August 27, 1998 |
Donna Moore hopes you have it made in the shade--her shade, that is. The sea of bright yellow umbrellas dotting Ventura's beach-scape is her doing, and the splash of color is definitely turning heads. Moore's Yellow Umbrella Co. is the latest venture to hit the beach. She's banking on the idea that some beach-goers don't want to lug all that gear--umbrella, chairs, towels, snacks, drinks--across the sand and would prefer to have their place in the sun ready and waiting.
August 25, 1998 |
Unlike most science laboratories, Kathleen Simpson's Oxnard operation has a loaded spice rack that would make Wolfgang Puck proud. And unlike most kitchens, the facility can brag of microbiology testing equipment within arm's reach of the chopping counter. Rather than being the result of an odd shopping spree, the products and machinery are the tools of the trade at Simpson's Standard Quality ImprovementsFood Technology Lab.
December 30, 1997 |
Rick O'Bryant and his wife, Jan, have traveled to Cancun, Jamaica, Hawaii and Australia. They have taken in the sights and sounds of these places. They have visited the beaches, tasted the cuisine. And perhaps most important, they have studied the in-room guest guides at the hotels. After all, guest guides represent a good portion of their lives.
December 24, 1997 |
Chris Morley and her husband planned for three years, but nothing prepared them for the upheaval that arrived with the birth of their daughter in 1986. "I was completely unraveled," said Chris, 41. "I had an avalanche of questions, but there was nobody to help." In times past, relatives and friends usually helped new mothers with cooking, cleaning and child-care advice. But with society more mobile and families living farther apart, many new mothers today have little such support.
August 19, 1997 |
Monty Lunde and Rock Hall, former Disney special-effects technicians, ran their company for a decade in an awkward string of three buildings in Burbank. When they decided to consolidate the operation in a Valencia industrial park, they met with city officials to sell them on the rewards of bringing a new employer to town. When they needed quick approvals and permits, Lunde says, they realized just how much those personal relationships helped. * We moved to Valencia in late 1993.
July 22, 1997 |
The owner of Designer Pools West of Simi Valley has constructed and remodeled pools in Ventura County since 1987. Over that time, he has seen demand rise and plummet. With the economy now on the upswing, Mead said, so, too, is his business. But he doesn't expect to see sales climb to previous highs any time soon. "We're up probably 20% in volume over last year--I'd have to say that's the general economic climate," said Mead, whose company has built about 25 pools this year.