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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.

Nicole George

I’ve been in this industry for 10 years, but my philosophy remains the same – we’re all about creating experiences, listening to love stories, and providing the experience to pull it all together… most importantly, we believe in creating rad celebrations with a side of wedding (yes, you read that correctly)! Read more>>

Michelle LaRue

I knew I was passionate about storytelling through acting at a very young age. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I started working professionally at age nine, but my path changed drastically several years later when my family moved across the country to Scottsdale, Arizona – a city that could not offer the entertainment opportunities that Chicago had. Read more>>

Jessica Lynn Walker

I loved cars before I loved photography. I needed to figure out a way to do something automotive related when it came time to decide what I would do for a living. My dad started teaching me photography on his Pentax K1000 at a fairly young age, and I actually started listening to those lessons when I was about 12 or 13 years old. Read more>>


I make hip hop beats using a laptop, an Akai MPD18 beatpad, and an Alesis VX49 Keyboard. I make beats because in my opinion, there’s no better feeling than hearing a really crazy beat for the first time. I don’t know if it’s a feeling that happens for everybody, but for me, it’s like I’m in heaven or something. Read more>>

Skipp Whitman

For the past couple of years, I have gotten super into the visual aspect of my art and have released over 30 music videos in the past couple of years. Just released a bossa nova rap ep called ‘elevator music,’ with my Jeremy Page (who, ironically had worked with an offshoot studio from the one my Dad started years and years ago). Planning another project with him this year, as well as a steady stream of short and long-form videos. Read more>>

Luke Johnson

Along the way, I learned the ins and outs of record production and engineering, and have recorded most of my friends’ bands at my home studio, Gadget Pelt Laboratory. I’m also in a Peruvian pop band, a folk band, a Britpop tribute band, an electro-rock duo, a secret identity band and I have a solo project in the works. Read more>>

Reginald Thimes

My inspiration comes from me. I personally love to put my ideas together and see the outcome, without much thought into it, at this point in my life, it’s almost spontaneous. From known manga/anime to real people, to my own characters from my head, I just love to continuously create. Read more>>

Patrick M. Hotra

After the new walls were erected around me, I took on the task of building all twenty of the kitchen cabinets, relying on a class I had taken and several well-written books. Although I often felt that I had taken on too much, the discipline I had developed produced three walls of beautiful Cherry cabinets. Read more>>

Liz Erban

My story has a really cliché beginning. I always loved taking photos of people, plants, anything that I could point a camera at. From childhood to adulthood, I went from disposable cameras to pink point-and-shoot cameras to my first DSLR to eventually purchasing industry-standard full frames! Read more>>

Eo Jin Lim

I never have never thought of becoming an artist. I grew up in Korea and my major was computer science. I worked for a gaming company called Nexon and worked for the audit department. As you can tell the work I was doing was very far from creative work like what I am currently doing. Read more>>

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