We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Donyes and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alyssa, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely should. The novel is set in 1960 in Jim Crow-era Florida and follows the life of a very intelligent African American boy who is wrongfully accused of a crime and gets sent to a reform school called Nickel Academy. It’s based off of a true story about a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years. This book helped open my eyes to so many heartbreaking truths about our history. Since reading this book I have spent more of my time finding ways to support the black community where I can and to continue to educate myself and others about history that we may not have known or fully understood. Growing up where I did and being a white female, I see my privilege blatantly now and want to help bring equality and love to my black brothers and sisters in whatever way that I can.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a venue coordinator for The Woodshed and The Vistonian has been a really incredible experience so far. I get to work with so many wonderful vendors in the industry and so many amazing couples. I feel that something that sets us apart is that we still get to run things on a small business scale even hosting the amount of events that we do. This means that I get to work with each client from start to finish and experience everything with them. The biggest challenge so far has been getting our new venue, The Vistonian, up and running. We have been working on this venue for over 2 years and were finally set to open this past April. Unfortunately, COVID pushed that out and we are still just really looking forward to getting to host so many beautiful events. We have been really lucky that we really don’t run into many challenges with The Woodshed on a normal operating level. It really is such a great space to be a part of and I am lucky to work here.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man, there are so many incredible things to see, eat, and do around here! We would definitely spend a lot of time down by the coast in North County San Diego. Some of the favorite spots to eat and grab cocktails would include, Dija Mara, Rosewood Kitchen, The Compass, Wrench and Rodent, The Plot, and Craft Coast. We would also definitely spend a day in Balboa Park having lunch at Panama 66 and exploring the gardens. It would also include a lot of brewery hopping! Some of the go-to’s would be Eppig, Modern Times, Mikkeller, Pizza Port, Culver, and Rip Current.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize Dave and Donny Firth for allowing me the opportunity to get to where I’m at now. They brought me on at the very beginning when we were just a brewery tasting room and they have allowed me the chance to grow with this company and help make it into what it is today. If I hadn’t started at Booze Brothers Brewing Co, I would never have found my way into the wedding industry and a job that I love doing.

Website: www.woodshedvenue.com
Instagram: @woodshedvenue
Other: Vistonian Website: www.vistonianvenue.com Vistonian Instagram: @thevistonian

Image Credits
Kami Olavarria Briana Nolan Tayler Ashley

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