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Magali, Rhiannon & Missy

We’re lucky enough this time around to honor not one, but three women of the week! Magali Brecke, Rhiannon Henry, and Missy Woolstenhlume began Kitchen Witch Bone Broth here in Santa Cruz to address what...
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Brenda Hopson

Brenda Hopson is a woman with a personality so large, it spills through the open windows of The Little Tart, a 1950’s reproduction trailer from which she operates, Flour and Love Bakery. At a recent...
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Emily Bondor

When asked what first prompted her to work with bees, Emily Bondor opens with a joke. “The best way to make a small fortune in beekeeping is to start with a large fortune.” But at...
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Janet Huh

LMFT, life coach, entrepreneur and mother of two, Janet Huh grew up in the Los Angeles area. She always knew that at some point she’d become an entrepreneur just like her father, who owned one...
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Edith Meyer

Edith Meyer was in tech for 10 years, doing product marketing and management, before she started Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes. She says she’s always loved to bake. “Growing up in the south, I was always...
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Kendra Dosenbach

Kendra Dosenbach of CurlyQuirk Art + Craft grew up in the metropolitan sprawl of New York, Atlanta and Houston, so she’s no stranger to large urban centers. She moved to Santa Cruz two years ago...
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Mariah Roberts

"Decide why before what. If you know why something drives you and is important to you, you will find your way to do it." - Woman of the Week Mariah Roberts One look at designer...
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Kamala Allison

Born in New Orleans, Kamala Allison, our Woman of the Week and owner of the new Fybr Bamboo downtown, landed in Santa Cruz 22 years ago. Her family had moved around quite a bit while...
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Mandi Dana

Have you ever heard somebody say that going through a divorce was a gift? Well, come to think of it you probably have, but let’s talk about that process of transformation a little bit more....
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Laurie Aiello

Laurie Aiello refuses to live a life of regretting chances not taken. Our Woman of the Week and fitness coach with Team BeachBody is a self-professed “recovering” introvert whose biggest challenge has been to push...
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Justine Willeford

“Everything is figure-out-able,” according to our Woman of the Week Justine Willeford, founder and designer at Pelican House Swimwear. After graduating from UCSC with a BS in Marine Biology, Justine ended up landing her dream...
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Mahina Hoey

“Creative pursuits satiate the soul,” says Mahina Hoey, author of The Illumine, who as a child found magic, peace, continuity and her own strength in nature. From her hometown of Taos, New Mexico to the...
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Dr. Marissa Castello

A community-minded visionary, Dr. Marissa Castello believes that natural medicine should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income or geography. Originally from a small desert town in West Texas, she spent her summers at the...
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Robin Penney

Twin and techie-turned-yogi, Robin Penney was born in Seattle and has lived in Georgia, Texas, Colorado, the Bay Area, Bermuda, Eastern Canada, and now Santa Cruz! She moved here two and a half years ago...
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Meghan Neeley

Meghan Neeley, founder of Be Your Own Badass Boss, is an international speaker and business coach who’s grown a multiple six-figure company by mentoring women in business, helping them to turn their passions into profits....
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Lucia Paxton

Fifteen years ago, Lucia Paxton was exhausted. She had a toddler and, like many of us, wore multiple hats. By the time she finished her to-do list for the day and even thought about making...
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Malika Bell

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Malika Bell of the Santa Cruz Learning Center travelled around the world in high school and graduated at the age of 16. Talk about an early achievement! Not only...
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Sandy Takashima Shaw

Sandy Takashima Shaw sees art as a springboard for conversation. A lifelong painter, she studied fine art while majoring in business. She’s half Japanese and grew up in Ohio, so after graduating she moved to...
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Kristin Cosner

Born and raised in the Santa Cruz area, Kristin Cosner, RN BSN and founder of Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation, needed to spread her wings and find out what the world had to offer. Yet...
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Yoke Wong

  Yoke Wong moved to Soquel three years ago and opened Bhody downtown last August. She had already established an extensive natural body care line, Avvya, over the previous 12 years, and had begun searching...
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