About VenturaVie

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Sunday Salons are the idea of creating a place where we can foster community for just 45 minutes on a monthly Sunday to listen, learn and share with each other. Enjoy recordings of Fall 2022 Sunday Salons below.


If you have a good idea for a salon, feel free to contact us at Info@venturavie.org






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  • Guest Bee - Reese Ellis







When taking on an internship with VenturaVie, I wanted to be able to use my academic interest, public relations, to further the mission of fashion, compassion, community. In meetings with Victoria Zitrin, founder of VenturaVie, we tossed around the idea of doing some kind of event to introduce young creatives to our non-profit. Victoria, being very invested in and trusting of me, allowed this to be my job and we decided it would be the perfect capstone for my internship.


In recent years I have become fascinated with storytelling. I started my own podcast extraordinary ordinaries last year with the idea that whether or not a person has a platform, they still have a story because everyone has something to share. With this idea, I have spent the last year interviewing people about their individual stories and turning them into podcast episodes. It has introduced me to people all over the world and shown me that there is value in the stories of our neighbors.


Keeping that in mind I pitched the idea of a live storytelling event to Victoria and we decided this would be very on-brand since people are always telling her stories when they come into V Boutique. And thus Sunset Stories was born. I spent the summer designing content, planning with board members, sending invitations, and brainstorming how to make this event a success, and in the end, it was just that. On September 29th, We gathered in V boutique with existing members of the VenturaVie community, as well as some fresh new faces and we shared stories, poems, and thoughts relating to our theme of connection.

This event couldn’t have gone better because we accomplished what we set out to do; bring people together. We were able to cultivate a space where total strangers could be vulnerable. We had people telling stories about their ancestors, opening up about their mental health, and familial intricacies. It only reinforced the idea that connection is the key.

We originally picked connection as our theme because it is my number one value in life. I feel the most happy, safe, and fulfilled when connected to a place, person, or idea. But this event became so much more than my own personal values. As I said at the end of the event, connection is the special sauce in life. Think about it like this: have you ever had an outstanding meal and you just can’t put your finger on what was in the special sauce? Think about life as the meal and connection as that special ingredient. Connection is the special sauce in all of our lives.


As we are planning to do more of these Live Storytelling events, I hope to meet you in the hiVe. Come with an open mind and a kind ear, I can’t wait to hear your story and introduce you to VenturaVie!


Sunset Stories Inaugural Event




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  • Guest Bee - Renee Siller-Ellis

Updated: Oct 17

A favorite thing about when I get to travel from my home in Atlanta to San Francisco is working on VenturaVie’s partnership with Zinc House Farm. I have blogged about how great it is to see the curiosity and fascination in the children while they are picking flowers and tasting different vegetables they learn about and harvest for themselves in the most wonderful organic garden.

So what was different on this occasion? BABY DUCKS AND ROOSTERS!

Watching the wonderment in the children when they could be up close to the ducklings was one of those rare, pure moments of joy. Of course, who am I kidding, I was in love with those baby ducks too!


The children also got to build an actual shelter for the many new roosters on the farm. Helping these kids who didn’t know each other before that day, work together and help each other gave me hope for the future. As they were leaving the farm we heard them saying “I built a rooster house”!




The second part of my trip is usually spent in V Boutique helping with any events at the shop, creating content, and unpacking and getting out new arrivals. The shop is always a special place to visit and volunteer as it not only provides a fun shopping experience for a good cause, it also is a place to step into community with each other. Some customers drop in, and browse, while others come in and stay for a while.


A V Boutique SF Story

My own daughter is away at college now so her and my time together is limited and sacred. It was such fun to provide a true, small boutique experience for a mother and her college-age daughter sharing their sacred time together. They were in the shop for an hour! I know they will never forget the lovely experience of being in a place where there is no negative self-talk and all are welcomed and beautifully accepted. The mom looked at me as they left with shopping bags full, with the most heartfelt “thank-you”. Getting to be a part of someone's special memory is so rewarding!


VenturaVie’s partnerships and programs range from large to small. Sometimes though for me, it’s seeing those small moments within the community that are the most rewarding and where I believe the most important, long-term impact will be seen.


VenturaVie - Placing Positivity in the World!

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A Meaningful Gift Guide 2022