Reality TV stars meet fans at Lake Elsinore Outlets

Pints and Quarts Gastro Pub in Lake Elsinore was recently inundated with reality fans on Thursday, Jul. 17. when Christy McGinity and her boyfriend Todd Gibel, two stars of the Lifetime series “Little Women: LA”, came to visit.

McGinity and Gibel are just two of the people on the Lifetime docuseries, which follows the everyday ups and downs of a group of women who happen to all have dwarfism. The series explores how hard it is living in a world where most things aren’t tailored for your body type.

McGinity stars alongside five other women – Briana Manson, Elena Gant, Terra Jole, Tonya Banks and Traci Harrison. These women all face challenges because of their dwarfism but are still able to find success and happiness in their lives; they do not allow being little to hold them back in any way.

And that’s been the case for McGinity, who is not just an actress but also a financial adviser. When she’s not working as an adviser or actress, she’s playing the role of a mom. She has two teenage children from a previous relationship.

“I am an on-the-go person and love being a mom,” McGinity said; she seemed at ease and motherly when holding babies during the autograph session at the Outlet Mall.

McGinity’s current boyfriend, Todd Gibel, is a fellow little person she met online.

Gibel – a North Olmsted, Ohio native – stood alongside McGinity as she met with fans.

While Gibel is from the Midwest, McGinity is a West Coast native, born and raised. She is originally from Burbank and currently resides in Simi Valley.

The evening appeared to keep McGinity and Gibel busy signing photos for guests, but that was no problem for the two reality lovebirds who like to be spontaneous.

The meet and greet coincided with a business mixer hosted by the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce for the recent expansion of Pints and Quarts Gastro Pub. The restaurant opened earlier this year in the outlet and is already expanding.

Gastro Pub Pints and Quartz is owned by Paul and Donna Niehouse. They support local craft breweries and have homemade pizza, salad and wings as well as other pub fare.

The three brews the Niehouses highlighted at the mixer were their house brew, which is a California common; an amber, which is well balanced with a sweet start and bitter finish; and the Raven Stout, which was the second brew that has coffee overtones hints of chocolate and creamy vanilla.

A popular lighter beer was the Orange Wheat from Hangar 24 a wheat beer with a clean, lean, crisp taste.

The reality TV show “Little Woman: LA” was just picked up for a second season and can be seen on the Lifetime network. Check local listings for times and days.

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