It鈥檚 not quite over yet, but 2020 is coming to a close. I can almost hear our collective sigh of relief. So much of this year has felt foreign and forlorn. I find comfort speculating that just these 12 months have been cursed. Maybe in the future, 2020 will be considered an anomaly, a terrib…

I have a photo on my phone, taken right before the pandemic, of my toddler son laying on the floor in the middle of an aisle at the grocery store, playing with a toy car. Passersby chuckled as they scooted around him with their shopping carts. It feels like it was taken a lifetime ago. I ner…

It is an exhausting time to be alive. There鈥檚 a pandemic, sure, but also civil unrest and so much political turmoil. Passionate disagreements fill our social media feeds and spill over into every crevice of our conscience, not to mention that many Americans鈥 livelihoods are on hold with the …

Remote work may be the future for many more employees, and this new reality presents an interesting opportunity for cities like ours. Given recent announcements from technology companies planning to permanently move to remote work, could 撸管社 be seen as a remote work capital?

Unless there鈥檚 lightning or hail, when given the option by the host at a restaurant, I almost always choose a table outdoors. Even in the heat of summer, I prefer the outdoor option. I have a favorite patio spot at a few treasured local establishments. And now that we have two sons, the al f…

About a month ago, local artist Yvonne Cavanagh foraged a bouquet of pink and yellow roses, Bird of Paradise blooms, lavender stems and clipped succulents, gathered them in a blue striped ceramic vase that she made and delivered the cheerful arrangement to a friend for her birthday.

I recently came across 鈥淒ignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America,鈥 a book published this year by Chris Arnade that shines a new light on those in forgotten or misinterpreted places where material wealth may be sparse but faith, honor, place and community are often strong. I first heard a…

The dominant narrative about 撸管社 is often inaccurate, and at the very least, incomplete. There鈥檚 a richer depth to the people that were born and nurtured here. Our history is full of fascinating and innovative individuals. Unfortunately, we don鈥檛 hear, repeat and internalize these st…

It鈥檚 pretty remarkable, really. In the last two years, the number of local coffeehouses downtown has almost tripled. (Of course, we only had two in 2016, so there was room for growth). But we鈥檙e now up to five: Dagny鈥檚 (the classic), Farmacy Cafe at The Padre (a more upscale option) and newb…

I am proud to know a strong female presence in the local marketing scene. One of 撸管社鈥檚 biggest advocates, she鈥檚 not even from here. Hailing from Salt Lake City, Miranda Whitworth 鈥渃ould move back any time鈥 (her words), but she chooses to stay in this place.

Imagine you are someone who鈥檚 never been to 撸管社. You鈥檙e planning a trip for work or to visit friends in California, you鈥檝e received job offers in multiple cities and are making a decision about where to live or you simply want to learn more about this place you鈥檝e heard in the news. …

It鈥檚 fitting that Jon and Jennifer Sampson 鈥 a powerhouse couple 鈥 met in graduate school at a powerhouse in its own right, The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The duo鈥檚 energy is infectious. They are passionate and engaged members of the 撸管社 community, and we鈥檙e lucky that they land…

Over the past few years, I鈥檝e noticed a movement back to the basics, the simpler pleasures in life. This might explain the recent 鈥渉ygge鈥 obsession - a concept that鈥檚 been popular in Danish culture for decades but only recently caught on in America. When I visited Copenhagen 10 years ago and…

I recently visited my sister who lives in a small town in Pennsylvania. As my husband and I entered the downtown area, we were enchanted by the small boutiques, cafes and coffee shops. Exploring one afternoon, we spotted parking in an easy-to-access lot and enjoyed a delicious lunch of salad…

I went to the Hen鈥檚 Roost downtown farmers market recently and met a local author who wrote a darling children鈥檚 book called 鈥淪imone and Ruby Lou (How to) Make Pizza.鈥 I ate Hen鈥檚 Roost Thai fries, which might be my favorite guilty pleasure. I watched residents play pickleball in the parking…

I recently attended the Downtown Business Association鈥檚 State of the Downtown breakfast at the Marriott. I actually ran in a little late, so I missed the breakfast portion entirely. (Can I blame every time I鈥檓 tardy on the baby now?)

One recent morning, I sat at Farmacy Cafe in the Padre Hotel, while working on my laptop, and heard no fewer than four different languages spoken by guests staying over for a night or two and grabbing breakfast on their way in or out. It鈥檚 the most international experience I鈥檝e had in our Ce…

In a studio space steps above a local coffee shop, creative small business owners gathered to attend a workshop. The light-filled space felt like a temporary clubhouse for women during the two-day workshop that took place Jan. 26-27. The hosts had laid out snacks聽perfectly:聽corner-dipped cho…

鈥淭here is in the soul of a child an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed as it develops 鈥. With a spirit of sacrifice and enthusiasm we must go in search, like those who travel to foreign lands and tear up mountains in their search for hidden gold.鈥澛

Over the holidays, my husband and I spoke on multiple occasions around dinner tables with family members - mostly farmers. They spoke about downtown鈥檚 revitalization, expanding businesses, new product lines and growth industries like technology and healthcare. A common thread: their exciteme…

Shannon LaBare left her corporate job of seven years, and work that spanned the country, to focus on her community. She should have left earlier, she said, but, as a graphic designer and marketing professional, she believed the lie that her talents wouldn鈥檛 be needed here because 鈥渢here aren…

For 26.2 miles, through leafy streets, up Panorama Drive, along the parkway next to a water-filled Kern River and finally to the Cal State 撸管社 campus, runners made their way through the course of the 撸管社 Marathon last month. Around 1,800 people participated in a variety of ru…

Jenifer Pitcher was having lunch at Luigi鈥檚 with friends, and they were walking over to (what was then) Narducci鈥檚 and onto Pyrenee鈥檚 Cafe for live music.

House of Flowers, a floral shop in downtown 撸管社, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Currently putting finishing touches on a renovation of their space at 19th Street to commemorate the occasion, the owners are busier than ever.

Kids are big business in America. Marketers often target families with children because they are a large segment of the consumer economy. Raising a child could cost parents nearly a quarter of a million dollars over the life of the child.