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South Bay’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of South Bay’s gems below.

Mike Fox

The vision all started growing up in Bowling Green, KY and at the age of 18, my life has changed all from a camera. The camera opened up a new world to me. From using a borrowed Canon camera for yearbook club in high school to owning my own Nikon gear – the journey has been long and challenging but most importantly, rewarding. Read more>>

Itzel Hernandez

My story starts off with me being born and raised in a Latino community to parents who immigrated here to America back in the 90s. I was very quiet, shy, and to myself. I didn’t have much friends and I was always asked and still am asked about my race/ethnicity and where I come from. I just say I’m afrolatina and I’m not ashamed of it anymore. Read more>>

Crimson Apple

It’s always been a paradox: Los Angeles is called the City of Angels, but it’s ripe with temptation that can steal your soul. From afar, though, its promising allure always beckons to innocent dreamers, artists, and musicians unaware of its sinister vibrations. The Benson sisters grew up in a paradise in Hawaii surrounded by a loving family and community who nurtured their talents. Read more>>

Melah Deuce

I discovered my love for music after I heard Eves song “love is blind” I was so intrigued by her storytelling through music that at just 11 years old I wrote my very first song. It was so effortless to put my emotions on paper it just flowed. Eventually, I started recording my songs and then performing. Read more>>

Lynnae Maki

I never imagined falling in love with photography like I did. Drawing had always been my passion as a child. However, the moment I did my first photography project in college I was hooked. I am so thankful for my teachers who pushed me to think outside the box, and who offered me constructive criticism when they knew I could do better. Read more>>

Evie Erickson

I remember dancing around in my parents’ living room in Downey when I was about 12 or 13 years old exclaiming that I wanted to be an actress or an artist when I grew up. Naturally, I gravitated toward the later pursuit. In high school I took art as an elective but excelled in my photography classes. Read more>>

Jenna Michele

I remember being about 5 years old and my grandmother walked in on me coloring on my bedroom floor and said, “Jenna, what do you want to be when you grow up?” I responded, “A colorist!” I could feel her the judgemental gaze on my back not knowing what a colorist was so I continued with. Read more>>

Ryan Butler

Being raised in South Sacramento, California, at a young age I was known as a well-rounded peoples-person and a creative individual. From graphic design to music and entertainment I always had some sort of vision of what I wanted to do longevity-wise. Fast forward to 2012/13, I moved to L.A. Read more>>

Adam Hedman

As a designer with BFA degree from Savannah College or Art and Design and currently and Art Director in LA, I wanted an outlet to be able to create and exercise my art freely not being held back from creative constraints as most all designers can find while working for various clientele. Read more>>

Nicole Redd-McIntosh

I grew up loving sweets! My family are big sweet eaters so it was natural for me to go into Baking and Pastry! I got my Bachelors of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. I have lived and baked all over Ca from Carmel by the sea down to Palm Springs. Read more>>

Matthew C Torres

I was in a coffee shop wanting to talk to anyone about coffee. When I would try to talk to baristas they were too busy working. I would try to spark conversation with other coffee shop customers but the majority were not interested in coffee like I was or were meeting friends. Read more>>

Jacob Danhi

I got my start in the tattoo industry about five years ago. I was always interested in the process of tattoos and tattoo art ever since I got my first tattoo at 18, Without the strive to learn to tattoo. Until my long time friend and tattooer Luc Suter got me a shop helper job at Black Diamond Tattoo in Venice, CA. Going into the job with no art experience or any idea how the industry worked. Read more>>

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