When I was younger, my Mom loved to read me the book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” The plot essentially revolves around an ever-growing list of to-do’s that had to be accomplished, all set into motion by the simple act of giving a mouse a cookie. This tale came back to me recently when I purchased a new television at Best Buy.
What was a simple shopping trip ended up being an adult’s version of that circular tale. If you give a grownup a television, they’ll have to measure their wall. When they measure the wall, they’ll realize they may actually have room for a bigger television. When they buy the bigger television, they’ll find out they have no idea how to mount it to the wall. When they start mounting it to the wall, they’ll see that the power outlets are all in the wrong places. When they realize the outlets need to be moved, they’ll call an electrician. (This could go on forever.)
Luckily for clients who have been on the receiving end of ReelTime’s patient, intelligent, and personalized service, the rabbit hole of home automation doesn’t have to swallow you entirely. With the help of their independent certified Control4 dealer, it’s easy to update your home without upending your entire life. After all, the true luxury of an integrated entertainment system is really dependent on its ability to deliver seamless entertainment. By placing every control at your fingertips, the team at ReelTime helps homeowners manage everything from how brightly lit your family room is, to your streaming devices - all with a single remote. And best yet? You can control your whole home from the comfort of your couch- even seeing who is at the front door, without ever leaving your seat. Simple, clean, and uncluttered.
And on the home entertainment front … when you started planning for your ultimate home theater set-up and sound system, could you find the right media cabinetry for your particular space – cabinetry that wouldn’t catch on fire from the heat of the equipment, or that would simply look good in the room? Did you understand half of what the televisions, receivers and other devices could do, and did you have anyone to hold your hand to make sure you weren’t overspending for what you wanted?
We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.
Big box retailers, the professed champions of value, are happy to sell you any home theater and sound equipment you think you might like, and send you off to figure it out at home. That’s what they do. And that’s all they do.
If you want the home theater system that you envision, seek the services of Skip Myers and his team of experienced professionals at ReelTime to take you from start to finish for the home theater or sound system of your dreams.
“Usually there is a part of the job that you find you just can’t do by yourself,” says Skip, who has overseen the design and installation of thousands of home theater and sound systems over the course of 40-plus years in the business. “You get your brand new television home, you’re so excited, then you realize you need to move an outlet or none of the cabinets you can find will fit your space. We’re here to make sure you get the equipment that will give you what you want and the system that will work with that equipment, without leaving you to fend for yourself.”
Skip opened the doors at ReelTime in 1983. Today, the technicians and designers that Skip assigns to clients are all ReelTime employees, knowledgeable in all home theater and sound technologies. First, they work closely with you to determine what you’re looking for. Then they custom design every aspect of the project, from wiring to custom-built cabinets, frames, or built-in wall designs. Finally, licensed, in-house contractors install your entertainment system with care and precision.
There are a couple of things that people may not think about when they embark upon the road to their own home entertainment system.
“You need to think about your home theater goals,” says Skip. “You don’t have to do everything at once – you can do it bit by bit – but if you know where you’re going, you’ll save money and when it’s all said and done, you’ll have exactly what you want and what you will actually use. We’re here to help you determine your goals.”
Skip is also an advocate for getting what you’ll use, which is part of the design and planning process.
Connect with Skip Myers and ReelTime by calling (949) 240-0555, stop by their beautiful new showroom at 26381 Via De Anza in San Juan Capistrano or visit www.reeltimeav.com
By the time my friend’s grandmother passed away at 92, she had fallen six times. Two of those falls resulted in broken bones - once, her hip. Horrifying, to find oneself in that position. Tripped up by your walker or the corner of a rug. Often, a wet bathroom or kitchen floor.
She was in a home for five out of the six falls, and still, it took some time to respond, get her stabilized, diagnosed, and fully re- covered. Falls, my friend and herfamily quickly learned, are the leading cause of injury related deaths in Americans aged 65 and older. She didn’t end up passing because of a slip up directly, but her bones certainly didn’t give her a pass either, in those last days.
Home Safety Advisor’s President Dave Riggle has a similar story, as do so many around the country. His mother passed from a fall in her bathroom, and was the direct impetus for his business beginnings. “None of us five kids had any idea she struggled, or we would have fixed it immediately. I have skin in this game - I don’t want anyone else to suffer like my mother did.” While other home improvement companies may include walk-in tubs as a part of their overall offerings, safe bathrooms are the entire focus and area of specialization for Dave and his team of professionals. So much so that Dave personally interviewed over 400 seniors about the difficulties they were experiencing in order to provide the best possible product to meet their needs.
While the business formally began in Indiana, the team at Home Safety Advisors expanded their operation into the Southern California market a year ago and are thrilled to have met with such a positive response and feedback to their scope of services. Many clients come to them via word-of-mouth. And it’s not hard to see why. Installing something that could literally mean the difference between serious injury or not is no small feat. And something that Dave’s team takes extremely seriously. All of their walk-in tubs and showers are made in the U.S.A., come with a lifetime warranty, are great for health and easy to clean. But perhaps a lesser known perk is the luxurious spa experience available in the privacy of your home.
“Their (occupational therapists) confidence in referring us speaks volumes about our capability and their trust in us,” says Dave. “This is rarely done in our industry, and certainly not by any big company.” The showers and baths are crafted right here in California, providing clients a spa-like experience with a side door. Once inside, just relax. Ergonomic faucets, a hand shower, and marine grade fiberglass combine to make your bathing experience relaxing, instead of stressful.
While most steps into a walk-in shower or bath are still 6-9” tall, Home Safety Advisors boast just a 2” threshold, low enough to greatly decrease - if not eliminate - your chances of spilling over the edge accidentally. Offering bench seats, grab bars, and shower wands, Dave can even customize the threshold or seat to fit the client specifically.
As Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS), Dave and his team understand the unique needs of older adults and will do everything they can to provide their clients and their families with a sense of confidence and safety in their own home. “We don’t want any slip ups: from the initial consultation to our single-day installation; we’re here to walk you through the unique experience of finding solutions to carry out your aging-in-place modifications.”
I was talking to one of my mom friends the other day about a recent stay our family had at San Diego’s Bahia Resort Hotel (bahiahotel.com). She’s Portuguese, and for a minute, thought I said “baía”. We laughed about it later, noting that the translation from the word ‘bay’ made a lot of sense, inadvertently or not, seeing as the hotel is positioned on a sparkling stretch of private beach in San Diego’s Mission Bay. We were looking for a quick escape with the kids, and with the resort only an hour hour drive from Orange County, it was easily accessible and amenity rich - a perfect prescription for the current times.
Guests enjoy easy access to the beach with rooms and suites literally steps away from the sand. All accommodations feature relaxing views of either Mission Bay or the property’s lush private gardens and ground floor accommodations come with a private patio. The resort’s suites offer not only more space with separate bedroom and separate living room area, but some also include a kitchen with stove/oven, microwave, mini-fridge and sink for a convenient dining option during your stay.
For our part, we opted for a little of both - stocking the mini-fridge with drinks and munchies to keep the kids hydrated and nourished between activities and stepping out to dine al fresco on the spacious patio at Cafe Bahia. Only the freshest ingredients, locally sourced, make the menu. Including all of the traditional breakfast favorites and delectable dishes of ecletic American fare for lunch or dinner. Our family are particularly eclectic eaters: My husband, Tim, is a strictly meat-and-potatoes man; I love all things seafood; our son loves burgers and fries and our daughter still prefers classic kids’ favorites like Mac n’ Cheese and chicken tenders. The menu here offered something for everyone. The New York Strip Steak was griled to perfection and arrived with a side of garlic and parmesan fries, grilled asparagus and chimichurri sauce, the Ahi poke was delicious paired with wasabi cream, house wontons, fresno chiles, cucumber, avocado and seaweed salad.
San Diego is one of Southern California’s most activity-full cities itself, and the Bahia certainly takes advantage. The gorgeous year-round weather lends itself to tennis, taking a dip in their Olympic swimming pool, lounging in a cabana on the private beach, stand up paddleboarding, afternoon bike rides, boat rentals for a scenic spin around the bay or simply using the resort as a jumping off point for any one of the city’s numerous activities: from family-friendly Legoland to the world famous Wild Animal Park. Tucked away in its own peninsula on the Bay, the resort is a tropical vacation without the plane ride to get there.
Right on property, San Diego’s premier land and water sports rental company - Action Sport Rentals (actionsportrentals.com) - endeavors to meet the needs of all aquatic enthusiasts - for active options, rent a single or tandem kayak, stand up paddleboard, pedal board rental or body board rental. If you prefer a leisurely watercraft, Action Sport Rentals offers sailboats, fishing boats or pontoon rentals. For those who have a need for speed, guests can rent jet skis or a powerboat. We spent the entire day outdoors - starting with a spin around the bay aboard a 19’ Rinker. The powerboat we chose is a fast, fun craft that’s also a super comfortable ride for up to seven passengers - while boaters stay within the bay, our experience alternated between a leisurely cruise in the channels and an exhilarating ride at speeds topping 40 mph. We worked off lunch with a bike ride around Mission Bay and ended the day curled up on the patio’s lounge chairs to enjoy the picturesque marina views.
Home to all of California’s iconic palms, amazing annuals, and even a rescue seal and duck pond (our kids raced to watch the twice-daily feeding of the harbor seals), you don’t have to step far away from your room to stroll the sand at sunset or sip a your favorite drink du jour from Tangier Bar’s delicious list of offerings. No wonder TripAdvisor named it a Best Value Hotel. Don’t believe me? Take your own trip to the bay.
Bahia Resort Hotel
998 W. Mission Bay Drive
As we look ahead to our retirement years, my husband has long touted the importance of creating passive revenue streams - in short, it’s money that requires almost no effort to earn, and moreso, even less effort to maintain.
Which is why when friends and family who have the space in their back or side yard ask him for advice, he will invariably steer them to consider the idea of building an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on their property.
Haven’t heard of ADUs? They’re the most innovative and frankly, affordable, option to add housing and create additional income for homeowners right here in already crowded SoCal. By using land that you already own, you can create a passive income.
Accessory Dwelling Units are a specialty of Point Design, Inc., a structural engineering and construction firm that has been helping homeowners maximize their home and land’s value since 2013. Providing efficient, valuable additions and new construction with an emphasis on aesthetics and budgetary restrictions isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s one thing Company Founder Jay Hosseinzadeh and his team of professionals do exceedingly well. They will design and build an ADU (rental unit, office, granny unit, casita) on your lot that you can then rent out. What’s that worth? Well, let’s do the math: the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Orange County and Los Angeles is $1,800.
If you were to spend $150,000 to build a 600 s.f., one bedroom ADU and collect $1,800 per month rent, it would take about 7.5 years to recoup the cost. Not bad! If you were going to finance an ADU, it will take longer to recoup the cost of your investment (please consult your loan broker).
With a background in structural engineering and construction for over thirty years, Jay has been the engineer of record for a large number of commercial, retail, hospitality, institutional, industrial and residential buildings and government projects throughout California and across the nation.
“Everything I’ve learned since my early days at California State University, Los Angeles adds up to responsible, tailored, communicative solutions,” he says. “No two markets are the same, be it retail or residential, and so we strive to do more with less, building open and honest relationships along the way with our clients.”
Point Design’s mission is pretty simple, and all points lead to adding value to their building projects. Being client-centered means they communicate to and remain with their customer the entire length of the project, from design, to development, to scheduling, to project completion.
Though ADUs have been called by many names; granny flats, in-law units, cottages; Jay’s expertise lies in developing cost-effective, structurally sound, earthquake resistant designs which don’t require additional land, major infrastructure, extra parking spots, or elevators. Keep your family close, let your parents age in place comfortably, or rent it out: however you slice it, Point Design Inc. is here to help. Regardless of whether your goal is to share space independently from others or increase your monthly revenue, ADUs will maximize your property’s value.
Point Design, Inc.
Consulting | Engineering | Construction Services
4700 Von Karman Ave., Suite 105
Newport Beach, CA 92660 • (949) 250-0522
CA Contractor Lic. 986535
CA Structural Engineer Lic. S 3761
Recently, I, much like many Americans headed into their mid-50’s, realized that it was going to take much more than a brisk walk or a high intensity interval gym session to hold onto the muscle mass I’d worked so hard to attain, then maintain over the years. Also like many Americans, I spent too much time and money attempting to uncover the one magical combination of spinach salads, green smoothies, and exercise that would help me achieve that increasingly elusive goal.
Adults who don’t add a weight regimen into their weekly workout routine lose an average of a half pound of lean muscle each year after the age of 25. Women and men in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond who are striving to stay strong, avoid eventual falls, and keep up their energy levels sometimes need a little extra help. That's where LeAnne Fuller and The Perfect Workout comes in.
More than 20 years in practice, The Perfect Workout is LeAnne’s long-time purpose come to fruition.
“After taking pilates and yoga through my 30’s, I started the certification process to train them both," she says. "Going through the certification process led to some important realizations about my trajectory in life, and where I wanted to end up. Not one option included working just to work, or simply to bring home a paycheck. I needed to help people: to help them get healthy.”
Sometimes, slow is fast, and the road LeAnne was on led her straight to The Perfect Workout’s doorstep a week later. Taking a step from training to running studios was simple, and from there to hiring trainers and leading certifications a no brainer. “My capacity to educate grew and grew, and thrilled me as I saw clients get stronger with every class. Folks started avoiding falls, having more energy to play with their children and grandchildren. It has been unbelievably satisfying.”
From Facility Manager of Redondo Beach to Regional Manager of Dallas, Houston, LA, SF, Orange County and San Diego, LeAnne has seen a broad range of clients, and an even more amazing spectrum of results. Specializing in 1-1 personal training, The Perfect Workout takes participants through slow motion strength training, engaging more muscle fibers than a typical workout. Reducing momentum provides a bigger challenge in a smaller time frame: so you can get the results you want in two 20-minute workouts a week instead of hours in the gym day after day. “Each exercise is performed by lifting weights for approximately 10 seconds and lowering the weight for another 10 seconds. You reach ideal intensity quickly- and then move on!”
Practicing safe, efficient movement allows LeAnne to guarantee you’ll be stronger in 6 weeks. Built for men and women who don’t want a traditional gym experience, or have never worked out but want to be healthy and strong, The Perfect Workout is, well, the perfect workout.
The Perfect Workout
My husband and I have a soft spot in our hearts for Irish Pubs. When we were on our honeymoon, we stumbled upon one in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, tucked in next to a crumbling wall from the Roman age. We discovered that it, like so many other pubs we’d frequented during our courtship, boasted the same cozy, calm, family-friendly atmosphere we felt familiar in, and loved. European Premier Soccer on every screen, delicious pints on well-worn taps, and a decent, warm meal.
David Woodnutt discovered he wanted to replicate those features in his hometown of San Juan Capistrano not long after he retired from British Airways. A Captain flying long haul around the world on a B747 Jumbo Fleet, he found there wasn’t an open door in the area that served up some solid fish and chips with a dose of “Craic” (fun) on the side.
“I owned a house in the Pier Bowl, and thought I’d try my hand at the business,” he says. “There was nowhere for an expat to hang his hat on any given weeknight, so Paddy’s Station was born.” Housed in the historic Capistrano Depot, Paddy’s includes seating in a cozy 1927 Pullman rail car.
Featuring live music six days a week, and a full menu that boasts “Irish pub grub” - cottage pie, Irish stew, and the best bangers and mash around, Paddy’s is definitely your new local community hub. Irish and hip-hop dance classes, Irish-themed films featured in the carriage areas and a dog-friendly outside deck round out David’s vision for keeping the family spirit deeply engrained in his pub.
“I must have been mad to get involved,” he grins wryly, “but our heart is to let local folk have fun and enjoy a night out.”
26701 Verdugo St, Ste. B
San Juan Capistrano
Myriad opinions about even one of the social or global events that have taken place so far. But what hasn’t changed is the calendar year, and as this one goes, we are rapidly approaching the holiday season.
October already, somehow, and as everyone gears up for whatever the last two and a half months of the year might bring, there’s really only one place that should make your must-go destination list: the Laguna Niguel Promenade. An expansive retail center in the heart of Laguna Niguel, the promenade brings together a hit list of services and dealers to brighten up any weekend or make checking off your early holiday shopping easy. Even this year. Start by letting Seabreeze Cleaners launder your garment worries away with their state of the art dry cleaning technology. Lost a pound or two with all the stress of the last few months? Let Owner/Operator Andrew Jung alter that favorite pair of pants while you head on over to Elements Massage for an hour or two of self-care. Offering Gift Certificate stocking stuffers, owners Michael and Jamie O’Keefe are gearing up for November and December with a stunning buy one get one half-off deal. Stroll down through the promenade’s red roofed arcades for a bite at Avilas El Ranchito, named “Best Mexican Restaurant” by the Orange County Register’s 2020 Readers. Lovingly established in 2006 by a third-generation Avila family member, there isn’t a better place for making family memories or grabbing some delicious chips, guacamole, and a margarita. Taste the family heritage with original recipes from Mama Avila, a nod to her ancestors in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Feeling savory instead of salty? Swing through Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, and host a family feast over slow cooked meats and delectable sides. Whatever your individual needs might be this holiday season, the hospitable crew over at Dickey’s has the perfect solution. A heat & eat complete feast, or simply some a la carte holiday meats and sides to round out your time-honored family favorites. New this year to the lineup is Dickey’s ready-to-eat Holiday Big Yellow Box, available for pickup or delivery to keep you rolling.
New to the center is Billups Insurance Services, bringing Allstate agent William Billups and his impeccable ability to find the best solution for his client’s lifestyle and budget. Joining a robust community allows him to build local relationships, and offer the best variety of coverage and services one could ask for. “Laguna Niguel residents are discerning about their home, car(s), and financial futures. I’m ready to review your coverage or speak with you about the necessary adjustments to fit your changing needs.”
Haircuts, cell phone repair, tanning, and dental services are all within reach at Laguna Niguel’s one-stop destination. Great Clips offers online appointment booking, putting customer’s safety at a priority during these uncertain times. And The Art of Hair boasts a newly remodeled space that rivals the most modern studios. Both having taken advantage of the unfortunate Covid-19 restrictions, the salons, like many other businesses out there have come back stronger than ever, and decidedly ready to help you look your best heading into 2021. Rockstar Tan, founded in Orange County, has expanded from its very first location in Cypress. Offering the premier experience tanning in the area leaves nothing to the imagination, from the tanning equipment itself to the radiant glow you’ll see. Give the gift of membership and your loved one can tan at any one of the three locations in the county.
In a rush? Drop your phone off curbside, or mail it into CPR: Cell Phone Repair, Laguna Niguel. Bring your dead phone back to life just in time for recording all the best holiday moments with the stellar team of industry experts on call. Why let a broken phone, tablet, or laptop bring you down? Free estimates get you on your way quickly, and if there simply isn’t any life left, the experts will get you set up with a used and freshly refurbished cell. Frame some of those holiday photos with Art + Frame Warehouse, where two decades of service bring to life some of the family’s best work. Offering shadow boxes, frame repairs, custom mirrors, glass replacement and more, there isn’t much you can’t accomplish, especially with expert design consulting and pick up and delivery services all over Orange County.
Get the festivities started with OC Sparkle, the county’s largest retailer of party dresses, now open by appointment. Ready to fulfill all of your special occasion demands, you can find nearly any designer at the highest quality. Dresses for Prom, Homecoming, Cocktail or Evening events and weddings: no event is out of reach. Pair up with Planet Beauty for the perfect holiday gift, or simply to upgrade your self-care experience. Gifts for men and women, and more beauty tools than you could dream of round out their expansive list of offerings.
Need some practical assistance at your new home school? Sylvan Learning hasn’t stopped giving the most in-depth personalized tutoring, test prep, and homework help to those stuck at home in front of yet another Zoom call. Certified teachers take the lead, and give every satisfied student a leg up in the confusion of this past school year. Whatever feels right for your family, Sylvan is open online and in-person to accommodate the full range of schooling needs. Use that open tablet or smartphone to book your next appointment at the Laguna Niguel Dental Group, and keep your pearly whites smiling into the new year. With new teledentistry appointments now available, you can talk to a dentist from the comfort of your own home, and take care of any nagging questions keeping you up at night. After all, who needs more to worry about this year?
Laguna Niguel Promenade
27891 La Paz Road
Travel for our family has always been an exciting opportunity to explore both far-flung destinations and closer-to-home hidden gems. During these unprecedented times defined by shelter-in-place and safer-at-home, we - like many families - pressed pause on several planned summer vacations and weekend getaways to destinations farther than an easy driving distance. For Southern Californians, the beaches are open, and the weather is bright and warm well into the fall and few places are as idyllic as Coronado Island to while away a couple of days in the surf and sand.
Just over the bridge from San Diego, Coronado is a small, quaint, tree-lined retreat characterized by beautiful, rarely crowded white sand beaches, a rich, romantic history and laid-back, small town atmosphere. Although locals refer to it as “the island,” Coronado is really a peninsula connected to the mainland by a finger of land called the Silver Strand. With wide leafy streets lined with Victorian homes and Southern California beach bungalows, the island is small enough to walk almost anywhere (it’s only a mile from the San Diego Bay side of the peninsula to the Pacific Ocean). Once we parked upon arrival for a recent stay at the lovely Glorietta Bay Inn, we discovered that Coronado truly is a “car-optional” environment and were able to easily navigate the relatively flat paths on foot and by bicycle.
We chose the Glorietta Bay Inn (www.gloriettabayinn.com), a beautiful boutique hotel and historic landmark famous for its grandeur architecture, as “home base.” The former private residence of sugar baron John D. Spreckels, the hotel (which features 11 historic mansion rooms in the main original building circa 1908 and 89 contemporary rooms and suites in structures added to the property in later years) is situated across the street from Coronado Beach and a short walking distance from an array of retail shops and restaurants.
Defined by an artful blend of Old World charm and contemporary coastal comfort, the Inn features a scenic outdoor verandah, a storied music room complete with a baby grand piano and a sun warmed lobby that once served as the grand foyer to Spreckels’ home.
Each of the historic mansion rooms are uniquely styled: the Sugar Baron Room, originally the private bedroom of Mrs. Spreckels, features king-bedded room with a large balcony and a spectacular view of Glorietta Bay; the Spreckels Suite the private bedroom of John D. Spreckels, this beautiful room has a living room area with a convenient kitchenette, and a separate bedroom with a king size bed. French doors off the living room open up to a spacious balcony with an equally gorgeous view of Glorietta Bay. Amenities for all accommodations include the complimentary use of beach chairs, towels, and sand toys for Coronado Beach.
As our family discovered on similar sojourns to “the island,” it doesn’t take much planning to have a perfect day in Coronado. We had brought our bicycles and started off along Coronado Beach - a picturesque stretch of sand and surf that stretches for over a mile along Ocean Boulevard in front of historic and glamorous houses. Voted in the top 10 beaches in the USA by the Travel Channel, this long and wide beach is great for walks, runs, beach volleyball or sandcastle building. If you bring along a furry friend, there is a leash-free dog zone at the far end of the beach where pups chase each other in the waves.
Fans of author L. Frank Baum’s iconic classic “The Wizard of Oz” will enjoy pedaling past the quaint yellow Cape Cod-style home (located right across from Star Park) that he rented during his stays and the place where he penned three of the books in the Oz series.
We spent the better part of an afternoon tooling around town, along the Bayshore Bikeway, past Glorietta Bay and the Coronado Golf Course and under the Coronado Bridge (if you continue following the well-marked bike path, you’ll end up at the Coronado Ferry Landing, where a ten-minute ride would bring you to downtown San Diego.) After our bike ride, we strolled Orange Avenue, a beautiful commercial boulevard that curves back to the Glorietta Bay Inn, and stopped in Bay Books where staff members leave heartfelt handwritten recommendations under their favorite reads and stumbled upon MooTime Creamery - where locals and tourists alike were lined up for what they all (accurately) claimed was “the best handcrafted ice cream and hand-rolled cones” in town.
We kept the “enjoy the outdoors” theme going through the end of the day, spending the afternoon and early evening playing in the waves and soaking up the sun on Coronado Beach. The kids spent the entire trip outside and active - and much to their parent’s pleasure, off their respective electronic devices. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed kicking back on the balcony with a glass of wine each evening and even managed to finish a couple of books we’d been wanting to get to for weeks (you’d think we would have found the time at home, but it seems as though there’s been no shortage of home improvement projects to focus on).
Our weekend away in Coronado was just what we all needed - a change of scenery and experience - at a destination fast becoming one of our favorites. Given its ideal location central to literally everything, its unparalleled amenity and service and laid-back charm, the Glorietta Bay Inn will undoubtedly be our family’s first choice for future visits.
Glorietta Bay Inn is the ideal location for an Orange County Staycation. For our readers, use code ORANGE at www.gloriettabayinn.com for an Exclusive Staycation Offer with discounted room rate and free parking until January 31, 2021. With extra hygiene measures in place for the safety of guests and staff and flexible cancellation up to the day before arrival, feel confident in booking.
Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Boulevard
Things change. It’s inevitable. But some things simply evolve from good to great. Better to best. It can be hard to find a business that weathers change in such a way, especially through recessions, divestments, and change in leadership. California Silk Plant Company is just such a business. Founded in the mid 1980’s, it has since seen a few different storefronts. Settled now in its present location on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel, the business profits from its membership in the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce, especially through the recent upheaval from COVID-19 and its fallout. But from the very beginning, its emphasis has been on providing topline quality: both in their product offerings and their customer service. After all, as Co-owner Mattie Seiwert says, “only happy customers come back.”
California Silk Plant Co. offers only the finest, most natural and lifelike artificial replica trees, botanicals, floral arrangements and unique accessories for the most elegant and admired upscale home and commercial interiors. An unmatched design team offers creative design assistance or customized products as needed for stunning results in virtually every design concept imaginable - from Coastal Living, Tropical, Asian or Desert Living to Contemporary/Urban, Mediterranean/Spanish and more. And the company also works closely with designers and their clients.
But beyond the physical product however, is the intangible and invaluable aspect to California Silk’s continued success over the years: customer connection.
“Our people have been with the company since the beginning, or close to it, and are true artisans,” says Mattie. “Known for their creativity, they do everything from residential and office renovations to major showroom displays for suppliers throughout the world.”
Mattie and her husband Joe aren’t strangers to hard work. After corporate careers (Mattie in Aerospace Facilities Management and Joe in the Chemical and Environmental Control industries), they sought to find a new endeavor that would capitalize on Mattie’s degree in Fine Arts and Interior Design coupled with Joe’s engineering background and Midwestern work ethic. Both proved invaluable when the pair landed at the crux of plant-based landscaping and design.
“We didn’t want to just retire and sit in front of the television all day,” says Joe. “A smaller, niche market was the ticket, and when the opportunity came along in 2005 to acquire ownership of California Silk Plant Co. from its original (and very successful!) founders, we jumped at it.”
On a personal level, owning and operating California Silk Plant Co. is both an escape and an opportunity. “Unique days and the opportunity to create in a family atmosphere” as a couple are among the ways in which the Seiwerts keep the work interesting. So it isn’t a surprise that the fun and creativity haven’t stopped in the last fifteen years. Needless to say, knowing that their orchids, palms, fiddle-leaf figs and other trees, succulents, and more bring everyday happiness to their clients also helps drive their success. It’s no small feat to “bring the beauty of nature inside”: and Mattie and Joe are up to the challenge. After all, everything they’ve done up till now has led them to make your home, office, and commercial interiors as stylish and elegant as you’ve always wanted.
27781-B La Paz Road | Laguna Niguel
(949) 643-6798 | www.CaliforniaSilkPlants.com
Time is interesting. If I were to outline, for example, that it has been 40 years since 1980, you might balk in shock at the number. 40 years? Already? Yet, if I were to tell you that the local business you’re looking at to reupholster your boat, or provide some custom drapings for your window treatments has been around for over 23 years, you’d probably feel pretty secure. Somewhere between those two reactions, lies Jeddy’s Interiors.
Gerald “Jeddy” Moskowitz and his family, having been in business for the last 40 years, 23 of those spent in Dana Point, knows both feelings well. Amazement at having been a fixture in the drapery and upholstery world so long, and security, knowing that their family-run, multigenerational business serves their customers unbelievably well.
After moving from the East Coast, Jeddy and his wife Marilyn settled in Palm Springs with their two young daughters. Quite the transition, and not one made lightly. They opened a small business, built off the back of Jeddy’s long apprenticeship with a fantastic draper back in Connecticut. Expanding to offer flooring and carpeting, as well as draping and custom upholstery, the family has been serving homes and business for four decades. Two of them, most recently in one of the most gorgeous, idyllic California coastal towns you can find, saw an expansion to yachts and boats all kinds. Perking up the appearance as well as the overall functionality of any room the family touches, it was a natural transition to move from Palm Springs to Dana Point, and expand their business oceanside.
“My love of boating might have played into the decision as well, “ says Jeddy. “Having owned a boat for 30 years, my love of the activity naturally carried over to my client’s boats.”
Designing the boat in the first place is an incredible labor of love - and requires an inordinate amount of skilled craftsmanship. Jeddy and his associates boast an unmatched attention to detail: one that comes only from their upholsters, drapers, and technicians longevity in the business.
“Most of our employees have been with us for over 15 years,” he says. “Since our main objective is just making the customer happy, making them look at their flooring or draping design with pride, no job is too big or too small.”
Repairs, design jobs - from beginning to end, all of Jeddy’s associates are experts at what they do. Knowing every type of upholstery and having the skill set to build custom furniture ensures each project receives the utmost care and precision.
“We’ll take the proper time for whatever job you hand us: whatever it takes to ensure we’re around for another 40 years.”
34118 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 2