The Unstoppable Woman

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   The CRU9 She-Army is made up of some of the strongest, kindest, more empowering women (and men!) that we have the pleasure of not only knowing, but working beside. This month, for our Strong Woman Feature, we’d like to shine the spotlight on one of our own, the powerhouse we call Southern Swirl, the one and only, Shundria Reed. … Read More

The Lighter Side of Summer

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  It’s easy to get caught up in all the big, heavy BBQ dishes that Summer has to offer: burgers, ribs, brisket, etc. But what about the lighter side? What about the days that are a little too hot to stand in front of a burning grill? When you want something fresher, brighter, and juicier? Well we’ve got you covered there too. … Read More

The Perfect Summer Pairings

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Summer is almost here and it’s time for beach days, picnics, and barbecues! It’s our favorite time of year, and we have the perfect wine pairings for any occasion!  We want to make sure you’re set for summer, so for the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you our favorite summer recipes and their CRU9 counterparts.  To start you off, we bring you one … Read More

Building a Legacy of Giving

Vera R. Ciammetti is the unstoppable powerhouse and sheer force of nature behind one of our favorite shelters, Ruby’s Place. For over 20 years she has been a champion for those in need, helping victims of terrible adversity get back on their feet, and has never once shied away from a challenge. Ruby’s Place is non-profit program in Hayward, California … Read More

It Stops with Me– Dusky’s Story of Resilience in the Face of Poverty and Abuse

When Dusky was a little girl, her She-Ra shoes had holes. Classmates made fun of her ugly, second-hand winter coat that wouldn’t zip. Her family received Thanksgiving boxes of food from strangers. Dusky and her sister were raised by their single mother who was trapped in a cycle of poverty and violent relationships. Their living conditions were erratic. *Cue Record … Read More