September 16, 2014

Business Spotlight: Animal Clinic of Topanga—Caring for Canyon Pets for 20 Years

 “Spotlight on Business” is a monthly acknowledgment of an outstanding Topanga Chamber of Commerce business that is selected and voted on by the membership and appears in both the print edition of the Topanga Messenger and the Business Section online. Holly Scoren, DVM, has the calm of a medical professional and an all-business, no-nonsense attitude. That’s why her response to the question, “What’s your favorite par… [Read More...]

Message from Topanga Chamber of Commerce

 One of the great benefits of membership in the Topanga Chamber of Commerce is the enjoyable and informative networking opportunities available during both our monthly breakfast and evening mixers where you meet other local business people providing valuable services and collaborative working relationships. The breakfast mixers are held at the Inn of the Seventh Ray on the first Wednesday morning of the month, 8 to 9:30 a.m. On the last Wednesday of th… [Read More...]

“455 Topanga 2015” Business Directory Deadline, November 1

 The deadline to submit your business, service, art, craft or organization listing for the 2015 edition of the Topanga Messenger’s “455 Topanga” business directory is just around the corner, November 1. The print edition of this popular directory is published every two years and mailed to every address in Topanga. Advertisers’ listings or ads also appear in the “455 Directory” online at This valuable resource contains the name… [Read More...]

News Feature: “Avoiding Financial Disaster,” September 24

 Join me on September 24 at 6 p.m. at the Topanga Library for my presentation on “Avoiding Financial Disaster.” Many households run into financial disaster as a result of factors that are preventable. Learn how to control the financial activities in your household, how to set realistic financial goals, know what your cash position is at all times and learn how to communicate about your finances to your spouse, your bank and your creditors. Do you ha… [Read More...]

Business Profile: Canyon Car Service

 Jenise Blanc was born and lived in New York City most of her life. After many trips between the two coasts, she has called Topanga her home since 1993. What keeps Jenise busy now is her main business, Canyon Car Service, which she owns with her husband, Randy Chance. It is a boutique limo service that has a Transportation Charter Party (TCP) number and is commercially licensed. When you call Canyon Car Service, you get a private driver who will give y… [Read More...]

Business Profile: Oak Creek Ranch Topanga—A Tranquil Event Space

 Oak Creek Ranch (OCR) is nestled in the serene Santa Monica Mountains and reveals a beautiful space surrounded by oak trees, creeks, mountainous views overlooking Summit Valley. OCR offers a community art studio, layout for film and photo shoots, back drop for spiritual workshops, charity events and a private vacation rental. Our vacation rental is perfect for a romantic getaway and is located next to a well-known hiking trail along Summit to Summit. … [Read More...]

Business Profile: Design Like It Matters—Marketing and Web Design

 Design Like it Matters (DLIM), a boutique marketing and web design firm, aims to improve the community it serves through socially responsible design and successful marketing techniques. Owner Bonnie Morgan, a longtime Topanga resident and avid technophile, has developed a hands-on and personal “whole business strategic analysis” for small businesses. Her first work with a client is to uncover what they dream to be and reveal what they believe they ar… [Read More...]

Business Profile: Porchia’s W.I.S.H.—Holistic Wellness Retreats

 Are you a high level executive who now feels anxious or dread at work? Does your heart race or stomach feel upset during the day? Do you get irritated easily with your colleagues and family? Do you self-medicate with drugs or alcohol? Individuals in high-level performance positions generally excel under pressure. However, corporate burnout and work stress symptoms are associated with chronic stress and could be warning signs that something worse is bre… [Read More...]

Online Business Section Boosts Local Businesses

 The Topanga Messenger Business Section, sponsored by the Topanga Chamber of Commerce, is the way to keep track of Topanga's thriving business community. In this section readers will find business profiles of local merchants, services and artists and anyone who does business in and with Topanga, as well as news items of interest and information on the latest Chamber events and accomplishments. This month check out the Chamber's first Business Sp… [Read More...]