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Sam Russell is a bi-coastal

writer, fashion stylist and founder of The Giving Closet. Always on the hunt for good people and the best soaking tub.

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Jeni Tetamore is a writer,

mother of seven, wife and business woman. She has recently made a conscience decision to seize opportunities, grasp the chance of adventures and appreciate the small things. Her new mantra: “Live in the Moment!”

Kristen Judd is a speaker,

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FAIL: verb 1. be unsuccessful in achieving one’s goal. 2. neglect to do something. I personally detest this word. As an entrepreneur whom has pushed her way through adversity and gone through many challenges and costly setbacks, I refuse to accept this word as a way to define my past endevours. We’ve all heard the saying, “Nine out of ten startups fail.” Did they? Some, maybe! But mostly because of definition #2. Did they sit on their ass carelessly and expect for success to fall into their lap? Or did he or she make effective use of their resources, acquire knowledge and without fear, set out to achieve their goals? I am willing to wager that most of the time, it’s the latter. I have recently become a follower of Jay Shetty. In one of his Instagram posts he states, “The best lessons come from the worst moments.” And I agree with his statement wholeheartedly. Because when you “fail”, you’re most likely in the process of learning something extremely valuable, maybe even priceless. So when you feel or you’ve been told you’ve failed at something, remember this: you didn’t fail, you were involuntarily forced to take an alternate route to discover your true purpose. Never allow your “failures” to define you. Keep moving forward. And if you “fail”, fail forward. And never, never look back.

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THE GOLD MIND

GOLD MIND

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P

eople often ask, “What

with Lauren Goldstein

It was those dark, impossible moments

is the secret to your

that I found the most valuable. I knew

success?” That question

that if I was having a rough go of it,

always makes me laugh

it was because I’d gotten sidetracked

because I used to ask it

and forgot where I was going. The

of others; hoping for a golden nugget

moment success and I finally had a real

to propel me forward into the success I

and deep relationship happened quite

desired. Here’s the short answer; I got to

unexpectedly. I was told by someone I

know myself better than I ever had and

deeply respected that I needed to start

I’ve never stopped.

The long answer: I started my business back in 2011 after leaving the medical field

KNOW THYSELF

subtracting and focus like a laser on the one area I really thrived in, problem solving and strategy.

That next day I got rid

feeling like a cork haphazardly flopping

Any extra money I had was invested

of every “service” except two in my

around the ocean of life. I had no idea

into books, courses and mentors to help

business and I dove head first into being

what I was going to do to make my

me get to know my unique attributes

the absolute best problem solver and

business successful but I knew I had to

better. I fondly joke that it was personal

business strategist I could be. It was as

do SOMETHING. I did a lot of the

development with a paycheck. I found

if over night, clarity opened a part of

wrong something’s, a few of the right

myself somewhere between dragon

my business and my being that was now

somethings, but the most important

slaying and a love story. One day I would

unstoppable. If you are ready to take

something is I never stopped developing

feel as if I had it completely together and

your business and yourself to the next

my something.

success was just millimeters away. The

level, my one piece of advice is get to

next day it would seem impossible.

know every inch of yourself.

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Here are a few hints on where to start:

• Make a list of all the things you love to do, both personally and professionally. (If that is too hard, make a list of all the things you hate.)

• Ask your closest friends, (the ones that don’t blow sunshine where it doesn’t

I know this may seem too simple,

belong) what your biggest strengths are

but don’t overthink it. This is so

and then dig deeper!

powerful because it helps you show up authentically (goodbye imposter

• Read the book, The Human Fabric, and

syndrome) and it helps you harness your

determine which one you are - a Maven,

best skills to give to the world. You can

an Evangelist, or a Relator.

finally feel empowered to do the things that you are really good at and enjoy. You

• Figure out what your top 3 activities

can pivot your business around yourself

are. Identify the ones you enjoy, which

to make a larger impact, and above

only you can do and that make the

all else, your levels of happiness and

most impact to your bottom line. Then

satisfaction will sky rocket!

do only those things, and delegate the remainder.

By getting to know yourself, you are giving yourself permission to become the

• Take a day to not touch your business,

best version of you can be, personally

your email, your phone, or social media.

and professionally. By taking that

Take some time to reconnect with your

massive step, your worldly gifts will have

true self and your family. Maybe even go

expansive ripple effects. Now, unplug and

for a hike or walk to let the inspiration

go rediscover yourself. I promise you and

that has been quietly knocking be heard.

your new success will thank me!

You can even pivot your business around yourself to make a larger impact, and above all else, your levels of happiness and satisfaction will sky rocket!

” GoldenKeyPartnership.com

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FEATURED AUTHOR

FOUNDER, COACH, SPEAKER & CERTIFIED MINDFULNESS TEACHER

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LAURIE J. CAMERON 3 Mindfulness Keys to Turn Stress to Your Advantage The body’s response to stress – rapid heartbeat and breathing, narrowed vision, and a jolt of adrenaline – is an evolutionary adaptation designed to mobilize us to action. “When you have a client deadline, an exam the next day, or a ski race to win, this physiological response can give you the energy and focus to excel,” Laurie says. “Unfortunately, much of the time the patterns in our mind impact how we interpret the events in our lives. We assign meaning to deadlines, exams, and other people’s behaviors that tank our ability to perform.” Because you are built for survival, your brain’s own alarm system is scanning for threats and triggering the “fight-flightfreeze” stress response to escape what you interpret as danger. “Sometimes the dangers are real – but these days we get triggered throughout the day by a comment, a surprise decision, an angry text, and also by the way we relate to our responsibilities and to the people around us,” Laurie describes. “As a human, your neurobiology is designed to react quickly rather than to thoughtfully respond; to feel stress rather than balance; and to hear your inner critic rather than positive, encouraging words of possibility.”

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As we become more mindful, we are able to witness our thoughts and see when we are creating a internal self-talk that fuels a negative narrative. Choosing to see stressful events as temporary, seeing yourself as empowered to take action versus a victim of circumstance, and seeing events as opportunities to grow all increase our resilience.

About Laurie J. Cameron: Mindful leadership expert Laurie J. Cameron is author of “The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm, and Joy From Morning to Evening” (March 27, 2018). Laurie is founder and CEO of PurposeBlue, an organization that brings evidencebased mindful leadership programs to companies, change makers, universities and federal agencies.

Here are three ways to increase your mastery in responding to stress: 1. Shift how you interpret your body’s signals: How we interpret the events in our lives has a lot to do with how stressful we feel. What if we interpreted the body’s signals as giving us energy, power, and drive to succeed? The next time you feel stress coming on, consider that those feelings are mobilizing you for action. 2. Choose a different perspective: Our mindsets drive how we interpret stress.

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3. Train with the Body Scan meditation: A core mindfulness meditation practice from Laurie’s upcoming book is the Body Scan. Sit quietly and systematically direct attention from one body part to the next, starting at the top of the head and moving to the feet (or vice versa). This strengthens the insula, the part of the brain associated with our capacity for interoception (a lesser-known sense that helps us understand and feel what’s going on inside our body). This capacity is at the heart of being aware, empathetic, and emotionally agile. As we learn to shift the body’s response to stress, we open up space for self-compassion and skillful action for ourselves and others. “As we get better at becoming more conscious in our daily lives, we can see with greater awareness our thoughts (what am I believing about this situation) and our body sensations (what is my body telling me right now),” Laurie says. “When we do this, we can create space to calm the mind and body and be more skillful in the very full and sometimes intense lives we lead.” VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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JP SEARS Exclusive Interview with the Ultra Successful & Weird AF

Interview & Article by Rebecca Murdock

Ventre was fortunate enough to spend an hour catching up with the one and only, JP Sears, creator of the viral YouTube videos “If Meat Eaters Acted Like Vegans” and “How to Become Gluten Intolerant.” While JP has a thriving business as an emotional healing coach in his personal life, his comedic hobby has taken the internet by storm, landing him more than 625k subscribers on his YouTube channel: “Awaken with JP.”

Videos on his channel range from sincere topics like how to get through loneliness or depression, to comedic social parodies on essential oils, social justice warriors, consciousness festivals, and Prancercising. According to JP, “Life is way too important to take seriously all of the time,” and he finds plenty of ways to embrace his own unique “weirdness,” while encouraging others to embrace theirs. His recent book, “How to Be Ultra Spiritual” is a great example of JP’s sense of humor, combined with his attempt to help others find meaning, purpose, and happiness.

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I nterviewing JP was a blast! He answered the Skype call with a smile, wearing one of his iconic blue t-shirt’s proudly stated, “Weird AF”.

VENTRE: JP, thanks for hanging out with us today! JP: For sure, let’s take over the world!

V: Okay, before we get into the deep stuff, let’s get to know you better first. Tell us, what is your most bizarre talent? JP: You know those big, round exercise balls, filled with air? I can jump from the ground onto one of those, and land on my feet. And I can jump from one ball and land on the other on my feet...so you know, that pays nothing...and I don’t know if it’s a good talent, but it’s a bizarre talent.

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V: What song have you been listening to lately? JP: Actually, yesterday, I was listening to “Zombie” by The Cranberries for, literally, hours! I was doing some creative work, video editing. Often times when I do that, I’ll just listen to a few songs, or one song on repeat, and it can be for hours, but it’s just like...it holds this womb-like metronome where it somehow supports my creative space.

V: What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it? JP: The scar on my right elbow, it’s kind of like, my only scar, so by definition the weirdest. I was 21 and drinking heavily with a few friends that night and one of them, he and I decided to have a wrestling match, and that ended when my arm went through a window. I cut an artery and was spurting blood and then I went to the hospital for stitches.

V: Okay…sounds pretty epic. Now you have a dog, right? JP: Yes, named Zephyr. Who, at the moment, is trying to condition me to have three dinners each day…his opinion.

V: Are you actually vegan in real life? JP: I eat a strict vegan diet...and I also, simultaneously eat a strict meat-eating diet. I eat from that perspective... (smiles) No! Actually,

I’m not vegan.

V: Being someone who is known for his comedy, do you have a favorite joke? JP: I don’t! In fact...as far as jokes go...I know almost none of them. Anytime I come around a dinner table and people start telling jokes, I’m like... “this is really outside the wheelhouse of my talent!” Like, I feel very, very deficient! When it comes to doing comedy on video or stage, it’s different. What I talk about doesn’t feel like jokes to me...it feels different almost like a performance. My comedy is… just so me that it’s not like a preformed, cookie cutter joke that anybody could walk into.


V: When making your videos, has their ever been a point that you read one of your essential oil parody scripts and thought to yourself, “wow, Peppermint actually has some great benefits, I should actually try this?”

and heal your broken femur….” So, not obsessive and psychotic... but I certainly have valued them for a good long while.

JP: You know, not really because I’ve actually been using essential oils for 10 years or more...so I was already on board. Not in a dogmatic, fundamentalist way like “Oh you just got in a car accident? I have an essential oil for you! Let me just get you into my down-line, and then we’re gonna douse you with Lavender

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V: In some of your videos, it looked like when you were using your more serious side, your hair was pulled back, and when you were using your comedic side, your hair was down. Is that a thing? Or just coincidence? JP: You know, it actually was a thing! But I’ve changed how I think about it...I don’t really need to differentiate anymore. It’s just like, I’m going to do what I’m going to do, people have caught on. So now for comedy videos, I’ll just make the decision: “Hair down..hair up….use the headband…?” I just base it on what seems to serve the video best.

V: That being said, with that lovely hair, can we ask what shampoo you use? And whether you would ever consider a shampoo commercial? JP: (laughs) Yea, the one I’m most consistent with is called Giovanni. It’s a relatively natural sort of thing. And regarding the commercial, I would be eager to do that! Have them call on me and have a wheelbarrow full of cash waiting…

V: From all the videos you’ve done, which one do you think is the funniest? Or your favorite? JP: You know…I think my favorite video is the one called “How to Get Offended.” And I don’t think it’s because that one is the funniest...I just love the underlying purpose of the video. Not as much for the comedic...but more for the purpose of it.

V: What is the preparation process for one of your videos? JP: Yea, sure. An idea will come to me and I’ll note the idea and then I’ll go into what I would call a “scripting” phase, which is often around a 5-day process. I take 45 minutes to an hour each morning and do some creative scripting. After 2 or 3 days, I’ve got the material and then there are a couple more 38  VENTRE

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creative sessions to refine it, like, cut away parts of the sculpture that are not the sculpture. When it’s time to film the video, I’ll take about an hour to rehearse the script and then I’ll jump in front of the camera and do the video!

V: And the people who do the videos with you are a trained cast? Or just friends that you grab?

JP: Basically friends that I grab, who help me out. (laughs)

V: What inspired you to take the comedic path in your videos? Where did that come from? JP: I think becoming more true to my authenticity is the inspiration for it...being comedic is very authentic to me. It’s not all of who I am, but it’s definitely a part. For the first 13 years of doing emotional healing and personal empowerment work with people, I betrayed that part of me. I think it was my own delusional perception where I would look at spiritual teachers around me, like Eckhart Tolle... and none of them were leading with comedy. None

So I had the delusional belief that said, ‘I should be like them.’ Instead of the heart-centered belief that, ‘I should be like me.’

of them even have comedy as a secondary faculty. So I had the delusional belief that said “I should be like them.” Instead of the heart-centered belief that “I should be like me.” And I had the story in my mind that it would be terrible for business to be comedic. I feared that it would discredit me as an emotional healing coach and it was scary for me to start making my first comedy video because I thought, “What if people don’t think it’s funny - they probably won’t think it’s funny…” The pain of rejection...all of that scary, uncomfortable stuff that came up with me taking a step deeper in the right of passage of becoming more authentic with myself, I had to go through that.

V: Is there anything you didn’t see coming when you started your career? JP: Yea! This! All of it! At the time, I made a comedic video and thought, “I’ll do one...and then...not do any more.” And I thought that the one video would probably get less views than my normal, sincere videos. My sincere videos usually Photographer: Brian Crawford VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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got a couple hundred views and, once in awhile, a video would go over one thousand views, which was awesome. So, I thought my first comedic video would perform less than that. So yea... it’s basically just been the blind man stumbling along. The more I continue in true to following my heart, doing what was good and purposeful, even though it felt scary at the time, the more things just unfolded in a way that’s better than I could imagine.

V: Do you think becoming famous has made you into a better person? JP: It hasn’t made me a better person, it’s just made me better than other people. (smiles) No, not at all! There are, what I would call, small doses of ego gratification that come with spotlight...but it doesn’t make me a better person. Something I’ve heard a lot of people talk about, which I think I agree with... is that fame or money or both absolutely don’t change you, they just magnify who you already are. For me, the best part is being able to meet a lot of people who watch my videos and being able to feel appreciated by a lot of people. Being able to feel supported by a lot of people...just their attention to what I do in my work. There is intense support which is really re-affirming that what I’m doing is serving the world well... so really it’s quite a blessing.

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...being able to feel my feelings is, I think, the greatest step I’ve taken in healing.

V: How did you meet your fiancée, Amber? JP: We met down in Costa Rica, where we were both guest teachers at a retreat!

V: Do you have a date for your wedding yet? JP: Yes, June 2! You know, it’s actually crazy, I just sold the house I’m living in here in South Carolina yesterday, and Amber and I will be moving down to Austin, Texas after our wedding. We’re pretty excited to keep it weird with all the weirdos!

V: What made you choose Austin? JP: I mean, there are many great things I could list about the city of Austin, the people of Austin, the culture, the art scene, the weirdness….I mean...that’s all cool stuff, but really, all of that culminates into the feeling of living there. Amber and I were only there a few days, but it felt like home.


V: How did you learn to lean into your uniqueness? What would you suggest for other people just getting in touch with their own identity? JP: I think, in a word, vulnerability. I was incredibly disconnected emotionally in my 20s. But, being willing to feel my feelings is, I think, the greatest step I’ve taken in healing. I think it’s also really important for others to be able to process their feelings. I think it’s analogous to having an emotional bowel movement. (smiles) If you’re not having a bowel movement, it’s getting pretty toxic inside. So, when we are feeling our feelings, our emotions are moving through us and it’s an emotional bowel movement. And it’s actually how we heal our emotions and let them go.

Ventre: Great analogy. JP: (smiles) I think, really, all life insights can be put into bowel movement analogies. It’s a fact of life.

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V: So, at Ventre, a lot of our readers are forging their own paths, filled with both successes and failures. Are there any failures that you feel have shaped your journey? JP: That’s a great question…there have been a ton of them! I recall one particular failure, it’s a very painful one, but I was in my early 20s and it was one of the first times I was doing public speaking. I was doing a workshop and just completely froze up. Forgot everything I was going to say. It was very humiliating, and I can almost still just feel the sting of, like, whole body heat, and fire going through me… But I’ve learned that one of the reasons I froze was because I wasn’t really connected with the crowd. In the moment when I was with those people, I was disconnected from them, just trying to remember stuff to say. That experience still shapes me in a positive way today. (It didn’t feel like a positive thing then.) But today when I’m onstage, or speaking at a conference, doing a comedy show in a theater full of people, I’m still influenced by that, for the better. It influences me now as a reminder to be very in tune and connected with the audience in the present moment.

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V: What would you say is the biggest barrier to success? JP: An unwillingness to feel uncomfortable. I think, if I were just outlining one key to success in life, whether success in business, success in creativity, success in our journey, I think that one key is: go in the direction of discomfort. I think it’s where growth and connection happens.

V: What are you the most proud of throughout this whole career? And what would you want your future to look like? JP: I would say trusting my intuition, my feelings, my heart, and my creative inspiration. I’m really proud of that. I don’t think I have any attachment to what happens in the future, as long as I can continue to be authentic to fostering creativity, connection, and helping people live more meaningful lives. As our interview came to a close, we thanked him for his time and mentioned that if he was ever in Boulder, he should stop by for a visit. “Oh Boulder has a near and dear spot in my heart,” he replied. “I would love to!” Ventre is sure that many people will continue to watch JP’s videos, wondering whether to laugh or take him seriously, but if we’ve learned anything from our time with JP, it’s that these responses are just two sides of the same coin. That we don’t have to live in a mold where we only fit one or the other. And that we are most whole, healthy, and even successful, when we embody all the authentic parts of who we really are – each, uniquely, “Weird AF”.

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WELCOME TO THE GLORIOUS GRANDEUR OF ULTRA SPIRITUALITY In case you haven’t noticed, the New Age has become the Old Age. But don’t recycle your crystals just yet! His Enlightenedness JP Sears is ushering in the Newer Age, blinding us with the dawn-like brilliance that is Ultra Spirituality. How to Be Ultra Spiritual presents Ultra Spiritual JP’s none-of-a-kind guidance, so you can better yourself through teachings on:

• Competitive spirituality—the Ultra Spiritual foundation that the rest of your Ultra Spiritual path rests on • Why burying your feelings alive makes you thrive • Dreaming up your awakening—how to engineer your carefully contrived spiritual narrative • Rigidly yogic yoga—the moisture-filled cloud formation that drops rain upon your river so your flow can flow • Following the light to the greener spiritual pastures of veganism • He-ness, financial levity, deathliness, and other qualities of the quality guru • Mindfullessness—all of the fullness of mindfulness with none of the mind • Merciless meditation—the most effective way to become more meditative (and, duh, more spiritual) • Accessing the forces of critical nonjudgment • Using plant spirit medicine to experience a degree of enlightenment that you aren’t enlightened enough to experience without the spirit who lives inside its particular vegetation • Humbleness, and how to employ it in the most superior sense of the word

With How to Be Ultra Spiritual, His Enlightenedness JP Sears brings the heart and soul of ancient spirituality back to life with a progressive aggression, replacing the diluted uselessness of modern spirituality with the waaay more spiritual wisdom of Ultra Spirituality. See if you can keep up . . .

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“I got really attached to this book!” — Buddha “Enjoy JP’s perceptive underlying insights while you laugh beyond all understanding!” — Tony Robbins

“JP Sears is the honey badger of the spiritual kingdom!” — Krishna

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Colourpop is an LA-based cosmetic line that is budgetfriendly and bunny approved. Their gorgeous line-up of highlighers, bronzers and blushes blend naturally with your skintones leaving your skin looking fresh and feeling as radiant as the sun. At VENTRE, we belive you get what you pay for. But in this case, you get more. Lip pencils start at $5 each and you can pair it with a gloss for just $6 more. The best part! You get to fill your make-up bag consciously aware that no animals were harmed so

colourpop.com you could look fabulous!

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WINE ME DINE ME

WINE ME DINE ME

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ur mission at VENTRE is to take you on an adventure. To remind you that it’s okay to try something new, exhilarating or even challenging. We’ve found the ideal destination where you (and your friends) can escape your ordinary regimen and revel in savory food, themed cocktails and thrill-seeking scenarios, all under one roof -- The Solutions and Lounge Restaurant in Denver.

This former garage turned restaurant is dressed to impress. The 6,100 square feet of steampunkstyled, original brick interior is lavishly adorned with repurposed metal, tin and leather accents and will have you feeling as if you stepped back into the Neo-Victorian era. The ever-so-friendly manager Alfred, whom referred to himself as “Batman’s Butler”, greeted and educated us on the mission we were about to embark on.

LOCATION& CONCEPT

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t’s no mystery, Solutions Lounge and Restaurant aims to please. The menu is a carefully curated selection of savory items for meat-lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike. A few of the items our party indulged in were the French Fries, Cheesy Broccoli Gratin, the Grilled Ham & Cheese, the Curried Potato Sammy and the Caprese Chicken. Their specialty of the house, the Fromage a Raclette, features melted cheese served over Hinman’s baguettes, red potatoes and arugula. This mouth-watering item can be

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served with either roasted vegetables or cured meats. We’re not here to prank or swindle you. The selection of signature cocktails and mocktails were nothing short of enticing and inventive. Each drink more distinctive than the next. We highly recommend the “Shanghaied”. This creative cocktail consists of Pussers navy strength rum, passion fruit, lime juice and Apres spiced bitters. Dessert was on the itinerary but the time had come to be escorted down the hallways to our escape room. We were all eager and excited to “board the 3-masted 800ton Chinese ship” to “try and escape the clutches of Captain Kellett!”


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DRINKS FRENCH FRIES Dusted with secret spice and drizzled with the ultimate fry sauce $6

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theROOMS PICK YOUR MYSTERY Want to go back in time and see if you can escape? Then you’ll love our Arizona Shootout, Cuban Crisis, Budapest Express, Shanghaied and Under Pressure mystery rooms. Prefer the present instead? Then you’ll enjoy our TH3 COD3 or Antidote mysteries. Each game has a difficulty level assigned to it.

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You can choose any of our one hour escape rooms that interest you, or you can begin with one of our easier mysteries, Antidote, and work your way up. Or, if you’re feeling brave, you can try our newest and most difficult game, Under Pressure. TEAM BUILDING! Having a party or a team event? We can accommodate large groups in our seven puzzle rooms and 3,500-square-foot Solutions Lounge and Restaurant, which has an adjacent al fresco patio. Our live escape rooms, bar and restaurant combine to create the perfect venue for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding showers and rehearsal dinners, and virtually any other type of party. It’s also the

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n an Escape Room, you and your friends and/or colleagues have to work together to solve a problem. It’s a beautiful thing, really. Because whether you’re a salesperson, a landscaper, a stay at home parent or a wealthy banker, figuratively speaking, you’re all in the same boat. Each person may possess a different skill or aptitude. Escape Rooms present the ideal scenario to discover whether any of your abilities are time-management, problem-solving, teambuilding, attention to detail and your capacity to perform under pressure. As each clue was discovered and the next key was found, we began to feel a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment. After the escape room, we accessorized ourselves for a memorable group photo and headed to the bar for a celebratory cocktail and satisfied our sweet-tooth with their Key Lime Cheesecake, Warm Apple Pie and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake. Thanks to the team at Solutions Lounge and Restaurant, our problem-solving abilities improved and our relationships rose to a whole new level. We look forward to returning with empy vessels (pun intended), eager to feast on your savory bill of fare and better prepared for the challenge.

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Owners & Designers of Coreter no, Michelangelo Brancato & Francilla Ronchi

Conceived in Rome and born in the streets of cosmopolitan New York, Coreterno is the lifestyle brand by creative forces Francilla Ronchi and Michelangelo Brancato. Coreterno, which translated from Italian means “eternal heart”, draws inspiration from a wonderfully mysterious world of rebellious poets and engravers long gone and forgotten. Every creation blends motivational quotes with graphic images that evoke powerful emotions designed on candles, jewelry, clothing and prints. Coreterno collections feature representations of archetypal Rock and Pop symbols, nineteenth-century portraits and illustrations, ancient books of science and art and antique 17th century engravings, all reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion twist resulting in modern vintage collectibles. Through Coreterno collections, language becomes the medium of expression in people’s constant quest for happiness and the words and symbols depicted on each craft, open the doors to a magical universe.

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The Italian duo Michelangelo Brancato & Francilla Ronchi have artfully created a way to remind ourselves to “Believe”, “Break the Rules” or “Live in the Present”. Coreterno unifies vintage icons and illustrations, popculture, and liberating phrases to enlighten our path. Empower your inner being and start a fashionable tradition with a handmade intuitive candle, t-shirt, graphic print or timeless piece of jewelry. They have already captured our eternal hearts.

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BODY PAIN SITE, SOURCE & SOLUTION Let’s pull out our magnifying glasses and investigate “who dunnit” and find the root of some common aches as

well as what to do about them. Your body is a giant strategically placed wad of connective tissue paper. This tissue paper connects your legs to your neck and your front to your back, and so on. It’s called “fascia”. Fascia is very thin and envelops your organs and muscles and is exchanging information through your whole body. Some research suggests this is how acupuncture works, and why perhaps the needle in your foot treats

Sitting shortens them and the act of sitting keeps your back muscles rounded and “stretched” while the muscles managing the back-to-front are kept in the shortened position.

Elbow pain: Once again, posture! Leaning forward or folding our chest inward to focus on the small screen on the phone, read the computer etc., tightens the pecs which yanks on the back muscles, AKA the traps, rhomboids, terres etc. Your referral pain can manifest in the elbow. Trigger point acupuncture, massage in the shoulder or upper back muscles can release that tension and alleviate the pain in the elbow. Getting work on the pecs to free up the front is also important. Always get up and walk around periodically when working- and

your sinus issues. Many body workers

eyes have muscles in the back of the

rotate the shoulders. Here’s a fun test:

will know to look above and below your

base of your head. The feedback loop

lay down face up. Place your arms by

source of pain to see where the root is.

between your eyes and your stiff neck can

your side, palms down. Do your hands

Here are some common examples:

strain either or both. Massage therapy

touch flatly on the surface? If not, you

and acupuncture can help break this

may have some shoulder or upper back

Eye strain/neck pain: This often

up, releasing tension in the neck and

tension pulling on your arms.

comes from tight neck muscles. Take

shoulder muscles to bring instant relief

notice of how you’re positioned this

for both your eyeballs and your neck.

Lower back pain or SI joint pain:

very moment? Are you slumped, neck

Cheepers, just talking about this makes

Broken record, posture, posture, posture!

forward or skipping breaths? Your

my neck hurt!

Once again, humans are sitting way too

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much. Sitting is the act of folding at the waist which means shortening the psoas and the illiopsoas muscles. These guys attach from your lower back and cut through your lower abdomen to attach in the front. Sitting shortens them and the act of sitting keeps your back muscles rounded and “stretched” while the muscles managing the back-to-front are kept in the shortened position. This leads to back pain once they are tasked to lengthen, i.e. stand, lie down flat, or move. I am always encouraging people to do the “cobra” yoga pose or quads stretches to get the whole front lengthened. Working the trigger points in these muscles can alleviate back pains. Sometimes, these shortened muscles can also cause front hip pain.

Plantar fasciitis. Oooo this is a biggy! This can be caused by a number of things up the kinetic fascial chain. One can’t ignore the gastrocs AKA calf muscles, but why are they tight? I often see weak glutes here or tight backs. When the glutes are slacking, there is more duty put on the ankle and foot to

Sheila Liewald L.Ac. is a board certified acupuncturist, biopuncturist, and Chinese herbalist. She has served as staff acupuncturist for Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado and runs a private practice in Boulder. She’s also a speaker, writer, and educator on the vast world of natural health. Sheila Liewald L.Ac. redaspenwellness.com

stay aligned. That tightens them and/or collapses the arch and creates tension in the plantar fascia. If there is a significantly dominant side that hurts, the opposite side, mid-back may need to be released. Your jacked back can literally cause foot pain. Cupping therapy can help release the large fascial planes in the back and gua sha (called Graston therapy by PT’s or

So listen up! Tap tap tap! I’m turning up the loud speaker

chiropractors but the therapy is rooted in gua sha) can scrape

on this one. Those who have gotten regular acupuncture

out the “rice” knots in the foot. Trigger point acupuncture can

through the flu season have had a massively reduced rate of

take care of the rest to smooth out circulation. If the glutes are

actually getting the flu. According to my very semi-scientific,

weak, a good personal or athletic trainer should be employed

semi-serious small study of my own clinic, off the cuff, I

to get them back in shape, so you aren’t “cheating” and

would venture to say 99% of my regulars did not get the flu.

promoting the existing problem when working out.

Acupuncture boosts and maintains your strong immunity and keeps your lymph flushed and active. Elderberry syrup has also

Bonus round: Improved Immune System = Reduced Sick

beeen shown to be extremely potent against this years flu strain.

Days, while not “pain”, getting sick is painful in its own right.

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CATRICE COSMETICS

SPRING 2018 COLOR COLLECTION ABOUT CATRICE Like all great stories, ours begin with a group of fearless females on a mission: to prove it’s possible to create an innovative brand of luxury-inspired makeup at excellent prices. Founded by Christina Oster-Daum, we first opened our doors in Germany in 2004 and since then, our ever-expanding global presence in over 50 countries proved what we always knew – makeup wearers everywhere crave high quality makeup at prices that make sense.

The story doesn’t stop here. In 2015, we made our way to the US and today out of our office in New York City, we are proud to independently continue the work we’ve been doing since day one – shooting for the moon in everything we do and promising our community products marked by the same freshness that got us excited in the first place. This bring us to our 4 beauty philosophies:

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c at ric e co s met i c s .co m EVERYONE IS A MAKEUP ARTIST AT HEART

CRUELTY FREE

We are inspired by our community and their

We do not carry out or commission any testing

shared passion for makeup. Their commitment to

on animals for the manufacture of our products.

mastering their craft, openness to learning and

This applies to the end products as well as to all

generosity in sharing their knowledge with each

ingredients. Our suppliers are also required to

other makes them so much more than just makeup

certify in writing that their products have been

lovers, it makes them makeup artists at heart.

manufactured without testing on animals.

LUXURY INSPIRED MAKEUP When it comes to how we invest all our time and money, we will always remain true to our core belief: value over anything else. The result? Makeup with high-quality ingredients, luxurious textures and innovative formulas, all of this at a price point that gives our community the freedom play and experiment with makeup. While big budget TV ads and famous ambassadors are great, we let the quality of our product do all the talking.

DRIVEN BY INNOVATION We are a start-up group here in NYC and we love it! We don’t wait for someone else to build it, we do it ourselves. Being driven by innovation means we know that our work is never done and by approaching every aspect of our business in this way we never miss a beat and make sure there is always something new to discover.

BEAUTY NEVER STOPS.

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Ladies, imagine a sustainable product that could replace your need for tampons and pads. A stylish and comfortable pair of underwear that works as a double agent to keep you clean and dry during you’re menstrual cycle. THINX does just that! “Every pair of THINX has a top layer that wicks all liquid into a thin absorption layer right beneath, so that you feel super dry. This way you can wear’em all day long.” THINX women’s underwear are designed, by women in New York City, to absorb the liquid while keeping you dry and feeling clean. THINX are made in a family run factory in Sri Lanka that gives back by being committed to empowering the women they employ with education and training.

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THINX can be worn in addition to tampons or pads; and yes, even as an alternative! THINX is also working towards a greater goal. They have partnered with AFRIpads in Uganda, which trains women to work for themselves making and selling reusable pads. Each pair of underwear you purchase helps to fund this cause. This cause in turn give girls access to protection during their cycle to help prevent them from missing school. According to the article, Women can Bleed Green on alternet. org, a woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene products in her lifetime. In addition the Ocean Conservancy found that tampon applicators made up 2.2% of debris on U.S. coastlines.


Consider all the waste that could be avoided by purchasing and wearing THINX.

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Petal Fresh is dedicated to bringing you quality products for healthier, more attractive hair and skin. At Petal Fresh, we value natural

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ingredients and the beauty of nature without sacrificing the efficacy of our hair and body care lines. Our products utilize the medicinal properties of organic herbs to cleanse and nourish without the use of harsh chemicals. Petal Fresh uses only paraben-free ingredients, and our products are never tested on animals. When you select a product from the Petal Fresh line, you can take comfort in knowing you are

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making an affordable, healthy choice. Inspired by the need for botanical, eco-friendly remedies in the cosmetic market, Bio Creative Labs was founded 14 years ago to bring the public safe, high-performance products. The advanced formulas of the Petal Fresh line originated from trusted Nature’s Gate specialists with sustainability in mind. In 2005, Bio

Ultra Moisturizing Coconut Body Butter $7.70 Fresh line and made improvements Creative Labs adopted the Petal to ensure wholesome products with the highest quality standards. Beauty professionals at Bio Creative Labs removed all parabens and artificial coloring from Petal Fresh products and added certified organic ingredients. The result is safe, eco-friendly herbal remedies for all of your body care needs.

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INTIMATE INVESTMENTS

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hat would happen if babies allowed the

INTIMATE INVESTMENTS t h ro u g h t h e eye s o f a c h i l d

fear of failure to rule their decisions? It’s

inevitable that babies will fall while learning to walk. Depending on the severity, they whimper and cry, but they do not stop trying because they failed to succeed the first time. On the contrary, babies get up countless times until they master the art of walking.

At what point do we lose the

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dauntless gift and thirst for exploration? Most of us spend way

reaction and energy. In many ways,

beginning days, we learn that it takes

too much time allowing judgment,

this is the beginning stages where

baby steps to eventually achieve our

fear and negative self-talk to stop

we learn the power and influence

big ones. Just like the first steps we

us from moving the mountains

projected fears and opinions can have

took in life. We can choose to allow

we were born to move. Babies are

on us.

others energy, opinions and our own

fearless, until the moment they sense

trials and tribulations to stop us in

apprehension from others. When

If we want to master something,

our tracks, or we can use it as the fuel

they fall, parents often react by

we should consider getting back to

needed to propel us forward.

panicking and they feed off of the

the basics of our infancy. From our

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“If we want to master something, we should consider getting back to the basics of our infancy.”

Another beautiful example of using a childlike innocence and life experience is Tony Robbins. He is no stranger to overcoming hardships. Tony was raised in an abusive household and was so broke that as a child, he would steal food from the grocery stores. He learned from his experiences many times over before he became a success. When he stopped blaming the world for his misfortunes, it opened something inside of him. What he once felt as the pain was redirected to experience, which he used to help many people throughout the world.

I’ve learned so much by watching our one-year-old. I learned to re-embrace the innate power we were all born with and use it courageously navigate the big world and see the world through childlike loving eyes with an For instance, Gandhi who’s known for his nonviolence

open heart. I learned to remind myself that it’s ok to

campaigns of civil disobedience and courage became

take many baby steps as they will only lead me to my big

known as an international symbol of peace and human

goals. And finally, not to allow fear of failure to stop me,

rights. He suffered through many life-changing moments

for that is the sweet reward of trying! It’s better to try

involving discrimination. Rather than responding with

than to live a life in fear.

anger or fighting fire with fire, he believed in leading by using his body, words, and a childlike passion to create change. His bravery, kindred spirit and determination forever changed the world we live in today.

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PIPERWAI NATURAL DEODORANT - 2 OZ JAR PiperWai is a charcoal crème deodorant created with no harmful ingredients, leaving you at ease with what’s on your body. Its 100% natural ingredients form an invisible, absorbent, pHbalanced shield on your underarms that neutralizes odor and protects your clothes from perspiration. And, it’s perfect for use on sensitive skin.

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PIPERWAI NATURAL DEODORANT - 2.7 OZ STICK APPLICATOR The key ingredient in PiperWai is activated charcoal, which neutralizes odor and absorbs moisture without aluminum, parabens, or synthetic fragrances. No stains, no irritation - just clean, fresh pits. Naturally. • 2.7 oz (that’s 35% more product than the jar!) • Same PiperWai scent you know and love • Same PiperWai effectiveness you trust Our improved stick applicator glides on smooth and its odorneutralizing capabilities are the same quality you’d expect from PiperWai.

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Possibly the greatest invention in mens underwear since mens underwear itself. You're welcome.

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NATURALLY, COMES IN PAIRS Good things come in small packages; but not too small. We only sell our underwear in pairs of two. It gives you two full days to go through your life-changing transformation. Make every second count. 1 Box – 2 Pairs.

$40 Mister Maginsky believes that male underwear should be logical and geared towards the male anatomy, which is why today, his underwear is different. Mister Maginsky underwear separates, and thereby liberates, what has always been separated by nature yet barbarically trapped by human fashion.

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THE INSIDE JOB

SELL IT OR SMELL IT with Eric Lipsey

“Sell it or smell it,” is a concept I picked up while reading The Millionaire Mind. In the book, it was in reference to selling produce, but to some extent, it applies to retail business at large. Often times as small business owners, we get the wrong impression of what inventory represents. In the following paragraphs I hope to paint a picture for you that will change the way you see your inventory and help you avoid common pitfalls.

First, you want to think of your inventory as an investment. What do I mean by that? Each piece of inventory you purchase represents a financial investment. You want to sell each piece for as much as possible and as fast as possible. The faster you move your inventory, the greater your rate of return. Second, avoid the temptation to buy and hold. It’s tempting to fall in love with the perceived value of a particular item and hold it for season after season. Doing so diminishes your rate of 72  VENTRE

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return and you run the risk of the items no longer being desirable. This will eventually force you to sell your product at a loss. This especially relates to fashion, because trends change with the wind. Third, Sell it or smell it! If your inventory isn’t selling, don’t hold it until it’s out of season. Start discounting it. You don’t need to go with a knee-jerk reaction and give away the farm. If a particular item or style isn’t selling, start with 10% OFF and increase it, as you get closer to the end of the season. Realize that every investment isn’t going to yield maximum return. Sometimes you need to accept the breakeven point and reinvest your funds into something that will sell. Fourth, Buy for your customers and not for yourself. In other words, don’t get emotional about it. It’s tempting to go to a trade show and see products that you instantly fall in love with. You put the inventory in your store only to find your customer base didn’t

share the same enthusiasm. Unless you’re a trendsetter, meaning you can start a new trend and get scores of people on board, you should be more selective of the inventory you choose to carry. Look for items that will bring your current customers back again and again as well as prompt them to tell someone else about you. Fifth, Avoid the trap of too much inventory. The troubles that often befall small businesses are the woes of the minimum purchase. You have to purchase a minimum of 3 styles per size with a minimum order of $5,000.00. If the inventory sells quickly, you don’t have a problem, but if it doesn’t, you’re stuck in a bad investment. Consider consignment options whenever possible. Not all wholesalers will agree to it, but if you ask, you’ll find quite a few who will. You simply pay them monthly after the inventory sales. Consignment allows you to avoid the upfront financial risk and if the product doesn’t move, you can usually return it.


Sixth, Don’t try to please everyone. When we want to boost sales, we often start trying to carry a little of everything. This can lead to an inventory nightmare. You’re not a large department store and you can’t please everyone. Find a niche that works and stick with it. If you need more customers, focus on getting in front of more people like the current customers you serve. Host contests to motivate your current customers to spread the word about you. Be creative! If the first attempt doesn’t produce results, try something different. More than likely, it will be orders of magnitude cheaper than expanding your product base. Seven, Avoid the clutter. If they can’t see it, they won’t buy it. Make sure your store is clean and easy to navigate. Most shoppers are impatient and don’t like the process of digging through bends or trying to separate clothing on a cluttered clothing rack. Make sure that your inventory can easily be seen. Keep walkways clear. Go visit a chain department store and take notes, they usually have this area down to a science.

Treat your inventory like an investment. Avoid the temptation to buy and hold. Move your inventory as quickly as possible. Buy for your customers, not for yourself. Don’t purchase too much inventory. Don’t try to please everyone and avoid clutter. I’m convinced that if you avoid these inventory nightmares, your retail business will have a much better chance to survive and thrive.

Treat your inventory like an investment.

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Vertellis is the ultimate card game that you can look forward to playing every year during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, or a casual get together.

The game is played with friends, family, or colleagues. Through questions that trigger memories and stories you will get to know those closest to you in a new (deeper) way. At the end of the game you will know who has been paying attention but most importantly you will have had meaningful conversations with your loved ones.

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Watch out! Vertellis can cause… Memorable moments Sincere attention, connection, and affection A peek into the players’ highlights of the past year as well as plans and dreams for the upcoming year Uncontrollable hugs and kisses

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Good for you, good for the planet. Each toothbrush is made from either plastics destined for landfills or plantbased bioplastic mixed with leftover plant material. One can be placed in the recycle bin when you’re ready for a new one, while the other may be put in your compost pile. As long as we’re all being good… for every toothbrush you buy, one is donated to 1 of 6 health clinics in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area. Brushing never felt so good!

BRUSH & STAND | $14.95 AVAILABLE IN RECYCLED BLACK, WHITE, BLUE AND NAKED BIODEGRADABLE OR Subscribe & Save 50% ($7.13) on your first 4 orders! Shop online at

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Sustainable fragrances for you and your space. Responsibly sourced, no additives, and the minimum of possible skin irritants bring gorgeous scents to life. Each candle is hand poured with 80% vegetable wax and 20% food-grade paraffin. The opaque bottles are designed to eliminate the need for stabilizers and made with 20% recycled glass while the boxes are FSC-certified 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard. Phlur provides the sweetest-smelling offer yet… Try three of their 2mL for $18! When you choose your favorite fragrance, apply that $18 to the purchase of a full-sized (50 mL) bottle within 30 days.

PACKAGE EVERYTHING WITH INTEGRITY Reimagining the bottle

Simply put, light damages fragrance. But most brands use clear bottles, so they have to add stabilizers to their product. We decided to go another way: we designed an opaque bottle, made with an industry-leading 20% recycled glass, to protect our scents. (We also used vegetablebased paint, so you can recycle it when you’re done.) A nice bonus: our FSC-certified boxes are made with 100% post-consumer cardboard. Because what makes the planet happy makes us happy.

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“Fragrance reimagined... Because we love fragrance. But we don’t love the compromises that go into finding something special. Something that’s made responsibly and smells amazing. Something that’s beautifully packaged without damaging the environment. Something that’s luxurious but isn’t about a celebrity or a fashion designer. Something you can try without enduring a department store fragrance counter. Something you look forward to wearing each and every day.” fragrances | candles | accessories

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CANMONEY BUYhappiness

LEAN PURSE

with Kristen Judd

This subject has probably been written about more often than any other. It’s a philosophical question that you probably answered with a knee jerk reaction. We recently had this debate at one of my local Wine, Women and Wealth events and the answers were amazing. It could make for an amazing dinner conversation with friends. If you answered yes, you are right! If you answered no, you are right! I know what you are thinking; how can both yes and no be the answer? Let’s Explore!

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Let’s start by making a list of things that make you happy:

towards debt or maybe a vacation, but maybe not life changing. $10,000 could pay for a really NICE vacation or a larger chunk

• Life partner relationships: This group of people

of debt paid off. The point being that once you have your basic

tends to be happier than most single people because they are by

necessities taken care of, any extra funds can make a huge

nature social creatures. Being able to share life experiences with

impact on your happiness.

the person you connect with is something quite special.

• Family: Being able to spend time with kids, creating

On the other hand, when you’re experiencing financial

experiences and watching them grow into amazing human

struggle, it has adverse affects on your happiness. Your

beings can be a blessing and honor. They can sometimes be a

marriage may start to struggle. Spending quality time with

stressor, but often more joy than stress.

your children becomes harder because you are ultimately

• Career/business: Being able to do something every

stressed about finances and aren’t truly present when you are

day that you truly enjoy and are really good at can bring you

with them. You might not be able to spend time with friends

immense pleasure, joy, and excitement.

the way that you did in the past. When you’re stressed about

• Lifestyle: if you are happy with the pace, manner,

money, your job or business may suffer because you can’t focus.

structure and process of your daily life, then you are more likely

It tends to reduce your self-esteem and self worth. Sometimes

to be happy overall.

we compare our worth to the amount of money we have in

• Self Esteem: People who feel good about themselves

the bank. Maybe our health starts to suffer because the stress

are able to weather the ups and downs better than those who

is making us sick. We no longer have a lifestyle to speak of or

struggle with their self-esteem. They can tackle problems with a

enjoy! I have always said, “When the money isn’t right, nothing

more positive outlook.

is!”

• Friendships: people who have a tribe that they can count on for counsel, laughter, fun and companionship are happier

The whole list above cannot be a stand-alone. They all

and more secure in their life.

intertwine. I think this is where that term “Work/Life Balance”

• Health: If you take care of your health, you are able to get

came into play. I personally believe that finances are the

up and do the things that you want every day.

number one stressors and the number one stress reliever. I also

• Finances: People with a little more cash in their pockets

believe it’s the easiest to tackle as well.

above and beyond their basic expenses experience less stress and therefore are happier.

I encourage you to get your plan in place! I encourage you to get educated about your finances! These simple

Let’s keep talking about finances for a bit. To someone from

acts will give you so much clarity and satisfaction that

a third world country, an extra $100 would make a HUGE

your money can in fact make you happy! Cheers!

amount of difference! Imagine what $1000 would do for that person? It could absolutely be life changing for them! $10,000.00 would be out of this world, over the moon crazy good! Now, change the scenario and imagine you are the recipient. How would those amounts change your life? $100.00 would be fun money but not life changing. $1000.00 could go

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noun; a strong desire to travel

By Sam Russell

WANDERLUST When you can create a 3 day gap in your impossible schedule, get back to the quality of life: TRAVEL

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The Culver Hotel

There is no secret to a successful stay that should not be shared. Ventre Magazine is very well aware that’s its savvy readers look to us often for recommendations on where to lodge in the business landscapes of Los Angeles. If a walkable artsy community abundant in history and visual stimuli catches your eye, then you are in luck. Culver City is soaked in movie-making history and features a buzzing dining and nightlife scene, globally inspired eateries , gastropubs and cozy cocktail bars. If you’re wise, you will choose the storied Culver Hotel as your landing base to truly get a sense of the vibe here. Don’t just pass through Culver City. Stay for a while.

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n a hunt for nothing political and everything romantic, months of dreaming about this iconic flatiron building had us counting down the days to our southern California adventure bigly. A break from the Washington, DC work cubicle was on the horizon and our daydream of waking up under the sparkle of chandeliers and vintage glamour at every thoughtful turn was upon us. Nothing about the outside prepares you for the whimsical charm of the inside. A swift welcome from a well-groomed gent nestled behind a modest sized classic desk will disarm and charm. Look past this warm host and see long lounge chairs and a European ambience that has your name written all over it.

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DID SOMEONE SAY PRIVATE EVENT?

Culver Hotel is the right mix of historic elegance, timeless glamour and modern conveniences. Close to the 405 and 10 Freeways -- Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles Culver Hotel is an exceptional venue for all types of events. The Crystal Dining Room, Parisian Room, speakeasy-inspired Velvet Lounge, and even Mr. Culver’s office are ideal settings for weddings, social gathering and corporate events.

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here is an effortless harmony when a community of like-minded folk gather collectively, and Culver Hotel capitalizes off of that romantically. This is not just a “crash padtransient scene”, far from it actually. Think snug in character and persuasive in craftsmanship. The rich and romantic era of a time gone by has been brought back to life. ** Afternoon Tea Enjoy the ritual of tea for two or tea for twenty in the Grand Lobby, Garden Patio or wherever meets your fancy. Just know that advanced reservations are requested.

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our nostalgic stay at the historic Culver Hotel never loses its 1920’s charm. We packed our goods in a large wardrobe armoire and flashed back to a day when munchkins from The Wizard of Oz gallivanted in the same spaces. The views from the Room 63 must have sealed the deal when John Wayne owned it way back when.

Each design element, every nuance is a conversation starter. Imagine a trip on a luxurious train headed through the French Countryside without all the rocking. Somehow the Culver Hotel effortlessly transports you to an era only experienced in fine films. Don’t think atypical lodging, it’s more along the lines of “I wanna charm the hell out of my client or get the spark back in my relationship kinda place.” That’s Culver Hotel sun-up to sun-down. To live amongst the creative vision of Maya Malick and the thoughtful team behind Culver Hotel should be experienced. It’s moments like these that matter. 88  VENTRE

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hat started out like a whacked out scene from Dukes of Hazzard ended in two satisfied out-oftowners become life-long fans of this local staple. My other half and I made it to our dinner reservation on time, despite the typical LA traffic and an Uber driver who had mistaken real life driving for a game of Frogger with no turn signals. Our adventure to find a good steak in a warm-spirited setting brought us to the Santa Monica spot locals go to for quality comfort food, the Daily Grill. If you’ve ever suffered a crisis of faith in finding exceptional service harmonized with mouthwatering food to blow up your Instagram page--hit the Daily Grill. It’s a local staple now and once you pop in for an unassuming bite to eat, you’ll see why. Eating here is like coming home. A 14 oz. double cut pork chop with a Washington blackberry sauce alongside the pan seared Salmon hits every note imagined. Get grounded with a Filet Mignon crusted with an herbed bleu cheese. The Daily Grill is an easy destination to gather collectively. But the unexpected jewel at Daily Grill is not only the seared rare ahi tuna appetizer (um, that side of fried spinach is uber good, too), but that dapper young exec at the bar who works just a block away. This neighborhood attracts what you and your single gal pals are looking for. Anyone smell what I am cooking? This gluten-free menu is available, prompting your server to bring out the nongluten contaminated utensils. This place is much more professional behind the scenes then you could even imagine. It’s so rare when we can get out of the house these days. Make it count.

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Gastropub: a bar or tavern that specializes in serving high-quality food. (i.e., a place I want to be found)

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he spirit of adventure should bring you across the street from the Culver Hotel to Ventre’s latest discovery: Public School 310. A bevvy of eateries dominate the landscape on this one block alone, so choose Public School 310 when you want lunch or dinner to be familiar and robust. Somewhere between recess and making out behind the bleachers, anyone in need of a place to recharge has a particular Gastropub in mind. Public School 310’s patrons connect over bacon cheddar tots with sirachi ketchup and rotating taps at the bar. The menu reads like a school composition book (literally!) and the enticing details found in the presentation alone are matched word for word by the kitchen’s creative hands. No matter how entertaining the guest you bring, the chorizo mac & cheese will distract from the topics at hand. Challenge that deep hunger with a savory custom burger—a true Gastropub takes exceptional pride in bringing the burger fan back. Somewhere between the whiskey BBQ sauce and pepper bacon, they’ll win you over here. For any bar hopper who is about to make poor choices just a block or two down the road later, Public School 310 is an easy takeoff before the night gets rough. When food matters we give Public School 310 an A+ and a gold star on their report card. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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“A Healing Oasis in the middle of the Big City”

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entre Magazine would like to take a poll right now. How many of you are experiencing zero discomfort in your body? If there is pin-drop silence in response, then something drastically changed out there as we know not an athlete nor couch potato that isn’t feeling something in their mortal frame. Vivie Therapy is host to the latest technologies that, when applied thoughtful and strategically, will return you to a pain-free life. Bold statement? You bet it is, and it’s because Vivian has summoned her knowledge from her work at Cedars Sinai Hospital to create a home-y “spinal-healing Think Tank.” Vivian remodeled half her home to accommodate you. It’s this non-clinical setting that should be your first clue that your personal comfort is paramount. If you’ve ever carried weight in your breath, you may be holding on to past traumatic experiences. Look past the tough Brooklyn no-nonsense demeanor of your enlightened host and you’ll experience a deeply spiritual side to Vivian Eisenstadt, who is already sizing you up on how to uniquely address your issues seconds after you enter. What was expected to be an introduction to the benefits of a detox foot bath treatment (pictured) turned out to be a sampling of varied treatments she offers to create physical balance and wholeness. Vivian personalizes healing for each and every guest.

If pain is renting space in your body, it’s time for a swift and immediate eviction. Pilates, infrared sauna services, massage therapy, whole body vibration, and physical & sports therapy are only at the cusp of the preventive healing treatments waiting for you. Unless you were raised by wolves, you know that Californians are always hunting on the horizon for the perfect infusion of East meets West in all things pertaining to health. Inquire about the pelvic and spinal posture seat, titanium pendants and bracelets for balance and energetic support.

When you stand on the CV9 Vibration machine platform, it produces vertical vibrations. The energy of the Vibration plate is safely and effectively transferred to your body.The Vibration Machine provides a unique way to exercise your body with minimum exertion. • Firm and Tone Your Body • Increase Flexibility • Enhance Lymph Drainage • Increase Muscle Strength Read All of Vivian’s Plaques while on it, they’re pretty impressive!

“On this machine, I could feel where my six pack would be, if I had one!”

The Detox Foot Bath Treatment is a painless foot soak that pulls out toxins through your feet. You feel like having a nap after wards ( like after a really good massage!). My years of cigarette smoking could be proven through this detox. Don’t judge my toxins until you have seen yours. • Reduced storage of fat • Removal of heavy metals • Removal of blood clot material • Improved liver and kidney function

You could say “The Brooklyn Healer” adapted quite well. Don’t dare make your introduction to Vivian’s studio begin and end here. Whole body wellness is, after all, dependent on what you make happen.

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next stop...

WANDERLUST Dana Point,California

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f you are stuck in a work space with a slight window and a limited view, then daydreaming of hypnotic sunsets and swimming dolphins alongside paddle boarders in the wee morning hours shouldn’t be too far from the truth of your existence. Something stale happens when we sit too long in one place. Dust off those frequent flyer miles, get your travel bag back from whomever you loaned it to, and pack it yourself for once. Wouldn’t it be sublime to catch up on emails here? Blue Lantern Inn found in Dana Point, California would love to cradle you and help have some me time realized. How funny that just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of John Wayne Airport or Los Angeles proper weary travelers and overworked couples can get their groove back on. How did this otherworldly transport happen without a stamp on my passport, you will ask yourself. The good life is finally on the horizon. Accept it.

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easide warmth takes on a whole new meaning in this Orange County secret realized. Blue Lantern Inn is yet another proud “love child” of the Four Sisters Inns portfolio. When the walls start to cave in on you, this boutique hotel is an exemplary spot to get your senses and spirit right side up again. Blue Lantern Inn sits on a bluff above the Dana Point Yacht Harbor. Recently touted on The Today Show as one of the most affordable beach resorts, this setting has a delicate and uncomplicated relationship with beauty. It really only takes seconds after check-in to feel like you’re floating on the clouds. Photo credit: Four Sisters Inns

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the perks

Bountiful breakfast provided On-site spa & fitness room Relaxing sitting areas--indoor and outdoor Conference facilities for sall meetings Frequent sleeper program Free on-site parking Bikes, beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas to borrow during your stay One-block walk to Coastal Kitchen Restaurant

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34343 Street of the Blue Lantern Dana Point, CA | 949-661-1304 | bluelanterninn.com Each of Blue Lantern Inn’s 29 spacious guestrooms is perfectly appointed with a fireplace, sitting area, oversized bathroom with jetted spa tub, refrigerator with complimentary soft drinks, high speed Internet access, and beds fit for a king or queen. Opt for a deluxe room and you will also have a private patio or balcony with water views.

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Always on the hunt for the best soaking tub! These 405 frazzled nerves kicked into low gear as views outside my bathroom window from a soaking jetted tub made me forget about the hustle and bustle just an hour and 20 minutes away.

the Suite Touring Dana Point by car or foot is swell, but Blue Lantern Inn has several reasons why you should stay in for the night. A bottle of wine on your private patio is everything your senses crave when you get off that flight. Flickering flames from the corner fireplace does its part to make the night memorable and Nantucket-inspired ambience is bountiful in charm and brings your gut instincts straight to a homey place.

determines your mood the next day. Don’t worry, this germaphobe slept like a newborn in the nest at Blue Lantern Inn. Each morning here comes bearing gifts. Unwrap the ocean view and seaside air like a bow. It’s always a good time for good news, and Blue Lantern Inn has plenty of that to give. The only bad news is that your stay will eventually come to end.

Today’s traveler craves bedding that Everyone leaves a bit of their heart feeds the soul. How well you sleep at The Blue Lantern Inn.

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uxury” is a word people tend to throw around when they describe Beverly Hills. My wallet, however, has a few other choice words that can’t be repeated in present company when describing the level of access available in 90210. When you get a smidge of the royal treatment at The Spa on Rodeo, you will understand the need to marry well (or at least sell that TV idea, finally). Deeply try and connect with the allure of it all and understand the quality of the 90210 lifestyle; there is a nugget of wisdom in the better life that we should all apply to our hectic-and-two-kids-in-college realities. You wouldn’t cheat your business or your home, so don’t dare cheat your body. This is the brainchild of board certified foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Bobby Pourziaee (practice next door). My other half disappeared into an 80-minute customized deep tissue massage that left him so laid back and agreeable afterward that I considered returning him here hourly. Severe left shoulder pain had me try cupping for the very first time. The dynamic detox cupping massage eliminates harmful toxins through the lymphatic system. My female masseur dug in with intuitive and wise hands that left me feeling aligned and relaxed. My constant 6-week pain in my troubled arm faded away in a matter of days. The business of opulence has a new ring leader in these fanciful parts. Keeping it boutique-y and neighborhood in appearance is a welcome roll out mat for all. The Spa on Rodeo seems to be winning the locals over swimmingly. The well-heeled in these parts don’t sleep when it comes to rolling back a decade on their face or getting their bodies ready for the next cliff side mixer. Join the beauty.

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ABOUT FACE:

The Spa On Rodeo Organic Facial: $150 Vegan facial using red wine extracts. instant detox, instant glow! Facial Cupping Rejuvenation: $50 single 6 session for $250 12 sessions for $400 Goodbye sinus infection! Small cups vacuum and lift facial tissue to increase circulation, plump fine lines and smooth wrinkles Cellular Therapy-Platelet Rich Plasma: $800 single session 3 session for $2,200 Micro-needling is the way to regenerate from the inside/out. The future is here, dramatic results! Hydrafacials and more..

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hese are the familiar faces you expect to see when on vacation. The Grant Family has created quite the little oasis at the corner of PCH and “I never wanna leave”. It never fails in Southern California that the closer you get to the water the friendlier the people become. We started our “upscale casual, pretend like we don’t have to work for a living” lifestyle at this neighborhood find, just a stone’s throw from our hotel. Coastal Kitchen is much more spacious then you can imagine from the outside, so do invite the whole clan as no one should miss out on this warm and inviting space. The decor is thoughtful and knotted together in nautical ways seamlessly. Indoor-outdoor options may make choosing a seat daunting. It all looks so good. We started with the chef ’s tacos wrapped in flour tortillas and consciously saved room for the jumbo lump crab cake that everyone on Yelp kept ranting and raving about. If the dribble of spinach and kale dip from my shirt collar could talk.... My personal next screen saver may, however, be that slow roasted pork shoulder Cuban sandwich. Half of that was wisely packed away to be enjoyed again later. Our server Daren (aka Crazy D’s), personality was as outgoing and spirited as the flavors on our plate. You’ve made a friend if you’re lucky enough to nab one of his tables. Both Coastal Kitchen Restaurant and Blue Lantern Inn feels like the keys to Dana Point. Well, at least the keys to your stomach and heart.

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he historical character and picturesque beauty of Williamsburg, Virginia attracts many and it’s the old-world aesthetic and painstaking attention to detail that first caught our eye. Anyone who has been to these parts tells you to take in as much as you can, as the area is steeped in history and is every explorer’s dream. Mother Nature dominates the landscape here and during the early hours of night, the sight of locals walking about—some in period costume—has remnants of a suburban utopia found. The buttery charm of Colonial Williamsburg created goosebumps the closer we got off Route 64 and only increased as we entered the grounds of the Colonial Williamsburg Inn. Your deep desire to cross over into another century and experience five-star resort treatment has an advocate now.

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Technicolor Dream Coat by: Limb Factory/Karyn Hutchinson

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here is a healing that takes place when your dreams are realized. The ruckus of the workplace cannot be heard here, as guests speak in low murmurs while lounging about in front of crackling fires and manicured fireplaces (yes, plural). Regency style is elegantly on big display and every person you encounter is on a mission to win you over and make you feel right at home. The top tier service will blow you away, not a detail has gone unnoticed.

The Lobby Garden Grove Martini

Boodles dry gin, grapefruit, lime rosemary honey syrup

The team here shapes chivalry. Take for example our mixologist Casey. Grabbing a quick cocktail at the charming Social Terrace was our first order of business and our vacation began over the house-suggested Garden Grove martini. You ever experience DC or Northern Virginia traffic just 3 hours north? Yep, you get where our nerves were. With a dapper grin, Casey proudly explained that this resort has four specialty drinks that can only be found here. Sold! 110  VENTRE

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A prime destination to host a variety of private group functions including weddings, corporate retreats, social events, meetings, and more, the Williamsburg Inn should be on your radar! The Williamsburg Inn is situated near Colonial Williamsburg, which operates the world’s largest living history museum, preserving Virginia’s 18thcentury capital as a fully functioning city with more than 500 restored or reconstructed buildings, historic trade shops, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, and more.

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e watched in the distance as guests played a round of golf on the back forty. Ladies that lunch strolled by on their way to the spa (also on the property). The transport of Southern charm and the life of Riley is immediate.

Make sure to be lounging in the grand lobby around 5 pm to experience the entry of a Fife and Drum team that ends with three cheers fountain side. Not to be missed. Nothing takes away from the enchantment. The setting commands that you stop and breathe it all in.

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he Federal style antique lover in us salivated over the furniture and décor at The Colonial Williamsburg Inn. Get on the waiting list for The Queens Suite and see why she stayed here twice. To be honest, we were looking for any memento left behind by Jon Bon Jovi on his recent visit.

photos highlighting her royal visits to the local area. Reclaim your life in a bathroom befit for the Queen. Plush bathrobes and luxurious bath products from the spa had us booking appointments by sunrise. A two-door entry into the bathroom allows us early risers to come and go without waking our traveling companions.

It seems old-world charm attracts every generation and walk of life.

The royal ride came to an end way too fast in my opinion. Nostalgia of deluxe bedding, swanky amenities, lavish service, genteel manners and the feeling that you were never a visitor but a valued guest still taps me on the shoulder to this day.

Classic and sublime touches come together seamlessly to cradle you, giving you very little reason to leave for the night. Spacious and royal, elegant and refined. See the pageantry of Queen Elizabeth II displayed in a series of

Give yourself this gift.

The Queen’s Suite The Colonial Williamsburg Inn 136 Francis Street East • Williamsburg, VA • 855-231-7240

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here is a common language five-star resorts speak with other top-tier spas around the globe.

When feeling the need to energize and in a head space to treat your body dynamic to only the best, then just an RSVP away from you is The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg. We held hands and grabbed our umbrella and took a short, casual stroll behind the grand foyer and outdoor sitting areas to a connected passageway. Silly to think we almost opted to drive to the spa before realizing it was on the same grounds as The Colonial Williamsburg Inn where we were staying. Whether in the mood for spa time or the fitness center, the reasons to not roam far for the day just got longer. The premium amenities of five-star service awaited us: robes, slippers, vanity products, and a full spa circuit, including steam rooms, whirlpools, cooling pools, private showers, and relaxation areas. Divided into his and her lounge areas, the space is breathtaking! We seemed to be the only guests there that day as long, quiet halls and serene background music laid the law for grounding. Holistic facial treatments by Tina may well be the best facial experience you will ever have. When under her hands, just ask her to do what she normally channels and don’t say a word beyond that. She introduced my weathered skin to Intraceuticals and just made a life-long fan. Her hands are intuitive and healing; every tool in her tool box will come out. State of the technology is on hand, trust me! Tell her that Sam from Ventre Magazine sent you. Age defense seaweed body wraps, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage and so much more are all aligned to seduce you to book a day for yourself. But don’t just take our word for it. Bet there is a warm voice waiting on the other line to transport you to a special place.

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The Rockefeller Room “Telling the story of Southern mid-Atlantic cuisine that is influenced by the British spice trade is the foundation of what we do. People might hear spice trade, and think it will be too spicy, like Indian or Moroccan cuisine. It’s not. It’s the subtle nuances of these flavors that help tie the meal and the story together.” - Executive Chef Travis Brust

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ur virtuous and honorable love affair with fine food brought us downstairs for dinner to the crown jewel of the Williamsburg Inn, the Rockefeller Room. Whether you’re a guest or not at Colonial Williamsburg Inn, the welcome mat is always unfurled for all here. When it comes to creating a culinary experience like no other, Executive Chef Travis Brust has technicolor hands. The exceedingly creative menu featuring Virginia’s seasonal bounty is rich with colorful Instagram-worthy dishes like Lobster grilled cheese with decadent Maine lobster, three cheeses, malt vinegar aioli, and saffron tomato sauce. Chef Brust’s turmeric ginger shrimp with coconut curry crème left little room for much afterwards. But we went for it anyway. The spice trade is definitely alive and well with palateenticing savory dishes and artfully designed desserts for any special occasion. Worthy of its own spotlight and shout out is my latest love interest, the Later Harvest gnocchi with parsnip puree, blackberry rouille and braised greens. There will never be a

love like ours again. Each delicate bite takes you as far away from reality as you need to be. The dessert sampler shouldn’t be denied, no matter how complete you feel your culinary journey is. There is enthusiasm here that cannot be contained. Chef Brust is lucky to get four hours sleep a night, as his hydroponic herbs need constant attention. Don’t you wish you had fresh basil, dill and cilantro at your fingertips? His storied credentials should have you summoning your travel companions—2012 World Chef Challenge champion, Coastal Virginia Magazine Platinum Plate Award winner of notable restaurants and the Johnson and Wales Grand Award for Professionalism. So lucky are those who participate in his apprentice program and cooking classes on-site! Intimate dining with sumptuous food coming from a deeply passionate kitchen—what better way to celebrate getting your freedom back after dropping off your offspring at the College of William & Mary nearby. Definitely time again to embrace the finer things in life. This is the setting to toast to that.

Inside The Colonial Williamsburg Inn (Reservations: 855-318-0835) • Brunch and Dinner

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enteel locals have an 18th-century

Chophouse secret and those of you who follow Ventre Magazine loyally know we love to tattle.

Reasons to get out of the house just

got weightier. This place is a history

lover’s dream and anyone looking for good libations, friendly service, and

scrumptious food coming out of a soulful kitchen should make dinner reservations now.

Hearty meals inspired from colonial times define the menu. The Hunters Game Pye—a mix of venison, rabbit, duck, bacon lardoons and aromatic vegetables baked under a flaky pastry crust—passed our table. My dinner guest started with the popular peanut soup and didn’t want a moment of it to end. Opting for lighter fare (swimsuit season is on the horizon), the rockfish dinner had my name and heart all over it. This daily special should be in high consideration as a regular staple to the charm of Kings Arms Tavern. The flavors did me in almost as much as that sugary demeanor of our server in period costume. Kings Arms Tavern would love to make a friend out of you. Ventre tip: This place is hopping by 8pm. Make an earlier reservation and toast to life over a champagne cocktail, featuring one of Thomas Jefferson’s favorite champagnes!

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ake a short stroll through the back gardens of Colonial Williamsburg Inn and just pass the on-site spa is the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge. When a casual, no-fuss meal is what we desired during this southern adventure our learned valet suggested Traditions restaurant.

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As we floated through yet another immaculate setting oozing upscale casual luxury, we made a mental note to look at the portfolio of Colonial Williamsburg Resorts in more detail when we got back home. This brand is clearly special in everything they touch and is one of the premier places to look when considering lodging in historic Williamsburg.


Traditions restaurant gives mid-Atlantic cuisine a modern twist through local flavors inspired by the South. Their irresistible breakfast buffet (occupancy pending, of course) will have you smitten somewhere between the cast iron frittata or country spiced French toast. And the infatuation continues if their heavenly shrimp & grits or eggs benedict makes its way onto your plate. No one warns you about the “love pains” that kick in after you check out of the Colonial Williamsburg Inn. The warm setting at Traditions and a host of supportive eateries only adds to the heartbreak. Good luck getting this much love in any restaurant back home.

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Sweet Tea & Barley | 310 South England Street 855-318-5797 | * Open 7 days a week from 2 pm – 11 pm

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ntil you can make a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, we at Ventre Magazine are happy to be your surrogate. On your last night in town, do make a casual stop into Sweet Tea & Barley (in the Williamsburg Lodge) for a taste of refined southern cuisine. True hospitality is on full display here with handcrafted drinks and skillfully paired produce and herbs. Their easy-onthe-eyes menu of pub bites (calamari, nachos, wings) and sandwiches will make total sense to your growling stomach after a long day of golf or sightseeing in Jamestown nearby. It’s effortless to fill up on one of their signature appetizer dishes, Alewerks pub cheese with pretzel toast for dipping. Two or three orders of that and we’d be boxing up those sandwiches for midnight munchies. The bar is full of friendly chatter and the soft, intimate lighting on the patio has light-hearted memories written all over it. During the spring and summer nights ahead, make it a point to drop by for live music and laughter. Gosh, we knew were going to be under a spell when we first got off at Route 64. This sweet setting only sealed our fate. *Ventre tip: Their weekly specials will mandate your presence more than once! Taco Tuesday, Steak Night Wednesday, Friday Jazz & Jambalaya and more will entice you back.

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Magpies and Peacocks is how philanthropists SarahJayne Smith and Ahshia Berry are putting their love for the next generation into action. The dawning of their design house is solely and passionately dedicated to the collection and re-purposing of post consumer fashion textiles and accessories. Let’s be less clinical here as this is serious business. As I write this, Magpies & Peacocks has given a new chapter to over 135,000 pounds of post consumer textiles. For example, the 2017 NFL Environmental Program for Super Bowl LI provided post game 126  VENTRE

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materials that would be transformed into an athleisure collection that sold out faster than a hiccup. The Queen’s of Up cycling recently took London Fashion Week by storm when they partnered for the ‘Re ne(w) by Rene Garza and the Zero Waste Collection. Mainstreaming wasteful materials back into society in bold and irresistible ways is being realized everyday by dreamers like these. Those who say it can’t be done should never interrupt someone who is doing it.


Fan favorites are the various handbags and clutches coming out of this love project. Since a limited amount of materials come in, designer bags are

Magpies & Peacocks is a non-profit design house, 501(c)3--dedicated to diverting post consumer textiles from landfill, educating on responsible consumption, sustainability and zero waste design. Our model rests on four pillars: Collaborate, Create, Educate, and Invest-building creative connections between business, donors, artist, designers, educators, consumers and non-profits.

available in slight quantity. The belle of the ball definitely has a conversation starter now. After all, showing up in the same outfit or with the same bag as your style nemesis is

Magpies & Peacocks currently has ten allvolunteer working board of directors who bring expertise in PR, marketing design, business management, banking, retail, and education; an advisory committee of eight specialists from retail, sustainability, fashion, art, law, HR and business strategy: six Artist in Nesting (our residency program) in a variety of Eco-design, textile manipulation and product development disciplines; and one Fellow exclusively working on the development of new textiles from waste material..

non-optional.

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*By appointment only. email: ahshia@magpiesandpeacocks.org

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Known among beauty insiders as the pioneering

cremes, shimmers, sheers, metallics, classic nudes,

leader in luxury eco-friendly nail polish, the

and everything in between, we have a limited color

quick success and notoriety of PRITI NYC can

selection that changes for all seasons.

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Since it’s launch, the brand has expanded to include

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Siena - who also happens to be D’Amato’s daughter.

are fast drying, chip resistant, contain a UV

PRITI NYC is very active in working with various

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Available in over 100 different shades including

both environmental, and women’s issues.

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WHITE PEACOCK PANTS

Available in Sizes S - 2XL • 100% Rayon • 100% Handmade • 100% Fair Trade On sale now for $7.98

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“We believe education can change the lives of children living in Thailand. Bangkokpants donates $.50 - $1.00 for each pair sold to help low-income students receive scholarships.” bangkokpants.com

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Just Bean

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YEARS OF TRADITION Coffee Leaf Tea has been traditionally consumed for hundreds of years in Ethiopia and Indonesia for various reasons like “helping clear the cobwebs,” “stem hunger,” and as a strong anti-inflammatory agent.

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Wize Monkey is the global leader in Coffee Leaf Tea production, research, and innovation. Stemming from a 2013 grad school project, Wize Monkey has since established itself as the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea company. They are vertically integrated from “Earth to Cup” out of Nicaragua and based in B.C. Founded by Max Rivest, Arnaud Petitvallet, and Enrique Ferrufino, a third-generation coffee farmer in Nicaragua, Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Teas are available in five flavors and can now be found in more than 230 stores across Canada and over 300 stores in the US.

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HIGHER STANDARDS THAN FAIR TRADE We’re proud to be partnered with an amazing farm that has the highest level of ethics and worker support that we’ve ever seen. Workers are provided with housing and daily meals. The small village has a cultural center, kitchen, corner store, a church, school, and abundant spring water fountains around the entire farm. Even fair trade farms we inspected were not up to this standard.

YES, THERE ARE MONKEYS ON THE FARM There are five different families of monkeys on the farm. From early in the morning to late in the evening, you can hear the local monkeys howling from the treetops in the farm. Even in their abundance, it’s not that easy to spot them as they’re usually tucked away within the leaves of the heavy canopy, which shades the coffee plants down below. This is where the inspiration for the name ‘Wize Monkey’ came from. A Wize Monkey is a clever problem-solver that lives in harmony with their natural environment. Not only do they make good decisions for themselves, but also for the greater good of the constituents around them. This is the essence of being ‘wize’ in our minds.

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OUR MISSION To break the poverty cycle in coffee communities by harvesting a tasty, healthy, and sustainable product.

DISCOVERY PACK One sachet of all five flavors 5 biodegradable sachets (12g) $6.99

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PURA D’OR

is the premier innovator in natural hair loss prevention therapy that works. Formulated with 34 powerful and functional natural and organic bioactive ingredients, PURA D’OR Hair Loss Prevention Shampoos and Conditioners were created with one goal – to deliver a consumer experience and results beyond expectations.

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Our maximum strength system features 18 key active ingredients and a premium organic Aloe Vera concentrated formula clinically proven to help prevent hair loss due to breakage, strengthen strands, as well as increase volume & shine. This professional grade system was developed with advanced PuraPlex™ technology for intense hair maintenance and therapy.

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THINK WITH YOUR VAGINA. Our 100% organic cotton tampons are free of harmful chemicals, rayon and fragrances, because we believe you should only put good stuff inside yourself.

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ORGANIC LUBRICANT

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TY ONO, owner of Greysn Media Design • greysnmediadesign.com This award is for a business that has made itself remarkable through marketing brilliance. This business stands out in the crowd.

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Nikki Sterling and Joe Zazzare, owners of Gardening on Walls • gardeningonwalls.com This award is for a business that brought a brilliant new business concept to the 2017 business market.

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Matthias and Emilys Moore, owners of Lingows • lingows.com This award is for a business that exceeds expectations when it comes to serving their customers. They exude integrity, ethics and service before self.

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Kristen & Eward Judd with Five Rings Financial • fiveringsfinancial.com & Marcella Nevermann, owner of 20/20 EyeVenue • 2020eyevenue.com This award is for a business owner who overcame tremendous obstacles to keep moving forward in their business.

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HEART AT WORK

the business of giving back

We’re a Pay It Forward Company. At The Giving Keys, we want to inspire the world to pay it forward, so we’ve built it into how we do business. Through our social impact employment model, every product you purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness.

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WE’RE NOT A NONPROFIT, WE’RE A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE So instead of raising donations, we sell products to provide jobs. A good job is a long-term solution for breaking cycles of generational poverty and homelessness. That’s why we place people on career paths and hand them the keys to unlock their fullest potential.

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OUR PEOPLE Every product you purchase supports job creation for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. To date, The Giving Keys has provided 70+ job opportunities to people transitioning out of homelessness, impacting lives through the power of a Pay It Forward community.

HOURS OF WORK CREATED

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Through the purchase of your Pay It Forward products, The Giving Keys has generated 120,675 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness.

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OUR PRODUCT Each one of our products is stamped with an inspirational word like DREAM, CREATE or INSPIRE. You’re encouraged to embrace your word, then pay it forward by giving your product to a person who needs the message.

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IDENTITY We create space for people to step out of their past and into their future. Our core values unite us around our mission to pay it forward and remind us of the truth about ourselves: that who we are tomorrow is not deďŹ ned by who we were yesterday, and that with intention and hard work, we can create a future that is brighter than our past. One job at a time; one key at a time.

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We sat down with comedian and ultra-spiritual JP Sears. He schooled us on how to be ultra successful by simply being yourself.

Q2 2018 issue  

We sat down with comedian and ultra-spiritual JP Sears. He schooled us on how to be ultra successful by simply being yourself.

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