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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 Book of Virtues – Modern Day Lessons

By on Jul 27, 2015 | 1 comment

Virtues. Self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, friendship, courage, honesty, loyalty and faith. Our own Kat Merrick discusses her path to lessons learned in The Book of Virtues.

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Johnny Cash’s Legacy Gives Birth to Roadshow Revival

By on Jun 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Johnny Cash’s Legacy Gives Birth to Roadshow Revival

Johnny Cash’s local ties, stories from his daughter Cindy and the birth of Roadshow Revival’s popular tribute festival – it’s all here!

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The CSA – Step Inside the Box to Eat Local

By on Apr 18, 2015 | Comments Off on The CSA – Step Inside the Box to Eat Local

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has been a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from the farmer. Download our local CSA list.

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It Takes a Village – Local Knowledge Helps Build a Community

By on Mar 5, 2015 | Comments Off on It Takes a Village – Local Knowledge Helps Build a Community

Part 1 of a series on Kat Merrick’s journey to Tactic, Guatemala to participate in the Seeds of Tomorrow project aimed at solving malnutrition and the lack of education in the region.

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