• Entrepreneur Series: Davion Tran from Paderia Bakehouse

    First off, let me tell you that I love baked goods! So a year ago when someone asked if I’d be interested in crafting a media release about a brand new bakery in town, I was all over it. I was dying to try out their malasadas and ensaymadas, the latter which has a special place in my heart being a Filipino confection. Turns out, I knew one of the founders, Davion Tran, through our close-knit Orange County social media circles. But wait, wasn’t he a personal trainer? This made the store even more intriguing. A month before Paderia Bakehouse’s opening, the buzz was already building and Instagram foodies all…

  • Entrepreneur Series: Jeff Seery of Illuminate Face and Body Bar

    In a small shopping center in Newport Beach, near a Gelson’s grocery and a Nekter Juice Bar, I attended the opening of Illuminate Face and Body Bar. Illuminate is a luxury med spa that combines medical services and wellness rituals that help clients feel beautiful from the indie and out. Oh look… a kombucha bar.  And crystals! This already felt different from other med spas I’d visited.  As I wandered through the treatment rooms, I saw the latest med spa technology and was greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. There were many people at the opening, so I was fortunate to actually meet Founder and Co-owner Jeff Seery. He…

  • Entrepreneur’s Life Beyond Coffeeshops

    “I’ve spent a lot of time in coffee shops…” – quoting myself in My Life in Coffeeshops- An Entrepreneur’s Journey, originally posted on LinkedIn. — Much time has passed since I last wrote, and since I last worked at a coffee shop. After leaving my job, I ventured out on my own, with a handful of social media marketing and PR clients. It felt good to have my own clients but I also struggled with making sure I had enough work to make up for the relief provided by a steady paycheck. When you are on your own, the struggle is real and you have to hustle. One of the…