A Los Angeles Times Magazine scribe covering Fullerton, California, '80s arcade The Reagan Years dubbed its owner Sean Francis "boyishly handsome." And just to layer on the cheese, we think co-owner Carlo Terranova looks wondrous in a toolbelt.
But aside from the fact that these young Orange County hipsters-whose ventures (including The Hub café, adjoining The Reagan Years, The Scooter Shop Inc. in Orange and new bar The Continental) should reap a combined $1 million this year-are able to drive luxury cars, they're attractive simply because the odds were against them, and they made it anyway.
Friends since kindergarten, the high school dropouts were in search of life fulfillment. They found it doing what interests them and in service: They started the Fullerton Earth Day Festival, an annual event celebrating earth awareness. This year's bash, sponsored by Hansen's Natural Beverage and Launch.com, drew 8,000 attendees to see 20 bands, including Save Ferris and Reel Big Fish.
The fact that Francis and Terranova built The Hub, The Reagan Years and The Continental from the ground up and have actively involved themselves in the city also says something: The partners aren't afraid of some hard labor. Francis just gets bored silly if he's not working from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Terranova is "building for the future." But, says the latter, "Motivations aside, we both share a really strong drive to produce, and that in itself is sexy."
The Continental, (714) 871-2233, (714) 448-2144;
English Ideas Ltd., (800) 547-5278, English Ideas
The FIX Network Inc., (888) 781-6301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Angels Cellars, (707) 443-6323, www.goldenangels.com
The Hub/The Reagan Years, (714) 871-2233
Niad Management, fax: (818) 386-2082, email@example.com
The Scooter Shop Inc., (714) 871-2233
Urban Business Internet Services, (312) 388-3999, www.aalize.com.