Sexy is not a shape. It is an attitude.

For over a decade, Christina Villegas had a stable career as a reality television producer, working on docu-reality series for various networks.  She was a co-executive producer when a tragic incident changed her life and impacted the trajectory of her life.  This led her to establishing Flying Curves Dance Studio, empowering women through the art

Chiisai Cakes: Breaking The Mold

Robert Shindo started his culinary journey when he was 16. He was worked in a variety of restaurants, filling any and all restaurant jobs you can think of. He is currently the General Manager of two restaurants while owning his own business, Chiisai Cakes. Family is–and has always been—at the heart of his culinary interest.

This is Vegan? No, way!

Duy Nguyen, owner and baker of Baking for Twelve, is a valley boy, born and raised. It’s not surprising that 818 is his luckiest number. By day, he’s a space system’s engineer, working on exploring the final frontier but when the moon rises, he transitions all that “nerd energy (his phrase)” into baking–a passion of

The San Fernando Outdoor Market is Back!

When the CDC restrictions allowed for outdoor gatherings again, business owners Christina Bernal (owner of 1984 Vintage), Joeleen Medina (co-owner of Truman House), and Board President of the San Fernando City Chamber of Commerce, Adriana Gomez planned and organized a monthly outdoor market in historic downtown San Fernando, featuring local vendor in the San Fernando

Connections Through Teaching Tagalog

Marie Urquidi, the author of DLI Parent books, a series of Dual Language Immersion books teaching both children and parents Tagalog (Filipino). Starting this series during the pandemic, her goal was to introduce Tagalog to her children while keeping the cost of learning affordable and the time committed to learning flexible. She shares a bit

Just Unwind

When Vanessa Murphy and her business partner, Jaime Vela walked into Unwind, they immediately saw their future vision come to life and they knew they had to have it! They took over and bought the space in June 2020 from the original owners who were forced to sell as a result of the Covid shutdown.

Welcome back, Mia P. Manansala!

It’s my pleasure to welcome back Mia P. Manansala to the first Meet the (818) Interview of 2022! When we first talked to this Chicago-based writer, it was the debut of her first published cozy mystery, Arsenic and Adobo. Today, we’re chatting about the release of her second book in the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Series,

Tia Chucha’s Finds A New Home

Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore finds a new home on Glenoaks and Hubbard in the Sylmar Towne Center, just a couple of miles away from their former location.  With a location three times bigger than the original, they can house more books and have more space for their various programs from workshops to music

Holidays In The San Fernando Valley: Yolanda Lights in Reseda

Outside, the arches of lights look like any other light display but when you step inside those tunnels, that’s when the magic happens. Walking through these tunnels, the night sky becomes a beautiful backdrop to the incandescent light of the tunnels. It turns your walk around the block extra special. This family winter holiday display

Holidays in the San Fernando Valley: Lights On Display in Sherman Oaks

After a two-year hiatus, DJ Jingles and the gang is back to spread some holiday cheer! Mike Ziemkowski, long time Sherman Oaks resident and Emmy award winning video editor, is the creative genius behind this amazing light display on Longview Valley Road. Originally from a small town in Saint John, Indiana, his childhood was filled

Meet Hector Perez-Roman, Host and Executive Producer of Valley Views

In today’s Meet The 818 Interview, Hector Perez-Roman, host and Executive Producer of Valley Views, talks about community building, connecting with others, and spreading positivity through highlighting other’s stories. Valley Views focuses on stories of people, organizations, businesses and social movements with a positive impact on the San Fernando Valley & beyond—through deep and fun

Behind the Business: Flooky’s

Breakfast burritos all day, every day is one of the best things about this iconic establishment. That and having the same commitment to serving quality hotdogs for almost 60 years. Of course, we’re talking about the one and only Flooky’s in Woodland Hills. Located in a strip mall on Victory and Variel, this family owned


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