A Little Q&A With Some of La Jolla’s Fabulous Female Trailblazers

The Chef

Maeve Rochford, Owner of Sugar and Scribe Restaurant & Bakery

What brought you to the area?

My husband was promoted to manage a high-rise building in downtown, and when we moved, I jumped and opened Sugar & Scribe Bakery in 2010.

What’s a typical day for you?

I start my day early, and I’m checking menu items, creating weekly specials, emails, wedding tastings, working on my cookbook, payroll and dealing with never-ending surprises. On weekends I’m expediting and running food, delivering wedding cakes and getting ready for Sunday!

What do you want to be remembered for in the community?

That years from now S&S will continue to be apart of their fabric and be a staple of La Jolla life, and that S&S will outlive chef Maeve.

The Teacher

Amy Allen, English Teacher at The Bishop’s School

When your school day is over where can you be found?

Curled up with a good book or maybe watching a dark series on Amazon Prime, and sometimes bellied up to the bar studying French or talking with a girlfriend.

When is the best time of the year to be in La Jolla?

In September, because it’s warm and sunny, and, with it being the new school year, it seems the world is full of possibility.

What’s the prime influence you feel you bring to the community?

Installing a passion or at least an appreciation for art/literature, and a desire to seek something beyond the self to my students. 

The Icon

Nancy Warwick, Owner of Warwick’s, Family-Owned & -Operated Bookstore

What is the biggest way you influence the community on a daily basis?

Warwick’s is my influence on the community—from its history, vibrancy, and commitment to and involvement with the community.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure food at a restaurant in La Jolla?

Once a year I order the half-baked chocolate cake from Nine-Ten and experience pure joy as I devour it. 

What would you hope for your legacy in the community to be?

To be remembered as someone whose store made a difference in peoples’ lives and for running a store that brought employment, warmth, and a sense of community to La Jolla.

The Influencer

Mary Beebe, Director of the Stuart Collection at UCSD

What’s the path that has brought you to your current level of professional success?

Before being offered the job to launch and grow the Stuart Collection in 1981, I worked at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon where I grew up, then went on the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at the Fogg Museum at Harvard, and then started an artists’ space in Portland.

Your go-to place for a guilty pleasure snack in La Jolla?

Boboi Natural Gelato

What do you feel is the greatest way you are making an impact on this community?

Building the Stuart Collection at USCD (University of California, San Diego) and sharing it with our growing community through various projects like the new book we have coming out.

The Entrepreneurs

Kanata Harmon, Fashion Designer, and Kera Murphy, Owner of La Jolla Sports Club

You have your own women’s athletics/resort fashion line Mia Brazilia. What is a day in the life as a fashion designer like for you?

Kanata: I’m out hosting trunk shows at places like The La Jolla Sports Club for or my line, coordinating the management of wholesale accounts, and creating inventive designs. On Sundays, I run my booth featuring my collection at the La Jolla Open Air Market.

What is your go-to outfit?

My signature Kenta Pants, because I can work out in them or dress them up with a pair of heels for dinner.

You own both the La Jolla Sports Club and a hair salon. What do you do in any downtime you have?

Kera: I love to hike and just be in the outdoors with my dogs.

What accomplishments are you particularly proud of?

My nonprofit that helps kids, the military and animals, as well as the lasting relationships I have with the members from the club