Myths vs. Facts: Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

At OC Pharmacy we are often asked questions about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). It presents a solution to hundreds of patients in our community for which manufactured synthetic hormones either don’t work or aren’t made in a dose that you may need to feel better. To help provide some guidance, below is a list […]

Blake Vartanian and the Keller Williams Team

Market experts putting “conscience first, rather than commission” A sleepy farm town with a population of 15,000 before Disneyland moved in in 1955, Anaheim’s packing houses and Orange County’s citrus groves soon gave way to waves of tourism and real estate development. In 1984, Blake Vartanian earned his California Broker license three years after receiving […]

Absolutely Fabulous. Surf City’s Most Unique Gifts & Décor Boutique

Diane Silverstein had never heard of the show “Absolutely Fabulous” when she named her aptly-titled gifts and décor boutique in central Huntington Beach. But the fun-loving, irreverent, blonde, champagne-promoting show does give a glimpse into what makes Absolutely Fabulous such a treasure. Absolutely Fabulous is not your run-of-the-mill, Hallmark-style gift shop; they are as fun […]

Orange County Housing Market: Ripe for the Picking with the John Aust Real Estate Company

In 1801, Orange County’s first real estate deal took place. The Spanish colonial government permitted Juan Pablo Grijalva, a retired Spanish soldier, to ranch the area surrounding Arroyo Santiago. The landholding stretched from the hills in Villa Park to the shores in Newport Beach, and was later expanded to include the foothills up to Riverside. […]

United American Mortgage Company

Trusted, tried and true. That’s the reason why United American Mortgage has been successful for over 20 years. Since 1993, UAMC specializes in providing mortgage-financing solutions to homeowners and homebuyers. You’re almost tired of reading about it but it’s true: the mortgage meltdown hurt more than a few and people are still trying to recover. […]

Thank Goodness, there’s Tom’s Place

by Raoul Piette Normally I expect to find restaurants like Tom’s Place located in what I call ‘”The Land of the Real Man”, business parks for guys who work up a big hunger while building things. But in the years since opening, three distinct categories of diners developed; hungry guys, health-conscious office workers, and busy families. Located off […]


Delicious dishes, an extensive – and impressive – wine selection and impeccable service defines this signature restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel The menu at this intimate, contemporary steakhouse highlights “sustainability-focused cuisine” – each grilled-to-perfection, mouthwatering steak comes from prime grass-fed, pasture-raised beef with no growth hormones or antibiotics. The organic produce used to create […]

Paris in a Cup: Tea Salon and Boutique

For this showcase, our editorial team asked Cheryl Turner, owner of Paris in a Cup, to share her personal vision and inspiration behind her immensely popular tea salon and boutique based in historic Old Town Orange … in her own words and just in time for the holidays. Visitors to my Tea Salon frequently ask […]

Spotlight On: TOP DOG *barkery*bath*boutique

The recently opened TOP DOG barkery*bath*boutique is Surf City’s own specialty pet bakery and boutique is a dog lover’s dream – featuring a bakery case filled with delicious dog treats baked fresh daily on site that would make their owner’s mouths water. Your four-legged friend will enjoy soft-baked cookies, K9 Cupcakes, and made to order […]

Villa Rosa: Memory Care with a Personal Touch

by Crystal Nay When visitors step into Villa Rosa, a memory care facility in Costa Mesa, CA, they’re met with something special—a welcoming environment, a caring staff, and a fresh-baked brownie. There aren’t many places that extend the same greeting, and Villa Rosa knows that it’s those personal touches that set it apart. “The simple […]