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A common adage says it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s not far-fetched to think the same for a small business – a small village, or a close-knit town such as Malibu, may be exactly what it takes to get a small business off the ground.

That’s at least the experience of Ann Ryan, a Malibu resident of nearly 20 years, who, with her daughter Beth Levine, started what is now Beachy Cream Organic Ice Cream.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident, former mayor, wildlife photographer and conservationist Larry Wan is in search of a legend — and he’s heading for Cuba to find it.

Alex Vejar

Malibu resident Mark Jason looked out onto 100 acres of raw land just southeast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was his newest business venture with his longtime friend and Mexican national Manuel. The only question: what to do with it.

“The first thing we bought was a chipper — we really transformed it into some beautiful farmland,” Jason said. “It was more than that, though. We wanted it to be a way to help people around there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

It’s the farm where various restaurants throughout the city with 27 miles of scenic beauty source their salad greens.

Sowing, planting and harvesting by paying age-old attention to the movements of celestial bodies relative to the movement of Earth, the farmers at One Gun Ranch in Malibu strive to achieve an entirely holistic approach to farming in the hills of Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

With less than a month until Christmas and only a couple weeks until Hanukkah, the holiday shopping season is upon us. For those looking to give local gifts this holiday season, Malibu Surfside News is here to help.

Below are 70 great gift ideas in no particular order from Malibu businesses that are fit for just about anyone on your list. Happy shopping!

1. Zuma Organics Herb Tins

Chris Bashaw

Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cheroo!

Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke’s 90th birthday lands on Sunday, Dec. 13, and will be celebrated with a trip to Disneyland open to his neighbors in Malibu.

The chartered bus trip leaves the Malibu Playhouse for Disneyland at 9 a.m., and will leave Disneyland at 10:30 p.m. after the fireworks show. The cost to attend is $140 per person, and includes bus and Disneyland entrance fees.

Alex Vejar

Malibu will welcome another restaurant along Pacific Coast Highway, Tavern 1 American Grill, in early June.

The restaurant — which focuses on “real southern barbecue cuisine,” chef and owner Marco Gonzalez said — will be the sister location to Gonzalez’s barbecue joint in Agoura Hills, Tavern 101.

“There’s no barbecue out in Malibu,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll be the only ones. So we’re hoping to fill a need out there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Ryan Sawtelle has not served in the Army, the Navy or the Air Force, yet his outreach has impacted many fallen comrades.

For Sawtelle, founder and executive director of White Heart Foundation, his contribution can be seen in one somber yet massive showing on Sept. 11. Such was the case this past Sunday, Sept. 11, when Sawtelle and roughly 1,000 others rumbled along Pacific Coast Highway in the Ride to the Flags IX Motorcycle Charity Ride.

Lauren Finkler

The former Godmother of Malibu Catering Company in the Malibu Racquet Club officially reopened on Monday, March 9, with a new name — West Kitchen and Catering — and a new executive chef and owner, Wes Whitehead.
Whitehead — an Agoura Hills native who used to visit Godmother’s as a child — acquired the restaurant from longtime Malibu resident and business owner Dolores Rivellino in January, and has since executed a few changes to the establishment, along with a brand-new menu.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu High School baseball coaches Ari Jacobs and Phil Johnson served a one-game suspension on Thursday, April 23, amid an administrative investigation into incidents that allegedly occurred during a spring break tournament in San Diego. The team has also be prohibited from attending overnight tournaments for the next two years.

Chris Bashaw

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