Meet The Team

Beth Rich Brown is the proud owner of Mix It Up.  She brought over 35 years of sales and marketing experience to the store when she purchased it in September of 2018.  She loves being a business owner and an involved member of her Coeur d'Alene community.  A strong focus on Customer Service and curating exceptional, unique gift and home decor inventory are the foundations of the success of the store. She is proud to represent a local business that has been voted the number 1 Gift Store in the area for 13 years in a row.  Beth loves creating interesting story displays with the merchandise she carefully curates and she would love to have you stop in. She is usually in the store and loves seeing return customers who are now friends and meeting people stopping in for the first time.
Michelle Castro has been part of the Mix It Up family since March of 2017. A former teacher, she has a passion for teaching kids and she still tutors to stay connected. She and her husband Stan love spending time with their their son Zachary and his wife Alyssa, and their two kids as well as their daughter Bridget and her husband Noah. They love to enjoy our North Idaho summers by frequenting the lake and by camping in and around the area. 
Teresa was a customer at Mix It Up and we quickly realized she belonged on the other side of the counter.  She enjoys celebrating our customers and “sharing in their journeys.” Whether it’s shopping for a happy occasion, to heal a heart, or just a fun shopping day for yourself, Teresa is committed to providing a great customer service experience. After twenty-years in the corporate world, most recently as head of operational initiatives for a national home healthcare and hospice company, Teresa and her husband, COL Brad Foster, US Army (Retired), relocated from Michigan to their forever home in beautiful CdA. Teresa continues to do speaking engagements based on her book, “A Thousand Letters Home.”
Lori Burdick is a recent addition to the Pacific Northwest from her Native Arizona.  She and her husband moved to the area after Lori retired from her 20-year career in law enforcement.  If you don’t find Lori serving the amazing community of Coeur D’Alene with her Mix It Up Team, she can be found running the mountains trails, mountain biking or power lifting in the gym.
Tara grew up in Seattle but always dreamed of small town life. In 2018 she and her 4 kids got the opportunity to move to North Idaho and they feel right at home! Tara loves meeting new people, the outdoors, music, and the treasures you find garage saling. When she’s not working at her favorite shop in Coeur d’Alene, she’s apprenticing at a local Real Estate agency, or at home watching her kids turn the property into a functioning Regenerative Farm.
Vickie joined the team Fall of 2021. She and her husband have 7 children and 2 grandchildren. Her favorite things include traveling, spending time with family and friends as well as participating in marathons both nationally and internationally. 
Laurie joined Mix It Up in summer of 2021.  From her first step in the door back in 2019, she knew one day she would join the team and continue to establish roots in the community.  Meeting our great customers and helping them is very rewarding.  Exploring N. Idaho and relocating was a great move for her and her son, who is finishing high school and helps around the store on occasion. Her daughter is a college student currently in Vancouver.  She and her son enjoy the outdoors and the abundance of activities the CDA area has to offer. While away from the store you can find her working on her property, gardening, boating, enjoying time with friends watching sunsets and enjoying wine or craft beers.
Mary grew up north of Spokane on Greenbluff but has been gone for the last 40 years.  She worked in airline and hotel sales before retiring and moving back, settling in  downtown CDA about 4 years ago.  Mary is thrilled to be working at Mix it Up, having met Beth not too long after she moved home. She still loves to travel ( a lot ) football, golf, my kids and 2 grand daughters, she dances with the Blazen Divaz and enjoys the downtown CDA lifestyle.
Heidi’s career has been vast, but mainly focused on business management. For over a decade, Heidi successfully ran a large paper crafting company that lead an entire industry. While business management has been her focus, development and implementation of systems are her real super powers. With experience in retail, inventory management, and even taking clients from brick and mortar to online sales. Heidi also helps run Cochran Advisor’s an independent consultancy that works with businesses and municipalities on best business practices and economic development. Heidi has been married to her best friend since 1992, mom of three incredible adult children and two gorgeous grandchildren! 
Julianne joined the Mix it Up team for the busy holiday season and has stayed on behind the scenes to streamline operations ever since. She loves to problem solve and make things more efficient on the backend so that customers can enjoy all that Mix It Up has to offer. Her kids love coming to the store with her and if you ask them, they'd say they work there too! Julianne and her husband and kiddos love the beauty of north Idaho and enjoy camping and traveling as a family. They're also Harry Potter fanatics and Dodger fans. 
Vikki Brown is the woman behind the scenes. She started helping her Mama the day Beth bought the store! Vikki grew up in the age of social media and is the perfect person to run all of the Mix It Up social media platforms ("because she is so quippy"-Beth Brown) and back of house POS organization. You won't often find Vikki in the store as she lives in Whitefish Montana where she enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and paddle boarding. Her future plans, Beth's too, include running a Mix It Up storefront in her hometown!!
We all love Mix It Up and its customers!