Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Words/Photos by Logan Hall

Very few people can pay for a home with cash. Most need the help of a bank loan to get the roof over their head that they’ve always dreamed of. In an industry full of number crunching and confusing paperwork, it’s a good thing there’s an expert out there who can wade through the sea of regulations, getting a potential home owner exactly where they need to be. Lifetime Ojai resident Emily Wilson, Broker and President of Heritage Financial, is that expert.

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Phil’s Custom Painting

Phil’s Custom Painting

Photos/Words by Logan Hall

Felipe Estrada loves painting. Not only does he enjoy it, he does it for a living. Estrada owns and operates

Phil’s Custom Painting, putting coats of color on every-thing from doors and window frames to entire interiors and exteriors. Having lived in Ojai most of his life, he knows the town and the people like the back of his hand.

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Richard Keit & Mary Kennedy

Richard Keit & Mary Kennedy

RTK Studios
Photos/Words by Logan Hall

If you’ve ever needed custom tilework in the Ojai Valley, there’s a good chance you’ve gone to RTK Studios. There aren’t many folks who haven’t seen the ornate tiles that have made RTK a household name in the area. Whether adorning a fountain in a central court-yard or depicting a floral scene in a giant mosaic, owners Richard Keit and his wife Mary Kennedy have their footprint in just about every corner of the valley.

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Kerry Miller

Kerry Miller

Photos by Logan Hall/Words by Misty Hall

Miller does both commercial projects, like the Playhouse, as well as residential projects, and consultant work. “I am extremely fortunate to have some very diverse projects going on right now,” Miller said. Aside from the Playhouse, he’s just completed work on Canvas and Paper, a new art gallery on North Montgomery where Soul Centered once resided. “It was a total renovation of the whole property. it took 14 months. The owner had a vision, and I helped to created his vision, alongside Jane Carroll, a local Ojai designer.”

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Dávid Sipos

Dávid Sipos

Minka Woodwork

Photos/Words by Logan Hall

Dávid Sipos has a skill not many possess. He can make paper by hand. As impressive as that may sound, it’s just a byproduct of his true talent — hand planing and crafting wood pieces for structures and furniture.

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Jo O’Connell

Jo O’Connell

Australian Native Plants Nursery

Photos/Words by Misty Hall

Many of us drive by a plant paradise every single day and don’t even know it. But the Australian Native Plants Nursery has been quietly cultivating hundreds of species from Down Under in Casitas Springs since the early 1990s.

Jo O’Connell found her way to the Ojai Valley when she took a job with Taft Gardens about 30 years ago. A native Australian herself, she spent time traveling before getting a degree in horticulture from the Western Sydney University at Hawkesbury.

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