“Behind the Orange Curtain”: Prescription Drug Abuse in OC

Its no secret prescription drug abuse has caused many deaths in the youth of America, especially in recent years. Most parents are aware of this problem, but still hold on to the mentality that their child wouldn’t participate in these types of behaviors. Unfortunately, there is an epidemic of prescription drug abusers, and we are […]

Independence Bank

A true “Community Bank” Independence Bank is everything you would expect from a local financial institution with roots in the cities it serves. The members of its friendly dedicated staff are familiar faces in many community organizations and at virtually every regional community event. Independence Bank’s customers are reflective of the communities served by each […]

Monterey, Baby!

It wasn’t like I planned to go on a mini vacation. I just moved here from Idaho and after spending far too many lonely nights a’ la Bridget Jones’ Diary, I considered it a sort of serendipity when I got the crazy news my two best friends from back home were in town and wanted […]

Concierge Podiatry Introduces

Concierge Podiatry,is excited to introduce a newly launched service for nail and skin problems: The Podiacurist™. It is a cosmetology-licensed pedicurist trained in the medical treatment of corns, calluses and nails under the supervision of a Podiatrist. This enhanced specialized service occupies a unique place in the podiatric medical field, much like a dental hygienist […]

Be Prepared for Change

In one of those saving moments that professors, actors, and ball players occasionally offer to salvage a wasted class, an amateurish play or a badly executed game, a Psychology PhD. ended his semester by telling his class “No information, technique or skill will ever be as valuable as this single adage: Be prepared for change. […]

The State of OC Real Estate

After several challenging years, prices have finally started to move upward. . . as much as 10% or more for 2012. This is true on Balboa Island as well as many other neighborhoods in the coastal area. Factors that are driving this rise include: the end of the recession and an improving economy, an acute […]

The Performer’s Academy

Being talented is almost a curse, unless you know who to talk to about developing your skills and networking. Natalie Costa, owner of The Performer’s Academy, knows exactly what it takes to help you or your child build the confidence and become who you/they were born to be. “Since our staff is very active in […]

Villa Ford

Costa Mesa resident Peggy Baldwin-Butler is a cheerful anomaly. She’s a former schoolteacher and mom who became responsible for the livelihood of over 100 local families. She’s a middle-aged woman who jumped headlong into an industry so thoroughly male that she’d have to invest years before she’d be taken seriously. Who is Peggy Baldwin-Butler? She’s […]

Huntington Super Pawn

If I’m addressing the 1% of the population that hasn’t seen the uber-popular “Pawn Stars” show on A&E, I’m here to tell you that pawn shops have come a long way, and we are so lucky to have our own regional version so close to home. The Huntington Beach-based Huntington Super Pawn is the place […]

Breaking free from the big box for your perfect home theater system

When you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, did you plot your perfect flat screen location and find that the outlets were placed at exactly the right distance, with the perfect electrical scenario for everything you wanted to do? Could you find the right media cabinetry for your particular space […]