We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Yes, there has been a complete upheaval with work and life balance during Covid for me. I have a high-schooler, middle and elementary schooler who have been at home on-line learning for over six months. A work-life-personal balance is currently barely existent these days. Our daily lives have been significantly altered and finding balance, motivation and focus can be a real struggle. A few things I’m doing to stay balanced: 1) Remove any unnecessary pressures and deadlines. 2) Exercise: Tennis is my go-to right now. 3) Daily Priority Lists so nothing falls through the cracks. 4) Taking mental breaks throughout the day to pause and think and allow my mind to reset. This gives me time to release and time to be thoughtful, creative, to know what to do next and most importantly to know what to let go.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Gracey Lane Collective is based in Fallbrook, California. I did not set out for our family home to become the epicenter of my business. It happened organically by being inspired by our family farm, and passion for art, culinary, and culture. Gracey Lane is focused on creating sensory experiences through art, food, and music in an intimate setting at our farm. Each curated experience is live art and executed to inspire and connect our guests often for a philanthropic cause. If we were based in New York City or Los Angeles, our events would have taken right off. In fact, most of our guests come from LA, San Fran, NYC and other metropolitan areas around the country looking for unique one-of-a-kind experiences. It has taken a few years and many challenges along the way. We have overcome many challenges simply by being consistent, true to who we are and ultimately through word-of-mouth referrals by our guests.
What should the world know about Gracey Lane? We’ve only just begun. Our past sensory events have featured produced from our farm and local San Diego farms by Michelin Star and Master Chefs, rock-stars in music and luxury beverage. Our gallery now represents and exhibits internationally renowned artists including Eric Zener, Taylor Gallegos, Marissa Quinn, Michael Walrond, Victor Roman, Luis Garzón Masabó, Silvestre Miranda and Virginie Mazureau. Gracey Lane along with the artists we collaborate with believe in supporting important social and environmental causes through art. From our very first event held “The Beauty in Things”, we have supported the community, culinary industry and the arts. We have helped raise money for the victims of the “Bonsall Lilac Fire”, Fallbrook Food Pantry for the holidays, and the Surfrider SD Surfrider Foundation. In addition, just this October we curated, produced, exhibited and hosted the first annual art fundraiser for Wildcoast which raised over $140,000.
We are committed to curating and creating “Art for a Cause”. Our goal is to fuel a positive impact for the worlds social and environmental health. We have some great exhibits and events lining up. The dates will be released when we feel the timing is right. What we do know is that each event will be for an amazing cause and we hope you join us!
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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Fallbrook is a hidden gem and the best places to visit here you really need to have the “inside-scoop”. First, if someone is staying overnight, I would recommend two great and unique places that can be booked through VBRO: Equinox Farms and Visit Fallbrook. I would start my day with fueling up at “Bakin-it-Up” located on Main street located on 118 N. Main Avenue. They have delicious baked goods and gluten-free options. I like to start off with a little fresh air and exercise. We have great hiking and natural preserves to visit including Los Jilgueros Preserve, Live Oak Park and The Grand Tradition has beautiful grounds. If you’re interested in a little shopping, I highly recommend hitting up Main Street and checking out the Fallbrook Art Center, Pressed & Blessed Clothing and “Nice Kid Apothecary”. For lunch we have some great options, Coffee, Corks and Cuisine for their Avocado and Poke Bowls or Cuban Sandwich, Brothers Bistro has a great selection and I personally love their French dip and Caesar salad. For the wine lovers like me we have excellent wineries. My favorites are Myrtle Creek, Fallbrook Winery and Hueftle Farms Vineyard (actually in Bonsall .. but close enough!) When ready to wind-down and have a nice dinner, definitely go to “Small Town Fallbrook”. The chef, food, staff and ambiance are all fantastic. Chef Carlo locally sources his produce, meat and fish from local farms and fishmongers (including Gracey Lane Farm) and has been featured a few times in Edible San Diego. To close out the evening, I would suggest grabbing your bottle of wine you may have purchased from your winery visit and head back to your Airbnb to watch one of our epic sunsets go down.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shout-out is dedicated to my husband Jason Phillips. We have been together for almost 23 years and married for 17. He has been my biggest support, sounding-board, and partner every step of the way of my career of companies, ventures and philanthropic efforts.
Instagram: @graceylanefarm and @graceylanegallery
Linkedin: GraceyLaneGallery and GraceyLaneFarm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graceylanefarm and https://www.facebook.com/graceylanegallery
Youtube: Gracey Lane Farm and Gracey Lane Gallery
Photo Credits: Chase Life Photography, Susie Fiebich Photography, Equinox Photo