Summer Staeb is a Southern California native with roots in photography and hospitality and landed in Ventura in 2021. She and her partner Jake opened Midtown Wines at 981 E Main St in October of last year and it really is the sweetest little natural wine shop. They make trips to Europe as often as they can to source wines, visit small natural winemakers and friends and we’re so happy they do! 

picture of a hand painted sign on a building that says "Midtown Wines"

We had the chance to visit Summer at the shop and chat about life, photography and being a business owner. Along with the shop, which is giving French countryside feels, they’ve created a warm and intimate gathering space for small private events. Their public events are not gone though! (Remember when they would pop up for fun wine club gatherings?) They’ve got one coming up on Feb 4 for the release of Emocean issue 04! Their shop is so beautiful and airy and the perfect small biz addition to Ventura. Go pay them a visit and they’ll help you find the best Rosé for your mellow beach day or the perfect Gamay for your upcoming dinner party.

two photographs, one a cropped image of a woman in a white top with two wine bottles in front of her on the counter, the other a photo of a shelf in the wine shop with bottles and books about natural wines

two images, one of a woman adjusting wine bottles on a shelf, the other of her standing in a sunny spot in the wine shop wearing a white top and rust colored pants

two photographs, one of a table, bike and lamp, the other of a woman through a glass door, she is wearing a blue denim dress

woman sitting in a stool wearing a white top and jeans next to an image of a shelf of olive oil and other bottles

Summer is wearing our Crop Top in Natural Hemp, Pocket Pants in Rust linen, and the Grace Dress in Hemp Denim. 

Written by Summer Dalton

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