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Articles by Kat Merrick

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.

The Man In Black Returns

By on May 29, 2013 | 5 comments

As a child, I spent a great deal of time on road trips. My father always had the radio blasting as we sang along to his favorite artist, Johnny Cash. Read More.

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Birds Of A Feather

By on May 21, 2013 | 0 comments

As a child, my favorite bird was the pelican. In Ancient Egypt they symbolized protection in death and the afterlife. Read more on the pelican in history.

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Attitude

By on May 15, 2013 | 3 comments

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life..." Read the full text of Charles R. Swindoll's famous quote.

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Our Farm Tours Highlight Our Local Agriculture

By on Apr 21, 2013 | 0 comments

Want to experience firsthand how farm-to-plate starts? Explore the amazing farms of Ventura County by joining us for a Totally Local VC Farm Tour!

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