By Tim Pompey | Photos by Viktor Budnik Its manicured walls and gates sit quietly near the intersection of Thompson Boulevard and Ash Street. A former commercial motel in downtown Ventura, its history since 2009 has involved working with homeless...
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...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Martino’s Catering has always been a family affair, which might help explain why it’s grown from humble beginnings to now serving about 80 happy couples and their families at weddings every year....
Omar Reyes Benítez | Photos by Viktor Budnik Ventura nonprofit STEMbassadors is leading the way. Through programs like its IDEA Center and professional development initiatives, the organization is helping students get precious experience in a pricey industry. It was founded in 2017...
By Mike Nelson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Need chocolate? Of course you do. But what kind? You can wander through any supermarket or drugstore candy aisle and find plenty of mass-produced chocolate items — boxed, bagged and barred, some better...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer In Ventura County, picturesque locations for the most memorable wedding abound. Beautiful beaches offer seaside romance, sprawling ranches provide rustic elegance. For something chic, consider a winery or elegant property with sweeping views. We are...
By Alex Wilson | Photos by Viktor Budnik Martha Cantos has proven herself as a successful downtown Ventura business owner with her charming and colorful boutique Ecugreen since opening in 2017. Her entrepreneurial path to success included years of selling...
All photos courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County The Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum was closed for a good chunk of the fall, while it prepared a new exhibit. The institution reopened on Saturday, Oct. 21, unveiling Ventura...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik The very things that make up modern-day living — roads, buildings, tunnels, dams, bridges, water systems, etc. — exist thanks to the efforts and expertise of civil engineers. And since...
By Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer | Photos by Viktor Budnik When the Fillmore and Western Railway closed down a few years ago, Ventura County locals…and those outside the area who loved to ride the rails…were sorry to see the demise...