People We Love: Nathan Shields

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Nathan Schields is a timekeeper of the past. He is the owner of the Malibu Newsstand, a 25-year old business, which Schields said is “woven into the community.” Schields began working the register at the newsstand during his senior year at Pepperdine University.

About 10 years ago, he and his wife, Tara, took over the business. “I do take a little bit of pride in being able to stick around this long,” Schields said. He attributes the newsstand’s longevity to the Malibu community. “Now with the decline of print media, so much of it is about local support. I feel like Malibuites certainly make a conscious effort to come in to support us and keep us here.” He is on a first-name basis with many of his customers. “People come in and say, ‘I remember coming here as a kid,’ and they’re adults now. Whole generations have passed through here.” Schields has four kids of his own, ranging from 3 to 13 years-old.

“From time to time, I’ll bring my 3 year-old with me [to work] and I’ll read to her.” When Schields finds downtime, he enjoys being with his family, mountain biking and reading. “I don’t get a lot of down time [to read] here despite what one would think,” Shields jokes. MM

Malibu Magazine loves Nathan Schields for his dedication to weaving the community together through print media and his passion for family and Malibu.

Holly Bieler