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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

Minding Our Business: A Modest Proposal

I reside just over the Laguna border in Dana Point, aka SoLa: South of Laguna, not to be confused with South Laguna. However, my work, my friends, my bookstore and hairstylist, and better places to eat, are in Laguna, so several times a week, I drive north on Pacific Coast...
Posted On 13 Feb 2013

Minding Our Business: The Earth Whisperer

Valentine’s Day arrives for me in the form of giant red hearts perched on poles along Coast Highway bordering Laguna Nursery. Just as pumpkins announce Halloween and glittery lights mark Christmas, owner Ruben Flores decorates our urban landscape as well as the yards and gardens...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

Minding Our Business: Cranking Up Innovation

Crank Brothers are not brothers. Founding partners Carl Winefordner, lead engineer, and Frank Hermansen, industrial designer, share a passion for sport and excellence in design. That combination has catapulted the Laguna start-up into an international enterprise with a reputation...
Posted On 23 Jan 2013

Minding Our Business: Back to the Roots

When Laura Linsenmayer, 34, decided to open Roots: The Beauty Underground, it made sense to set up shop in the town in which she was rooted. Her family relocated from Ohio to Laguna when she was 10 years old and this is the place she calls home. First, however, she set about...
Posted On 17 Jan 2013

Culture Karma: Searching for Coffee in South Laguna

In the interest of full disclosure, I do not drink coffee. Never got the taste for it, although I love the scent. What I do like is to sit at a comfy café chatting with friends, reading or writing. I enjoy the energy of human connection, the occasional eavesdrop on conversation,...
Posted On 06 Jan 2013

Culture Karma: Another Small Town

Thirty-three years ago, when my first-born was a newborn, my husband and I, at that time living in New York City, were considering a move to suburban Connecticut. He had accepted a position in Bridgeport, on Long Island Sound, on the northeast corner of Fairfield County, so we...
Posted On 19 Dec 2012

Culture Karma: The Montage Divide

When I relocated to Laguna Beach nearly seven years ago, the embers of battle between the various factions within the city’s populace and the developers of the Montage resort, were still smoldering. Having not lived through that war, I saw only the outcome: a stunning resort on a...
Posted On 05 Dec 2012

Culture Karma: Better to Stroll and Shop

I took a stroll through Laguna this past Saturday, merely for the sake of enjoying the balmy day, and the pleasure of watching families together doing the same. A stroll is by definition without purpose and I had no mission, only window shopping, which is always fun in town. I’ve...
Posted On 29 Nov 2012

Culture Karma: Few Degrees of Separation

This is a message to the many people in Laguna Beach who knew and cared about Danita Crivello and who mourn her passing. In the general culture of grief, only the immediate family – parents, children and grandchildren, spouses and siblings – are sanctioned as mourners. The second...
Posted On 01 Nov 2012