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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.

Katie LeCapitaine

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, the only child of a preschool teacher and a professor. Yoga found me when I was 17, and it was my first real connection to my body. The closest yoga studio, CorePower Yoga in St. Paul, MN, was about 40 miles from my home and I started going to class every morning before high school. Read more>>

Kat Monk

I always loved photography but I did not take a typical path towards the creative world of the arts. While attending CSULB, I backpacked through Europe each summer thinking I eventually wanted to work for the State Department. In reality, I started to realize my passion for photography. Read more>>

Quan Chu

Now that’s something you heard quite often so I won’t waste your time talking about how much I love it. Growing up, I always had a hobby of doodling and drawing on notebooks or textbooks or once awhile did a portrait or monsters for a friend. In school, I was very good at mathematics, chemistry. Read more>>


My story starts at the sound of my parent’s prayer bell that resounded our house walls at the crack of dawn every morning. Being raised in a Nigerian home, my parents felt very strongly about their culture and values and felt even stronger about me receiving those values. Unfortunately, I didn’t take to their values or any values for that matter. Read more>>

Madlyn Hall

I was born an old soul and blessed with artistic parents who nurtured my creative flow, encouraging me to believe in myself and take chances on my dreams. Childhood was filled with singing lessons, piano lessons, dance lessons, gymnastics, pastel art classes. Read more>>

The Lychee Boys

“The Lychee Boys” is a music group that originated in the Bay Area in 2018 and consists of five members: Vince A, Misunderstood, DJ Asthmatic, NoiseMaker87, and TMAC. We started making music in High School under a different alias, and we believe our history as good friends is what sets us apart from other musicians. Read more>>

Miguel Flores

I started out working in the field of behavior analysis about eight years ago. After I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree, I started working with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and after a few challenges and successes, I decided that this was the area for me. I initially started out as a behavior technician. Read more>>

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