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Are you ready to open up about all things business!? I’m Crystal Vilkaits, a curious entrepreneur who LOVES talking about business, especially over a glass of wine. I started Crystal Uncorked to share open and honest conversations about my journey, and talk to other entrepreneurs about their experiences. We pull back the curtain and talk about the highs…AND the lows. Wine isn’t required, but is recommended. This is Crystal Uncorked.🍷

Are you ready to open up about all things business!? I’m Crystal Vilkaits, a curious entrepreneur who LOVES talking about business, especially over a glass of wine. I started Crystal Uncorked to share open and honest conversations about my journey, and talk to other entrepreneurs about their experiences. We pull back the curtain and talk about the highs…AND the lows. Wine isn’t required, but is recommended. This is Crystal Uncorked.🍷

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United States

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Are you ready to open up about all things business!? I’m Crystal Vilkaits, a curious entrepreneur who LOVES talking about business, especially over a glass of wine. I started Crystal Uncorked to share open and honest conversations about my journey, and talk to other entrepreneurs about their experiences. We pull back the curtain and talk about the highs…AND the lows. Wine isn’t required, but is recommended. This is Crystal Uncorked.🍷

Language:

English

Contact:

9706910225


Episodes

Achieving Balance with D.L. “D” Wennes

5/11/2022
My cousin, D.L. Wennes "D" joins me in this episode as he prepares to launch his brand new business, Achieve Balance Counseling. D is a clinical therapist who provides both individual and couples therapy. Through his own struggles with mental illness and chemical dependency, he is in what he calls his "sober second act". D is finally breaking out on his own after a history of several passionless business attempts, he has found his stride and passion through his 6 years of being a...

Duration:00:44:44

Taking the First Step with David H. Lawrence XVII

5/4/2022
I first met David H. Lawrence XVII at a speaking event in 2017, since then I have had the pleasure to hear him speak several more times and each time we talk it is like the world stops. David has an impressive career across the entertainment industry from his 36-year career in radio, an extensive list of acting roles in well-known TV shows, as well as work in the voice acting and voice-over realm. During our conversation, David opens up about the naysayers in his life and how that propelled...

Duration:01:01:14

Be More Efficient in Your Business

4/27/2022
Are you looking to achieve success without the stress? Today, I am so excited to share 5 efficiencies I have integrated into my business and why they are so important. Besides the obvious, efficiency is better, these new systems I have set up have brought me so much value. Utilizing new efficiencies has allowed us to plan ahead, we are ahead of the game instead of struggling to keep our heads above water. Planning ahead also allows room for unplanned events or emergencies. These things that...

Duration:00:27:16

New Fantastical Technology with Stacey Murphy

4/20/2022
If you have been wondering about NFTs, how you can get involved, and what they can do for your business, or even if you are totally new to this, this episode is mind-blowing. In this interview with one of my favorite people ever, Stacey Murphy, we talk all about this insane new technology and what it's all about. Stacey is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, imaginative thinker, and founder of Rainbow Spiderwebs. Zone of Genius Stacey’s zone of genius is just amazing,...

Duration:00:52:46

Mindfulness and Business Success with Bob Negen of WhizBang! Retail Training

4/13/2022
Imagine growing your low sales, low-performing retail store into a multi-store, multi-million dollar operation. Bob Negen did just that during his 2 decades as a retail owner of a kite turned toy store. Now he is the co-founder of WhizBang! Retail Training, where he has transitioned his knowledge into helping other retailers find success in their businesses. The Why Behind WhizBang! Founded in November 1999, WhizBang! Retail Training was born after the struggle but the ultimate success of...

Duration:01:02:04

A Business Designed to Turn Autism Around

4/6/2022
In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, I am featuring my friend and colleague, Mary Barbera in today’s interview. Mary is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Best-Selling Author, and an award-winning online marketer. Turn Autism Around is Mary’s latest book published in 2021, as well as the name of her podcast. Mary fell into the autism world when her two-year-old son was diagnosed with autism in 1999. She tells her story as a mother dealing with a new diagnosis, and how denial turned to...

Duration:00:55:24

Business Lessons at the Circus

3/30/2022
What do business owners and circus performers have in common? This may seem like a really silly question, but I had the unique experience participating in Circus for Entrepreneurs, a leadership training created by my friend Stacey Murphy. I spent a day at the San Diego Circus Center, practicing real circus acts with real circus professionals while reflecting on my business. What's in a name? At the beginning of the day, we were asked to create a power word. This power word we would wear on...

Duration:00:23:08

Building a Business From Passion

3/23/2022
Michelle Smith is the owner of Piccolo Mondo Toys, an Oregon-based toy store, with three locations and a website. Michelle built her business from her unique passions of travel, cultural awareness, children in developing countries, play, and education. Piccolo Mondo is the Italian phrase for "Small World", a perfect match for Michelle's message of play and connection around the world for her store. Michelle's Three Tips and Lessons These three tips haven't always come easily to Michelle,...

Duration:00:47:11

Bridging the Gap with Laura Brandenburg

3/16/2022
Laura Brandenburg is a great friend of mine and a member of my mastermind group. She is the founder and CEO of, Bridging the Gap, an online training and certification company for business analysts. Not only is Laura incredibly successful in her business but she discusses her success in real estate as well. For Laura her "Made it Moment" in business was the first sale of her ebook one year after beginning her blog. She also shares a really special "Made it Moment" after she arrived in North...

Duration:00:38:03

Business and Curiosity with Oonagh Duncan

3/9/2022
If you’re struggling with needing to be perfect to get started, or thinking everyone knows the answer but you, this is the episode for you. In this open and honest conversation with Oonagh Duncan, CEO of Fit Feels Good, award-winning fitness coach, and the author of the bestselling book, Healthy as F*CK, we talk about all the highs, lows, and insides of being a business owner and person in today’s world. Oonagh’s career actually began as a Canadian actress and playwright where she began...

Duration:00:29:16

The CU is Back, What’s Next?

3/2/2022
It’s been a few months but Crystal Uncorked is back! We left off in November 2021 when I rather suddenly felt called to take a break, and I am so glad I did. I’ve spent this time resting, reflecting, learning, and getting energized about what’s to come! I really want to emphasize the importance of taking a break when you need it. Because as a fellow entrepreneur, friend, and listener shared with me, sometimes you need a break to have a breakthrough. I spent more time inward than I ever have...

Duration:00:23:10

Making Time to Turn Inward, Reflect, and Let Creativity Flow

11/17/2021
That’s a wrap! Yes, Season One of Crystal Uncorked has come to an end. As you know, I have a lot of transitions in my life right now. We just moved to Colorado, we’re temporarily living in an AirBnB, and I am still figuring out what this new environment means to me. Coming from California to Colorado, I can finally feel winter like a real season. Something about this cold season is calling me into hibernation. I am feeling very pulled to turn inward and reflect on myself right now. I’ve...

Duration:00:13:45

I’m in Colorado, The Next Chapter for Work and Life

11/3/2021
I’m recording from Colorado! Our long-awaited move has finally happened. I am not going to lie, it was emotional! I feel so much sadness from leaving behind our house, friends, and my Crystal Media team in California. But at the same time, I have pure excitement for the new opportunities for us in Colorado. I am coming to you with a little raw and real update about where my head is and my new perspective. I am physically in a new place and it is sparking so much change. Over the last few...

Duration:00:27:08

The Burtech Family Vineyard: A Family Team Making Great Wines

10/27/2021
After an inspirational trip to Sonoma with family and friends, Burtech Family Vineyard was born. Dominic Burtech did not grow up in the wine industry or as an avid wine drinker, yet his family has created an amazing environment with amazing wines in Encinitas, California. In this interview, Dominic joins me at a table in their vineyard. The views are incredible as well as the Maile Rosé we are enjoying. The Maile Rosé is the namesake of his daughter who designed the wine right down to the...

Duration:00:27:52

Strawberry Wine, a Moment in Time

10/20/2021
No, it’s not made of strawberries. Strawberry Wine is a country music-inspired wine company that captures a moment in time. Kate Edgecombe, friend, sommelier, and creator of Strawberry Wine Company, joins me today to talk about her wine and the inspiration behind it. We are both drinking her Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is delicious. She also has a Rosé and announces in this episode, for the first time ever, the newest wine to be added to Strawberry Wine Company. Kate says the inspiration for...

Duration:00:49:13

What Happens When You Follow Your Passion: A Story of Never Giving Up with Kelly Gunn

10/13/2021
Have you ever wondered what could happen if you just followed your passion? In this interview with Kelly Gunn, owner of Part-Time Pickers and host of the Crazy Good Vintage Podcast, she shares how she changed careers at age 54, followed her passion, and created a job she loves. In her early career, Kelly was a retail goddess. She was really a name to be known. She worked with A-list brands and was incredibly successful. All of this success drove her desire to start her own business in the...

Duration:00:52:18

Unleash Your Branding Brilliance with Marcy Browe

10/6/2021
Are you building a new business? Are you wanting to switch up your current business? Marcy Browe, the California branding photographer, is sharing her tips to unleash your branding brilliance. It’s all about the vision. Marcy’s first step in working with a new client and their business is to interview them, get a feel for who they are and what they want. She asks targeted questions to ensure that the clear vision for the brand is out there. When building your vision for your brand, think...

Duration:01:01:12

Stories of Manifestation: How Manifesting Works for Me and Could Work for You Too

9/29/2021
In this solo episode, I am sharing some stories of manifestation. I really believe in this, but I am by no means an expert. I hope this gives you some inspiration! A few episodes back, I was talking about my indecision on the situation with our house here in California with our upcoming move to Colorado. I am excited to announce we ended up selling our house! Life is just so surreal right now and I definitely feel like I am living in a dream. This is where manifestation comes in! So what...

Duration:00:22:39

Human Design: Create More Ease and Flow in Your Life with Adina Kroll

9/22/2021
Human Design is the science of who you are and you can use it to create more ease and flow in your life. In this interview with Adina Kroll, Human Design expert, and business and sales coach, she breaks down the types of Human Design and how the knowledge of what type you are can change how you operate your life. There are five types of Human Design and beyond that many directions that lead to your exact profile. Adina explains that when you’re able to identify your type and you resonate...

Duration:01:19:29

Women in Wine: The Ins and Outs of the Wine World and Succeeding in a Male Dominated Industry

9/15/2021
Aubrey Terrazas is the Co-Found, Marketing Director, and Master Sommelier Candidate for the Palate Club. Her intro into the wine world began with her degree in French and as she waited tables alongside sommeliers. She continued her learning and worked as a sommelier for many years at the start of her career in wine. As an avid wine enthusiast and lover of learning, I have thought a lot about becoming a sommelier. Through my research, I found it to be a rigorous and intense process. Aubrey...

Duration:00:39:50