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Meet Barb Miltenberger of Around The Town

Today we’d like to introduce you to Barb Miltenberger.

Barb, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started Around The Town eight years ago with a blog and eventually added Facebook, Instagram and a web page. My goal is to encourage and inspire those in my community to get out there and experience more of what San Diego has to offer and to try new things with their family and friends. I love to share my “field trips” and experiences through photos and written word. I’m always trying new places and love reminding everyone about old favorites as well.

It’s my hope that Around The Town can be a “go to” for fun ideas for the weekend and to learn about new businesses. Supporting small business is huge to me and I work quite closely with many restaurants, playhouses and entertainment venues. Our small businesses are the keys to a solid and thriving community and they need our support and patronage. San Diego County is an amazing place to live and I never want to stop my exploration of it.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think working with technology and finding the most effective way to reach people is the biggest struggle with what I do. Things are always changing in that arena. Other than that, it’s all smooth sailing!

Please tell us about Around The Town.
I am peoples’ go-to gal to find out what is going on around town and I love that. I love to discover new restaurants, attend local festivals, shop our local businesses and chat with their owners and see the latest plays. I believe I am someone that is trusted in the community regarding my references, and I don’t take that lightly.

My philosophy is that if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it. I want to lift up, not tear down. There are plenty of places to look for a negative scoop. With Around The Town, I focus on the positive. Doing Around The Town is great for me! It keeps me busy and active and always on the go. I received a very touching email recently from a follower that told me that she has not been able to get out and enjoy life because of illness in her body and that she lives vicariously through me. She said it has been a gift to her to read about all the places I go and that really hit me.

I am proud of the work I do, and I work very hard at it. When I have a great experience, I can’t wait to share about it with the community. There are many out there doing similar, but no one else that has my unique voice or perspective. I think we all have to own that in our lives and stand confidently in what we have to offer as individuals. I am thankful to all the followers that are part of my journey with Around The Town. They energize me and keep me going and are the nicest bunch of people around! There is definitely a culture of kindness and respect in our interactions and I appreciate that.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I don’t know if I have a specific favorite memory from childhood, but when I look back and smile, it’s about experiences, often captured through photo. Whether it was horseback riding through the woods, going to Disneyland or on vacation in Carmel or Tahoe, my joy came through experiences with family and friends. Maybe that’s why I love to do what I do?

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  1. Kelly

    April 12, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I love what Barb does in promoting and introducing her readers to wonderful places and small businesses. I’ve had great experiences with all the places I’ve visited over the last 5 years of following her on her journeys.

  2. Brett

    April 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I read Barb’s blog everyday, and they are amazing.

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