Crystal Uncorked

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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September 21, 2022 34 min

We’re back with part two, Celebrating 10 years and finishing up my list of my top 10 tips and lessons learned in business. If you haven’t listened to last week's episode, Part 1, go back and listen for tips 1-5 and then come back to finish it up!

Tip 6: Have a Support System
This is not your work team but your personal support as an entrepreneur. You need someone there for advice or an ear and to bounce ideas off of. Reach out t...

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Can I get a WOOHOO!? *Pops Champagne* While I’m not drinking on today’s episode, I am certainly celebrating. We have reached 10 years in business at Crystal Media!! I am so proud and honored to reach this milestone along with my team. In honor of this exciting milestone, I am sharing my top ten tips and lessons learned in my last 10 years of business.

Tip 1: Mentorship
I wouldn't be where I am today without a mentor.  In episode ...

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If you're a listener or a follower of mine, you have probably had the chance to see some of Christina Gressianu’s work. Christina is a dear friend of mine, whom I met on Twitter nearly 15 years ago! Today, she is joining me on the show from her photography studio in Loveland, Colorado. I am so happy to finally be close by and continue to work with her often. In this episode she shares some insights she has on photography, being...

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My guest Sarah Goldberger, CEO and Founder of Lord Jameson: Organic Dog Treats, joins me today with some really great advice for those in the pet industry but also for business owners in general. We talk about the importance of mentorship, embracing failure and uncertainty, and SuperZoo, an incredible conference for pet retailers and others in the pet industry.

Sarah so eloquently phrases her Zone of Genius, as the ability to “find ...

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Janel Dickin is a former client who left her retail business to become a retail consultant. She works with Management One to help independent retailers operate more efficiently through merchandise planning. She has been a colleague and friend and a big inspiration for me getting started with Crystal Uncorked, the entire conversation over this episode is fun and funny and full of amazing tips and insights for business owners.

“Don’t ...

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Conn and our souls just connected. Jennifer is a spiritual educator and offers mediumship and clarity readings, retreats, and other amazing spirit work through her business, The Medium Experience.

As Jennifer has come into her space as a Medium, she comes from a place of urging both herself and others to trust themselves. Spirit is all about energy, frequency, and your inner work. She...

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Ada Deferrari is a great friend of mine, and the owner of ADA Collection, the leading belt retailer in the United States. For 16 years Ada has been a design and style educator, teaching women to choose style over fashion.

ADA Collection has an unlikely origin story beginning with Ada’s completion of law school. During a stay in Argentina to learn about international law, she discovered and fell in love with their leather products. T...

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The episode is jam-packed full of tips and good content for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Pete Mohr is an experienced entrepreneur, coach, and business expert. With Simplifying Entrepreneurship, he helps business owners understand the process and systems needed in their business to turn their frustrations into freedom and stop letting their business own them.

Pete is in the process of writing a book on the “5 Ps”, a premise on...

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If you’ve been a listener, you know that just before the end of season one, Dustin and I moved from California to our new home here in Colorado. Today in the midst of a gorgeous morning walk I am reflecting on the why behind our movement and want to share that with you.

During the pandemic, I became really strong in the habits of journaling and taking walks. Dustin and I would walk our California neighborhood, sometimes multiple tim...

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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,...

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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 op...

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April 27, 2022 27 min

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 ...

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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 Spiderw...

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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 Trainin...

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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 m...

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March 30, 2022 23 min

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 a...

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March 23, 2022 47 min
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 T...
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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 s...

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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 be...

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March 2, 2022 23 min

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 hav...

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