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Best in the West

Jane Hanauer, owner of Laguna Beach Books, reveals how she felt when her store was named one of the best in the country, which titles she’s currently loving and more. By Ashley Ryan   The fabric of Laguna Beach is a unique one: Instead of chain stores and popular restaurants, our artistic...

Parting Shot: Mermaid Pool

By Ashley Ryan   Victoria Beach is always a popular destination, with vibrant sunsets, towering cliffs and a historic pirate tower that looks as if it’s straight out of a storybook. Adding to the fairy tale vibe is the man-made “mermaid pool” that sits along the sand, pulling the tide into...

Animal Advocate

Laguna Beach resident Judie Mancuso has worked tirelessly to get legislation passed to protect creatures great and small. By Diane Krieger   Few Californians know her name, but any Sacramento insider can tell you who Judie Mancuso is: She’s the Mother Jones of quadrupeds, the force behind an animal-protection revolution sweeping the...

Ready to Ride

A free, on-demand transit service is gearing up to start this fall on the city’s former neighborhood trolley routes. By Sharon Stello   Locals looking to get downtown will soon have a new transportation option available. A free, on-demand transit service will begin as a pilot program this fall using three former...

One-Stop Shop

A pop-up grocery and specialty store has opened on South Coast Highway, benefiting local Anneliese Schools and representing the “Slow Shopping Movement.” By Sharon Stello   At the Anneliese School campus in Laguna Canyon, there has long been a little shop carrying a curated selection of educational items and gifts from heirloom-quality...

10 Minutes With … Julie Perlin Lee

Laguna Art Museum’s new executive director shares her inspirations and plans for future programs at this local cultural landmark. By Sharon Stello   Julie Perlin Lee began her career at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana as a graduate student and left as vice president of collections and exhibition development. She continued to...

2014: An Icon of Surf and Sea

Hobie Alter will forever be celebrated not only as a pioneer in the surfing and sailing industries, but also for his enduring kindness and generosity. By Sharael Kolberg Hobie Alter, pioneer of foam-core surfboard production, began shaping boards as a teenager in the garage of his parents’ Laguna Beach summer home....

2013: Where Locals Gather

The Marine Room Tavern may have changed hands, but music and memories continue to be the main items on the menu. By Bruce Porter Modest almost to a fault, the Marine Room Tavern is a cherished chapter in Laguna’s storied history. The second bar in town to get a liquor license,...

2012: Decades at the Dirty Bird

The legendary Sandpiper Lounge is turning 70, and we’ve got the dirt on the Bird. By Debbie Lavdas The legendary Dirty Bird bar and local institution turns 70 this year. Chances are you’ve ended up there many a night, whether you meant to or not. We celebrate its classic dive ways...

2010: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Helmets

Troy Lee has transformed his lifelong passion of art and motorcycle racing into an impressive international business empire. By Bruce Porter On paper Laguna Beach resident Troy Lee’s rise to the upper echelon of the business world appears unlikely. As a youngster he had an unstable family life, whimsically moving from...