoJo] Brooks...
Posted On 02 Aug 2013

Minding Our Business: Moving Targets

I recently returned from my annual summer sojourn to NYC, my home town, home of the arts, where you could fry an egg on the sidewalk and yet, the midday landscape was crowded not only with tourists but long lines at food trucks parked along side streets mid-town. Mayor Bloomberg...
Posted On 17 Jul 2013

Minding Our Business: Time Out for Books

Take a break from business and read a good story this summer. Here’s a sampling from my alternate persona, the OC Book Blogger, all available at Laguna Beach Books. New in paperback: “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver, another gorgeous journey of humanity bumping up against...
Posted On 20 Jun 2013

Minding Our Business: South of Hip

Before South of Mission in San Francisco there was SoHo in New York, and now NoHo and The Bowery, and every city seems to have an evolving cutting edge part of town. In Laguna, the southern end of the so-called Hip District, at the corner of Pearl Street and Coast Highway,  is...
Posted On 06 Jun 2013

Minding Our Business: The Power of One

Some of us, okay, many of us, frequently bemoan the absence of the little things we think are missing around town. We comment on Facebook, tweet, write letters to the editor, or columns, or carry on at city council meetings. Others look around and decide to fill the gap. One of...
Posted On 15 May 2013

Minding Our Business: Building on Small Successes

Santina Davies is in the business of rehabilitation. Her own physical rehabilitation has been her full-time occupation for six years. Following a successful climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Davies slipped off Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa, which she hiked only to take in the...
Posted On 09 May 2013

Minding our Business: Rewards to Shop Local?

I just signed on for the Five Points plan at Heidelberg Café. Why not? They didn’t ask for my email address, so no spam, and they don’t require a commitment, and after a few visits, I might win a free iced-tea. Why not? My Zinc card is well worn and in my wallet at all times. I...
Posted On 11 Apr 2013

Minding our Business: Adding Spice to Ocean Avenue

Paul Greer is learning to cook with spices. All sorts of spices, with which he is becoming familiar as he prepares to open, with his wife Mary, the Laguna franchise of The Spice Merchant. Tucked into the former Latitude 33 bookshop, one imagines each of the 300 spices, teas,...
Posted On 28 Mar 2013

Minding our Business: Simplifying Style

Another gallery has shuttered its doors – Swenson – and in its place, an upscale concept store promises simplicity with style. Joining the ranks of swank shops like Trove, Riga and Anastasia, what you might call not-so-shabby chic, this new addition, Simple, is another doorway to...
Posted On 07 Mar 2013

Minding our Business: In Vogue

A few years ago, I noticed a striking woman with an elegant short hair cut and asked who styles her hair. I had a short do only once, what they called a pixie when I was 12 and in a fit of adolescent rebellion cut it off, and all these years later, I had the same sudden desire...
Posted On 28 Feb 2013