Founder of Bare Organic Mixers, I am an East Coast, Italian girl who started my career as a teacher at San Diego State University. As an East Coast transplant, I thought it would be fun to bring the popular summertime product, Italian Ice, to the West Coast, so I started a company on the side making and selling Italian Ice at street fairs and farmers markets. Soon after, my friends began asking me to bring Italian Ice to parties, so they could mix it with liquor, and make all-natural, low-calorie frozen cocktails.
A year later, I was laid off from teaching., and while I was drinking one of my Italian Ice cocktails, a lightbulb went off, and I decided to recreate my current product and turn it into an all-natural, low-calorie cocktail mixer.
Originally named SoCal LowCal and created in my San Diego kitchen, I navigated the process of sourcing, bottling, and manufacturing a product. A year later, I changed the name to Bare Mixers, so it was more appealing on a national scale.
In 2014, I sold the company to Ultimate Superfoods, Inc. The line is now USDA Certified Organic, and the brand name has been updated to Bare Organic Mixers.®
Natalie and Bare were featured in some notable press outlets to include: Forbes.com (Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in SD), Pacific Magazine (Top 30 Under 30) The LA Times, E! Online, People Magazine, and Bravo's, The Millionaire Matchmaker.