By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer  |  Photos by Luis Chavez The small-town charm of Santa Paula can be felt most prominently in its downtown district. Main Street is lined with historic storefronts and could be mistaken for a movie set....
By Karen Lindell  |  Photos by Dina Pielaet The team at the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) Trauma Center is like a NASCAR pit crew during the golden hour. The mixed metaphor works, these medical professionals say. Similar to a racing...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Amara Bessa is helping to make Ventura County a more fashionable place, one customer at a time. The groovy stylist, designer and entrepreneur offers up an eclectic array of clothing, accessories and jewelry at her...
By Emily Dodi. One of Christine Ren’s first memories is of being a little girl at the community pool in rural Pennsylvania where she grew up. She hadn’t yet learned how to swim but, as Ren recalls, “I would...
Make the most wonderful time of the year even sweeter with these decadent recipes. INTRO BY NANCY D. LACKEY SHAFFER PHOTOS BY VIKTOR BUDNIK The holidays simply aren’t complete without something sweet. And while we’d never thumb our noses at a good,...
The Turtle Conservancy works at home and abroad to save turtles and tortoises from extinction. By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer On Ojai’s East End is a little oasis of beauty and serenity, some 10 acres filled with oaks and a few...
The hard rock art of Michele Chapin By Emily Dodi, Photos by Cecilia Ortiz It’s a mind blow,” sculptor Michele Chapin says as she gives a tour of Stoneworks Studio and Gallery, her workspace in Ventura. She’s holding one of her...
Clean lines and sustainable design define the magnificent Wall House in Ojai. BY Mark Storer | Photos By Michael Montano The shifting landscapes and seismic heaving of the American dream during the past 40 years has rocked the earliest visions of the...