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Kristina Krich Photography
2011-D S. El Camino Real
San Clemente native Kristina Krich says her new women-centric photography business gives her the flexibility to help raise her young son. But, she said, it also provides an important service to empower women.
“Any woman can be transformed to look like they’re on the cover of a magazine,” Krich said. “We really bring out the best of them.”
Krich previously worked as an administrator, but said the birth of her son helped “push me in a little bit more creative direction. He’s a big inspiration.” Krich was involved in photography for 20 years before starting the business.
Krich said sessions included help from professional hair and makeup artists, in order to complete the “transformation” for three to five different looks.
“It’s a real pamper session for women,” she said.
Krich also offers a similar service for brides-to-be, which she calls “Glam the Gown.”
“It’s a more relaxed way to get beautiful portraits of themselves in their dress,” she said. Krich added it’s a good way for a bride to remove at least one of the stresses of the big day. The service has been featured on bridal website, www.bridalhotlist.com.
Krich also puts together printed photographs, as opposed to just giving clients a disk, which could be easily lost or discarded.
“They can have a photograph of how they dream to be photographed, and it’s something they’ll have for generations.”
Sessions are done by appointment only.
Barnoa Wine Bar
831 Via Suerte, Suite 106
Alexandre Ponot knew San Clemente from working in the surfing business for years, but it was a business lunch in Talega two years ago that convinced him to change his life.
At the time, Ponot owned a business that became one of the largest suppliers of stand-up paddleboards to Europe. Most of his suppliers were in San Clemente, where he’d been traveling while working with Billabong and Oxbow.
“I got to know a lot of people and meet a lot of people,” Ponot said. “Two years ago I was here for a business lunch at Sundried Tomato. I looked at the complex, and liked it.”
Two years later, Ponot has sold his distribution and come to the United States, along with his partner, Anne-Sophie Derre to open Barnoa Wine Bar. The two hail from Biarritz, a city he described as “the French San Clemente” located on the Bay of Biscay. Ponot said the business offers something new to the Talega area.
“It’s much more common to see these sorts of places in France,” Ponot said. “You see it everywhere, that sort of bistro/wine bar, whatever you want to call it. It looks like it will be a good fit for Talega.”
Ponot said in the businesses’ first three weeks, he’s already hosted good crowds on the weekends and the latter part of the week. The bar is also open until 1 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on Saturday, which is the latest of any establishment in Talega.
Derre said she’d been looking to make a move from her town and came along because she loved the idea.
“I’d never been to San Clemente before, or even been to the U.S. before. Everything was completely new, but I liked the idea of bringing something that’s such a big part of French culture,” she said.
Approximately 45 percent of the wines in the bar are French, with another 45 percent being domestic. The remainder come from all over the world. French wines are featured as part of the bar’s happy hours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with domestic wines featured Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Sunday, the bar offers half-off on selected bottles.
“They’re the best grades from the best areas,” Ponot said. “And we also try to give the best deal.”
Ponot said in addition to providing a haven for oenophiles, cheeses and meats are served, and he is working on adding desserts, quiches and other simple food items of high quality. The bar is also looking to host a regular French Basque tapas brunch.
114 Avenida Del Mar Unit #1
Erba owner Lisa Rodarti said she’s happy her store’s 11 years in business has helped provide her with a way to help assist others in the fight against breast cancer. As a survivor herself, Rodarti said the business has helped provide her with the ability to raise funds for research.
But, she said, it’s also given her the opportunity to come to better know her customers and employees.
“They’ve been very loyal, and many have become my friends,” Rodarti said. “It’s nice to be able to service people you’re friends with.”
Rodarti said Erba would be holding an anniversary sale at the end of the month, with details to be announced closer to the date.