By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Martino’s Catering has always been a family affair, which might help explain why it’s grown from humble beginnings to now serving about 80 happy couples and their families at weddings every year....
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | All photos courtesy Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach Oxnard’s Mandalay Beach is one of the prettiest seaside spots in Ventura County. The view seems to stretch on forever, the waves crash majestically against the...
By Tim Pompey | Photos by Viktor Budnik Its manicured walls and gates sit quietly near the intersection of Thompson Boulevard and Ash Street. A former commercial motel in downtown Ventura, its history since 2009 has involved working with homeless...
By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik A farmer with a law degree? Sounds like Oliver Wendell Douglas, the highly successful attorney from the big city who became a highly unsuccessful rural farmer in the 1960s sitcom Green Acres. Except...
Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday promises fine living and adventure in the great outdoors. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Kampgrounds of America, better known by the acronym KOA, has been a staple of family camping since it...
By Bridgette M. Redman In a city known for its views, few can compete with those from the restaurants and rooms of the Marina del Rey Hotel. It’s one of the grand dames of the coastal town, having been built in...
Custom furniture creator Riley Meisch abandons “fast trash” for sustainability, quality and longevity. By Madeline Nathaus | Photos by Viktor Budnik With an eye for quality of design and a heart for sustainability, local woodworker Riley Meisch of Meisch Made creates simple...
Making merry at the Snow N Glow Holiday Festival. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Many of us won’t be heading to the North Pole to see the northern lights or sledding down a snow-topped hill. But thanks to the extravaganza known...
The Local Love Project is a community lifeline when disaster strikes. By  Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik at Merrick grew up on the tiny island of Key West, Florida, the southernmost tip of the continental United States and a...
The Miriam and Henry Schwab Music Academy at Ventura College returns with a crescendo. By Mike Nelson Photos by Brandon King/Theotus Media Tears on Monday. Cheers on Tuesday. Lessons, memories and more to treasure for a lifetime. Such is the experience for those...