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Team Member Spotlight–Our Artist, Mykey!

She’s Behind the Scenes…  But Making Great Scenes!

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Let the Artist Work!

Mykey has worked at Lassen’s for nearly five years, but she has really made her own path here!  She started as a cashier in our Thousand Oaks store, but her goal was to work in the Supplements Department, which she was able to do after just a few months.  She said Jamie in the Thousand Oaks store is the “Best Teacher Ever!”  Mykey loved being a Supplement consultant, and she put her own twist on the department….

 

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With her Artwork!

Whenever there was a need for a display to be spruced up, Mykey stepped in with her creativity and artistic talent.  
 
She even won a contest with this display!

 

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All of this extra creativity didn’t go unnoticed.  Soon the Owner and Regional Manager saw Mykey’s work, and asked her to design a reusable bag for the stores.  This was what she likes to call her “initiation!”

It. Was. Fantastic.

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Mykey came up with a design that we all love!  Even the sides of the bags are creative and beautiful!

 

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You can buy these reusable bags in all of our stores! 

Funny.  Kind.  In Love.

When I asked Mykey to tell me three quick things about herself, she said first that she likes to make people laugh.  She and her friends love to act in and make funny YouTube videos.  She loves to be a ham in front of the camera!  Her wish for the world is that everyone would be kind and respectful.  And  (drum roll, please!) …. she is getting married in less than 100 days (She knows exactly how many days.  You’ll have to ask her what the countdown is now!)
 
And this is how her fiancee proposed…
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Oh look, her foot is popping!

  Can I get an “Awwwwwww…..?”

In the Beginning

Mykey started out in Pasadena, and then her family moved to Thousand Oaks when she was in second grade.  Her mom would sneak health foods into their meals, and so she grew up with an interest in eating in a more healthy way.  She was always a little artist–before she could write she would draw pictures and make up stories that her dad would write down for her.  She always took art classes in school, as well as music and film editing.  She said, “Anything that I can get my hands on I like to take a whack at it!”

 

Mykey loves to create and develop characters.  You may have seen some of her creations around!  Here are two of them on our Kid’s Day Ad–Pink Lady and Broccoli Boy:

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She also has come up with some villains to draw attention to the need for healthier eating.  Here’s the Mystery Fried Nugget that was part of the Mega Food Display.

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And who could ever miss ZenPeach?  Isn’t she great?  (And you ought to try one of these smoothies from our Deli–delish!)

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She’s Got Some Favs!

Mykey said there are many things she loves about her job at Lassen’s.  She loves the people she works with.  She loves being able to create and see her creations developed.  She loves being a part of the team that has philosophical discussions about the business and the business direction.

And Here are Some of Her Favorite Products

Mykey has a lot of favorites!  Some of them I hadn’t had before, but immediately picked up and gave them a try!

Artisana Coconut Butter

 
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Mykey spreads this on toast with cinnamon for a quick and delicious breakfast.  I had never tried this, and found it wonderful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Renew Life Triple Fiber

Mykey adds this fiber to smoothies, yogurt, or applesauce.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wild Poppy Drinks

Mykey’s favorite is the Peppermint Lemonade.  These drinks are found in the refrigerator case. I tried the Grapefruit Ginger, which was also wonderful!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lassen’s Deli Raw Kale Salad

Mykey will often order this salad when she comes out of the office for lunch.  It is a very popular salad from our Deli!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Majestic Garlic Spread

This is an amazing Non-GMO, Raw, and Vegan spread that is fantastic on bread or vegetables or crackers.  We usually have some of this spread at my house, too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So next time you see some fantastic artwork at Lassen’s, you’ll know to thank Mykey!  So…

Lettuce Celebrate!

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Enjoy the artwork!  (And aren’t we grateful for the amazing talent of our artists?  I sure am!)
 
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Team Member Spotlight–Megan!

She’s One of Our Great Team Members!

 
Megan is our Regional Lifestyles and Gift Buyer. She especially watches out for unique and exciting gift items.  She is also the model for our Beads of Hope necklaces!  
 
Megan grew up in Northern California and got a degree in Geography with an emphasis in City Planning.  She even speaks Polish!  She spent 18 months in Poland during her college years.  
 
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Megan really loves to eat healthy and she is also a runner.  She has run the Ragnar Relay and some half-marathons, too.  She loves to work in her garden and is devoted to clean and green living.
 
Three quick fun facts about Megan:
1. Because she was raised in Northern California, she is very partial to Redwood trees and foggy beaches.
2. Not only does she run for exercise, but for stress relief and meditation.
3. If she had to listen to the same musician over and over again for the rest of her life it would be Cat Stevens.
 
Megan’s favorite part of her job is learning about the different products that Lassens carries and meeting with companies that are passionate about their products, as well as passionate about improving our world.
Megan says, “Many of the products found in Lassens represent companies that give back to their communities in a big way. These contributions range anywhere from Alzheimer’s research to providing clean drinking water in developing countries. The contributions go beyond donations, because a lot of these companies choose responsibility in every aspect of production–such as fair labor practices, sustainable sourcing, waste reduction, etc. It’s exciting to me and also further convinces me of the power of the consumer in supporting such responsible companies.”
 
Megan’s heros are her grandparents– on both sides. “They were such hard workers–both in their professions and also in their volunteer work. They took great pride in their communities and volunteered much of their time and energy to improve them.”

 

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When I asked Megan about some of her favorite products she mentioned these adorable Flipside hats.  Flipside is a family owned and operated business, the hats are made in the USA (California and Oregon), and they are made with repurposed and/or recycled materials.  

 

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They use all of the organic materials that they can.  These great hats are just in our Ventura and Los Feliz stores right now.  So cute!

 

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I totally agreed with her next recommendation–a “Winning Combination.”  You should try this!  Get some Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps.  They are small, thick, tasty, crispy breads in amazing flavors (Cranberry and Hazelnut, Rosemary, Salty Date and Almond, Gluten-free Oat, to name a few!) I love that they are fancy and so delicious.  They make me feel like a gourmet when I eat them!

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Take a crisp and then spread on some Drake Family Farms fresh Chèvre cheese.  The Drake family farm is a six-generation operation!  The original farm is in Utah, but they also have a farm in Ontario, California where we get our fresh Chèvre.   

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The cheese comes in a convenient plastic tub so you can have some now and save some for later! 

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This is Megan’s favorite combination!  Yum!  

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Megan also recommended the Evanhealy facial care line.  Her favorites are the Rose Geranium Facial Tonic HydroSoul, and the Rose Vetiver Day Moisturizer.   

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The rose line is for combination/oily skin, but they have other lines for different skin types.  Megan likes that the line is really clean (no chemical, preservatives, non GMO, etc) and extremely gentle.  She quoted Evan Healy herself:  “The less you interfere with the skin’s own ability to achieve balance, the better.” 

When I asked Megan what she would like to change about the world, she said changing primary school curriculum to include gardening education. “So many people are disconnected from the food they eat and I love that gardening helps reconnect people to basic food. Working with the soil, watching how food grows cultivates a deep respect for the earth, energy, and other resources that go into making a tasty meal.”
 
Thank you Megan for sharing your favorites with us!  Love those “Buyer’s Picks!”
 
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