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Articles by Kat Merrick

About Kat Merrick

Kat Merrick made her mark in the apparel world as an innovative leader and founder of Surf Chick Inc. With over 25 years of extensive experience managing worldwide capacity apparel facilities, companies and product, her superior leadership skills, practiced in directing cross-functional global teams to design, brand, source develop and marketing, won her world-wide recognition and awards. She is considered an expert in the areas of trend studies, brand building and marketing. At 23 years old she opened her first successful retail business in Ventura County, Since then, Kat has owned and operated several very successful retail and wholesale operations and assisted numerous multi-category small businesses to achieve success. Highly respected by many local small business owners, growers, artists and locals, she has been tagged as "the Shop Local girl". Kat's extensive travels, strong business knowledge and desire to make a positive impact locally helped inspire her to create Totally Local VC. A Ventura County resident since 1978, single mother of two and long-standing advocate for support of local small business and all that is Ventura, founder and developer of Totally Local VC, Kat brings her passion for our community to all she does. Her writings, posts and blog reflect her love of family, friends and community and desire to help.

‘Tis The Season

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012

‘Tis the season for gift giving. Why not consider a gift that gives something back to our community?

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Making The Foodie Scene

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012

You can find gourmands and perhaps a few undiscovered gems in lots of cities. But when it comes to cool towns, hip foods, local wines, beers and fresh and in-season, Ventura is truly making the scene. Food Scene that is.

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Music’s Home Address

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012

This year’s Ventura Music Week runs February 15-19. We hope you’ll step away from your screen and enjoy some quality time with our local musicians.

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