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2020: Quarantine Kindness

From providing essential supplies to spreading joy through music, Laguna Beach residents have come together to support one another during the coronavirus pandemic. By Justine Amodeo While COVID-19 health guidelines change weekly, unemployment is at an all-time high and requirements for getting back to business are often a source of confusion,...

Keepers of the Culture

Locals for Laguna Beach was created to help businesses in town during recent times of trouble. By Tanya A. Yacina   Before the COVID-19 outbreak was officially declared a global pandemic, longtime Laguna Beach resident Jason Garza and his fiancee, Ashley Moseley, saw the writing on the wall—local businesses were about to...

Helping the Helpers

Laguna couple Norman Rest and Debra Kottke started Lido Paddle Project to provide a healing experience for veterans and front-line workers. By Sharon Stello   Norman Rest and Debra Kottke understand the restorative aspect of time spent out on the water, whether gliding across the sea in a kayak or keeping balanced...

On the Promenade

Dining decks built on Forest Avenue, allowing restaurants to remain open safely during the pandemic, may become a permanent addition. By Tanya A. Yacina   Wooden decks for outdoor dining fill the former parking spots along lower Forest Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach. Cars are no longer allowed to drive on this...

Charitable Style

Thoughtful T-shirt company 4Societee helps support local businesses and nonprofits. By Tanya A. Yacina   The idea had been brewing for a while. Five years ago, Melissa Martinez-Booth established the concept of 4Societee as a solution to a problem. Her children, Travis and Tess, grew up surfing competitively and she was surprised...

Shine On

Brothers David and Gary Rubel are gems in the local community, helping their family’s legacy gleam and glisten. By Tanya A. Yacina   David and Gary Rubel have more or less been involved in the jewelry business their entire lives. Now co-owners of Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers, which has locations in Laguna...

Concierge Medicine

During the pandemic, medical and beauty businesses have increasingly found ways to bring their services safely to your home, office or hotel room. By Justine Amodeo   While lines for COVID-19 tests formed, Botox faded, nails went au naturel and visits to the doctor were postponed, Dr. Katrina Riboni, an anesthesiologist, and...

A Season of SHAREing

A new charitable group aims to raise awareness for local causes while benefiting businesses impacted by COVID-19. By Ashley Breeding   Evelyn Best always aspired to her grandfather’s charitable ways. “He was a businessman and devout philanthropist who self-piloted over 50 trips to El Salvador to bring medical supplies for children,” says...

A Friend in Need

As homelessness continues to affect Orange County residents, the Friendship Shelter develops ways to fight the epidemic.

Cultivating Creativity

The Laguna College of Art & Design has long been an important part of the city’s cultural fabric, partnering with the local community to educate and elevate young artists.