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 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...
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...
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 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 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...
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,...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer There are few physical pursuits as demanding as mixed martial arts (MMA). Competitors engage in hand-to-hand combat, calling upon skills in boxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, kickboxing, Muay Thai, taekwondo and wrestling to bring their opponents...