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John Post, Photographer

John Post Bio Photo - Sep 2008John Post is a world-renowned photographer and anyone that has spent any time in the South Bay is familiar with his iconic images of the area.

His family moved to the South Bay in 1961 and while he is prone to extended travels, he always returns to the beaches he introduced to the world with his camera.

John sold his photographs for 16 years in front of Beach Market before opening his gallery in Manhattan Beach. He recently relocated to a new space just across the street from the old gallery. (Read More)

Artist Richard Stephens of Cannery Row Studios

Artist Richard Stephens launched Cannery Row Studios in Redondo Beach over 20 years ago as home, refuge and springboard for local artists.

While many businesses have struggled to keep their doors open, Stephens and his in-house artists have managed to thrive in spite of the economic downturn and inevitable fluctuations in the South Bay art scene.

Born in Stockton, Stephens was raised in the South Bay and while he has no official address and refuses to divulge exactly where he lives, he visibly hasn’t strayed far.

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Carolyn Bennett, Proprietor, Good Stuff Restaurants

If you look up the definition of superwoman in the dictionary, don’t be surprised to find a picture of Carolyn Bennett. Bennett and her husband Cris are the proprietors of the South Bay’s iconic Good Stuff Restaurants. Bennett has worked at Good Stuff since she was fourteen years old. The district manager for fifteen years, she recently hired a replacement during her last pregnancy. Evidently, managing a chain of successful restaurants and raising six children doesn’t keep her busy enough. In her spare time, Bennett makes a point to get involved with charitable endeavors throughout the South Bay.(Read More)

Tim Ritter, Race Chairman, Hennessey’s Paddleboard Race Series

Tim RitterFifth generation native son Tim Ritter runs one of the oldest contractor businesses in the South Bay. Ritter & Son Painting was founded by his grandfather and has been in operation since 1938. When he’s not out painting the town, Ritter is the Race Chairman of Hennessey’s Paddleboard Race Series. Ritter and Paul Hennessey brought the series to the South Bay 16 years ago and while it’s a favorite with locals, it has become one of the premier events of the paddling world with Hennessey’s Taverns as title sponsor for the U.S. and World Championships.(Read More)

Legendary Waterman Pioneer Bob Meistrel

Bill and Bob MeistrelLong time South Bay resident and businessman Bob Meistrel is a renowned waterman pioneer. A devoted swimmer, surfer, boater and diver, Meistrel has spent a lifetime in and on the water and successfully turned his passion for water sports into a thriving business. Meistrel and his brother Bill are credited with inventing the modern wetsuit and in 1953 they founded the hugely successful Body Glove water sports brand. The family business, Dive n’ Surf in Redondo Beach, is the recognized outfitter of choice for all water related activities.
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Redondo Beach City Councilman Steve Aspel

Redondo Beach Councilman Steve AspelLife-long South Bay resident Steve Aspel is the District 1 Council Member for the City of Redondo Beach and serves as Vice Chair for the Redondo Beach Redevelopment Agency. Aspel was a Rotary Club Past President, former Planning Commissioner and the 2004 Redondo Beach Man of the Year. A respected local business owner, Aspel recently celebrated his 35th year with Farmer’s Insurance Company. A vocal and active member of the community, he was the driving force behind a much needed renovation of the Esplanade, Redondo’s signature stretch of Pacific coastline. (Read More)

Restaurantuer and Hotelier Michael Zislis

Restaurantuer and Hotelier Michael ZislisSouth Bay native Michael Zislis has been brewing beer since he was thirteen years old and has successfully turned his fascination with it into a flourishing collection of breweries and restaurants located throughout the South Bay. From Rock & Brew in El Segundo to Mucho Ultima Mexicana and Brewco in Manhattan Beach, Zislis has a winning formula. His latest venture, The Strand House, at the site of the former Beaches on Manhattan Beach Blvd., is scheduled to open this summer. The lounge and fine dining establishment will feature New American Cuisine by chef Neal Fraser.(Read More)

Nick Arquette, Founder – Walk with Sally

Nick & Megan ArquetteLong time South Bay resident Nick Arquette has first-hand experience caring for a loved one in their time of need. Unsatisfied with the quality of in-home care available, Arquette and his partner formed Adia, an in-home, non-medical, assisted living service. Adia is based in Torrance and offers a wide range of custom tailored services for those choosing to live at home independently. Passionate regarding matters concerning quality of life, Arquette founded Walk With Sally, a non-profit organization which provides mentoring to children whose lives have been touched by cancer. (Read More)

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