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People & Places

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...

Local Vision

Laguna resident Shaheen Sadeghi, founder and creator of The Lab, The Camp, the Anaheim Packing District and more, shares his favorite aspects of the OC, how to expand our cultural footprint and his take on the future landscape—from restaurant and retail industries to community living. By Tess Hezlep and Laguna...

10 Minutes With … Heidi Zuckerman

The Laguna Beach resident is the new director and CEO of the Orange County Museum of Art, which will move into a new building in Costa Mesa in late 2022. By Sharon Stello   Heidi Zuckerman, who was the longtime director of Aspen Art Museum in Colorado, realized during the pandemic that...

Riding the Wave

Laurie Hermann reflects on her years as Hobie Alter’s tandem surfing partner, winning competitions around the region together in the 1960s. By Sharon Stello   Laurie Hermann was only in junior high when she embarked on a surfing adventure that would bring her success around the region and plenty of fond memories. It...

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...