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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

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

CLOVIS, Calif. — Senior Caroline Pietrzyk reached into her bag while surrounded by her coaches, family and friends and pulled out what she said were all the race stickers she’d worn since her freshman year at Malibu High School.
The were stacked one on top of the other, forming the shape of a rectangle. She then stuck the sticker she wore for her last track meet for MHS onto the others, and placed the entire collection on her chest for fun.
That moment symbolized what has been a long, successful journey for Pietrzk as Malibu High athlete.

Chris Bashaw

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

“His was a voice that had its own footnotes,” Douglas Kmiec, Our Lady of Malibu parishioner, said with a laugh that reverberated through the crowd that filled the movie theater, as his fellow parishioners and neighbors watched Kmiec on screen at the premier of “Radical Kindness: The Life of John Sheridan,” a film documenting OLM’s Mongsignor, the late John V. Sheridan. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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

Trancas Country Market announced last week that it will undergo a yearlong revitalization endeavor to add Le Village Café to accompany its repertoire of upscale tenants, dining options and new outdoor seating areas. 

RKF, the leading independent retail real estate firm in the United States, has been brought on to align Trancas with the right boutiques, designer stores and restaurants to embody Malibu’s relaxed lifestyle and reflect its cultural affinity.

Alex Vejar

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

When it comes to video in the real estate business, Malibu real estate broker Bill Kerbox has a way of thinking outside of the box.

Before the crackdown on commercial and consumer drones by the Federal Aviation Administration last year, Kerbox used their ability to gather video from unique perspectives to show potential buyers a fuller picture of their possibly soon-to-be Malibu homes.

Alex Vejar

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