Stephanie was raised in Santa Monica, California, Aka: Dogtown. After traveling the world in her 20’s she settled down in Maui for a year then moved to Hood River Oregon, the windsurfing capital of the world! At the age of 23 Steph opened and ran a very popular restaurant called Purple Rocks Art Bar and Café for 3 years. She loved recipe developing and the overall designing of the restaurant and menu. She had fun teaching herself to cook and bake through research, trial and error. Operating the restaurant was the hardest thing she has ever done. It was all consuming! She had 23 employees at one point. However, it was an incredible learning experience. At the time the town was only busy enough in the summers so she ended up selling it.
Steph then started her jewelry line named Venezian, which she sold to 23 stores in Portland, Seattle, Idaho and California. At the same time she designed 3 top selling hats for Da Kine snowboarding accessories. Steph had been into a natural skin care for some time and decided to start her own line and developed all her own recipes. It was named “Flower of Flowers” after the Ylang Ylang flower. She took on a partner and they sold to local health food stores and they also hosted skin care parties for 2 years. Her partner moved to Maui and Steph decided to let it go and kept on with Venezian jewelry line. Shortly after, she was hired on at Flerchinger’s Vineyards (now known as Cathedral Ridge) and worked there for 4 years serving customers in the tasting room. Steph learned all about the wine industry from the different varietals, bottling and labeling, the climates the grapes grow in, the crush methods, filtering and fermentation process and so much more!
Angela was born and raised in Hood River Oregon in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, a small town 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. She is a happy mother of twin boys. Growing up she had many influences in alternative healing. Ang’s parents were both very creative so she grew up creating, designing and dreaming of a career and lifestyle where she could utilize her natural creative talents. Ang started taking an interest in cooking at the age of 14. Her Arabic uncle who lived with her family for about a year, had a big influence on her and taught her some incredible Middle Eastern recipes.
Ang started working for a local Hood River swim and activewear company named Kerrits. She learned to design swimwear including custom pieces for customers and they distributed to Nordstrom and other smaller boutiques. Later, she decided to partner up with her mother, aunt and cousin to create an art co-op called Interior Fusion. They sold art of their own as well as local artists artwork. During this time she was also working alongside a women who ran an interior design and retail paint and window coverings business. There she gained a lot of experience in the world of interior design, color, and faux finishing. Ang was married at the time to a very talented musician, who also taught guitar and singing lessons. She helped him with all of his band’s P.R., bookings, band identity and tour arrangements. This is about the time where Steph and Ang met!
One day, Steph decided to take singing lessons from a friend who taught her by using the guitar instead of a piano. She had asked him if he knew of any female guitar players who might be interested in starting an all girl band and he introduced her to his wife Angela. They hit it off instantly and then started a band called Scarlet Luxury. They had a lot of fun, became great friends and creatively inspired each other from that point on.
After looking for more outlets Ang and Steph put their creative forces together and started a faux finishing company. They worked so well together, they would dream up all sorts of ideas while working together. They both had a love for fashion, drawing, designing and conceptualizing all their ideas in their spare time; they decided to start an accessories line called EvaRuna. They developed a unique product and learned the in’s & out’s of the fashion industry, working with a long time friend of Steph’s who has been in the fashion industry for 20 years (started Bronze Age,Von Dutch Clothing & Stronghold Denim). They learned it all from writing a business plan, arranging photoshoots, creating line sheets, to samples and marketing. After the recession was in full motion the two decided to move on… Ang moved to Portland, Oregon and Steph moved back to Venice, California. They have remained great friends and continue to inspire each other. Four years later, Stephanie who resides in Northern California and Angela in Phoenix Arizona, thought it would be cool to bring all their interests together to create a food and cocktail blog. Hence the name CaliZona.