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People & Places

10 Minutes With … Ant Anstead

The host of several car-related TV shows shares what he likes best about his new home in Laguna Beach. By Sharon Stello   Ant Anstead has worked as a police officer (with commendations for acts of bravery) and semiprofessional soccer player—and is also a published author and artist with his sculptures found...

Reinventing Suzy

On the long road of recovery from a traumatic brain injury, Suzy Patz became a completely different person and discovered a new purpose in life. By Sharon Stello   When Suzy Patz stepped outside to go running before work one summer morning, she had no idea that her life was about to...

10 Minutes With … Suzanne Redfearn

This local writer shares the inspiration behind her soon-to-be-released book and what she loves about Laguna. By Sharon Stello   After Suzanne Redfearn wrote “In an Instant,” which came out in early 2020, the main characters stayed with her. So when the Laguna Beach author began to pen “Moment in Time,” set...

Going Full Tilt

Local pinball enthusiasts Tom and Jessica Walker launched Brewcades with partner Pete Cooley, offering a dozen playable machines at one of Laguna Beach Beer Co.'s tasting rooms. By Sharon Stello   There’s something exciting about the lights and sounds of a pinball machine, with themes from “Jurassic Park” to “Elvira” or “Willy...

Getting the Gold

Laguna sisters Makenzie and Aria Fischer helped the U.S. women’s water polo team to a win at the Tokyo Olympics. By Sharon Stello   Sisters Makenzie and Aria Fischer have had their Olympic dreams realized not once but twice in the sport of water polo. And they did it together as both...

Living With Soul

Laguna local Summer Meek takes readers behind the scenes of her brand while also touching on the importance of mindfulness and community. By Sharon Stello   For Laguna Beach local Summer Meek, founder and CEO of The Soul Project, life is about love, mindfulness, connection, and salty skin and hair—the things that...

Changing of the Guard

This past year has seen a wave of turnover in key leadership roles, with new appointments in city government and at local art institutions. By Tanya A. Yacina   Across Laguna Beach, new leaders have stepped into several high-profile positions in recent months after their longtime predecessors retired or moved on. From...

10 Minutes With … Erik De Marchi

The chef and owner of Oliver’s Osteria talks about his culinary approach and favorite local places after the Italian restaurant was recently named to Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list. By Sharon Stello   After being open only three years, Oliver’s Osteria, tucked away in Laguna Canyon, has caught the attention of Michelin...

A Village Voice

Arnold Hano, co-founder of Village Laguna, a sports writer and author, leaves behind a legacy of community action and memories of his passion for baseball and his deep sense of humanity. By Sharon Stello   Committed to helping preserve the character of Laguna Beach for more than half a century, Arnold Hano,...

Good as Gold

Husband-and-wife team Jason and Gorjana Reidel shine with their local jewelry brand gorjana and philanthropic efforts. By Sharon Stello   After immigrating to the United States from the former Yugoslavia by way of Canada and earning a marketing degree from Arizona State University, Gorjana Reidel found herself working in the jewelry department...