By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik With Feb. 14 just days away, chocolates, wine and flowers will be on every sweetheart’s mind. And when you want to “make hearts smile,” Sweet Peas on Johnson Drive in...
Talking art, Italy, the magic of creation and “stretching the creative cord” with bead artist Mara Colecchia. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik From a young age, Mara Colecchia was steeped in art. She grew up in...
By Alex Wilson Sarah Oberman isn’t exaggerating when she says she was born to be in the aviation business.  Her first official job when she was just 12 years old was washing airplanes at Channel Islands Aviation, a business at Camarillo...
Alan Salazar discusses his Native ancestry, discovering lost knowledge and teaching tomol craftsmanship to a new generation of Chumash. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer For 25 years, Alan Salazar — storyteller, Native educator and tribal elder in the Fernandeño Tataviam Band...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik The moment you walk into the Camarillo home of Catalina Wise, you know this is a residence belonging to an artist. Colorful paintings hang on luminous white walls, intriguing pottery...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik There is nothing more exciting, rewarding…and potentially emotional…than shopping for the perfect gown in which to walk down the aisle. Tracey Theys McHale, owner of Bella Mucci’s Bridal Couture in...