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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.

Sacha Granger

Born and raised in Southern Louisiana, I was heavily influenced culinarily by my grandparents Helen and Normie Johnson. I baked birthday and wedding cakes in college as a way to earn extra money during my studies. When I moved to California, I worked in various industries and placed my baking on the back burner while I pursued my career. Read more>>

Maya Michelle

Thinking back to when I was a child, I always believed I was going to be a “star”. I just didn’t quite know how I was going to get there. As a result of being extremely interested in the latest fashion trends, I was the girl always dressing fly at school and religiously taking pictures of myself. My mother would call me “vain” but I now realize this was the confidence I needed growing up. Read more>>

Cindy Chau

It is innate within me to feel deeply. I realized that feeling strongly about issues don’t mean anything unless there’s action. I took my passion and curiosity for mental health and human behavior to grad school to become a licensed psychotherapist. From there, the journey has led to private practice. Read more>>

Michael Williams

Well, the name Sanguine Knight symbolizes the experience I had with religion. The Sanguine Knight is a lost character, who is devout, loyal, and faithful, yet lacks a cause. So essentially the knight wanders the Earth looking for a purpose in a foreign world that has no use for knights. I came up with the name while writing my second album (called Sanguine Knight), and liked the name so much that I ended up making it into the project (and eventually band) name. Read more>>

Pawan Poungjinda

I am originally from Thailand. I was born and raised in Bangkok where I spent the majority of my childhood. As it is very cliche to say, I have always been interested in art. My mother was my biggest influence as a child. She was very supportive of my creative side, and she still is to this day. Read more>>

Tiffany Heard

I started my educational journey at Cal State Long Beach and went on to Howard University where I received my Masters in Social Work. As a social worker, I have been able to work with the following populations: children, elderly and families and areas such as mental health, displaced populations, and maternal health. Read more>>

Evelyn Ginossi

Ten years ago, I was living a super different life. I was a business transactional attorney during a real tough time in the economy. Billable hours were scarce, I was struggling to keep my condo, and it was one of those things where everyone told me I was “lucky to have a job” but it didn’t feel that way. Read more>>

Jasmine Montoya

As I sit here coaching a client, soaking up the California sun, I have a moment of reflection. Seven years ago, my world was so different then it is today. I was living in NYC as an accomplished Fashion Producer for a top beauty brand. At the time, I was married, and we were starting a family of our own. Read more>>

Maria Schafer

I’m originally from Canada, but spent my childhood in Pryor, Oklahoma and then have been in southern California since high school. I grew up in a small town and wanted to go into medicine, but would very shyly oblige people around town and perform here and there as a kid too. Read more>>

Aimee Sones and Joe Cariati

The Los Angeles Glass Center was founded in the spring of 2019 and opened its doors to the public in June. Joe Cariati established his 4,500 sf production glassblowing studio in 2011, in the Smokey Hollow neighborhood of El Segundo and occasionally hosted public events with 141 Penn Studios. Read more>>

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