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    ‘Where trends begin’

    While Wendy Figer was driving to her corporate job in the spring of 2002, a “for lease” sign caught her eye.  “I was born with an entrepreneurial mindset,” says Figer, who holds a degree in marketing and worked in the casino industry and hotel operations. “I love creating experiences and making a positive difference in […]

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    Coast Best Small Businesses 2021

    Starting a small business is the ultimate leap of faith, the acceptance of enormous risk in pursuit of a dream. Especially now, those companies that have not only survived, but thrived, due to their desirable products and services, excellent customer service and positive impact to the community should be celebrated. We received dozens of nominations […]

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    The gentle giant

    Derick Hall with his sister and mom, Stacey Gooden-Crandle On the day he entered the world, Derick Hall wasn’t expected to live.  Born at 23.5 weeks, weighing 2 pounds, 9 ounces, Hall was placed on life support with a litany of critical health problems, including bleeding in the brain and underdeveloped organs.  “The doctor’s prognosis […]

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    Dressed up in white

    Anything a bride requires, Kerri Pellegrin and her team at The Wedding Collection are determined to provide.  If she’s overwhelmed coordinating her big day, she can leave the arrangements to The Planning by TWC. If she seeks a gown, The Dress by TWC will style her to perfection. And since April of this year, if […]

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    Celebrating sisterhood

    Whether they are bonded by circumstance or related by blood, sisters have a special connection. They share laughs and tears, and although they sometimes disagree, they can always count on each other.  National Sister’s Day, observed the first Sunday in August, celebrates this unique relationship — but you don’t need a biological sibling to appreciate […]

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