From Rags To Riches

Have you ever seen a shack so beaten down it looks like God himself dropped an anvil on it?

Secondary question: Have you ever seen that shack turned into a cottage so freaking charming it would give Fixer Upper a run for its money?

Well I have. And let me tell you, it was one of the most incredible things I’ve witnessed in my entire life.

Contractor Jim Teller works for an amazing remodelling company. Jim has an incredibly high reputation for bathroom and kitchen renovation throughout the greater Orange County Area. And let me tell you, this reputation is well-earned.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim as his team put the finishing touches on his newest project in Laguna Beach. The project was an utter masterpiece, and it looked nothing like the original photographs.

“This is the original building. These were taken around four months ago,” he mentioned off-handedly, handing me the pictures while surveying his builders. Calling it a “structure” was flattering to say the least; the flooring was so decrepit you could barely find one square foot of uncracked linoleum. The wallpaper was peeling on all edges, not to mention covered in stripes and roses (ahh, the 70s).

So “makeover” could not do justice to the piece of art before me. Similar in size and overall structure, Jim had taken the frame of monstrosity and transformed it into pure beachside beauty. The old tile was replaced by vinyl beechwood, blending well with the neutral tones of the cabinetry. Sleek white paint replaced the zig-zag garden wallpaper that had previously terrorized the area, calming the overall feel of the entire kitchen space.

The bathroom remodel almost outdid the kitchen’s, for he almost tripled its previous size. The dark granite of the countertop complemented the modern-style sink basin, giving a clean look to the vanity area. The shower was made of the same dark granite, walled with glass in place of a curtain rod.

The most impressive part, in my opinion, was how he managed to get so much light into a room plated with dark, sun-absorbing colors. A short, wide window stretched from one side of the bathroom to the other, high enough to provide both privacy and openness to the space. Instead of a loud fan mechanism, Jim installed a rod to the window so you can easily adjust how much steam escapes the room. The color of the walls matched the light feeling of the kitchen, allowing any unabsorbed light to properly illuminate every corner of the bathroom.

Although the master bedroom, living room, and entryway also brought tears to my eyes, I can never get enough of a good kitchen and/or bathroom remodel. It’s not easy to bring so many aspects of a room together to form a cohesive theme, especially from room to room. But this is why any sort of house flipping or renovating requires just as much book knowledge as left brain creativity. And given his latest work, I can confidently say that Jim Teller is one of the best artistic rennovators of his time.

If you’d like to find out about work like Jim’s check out:

Inspired Remodels, Inc.

Lake Forest, CA

(949) 716-1938

Beautifully Built Homes

Do you remember when you were younger and you would dream about building your “dream” home? (Pun intended)

You had every room perfectly laid out in your mind, every amenity accounted for, even that secret room hidden behind a bookcase door (we know, we all wanted that).

Then life got real. You realized that your perfect home is probably out of reach. No secret rooms hidden behind bookcases, no indoor pools, no super fancy kitchen.

Well, we want to invite you to start dreaming again!

As you know, here at CannGrow we feature some of the hottest, growing businesses in Southern California and today we have the pleasure of highlighting Sailhouse Custom Home Builders of Newport Beach.

Sailhouse is a premier real estate and development firm that does amazing work in and around Orange County. You can find them highly ranked on Houzz and today we want to give you a little tour of what they have done.

Buckle up and get ready to start dreaming again!

First up is an amazing open concept. You can see just how open they made this living room connecting it directly to the patio. It is an amazing place to host summer parties in beautiful southern California. And then in the “colder” winters, you can close up the patio and still get amazing natural light into the house.

Next, I want to highlight this incredible opening to a patio. I absolutely love the brick walls and then how the opening seamlessly connects the interior to the exterior. Imaging sitting on that porch and watching the sunset over the Pacific. Beautiful.

Okay, now here is one of my favorites, look at this amazing rooftop patio. I would absolutely love to have something like this at my house. Notice the fire place to the right. Imagine spending summer nights up here, gazing at the stars next to a cozy fire. This is the stuff dreams are made of.

Alright, I’ve got two more for you. This first one is simple, as it is just a door, but look how beautiful this. First, the coloring is superb. Then, the way door has the window in the top half and can open make it incredibly inviting. Most doors tend to keep people out, while this one screams “openness” and “friends are welcome.”

And we have now made it to our last one. This is another patio (clearly you can see what I would have in my dream house). This time we are in the backyard. The couches that surround the fire pit make for a great place to host and relax and I adore the large glass windows and doors that make it feel like you are connected to the inside of the house as well. This is one of the great perks to living in a place like Orange County where the weather is favorable for most of the year.

Well, I hope that this helped you to start dreaming again about your “dream” home! And as you can see, if you need someone to help you build yours, I would highly recommend that you check out Sailhouse. Southern California is proud to have them here and if you would like to contact them you can find them here:

Sailhouse Custom Homes

170 Newport Center Dr Suite 220, Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 281-6044

The Booming Electric Car’s Impact on Electricians

“So, Darrell, how did you get into this business,” I inquired. I was writing a piece on small local businesses for our school newspaper and interviewing Darrell, a local electrician and the owner of an electrical company.

“Well, when all of my friends said, “Go to college,” I knew they were wrong. It wasn’t for me. Now, 10 years later, it’s 2018 and I’m glad I didn’t. While they are all scratching for pennies at the local café and diner I’m doing something I truly love with the electric company. Yeah, they may all have a liberal arts and science degree or something but I understood the trade businesses were where it was going to be at,” Darrell replied.

“That’s great, so would you say the expansion of the electric car business has impacted your sales in a positive way?” I inquired.

“Oh jeez, yes of course,” Darrell replied.

“Actually, I have a great story for you,” Darrell took a breath and then he smiled, “It was a nice summer day and I set out to a house call. I walked up the drive of this beautiful, new suburban house. I mean this place had a pool around back and must have been three stories! I rang the doorbell and this girl answered.  

I smiled and said, “Hi ma’am I’m here from Darrell’s Electrical, I’m Darrell, I received a call to come by today and install your new state of the art electric car charger.” You see, I knew this girl but couldn’t remember her name or how I knew her.

She said her name was Cindy and that we had gone to high school together. So, of course, I was very embarrassed. The name didn’t help me at all and it most certainly didn’t help that she remembered me. Also, she was gorgeous! I just couldn’t believe I didn’t remember her.  So, I said something like, “Cindy, yeah! I’m sorry, so where was that garage of yours?”

She showed me the garage and I set off to install the new charger. I had thought that whatever this girls husband did he must be really talented to afford a house like this. I’ve been in a lot of houses but this was by far one of the nicest and it didn’t hurt that they had a six-car garage filled with the nicest electric cars money can buy.

About two hours later I was wrapping up the installation when Cindy entered the garage and asked me how it was going.

I said, “Oh hey, it’s going good I’m almost all done here. Actually, is your husband going to be home soon? I usually like to get paid before I leave when I make house calls. Just so I don’t have to go through any sort of collection process. I hope that’s not rude.”

Then she asked me point blank if I remembered her and I thought, “oh crap! What should I do?” I decided honesty was the best policy, and said, “I should, I know, but I don’t. I may be the best electrician in town, but I’ve never been great with names. I am truly sorry Cindy.”

She laughed and turned and walked into the kitchen. She hollered at me to follow her and she’d write me a check since she didn’t have a husband.

I said something like, “Oh jeez I’m so sorry, the guy who called to set up the appointment, I just assumed…” Then she told me that was her assistant. I was so embarrassed I grabbed my check and split.

It bothered me the whole car ride home but finally, it hit me, this girl who spent all her time in the robotics lab and got into MIT was named Cindy but she had braces back then. Then I thought I remembered hearing something about her. So, I pulled out my phone and searched the name on the check, Cindy Thornton,” Darrell concluded.

I cut him off, “No way! Cindy Thornton?! The inventor of the electric car!

“The one and only,” Darrell said.

“Wow. Cindy Thornton. Well thanks for the story, I can definitely use this,” I replied.

“Of course, it has been my pleasure,” Darrell replied.

“Oh, before I go, where did you say she lived again?” I asked. That would be quite the interview.

“Not a chance,” Darrell replied shaking his head.

“Darn, it was worth a shot!” I smiled.

“Last question, where can people find if they need some electrical work done?”

The Tradesman Electrician
31441 Santa Margarita Pkwy Suite A336
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Passionate Immigration Attorneys – Where Families Come First

If you’re new here, each week we highlight one business that is doing great work in Southern California and that is growing at an incredibly fast rate. We dive into what the business does, what factors are contributing to its growth, and what the business can do to continue on its current trajectory.

This week we are featuring K Nair Law Group.

What does K Nair Law Group do?

K Nair Law is run by Kiran Nair and has over twelve years of experience focusing on Immigration Law. They are located in Orange County, specifically in San Juan Capistrano. Their work includes assisting individuals and families on visas, green cards, citizenship, deportations, and employment immigration services. If you are in Orange County and need an immigration attorney, K Nair Law Group is the first group you should call.

What factors contribute to K Nair Law’s growth?

After analyzing the business it became clear to me why K Nair Law was experiencing such fantastic growth.

To start, Karin is fantastic at her job. She is personable, compassionate, and knowledgeable. She takes the time to hear and get to know her clients and it is easy to see she has a passion for the work she is doing. For any business to truly grow, they need to be providing a fantastic service or product and Karin does exactly this.

Secondly, for a business to grow, there needs to be a high demand for its services or products. K Nair Law also fits well into this category. Clearly, with the current political climate of our country, immigration has been thrust into the spotlight, highlighting the need for support, clear guidelines and legislation on how our country handles this topic. Caring passionate people like Karin are essential to working through all the issues and road bumps in immigration.

But just how big of a market is immigration?

In California alone, where Karin is based, there are more than 10 million immigrants. Right in her home state are more potential clients than she could ever deal with in a lifetime.

In fact, K Nair Law has been doing so well that they are opening up a new office to meet all of the demand.

And I want to highlight one other point. When immigration comes up, most people tend to default to thinking about illegal immigration, but that only accounts for about 25% of immigrants in California. This means that there are around 7.5 million legal immigrants in just California and at some points they may need assistance with green cards, visas, and other immigration services.

It is easy to see why K Nair Law is doing so well. When you have talented, passionate staff and a high demand for the services they offer, you have a winning combination.

What can K Nair Law do to continue their growth?

I have a couple thoughts as to how K Nair Law can continue their growth.

First, given that the demand for immigration services doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, they shouldn’t have an issue on that front.

In order to continue their growth they will need to hire and train the right people who can join with Karin and work with the same passion, care, and knowledge that she has.

And lastly, once they have their staffing in place to take on more clients, they can look at increasing their social media advertising to build brand awareness in immigrant communities.


I had a fantastic time reviewing K Nair Law. Their work is inspired and impactful and I am looking forward to what they will do in the future!

Redefining Office Furniture Accessibility

As millennials are slowly saturating the work force, they are changing the landscape of what the office might look like. Instead of starting companies that quickly open big offices full of fancy furniture and big screens, thanks Silicon Valley, many of this next generation in the work force are seeing that brand new furniture in a big office is a significant investment that can potentially set back a growing business financially. So how have millennials redefined the work space? Co-working spaces and the re-usability office furniture.

What is a co-working space? Well some smart millennial came up with a solution to a problem. The problem, purchasing or paying rent on an office as a start up business is almost impossible. How do you make it cheaper? Instead of renting a whole office, you get to rent a small space in an office where other people can work as well. The environment is for working professionals who don’t find the value of a big office. As the world gets smaller and smaller with inter connectivity, people can work virtually anywhere that has an internet connection. Funny enough, many of these office spaces are filled with used office furniture which is a wonderful bridge to the second part of this entry.

New office furniture is expensive. Most of the time, as long as you don’t buy from a shady establishment, that furniture is built to last. Office furniture almost always outlasts the business that bought it. So where does it all go? Luckily, liquidation sales have become a thing. Through various office furniture companies, you can get access to incredible stocks of used office furniture that’s in fantastic shape. Whether you are looking for something for your home office, or you are a small operation moving into your first office, you should look into used office furniture in Orange County.  If you do a little research like we did, you’ll notice something. There are a few office furniture businesses that have a solid online reputation but one seems to stick out. If you are looking for a partner that will help you fulfill your businesses furniture needs from design to delivery, then look no further! These guys are growing fast and supplying all of Southern California with some of the best new and used furniture that money can buy. And you can buy without tanking your business. Don’t believe us? Check them out!

Lucky for you, they have an awesome showroom you can visit to see what you are buying in person instead of relying on a catalog designed to make all the furniture look as good as possible.

Whether you are creating the next shared office space that’s even more affordable than whats out there, opening your own office, or redefining the office landscape all together, used office furniture seems to be the smart way to go.

Until next time, our search continues for a fast growing business worth mentioning. Maybe they will need some new office furniture. Good thing we know of a business that can help.

Alternative Medicine That Works

If you’ve been a reader for a while you know the drill, but for those that are new or need a little refresher, here’s the deal: Each week I highlight an amazing local business that I think you should know about. I have some strict criteria that I stick to so that you can be assured that these businesses are legit. Every business I highlight has to show year-over-year growth, and they have to be doing things the right way-nothing shady here. They also need to have excellent reviews on Yelp as customer service is key. I only let my readers know about the absolute best businesses that this great county has to offer.

This week I want to highlight a place that excels in helping you to be as healthy as possible.

Gone are the days of only having one option for healthcare. The traditional doctor’s office, where you schedule an appointment, go and sit in the waiting room for an hour and then are finally seen by the doctor’s assistant, and prescribed a general drug to try and make you feel better. I’m ready for a new experience, and I think you are too.

I want to introduce you to SOHMA Integrative Health Center. They provide holistic health care that is focused on the patient, combining Western and Eastern medical care while avoiding surgery and drugs. Often times a healthier diet, therapeutic massage, and non-invasive therapies like chiropractic care and Tai Chi can cure the aches and pains you are having.

I came across SOHMA because I was having some back issues and was looking for a chiropractor in Long Beach. You know you’re getting older when your back tightens up as you are getting out of bed in the morning! I went on Yelp and came across these guys. They have fantastic reviews!

I decided that I would give them a try and I was not disappointed. I showed up and was greeted by a friendly staff. They were ready right away for me. I didn’t even get a chance to sit down in the waiting room before they called me back. Daniel did fantastic work on my back; the next morning I woke up and felt like a new man. He also educated me on the different services SOHMA offers and mentioned that I might want to look into acupuncture.

Now, I’m typically not into Eastern medicine, but when I got home I decided I might give it a try. My back hadn’t felt so good in a long time, I thought I would at least try was Daniel suggested. I pulled out my computer and searched for acupuncture in Long Beach. Well, low and behold guess what came up. It was SOHMA’s Yelp page again. I gave Daniel a call back and told him I’d like to give acupuncture a shot. I scheduled another appointment and had a second wonderful experience. I was greeted again by the same friendly staff, they even remembered my name! I had another short wait time and I was pleasantly surprised by the acupuncture treatment. Truthfully I was a little nervous going into it, but the staff explained everything so clearly that I felt comfortable trying something so different for me.

Well, it’s safe to say that I give SOHMA Integrative Health Center a glowing review. They had amazing service and are one of my new favorite growing businesses in Orange County.

A Growing Exterminator Fighting the Growing Swarm

We here in Southern California have all heard of them before. The big bad termite. They are potentially around every corner, behind every wall, and or under your house. Like earthquakes, many Californians have come to accept the presence of these little critters as something you have to deal with while living here. Unfortunately, many people’s level of acceptance leads them down a path of neglect and general disregard for the ramifications of letting a possible termite infestation go untreated. Termites can swarm quickly and devour much of the infrastructure of your house long before you even consider picking up the phone and calling. Did you know that there are actually 3 kinds of termites in California? Check this info our from

“Sometimes there will be no sign the home
is infested. Termite infestations can go
undetected for years, hidden behind walls,
floor coverings or insulation. Termite feeding
and damage can even progress undetected
in wood that is exposed because the outer
surface is usually left intact.
If you think you have termites, usually it
is advisable to hire a professional pest
control company to carry out the inspection
and control program. Before making an
appointment, make sure the company is
registered and in good standing by
calling the Structural Pest Control Board.”

Luckily for the people reading this post, we only report on businesses in good standing with the respective agencies in their fields. This business is located in Garden Grove but serves all of Orange County. They are a fast growing business because they decided to take a different approach to the termite extermination business. They are a natural termite exterminator? What does that mean exactly? They use natural methods and chemicals to rid houses and businesses of the termite scourge! It turns out that a lot of people in Southern California don’t like the idea of deadly poison in the their home regardless of the pest. These guys came up with a remedy. They are Natural Science Exterminating the natural termite extermination company. They are fighting the good fight to keep the swarms from devouring all our homes! Okay yes its not that dramatic but it is still serious. Millions of dollars of damage is done to California homes every year because these termites swarm and people who think they may have an issue wait too long until they call to get an exterminator to investigate. Don’t hesitate to call an exterminator to come out for an inspection! Many of them offer a free one including out boys mentioned above.

Want to know where to find them or how they are reviewed? Sure! Check it out:

These guys are the real deal and growing fast. Give them a try! Use their all natural stuff to see the results for yourself. Others have, myself included and so far no one has been disappointed. Until the next post, keep supporting the local business around you that deserve it. Keep the American dream alive!

Divorce is Common – This Business Is Making It Easier To Deal With

The rate of divorce just keeps climbing and no one seems to have remedy to slow it down, or for how to make divorce less catastrophic. When a couple gets divorced, it is the splitting of assets, children, money, and general emotional connections that have been established over years. It makes sense that the default outcome is some explosion of all things in all directions when one or both people in a marriage file for divorce. You would think they would make it as easy as splitting everything down the middle so that there can’t be any arguing or debate over who gets what. I suppose you can’t actually split children so that debate would always be there but luckily children can split their time so long as the each parent is okay with sharing. Unfortunately for most people, divorce is a lot messier than splitting things down the middle. With emotions fractured and tensions high, a lot of soon to split couples are out to get each other to make them pay for the hardship they are enduring. This has inevitably led to attorneys becoming essential pieces to a divorce. Attorneys can be very expensive and there is typically an attorney for each person! Divorce attorneys can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars just to ensure that each person gets what they are owed. Why? Why have we continued to pay these astronomical fees especially in a place like Southern California where divorce rates are extremely high compared to the rest of the US? One can only assume the reason these expensive divorce attorneys are still being used is because its the only way to protect yourself from your spouse and to make sure you get what you want out of the divorce. Fortunately, someone has finally taken an idea and made it into an extremely lucrative business that helps couples dealing with divorce get through the process easier, cheaper, and generally happier. Have you ever heard of divorce mediation? Well if you haven’t, you should do your research. The fees are considerably less and everyone wins in the end! The best that can be done here to aid you in your search would be to start you off with what we think is considered the best in the field of divorce mediators. Check out McNamee Mediations!

She is a licensed lawyer that decided to take on the divorce process from a different perspective. She wanted to help both parties to get what they want for a fraction of the cost. She’ll even submit all the legal paperwork in the end making her the one stop shop for settling your divorce. We aren’t the only ones who think she is the best. Check her out on Yelp here:

McNamee Mediations Yelp

If you are stuck in tough situation in a relationship and divorce is seeming more and more inevitable, make sure to consider divorce mediation before seeking an attorney. It will make the process easier for you, your spouse, and your family.