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La Vie Wellness

Tory Putnam


Yeyen Gunawan, along with 2 full- and 18 part-time employees.


In her twenties, Yeyen Gunawan worked in the fast-paced world of Bay Area real estate, but after several years, she began to experience loss of energy, moodiness, and a lack of what she describes as “optimum health.” Yeyen began to research the benefits of raw food, juicing, and probiotics and began making food and lifestyle changes to bring herself back to health. Since 2005, she has been sharing what she discovered through her line of La Vie Wellness drinks and juice cleanses. A long-time believer in the importance of access to local and fresh foods, she sells her products at farmers markets and local grocery stores throughout the region.

La Vie’s beverages include kvass, kefirs, pure coconut water, green smoothies, and sprouted almond milks in many flavors.


Yeyen sources 95% of her organic ingredients from the farmers at the markets where she sells her drinks. Juices are typically made within one day of ingredients arriving at the small-batch kitchen in Capitola. From there, they hit the stands and shelves fresh, without high-pressure pasteurization. Bottles are produced locally in San Leandro.

Fun Fact

A lifelong athlete, Yeyen has swum the entire length of Lake Tahoe!


Capitola, California


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »