HB’s Very Own Goodwill Ambassador
How a Quest for Information Became a Business…
“Huntington Beach is my home and I didn’t know everything
going on here!” was the personal quandary that began Victoria Alberty’s newest online business.
“I’d check out a huge array of websites and don’t get me wrong, some of them are really great”, Alberty says, “But I wanted to know what we could do with our friends IN Huntington Beach. When we travel, I want to know where the locals go, NOT the tourist spots. This way, through ‘The Local HB’, I’m bringing that idea home.”
Alberty talked to a lot of HB Locals and that hurdle seemed to be a common cry throughout the beautiful community of Huntington Beach. Sure, the ‘Independent’ gives us a plethora of information, and there’s always the ‘View’ and ‘The Wave’, but these days, so many people are used to surfing the ‘Net to get their information instead of actually sitting down with a cup of coffee and holding a print publication in their hands. Of course, they can turn to the HB City or Chamber sites, but there wasn’t an online site that was a ‘one-stop-shopping’ for information, discounts, reviews, and ‘local’ happenings.
So Alberty got busy. She began by using a photo taken by a friend took as the basis of her logo. Then she bought the domain name: ‘www.thelocalhb.com’ and began to envision her design ‘plan’ for her website. Only a few close friends were privy to her initial plans and they supported (and encouraged!) her 100%. Of course, all of them were filled with ideas!
“The Local HB” began as a source of information and has turned into her full-time quest, as well as being a favorite desktop icon on numerous computers.
“The Local HB” is totally unconventional. It doesn’t follow a format – it just ‘is’. A hodge-podge of information, it somehow all comes together to give you a total overview of beautiful Huntington Beach. The photos on the site are a combination of events and locations that Alberty takes as well as those contributed by friends and visitors. Alberty attends everything and anything sponsored for and by Huntington Beach and is frequently found chatting with locals, always looking for content to add to the site.
Readers contribute their opinions about local restaurants; submit photos of events they attended and even short digital videos. Businesses are jumping on ‘The Local HB’ bandwagon and advertising on her site, offering a variety of discounts. Several HB hotels distribute her flyer in their rooms so guests can log on to find out what’s happening on the days they’re visiting. Alberty’s friends tout her site and these days, you’ll see a lot of ‘The Local HB’ t-shirts and memorabilia floating around. Her shopping cart is just another of her great additions.
‘The Local HB’ isn’t just a run-of-the-mill website. It IS what HB is all about… Friendly, upbeat, informative and exciting. When you live in Huntington Beach, why should you go anywhere else to add to your day? It’s all right here… Just ask Victoria Alberty!
Now it’s your turn. Go to www.thelocalhb.com and surf through Alberty’s site, and while you’re at it, add a shortcut to your desktop. Don’t forget to share the site with your in-and out-of-town friends, too. Send in your opinions, experiences, pictures, short videos and if you have a business, you just might want to take advantage of the advertising opportunities! Get involved with ‘the Local HB’ and become a part of the best thing to hit Huntington Beach since Jan & Dean!