Esther Kang

Spanning three generations, Uncle Stavros carries on family legacy

Spanning three generations, Uncle  Stavros carries on family legacy

Hermosa Beach icon Uncle Stavros celebrates his 95th birthday in true family fashion — at his restaurant.

 Esther Kang

Hermosa Beach considers strategies to repay $17.5M in aftermath of Measure O

Measure O’s overwhelming defeat at the polls on March 3 came with a price tag. A grassroots campaign defeated E&B Natural Resources’ proposal to drill for oil at the city’s maintenance yard by a 4-1 ratio, emphatically rejecting potentially millions of dollars in city revenues in favor of upholding the city’s ban on oil drilling. […]

 Esther Kang

Best of the Beach 2015, Cosmetic Surgeon: Dr. Christine Petti

In her nearly 30 years, Dr. Christine Petti has sculpted her way into becoming a pioneering presence in the field of plastic surgery — and a very busy one at that.

 Esther Kang

Best of the Beach 2015, Gold Store: Seymour Jewelers

Best of the Beach 2015, Gold Store: Seymour Jewelers

In the 1950s, a young WWII veteran named Seymour Bilowit walked by an empty storefront on Hermosa Avenue and decided to open a full-service jewelry store.

 Esther Kang

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Nail Salon: Angel Nail & Spa

For 16 years, Angels Nails & Spa has charged itself with pampering South Bay residents with quality, affordable mani-pedis.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Waxing: European Wax Center

European Wax Center, a national franchise with two locations in the South Bay, takes the cake for best waxing job for a third year.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Gallery: Bo Bridges Gallery

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Gallery: Bo Bridges Gallery

“It’s always a surprise and I know there’s competition out there,” sports-action photographer Bo Bridges says of taking the Best of the Beach title again this year.

 Esther Kang

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Live Music Venue: Saint Rocke

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Live Music Venue: Saint Rocke

The club was founded by Allen Sanford, whose other ventures include global live streaming IROCKE concert platform and the growing franchise of Rockefeller gastropubs.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best Underage Band: 11Echo

Best of the Beach 2015, Best Underage Band: 11Echo

11Echo has arguably found in music something beyond a mere antidote to the SATs and pre-college anxiety.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Original Band: LIFE

Best of the Beach 2015, Original Band: LIFE

Growing up in the South Bay, Moi J. Quinn, Sean Chapman and Matthew McEwan skated, surfed and break-danced together.

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Best of the Beach 2015, Best DJ: DJ DIK

Best of the Beach 2015, Best DJ: DJ DIK

Richard Podgurski, as he’s otherwise known, has had a busy year.

 Esther Kang

Changing the world, one business at a time

Changing the world, one business at a time

Palos Verdes native heads a philanthropic effort in East Africa Dianne Calvi began volunteering at a childcare center in San Pedro when she was 11 years old, as a member of the National Charity League. “I saw that there was such a difference between how I lived in Palos Verdes and the people who lived […]

 Esther Kang

Two is better than one

Two is better than one

Redondo Beach-based Pritzkat & Johnson Architects is 10 years old this May and picking up speed

 Esther Kang

Hypnotic duo

Hypnotic duo

Norma and Philip Barretta, acclaimed psychotherapists living in Rolling Hills Estates, tirelessly pass on their wisdom This past September, 86-year-old Philip Barretta accidentally put on a show at the UCLA Medical Center. He was there for a standard hernia repair, but due to a heart condition, he turned down the general anesthetic that typically accompanies […]

 Esther Kang

SALIM’S LOT [Architecture]

SALIM’S LOT [Architecture]

The three-storied Strand house in Manhattan Beach — built by homeowner Bob Salim, a successful developer — will host FOLA’s annual fundraiser