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Strumming Along for 50 Years

The Guitar Shoppe has served musicians through the decades with custom instruments, lessons and more. By Tanya A. Yacina   Many things have changed in Laguna Beach over the last 50 years, but one local staple, established in 1972, remains nearly the same. The Guitar Shoppe, owned and operated by Jim Matthews...

10 Minutes With … Steve Brittan

The president and CEO of Laguna College of Art & Design shares his plans for the campus, new partnerships and a fundraising campaign. By Sharon Stello   As the new president and CEO of Laguna College of Art & Design, Steve Brittan has been leading the campus for a little over a...

A Tail-Waggin’ Good Time

The Laguna Beach Dog Park, the first space of its kind in Orange County, celebrates 30 years this fall. By Ashley Ryan   It’s no secret that Laguna Beach is a dog-friendly town. From Naked Dog Bistro’s baked treats to services like massage and aura readings for Fido, the local pooch has...

10 Minutes With … Deana Duffek

The owner of Duffek Design talks about the latest home trends, inspiration and giving back. By Sharon Stello   Deana Duffek has visited nearly every continent, but Laguna Beach is the only place she wants to call home. After growing up in Texas and attending college in Georgia, she moved to Laguna...

A Piece of Laguna

Two young, entrepreneurial brothers are creating holiday ornaments modeled after iconic landmarks for locals and tourists to treasure at home. By Catherine Norby   Local brothers Sawyer and Jackson Collins have come together to build their very own business. Inspired by the memorable landmarks and symbols of Laguna Beach, the duo founded...

10 Minutes With … Cynthia Britain

One of the founding members of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association shares her favorite places to paint and what inspires her artwork. By Sharon Stello   Cynthia Britain is passionate about painting as well as spending time in nature, the perfect combination for her chosen profession as a plein air painter, capturing...

10 Minutes With … Sandy Marshall

The leader of local nonprofit Project Scientist offers programs that encourage girls to get involved in fields related to math and science. By Sharon Stello   Back in 2011, Sandy Marshall wanted to introduce her then-4-year-old daughter, Ellie, to the world of science and, hopefully, spark her interest in the subject. But,...

10 Minutes With … Stephanie Havelka

The Sportkini creator used her water sports background to develop a swimsuit that looks good, fits well and holds up to the most intense activities. By Sharon Stello   As a child in the small town of Billerica, north of Boston, Stephanie Havelka could usually be found in the water. “I grew up...

In Memoriam: Taylor Hawkins

Friends mourn the Laguna Beach legend after his untimely death. By Tanya A. Yacina   Taylor Hawkins, renowned drummer for the Foo Fighters rock band, passed away suddenly last month at just 50 years old while on tour in Bogota, Colombia. The news of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s death...

10 Minutes With … Jason Feddy

The local musician shares some of his humor, inspiration and favorite places in town. By Sharon Stello   Prolific musician Jason Feddy, who performs at several venues around Laguna Beach, grew up visiting his father in this seaside town as a child before moving here from England in 2000. “My brother and I...