Hot to Watch: GOP Candidate for Governor, Neel Kashkari
Feb26

Hot to Watch: GOP Candidate for Governor, Neel Kashkari

By Carisa Carlton Laguna Beach, California Laguna Beach resident, Neel Kashkari, is running for California governor. Kashkari hopes to create a legacy of creating jobs and fixing schools, and he is opposed to Jerry Brown’s San Francisco to Los Angeles “crazy train” plans. Some pan Kashkari’s new campaign on schools and jobs as a superficial commercial. Kashkari responded to criticism saying he will roll out a policy plan soon. In the...

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Hot to Watch: Chris Keller
Feb20

Hot to Watch: Chris Keller

By Carisa Carlton This week’s Hot to Watch will receive a $50 gift card from the posh Vogue Salon which serves everyone from surfers to celebrities. Chris Keller As focused as a bullet in flight, Chris Keller is blazing a steady acquisition trail of restaurants and hotels like most of us only do in a good game of Monopoly. Keller moved to Laguna Beach in 2002 when he acquired the historical La Casa del Camino with partners...

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Hot to Watch: Tyler Russell; Greer Wylder
Feb05

Hot to Watch: Tyler Russell; Greer Wylder

By Carisa Carlton This week’s hotties will receive a $50 gift certificate to Vogue Salon in Laguna Beach on Pacific Coast Highway next door to the Laguna Bookstore.  Tyler Russell Welcome to the quickly evolving world of Tyler Russell. Russell is one of the hottest up-and-comers in Laguna Beach right now, thanks to the success of KX 93.5, the alternative-rock radio station he founded in 2012 and to the  fall 2013 music festival,...

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Hot to Watch: Scott Thomas, Brynne Cogorno
Jan29

Hot to Watch: Scott Thomas, Brynne Cogorno

By Carisa Carlton Vogue Salon has been gracious enough to provide this week’s Hot to Watch with a $50 gift card. I encourage readers to support this European-style salon on Pacific Coast Highway. Brynne Cogorno Meet Brynne Cogorno, Laguna Beach resident and founder of Backward Prints, a 6-year old company that uses tree-free paper embedded with wildflower seeds in handmade greeting cards. Instead of disposing of the card after...

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Hot to Watch in Laguna Beach
Jan22

Hot to Watch in Laguna Beach

By Carisa Carlton Laguna Beach Gazette is launching a weekly “People to Watch” column featuring the city’s motivated movers and shakers. Each Wednesday, we will tell you about fresh new faces that you simply must get to know. We are kicking off People to Watch with Ty Loomis and Laura Ann Henkels, who will receive a gift certificate from the fashion forward Vogue Salon in Laguna Beach. Ty Loomis is a former 13-year...

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Paul Deem:  An Olympic Cyclist’s Triumph over Tragedy
Sep22

Paul Deem: An Olympic Cyclist’s Triumph over Tragedy

By Carisa Carlton The story of Laguna Beach resident and Olympic cyclist Paul Deem is as remarkable as any who perseveres against abject adversity. Born in France in 1957, he took up cycling as a youngster. In an impressive burst of speed at age 17, he covered 3000 meters in just 3 minutes 48 seconds at the Encino Velodrome — gaining 16 seconds on the former American record holder. Victorious achievement celebrations didn’t last...

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Blended Giving Coffee Company on Business & Benevolence
Aug29

Blended Giving Coffee Company on Business & Benevolence

Laguna Beach resident Ed Orem is an unlikely capitalist. Passionate about organic food, environmental sustainability, and fair trade, he works in shorts and flip-flops and lives three minutes from the beach. But Orem also believes his new coffee company, Blended Giving, proves there is a “sweet spot” where business and benevolence can overlap to make the world a better place. It all began when Orem was invited to visit extremely poor...

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Laguna Beach’s Ambassador of Goodwill:  Eiler Larsen, aka The Greeter
Jul19

Laguna Beach’s Ambassador of Goodwill: Eiler Larsen, aka The Greeter

By Carisa Carlton Eiler Larsen’s legend as the The Greeter comes with the usual discrepancies stories have when they are passed from generation to generation, but by all accounts Larsen was Laguna Beach’s ambassador of goodwill. Laguna Beach’s greeting tradition dates to the 1880s, when Old Joe Lucas, a Portuguese fisherman and shipwreck survivor, greeted stagecoaches en route to Santa Ana or El Toro. Like the Roman...

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Non-Surgical Scoliosis Treatment with Dr. Brett Diaz
Jul19

Non-Surgical Scoliosis Treatment with Dr. Brett Diaz

By Carisa Carlton Dr. Brett Diaz, D.C., is an expert in non-surgical  scoliosis treatment.  Helping his patients opt out of scoliosis surgery while simultaneously collaborating with orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons to create the best alternatives for each client, Diaz uses corrective movement therapy for adults and adolescents.   Diaz’s rehabilitation program combines dynamic braces with exercises to stabilize the body. ...

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