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...
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...
By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik It makes sense that once you’ve established a fitness product business successful enough to find its way into high-end retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, your next logical entrepreneurial step is to buy...
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 Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik Never stop learning,” says 36-year-old Leslie Arnette. “Every job is a stepping stone if you want to have your own business one day.” It’s a motto that has served the Ventura-based...
PEAK PERFORMANCE Margherita Peak (elev. 16,763 feet) is the highest summit on Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Range of Uganda. Story and photos by Chuck Graham It was raining monkeys. To be specific, it was raining colobus monkeys. They were literally...
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 | Photos by Viktor Budnik Thousand Oaks might be better known for its numerous shopping centers, posh suburban enclaves, top-notch performing arts center and proximity to Hollywood (with more than a few famous names making...
By  Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik The Oaks in Santa Paula is a special community. A short drive from town along Highway 150, and just a few miles from Steckel Park, some 200 homes nestled at...
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...