Jeff Hull, the owner, designer and driving force behind Jeff Hull Custom Boats in Ventura, is as relentless as the waves his custom boats are designed to ride. Every boat-building project he takes on is made to order, and...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Ventura County is blessed with a tremendous agricultural bounty. The area’s fields, ranches and farms cover thousands of acres, producing numerous fruits, vegetables, flowers and more. An industry that generates over $1 billion in revenue...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Talking with Byrds co-founder, country rock legend and musician extraordinaire Chris Hillman. Chris Hillman is a legend in his own time. The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist — a master of guitar, bass and mandolin — has...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Photos by Luis Chavez Mike Adams of Santa Paula Craftsman did something many of us only dream about: He left his corporate job to follow his creative passion. The one-time database administrator and private investigator exchanged...
by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Food Share of Ventura County fulfills a vital purpose: Providing food to the many people in the area who need it. That amounts to hundreds of thousands of Ventura County residents since its inception in...
by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer When Michael Christie joined New West Symphony as music director in 2019, he brought with him a Grammy Award, a career that spanned the globe from Minnesota to Australia, and more than two decades of...
Lila Francese, founder of OHI Home, offers insight into what makes a house — and a life — more beautiful. BY EMILY DODI L ila Francese of sought-after home staging company OHI Home LLC explains that “the goal of home staging is to...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Luis Chavez Vic Thasiah loves to run. And he loves the natural world. The California Lutheran University professor (who earned his Ph.D. at Oxford) recently merged his two passions into a single...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On April 1, 2022 — April Fool’s Day — a trio of winemakers welcomed the public in to their brand-new tasting room, where they uncorked their first vintage. Aptly named Trois le Fou, which roughly...
by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Photos by Luis Chavez Missy Drayton is living la dolce vita. The owner of Missy’s Cupcake Creations in Ventura has found her sweet spot, baking up cupcakes, donuts and other delectable treats at her bakeshop on...