Greeting the Golden State: Greet Magazines Serving California Communities

California state outline with Greet logo

Warm temperatures, breathtaking beaches, national parks galore, and the hubs of technical innovation and the entertainment industry, California is an idyllic place to call home for so many families. But no two Californian communities are identical, and Greet magazines exist to celebrate the uniqueness of each town and the residents who claim it as their own.

From Coronado Island up to the Bay area, Greet magazines can be found sprinkled throughout the length of California. In fact, out of the nearly 40 publications under the Greet umbrella, seven serve Golden State communities (as of August 2023). Second to Washington, California is our most concentrated state – and with good reason.

In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to each of our Greet communities and the publishers who bring these much-loved magazines to life.

Greet Lafayette

Greet Lafayette magazine covers

Greet Lafayette serves the city of Lafayette, California, located in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Lafayette is a beautiful city in Contra Costa County known for its superb quality of life, great school options, and mild climate, among many other qualities. Through Greet Lafayette, which is mailed to Lafayette residents each and every month, readers are introduced to new people, places, history, and events specific to the Lafayette community. Learn more about Greet Lafayette here.

About the Publisher: Christine Raymond is a midwestern girl who loves living in the East Bay. She started her publishing journey in Santa Cruz where she launched Pasatiempo Living for an exclusive golf course community. She made her way to Lafayette where she launched a second neighborhood magazine, Life Inside Happy Valley, which evolved into Lafayette Social and ultimately Greet Lafayette. Christine is focused on fostering community throughout Lafayette by sharing resident stories, hosting socials, and spotlighting a select group of participating businesses via print and digital advertising, custom articles, and collaborative social opportunities.

Greet Ripon

Greet Ripon magazine covers

Greet Ripon, previously known as Discover Ripon, is a private monthly social publication for the Ripon, California, community and the official publication for the Ripon Chamber of Commerce. In partnership with the City of Ripon, local schools, non-profits, and charity / volunteer organizations, Greet Ripon provides a cheerful voice in the Ripon community. As publisher Carrie Sweet says, “We are proud to build community within the community by sharing photos and stories about the things the community cares most about.” Learn more about Greet Ripon here.

About the Publisher: Carrie Sweet is the owner and publisher of Greet Ripon and has served in this role since 2016. She also publishes Stroll Del Rio and BeLocal Central Valley. She loves the opportunity she has to be a community connector for the “Jewel of the Valley.”

Greet Hwy 68 Loop

Greet Hwy 68 Loop magazine covers

Greet Hwy 68 Loop began in 2014 under the name In The Loop. The monthly magazine was created for the residents of Corral de Tierra, San Benancio, and Robley Roads. In 2019, as the publication became more known and beloved in the community, its distribution expanded to nearly 5,000 homes along the Hwy 68 Corridor and River Road. The publication was rebranded Greet Hwy 68 Loop in 2023. The Hwy 68 Loop area is not only extremely scenic, but known for being an affluent and well-educated community. Learn more about Greet Hwy 68 Loop here.

About the Publishers: Brad and Laurie Martin co-publish Greet Hwy 68 Loop. The pair lives in South Salinas with their son, Mitchell, and their rescued pet Dachsie, Buster. They enjoy their beautiful backyard garden and living in such a special place as the Monterey Bay area. Laurie also runs Monterey County Real Producers, a magazine for the real estate community.

Greet Seven Oaks

Greet Seven Oaks magazine covers

Greet Seven Oaks serves the Seven Oaks neighborhood in Bakersfield, California. Seven Oaks is a unique and affluent country club, master-planned community built and centered around a premier golf course. Greet Seven Oaks got its start nine years ago as Seven Oaks Living. When first started, the magazine reached 2,800 households. Today, Greet Seven Oaks reaches 4,900 homes – that makes it the nation’s largest single neighborhood publication! Beyond the homes within Seven Oaks proper, the magazine is now able to reach residents of Park Square Apartment Homes, Ivy Park Senior Living, and all of the new homes popping up in the Highgate and Belcourt neighborhoods. Learn more about Greet Seven Oaks here.

About the Publisher: David Perkins has a background in sales and marketing and has been in the magazine publishing business for more than a decade. As a Seven Oaks resident himself, he loves his role in bringing the community together through the stories his magazine shares. Outside of running his publishing franchise, Dave enjoys traveling, cooking for friends, sea kayaking, and hiking. He has a daughter and a son, each of whom are married, and three grandchildren.

Greet Corona Del Mar

Greet Corona Del Mar magazine photos

Greet Corona Del Mar is a vessel for the community historians and storytellers, connecting the people of Corona Del Mar in unique ways. It’s a positive, highly-anticipated monthly magazine that brings Corona Del Mar residents together and brings joy to the community. A seaside neighborhood located in Newport Beach, California, it’s been called the “Crown of the Sea” – a well-deserved title. Corona Del Mar can be found at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills and is a great destination for outdoor activities like surfing. Learn more about Greet Corona Del Mar here.

About the Publisher: Christy Gallagher is a long-time resident of Newport Beach. She originally moved to Orange County to attend UC Irvine and has been in the area ever since. She and her husband of 31 years, Rob Gallagher, have two daughters and a lovable rescue puppy. The couple started publishing their neighborhood magazines in 2014 as their daughters were getting ready to leave for college. What Christy thought would be a part-time hobby has become a full-time business that she and Rob absolutely love. They started their first magazine in the Spyglass Hill neighborhood (Stroll Spyglass Hill), then quickly added Stroll The Port Streets, Stroll Lido Isle, Stroll Balboa Island, and Greet Corona del Mar.

* Learn about the Publisher role through Christy’s perspective in her blog.*

Greet Coto de Caza

Greet Coto de Caza magazine covers

Greet Coto de Caza, formerly known as Coto Living Magazine, is a private publication created for and about the residents of Coto de Caza. This gated community located in Orange County, California, is known for its privacy and its well-established, sizable homes. It has a reputation for being one of the OC’s oldest planned communities and one of the best places to call home in the state of California. Greet Coto de Caza helps foster a sense of community within the exclusive neighborhood by sharing stories and photos provided by the residents themselves. Learn more about Greet Coto de Caza here.

About the Publisher: Alicia Scrimger dipped her toes into the magazine publishing business in 2015 after years working in sales, followed by a stint of being a full-time mom. She became the owner and publisher of Greet Coto de Caza in 2018 after having served as an account executive for the magazine. A mother of three girls, Alicia sought the opportunity to run her publishing business due to the flexibility that allows her to still be very present in her daughters’ lives will still making a living for her family. Alicia loves getting to know local business owners in the Coto de Caza community and building trust between the preferred vendors and the readers of Greet.

Greet Coronado Island

Greet Coronado Island magazine covers

Greet Coronado Island shares the stories, photos, and culture of the residents on the beautiful island in the San Diego Bay. With white sand beaches and plenty of historic charm – all just a quick ferry ride away from San Diego – Coronado is a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to call home. Greet Coronado Island, which began in April 2023, is a publication all about Coronado Island families, kids, pets, homes, athletes, volunteers, and more. It’s a magazine designed to build community and help celebrate the amazing individuals in Coronado Island. Learn more about Greet Coronado Island here.

About the Publisher: Suzie Chafin has worked in the magazine publishing business for 10 years as the current owner and publisher of Stroll Reunion, in addition to Greet Coronado Island. Prior to her work in this field, Suzie was an experienced salesperson, and then a stay-at-home mother of her four children. She is passionate about growing the Coronado Island community and helping connect businesses with their exact target audience.