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Hidden Gems: Central Dallas

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Central Dallas’ gems below.

Reneishia Jimmerson

I was always interested in fashion and actually, as a child wanted to be a fashion designer and a writer. Along the way, I stopped believing that it was possible because the reality is, no one was talking about creative careers or providing examples and avenues for kids like me to explore those options. Read more>>

Elise Howard

I am a Dallas and Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, NBA spirit squad member, and actor. I began my acting career in Dallas, Texas at the age of nine, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of twelve to pursue my passion for film. While in Los Angeles, I worked on multiple festival-winning and nominated independent films. Read more>>

Barron W.

I started taking photos when I was in a motorcycle club for fun. Then I would take pictures of myself and I started learning how to edit those. From there, I started doing dirt videos and learning how to edit those. When I started my podcast, I went and bought my first cameras to record and place them on YouTube. Read more>>

Hemal Patel

I was born and raised in Kenya, Africa and moved to the USA when I was 12. I got my accounting degree from Suffolk but after working in the accounting field for a few years, I knew that was not my passion. I always wanted to be a business owner, so one day, I asked my parents if I can pursue in business. With no money and student loans of $750 a month. Read more>>

Melissa O’Neill

As a Registered Nurse specializing in NICU and Labor & Delivery for over twelve years, Melissa is also a mother of three. A dedicated professional, she is a tremendous source of information for new parents and is passionate about sharing her knowledge about the best possible baby care. After the birth of her first child, she became increasingly interested in newborn sleep and saw a need for quality in-home. Read more>>

Nekeya Webster

I have always felt the need to do something great with her excellence. After much prayer and struggles, God made a way for this single mother of three to start this business. I knew women need a way to refresh and rejuvenate so the yoni steam is the obvious answer. It is cleansing, healing and restoring. Read more>>

Lizbet and Adrien Palmer

The Last City began in 2012 while Adrien and Lizbet Palmer were living abroad in Hiroshima, Japan. While there, the acoustic guitar/violin duo performed extensively, from local bars to house concerts, church services to city festivals. Much of their performance style and arrangements are informed by these experiences of playing for multi-cultural, multi-lingual audiences around the world. Read more>>

Leana Delle

In 2007, one of my best friends, Jenesse Aurandt, died of breast cancer. Six months before I lost her, she changed my life forever. “You’re a writer,” she said, with an expression that screamed EPIPHANY!I told her she was crazy.“No, you are,” she insisted, “and you have to promise me you’ll write a book someday.” Read more>>

Brandon Watson

Son. Artist. Worship Leader. SongWriter. Music Producer. Minister. Brandon Watson has been nominated by Voice Of Gospel Music Awards 2018 for “New Artist Of The Year, Male Artist Of The Year, and Contemporary Single Of The Year for his song ‘Got A Feelin’ “. 2018 Rhythm Of Gospel Awards Winner for his hit song “Got A Feelin’. “ Read more>>

Tifany Thornton

How I got started with TRT DESIGNZ, which was established February 2018, was a positive conversation with a coworker who was already branding her brand which motivated and gave me the courage to start making Tshirt, plus she was my first big company Tshirts order.  Throughout the years, I learned to teach myself the process of making Tshirts so that my customers can continuously support. Read more>>

Lauren Snyder

Many years ago, I worked for a start-up skincare company that became very well known for selling top-notch products through plastic and cosmetic surgeons’ offices. Learning from the founder was like getting a graduate degree in skincare. I worked hard to understand what it takes to get great looking, glowing skin. Read more>>

Rachel Ragland

I graduated from Harding University, a private university in Arkansas, in 2012 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. From there, I moved to my dream city of Nashville, Tennessee, where I worked as a marketing and sales coordinator for a corporate golf management company. After a while, I transitioned to a PR firm which focused on telecom and energy companies. It was then I realized I wanted to be in the fashion industry. Read more>>

Cynthia Barnhouse

I was fashion-obsessed from a very early age, I would go through my mother’s jewelry box, empty it and put on every single piece that I could fit. I would explore my parent’s closets and my sibling’s closets to find clothes to play dress up in. I have always enjoyed the creativity required to put together an interesting outfit. Read more>>

Deevo Tindall

I am a southern California transplant that now proudly claims Charlotte as “HOME”! I started Fusion Photography in 2003 after I had a disastrous experience with my “photographer” at my wedding because I was trying to save money. Prior to that, I was a hobbyist photographer shooting weekends, landscapes, and friends while simultaneously holding down a 60-hour workweek as a project manager for a bank. Read more>>

Anjani Vasson

Anjani Vasson’s passion for cooking started at a very young age. Even at the tender age of six, Anjani remembers living in Hong Kong, helping to prepare meals for every family event. Cooking was always part of her family’s lifestyle. Being vegetarian in Hong Kong was not easy in the 80’s so her family cooked all their meals – sourcing everything locally and seasonally. Read more>>

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