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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.

Joan Lis Kalarickal

Learning how to embrace my Indian features was a big part of my childhood. In my struggle to love my brown skin and curly/frizzy hair, I would stop to look at anything that was related to beauty and fashion. Whether it was the latest magazine at the dentist’s office or watching “Say Yes To The Dress”, I was hooked. It wasn’t long until I fell in love with fashion. Read more>>

Brie McDonald

Social Media became a perfect platform to learn because it’s a way to utilize all my skills content creating like I was doing as a reporter and then being my own publicist and marketer to maximize the reach and audience exposure of the content I was creating. Read more>>

Julie Guidry

I started flipping houses in my early 20’s and when I first began, staging wasn’t part of my process. It wasn’t until I had a home that wouldn’t sell that I decided to furnish and decorate it to see if that helped. At the time, “staging” also wasn’t a term or something anyone else in Dallas was doing. Read more>>

Rylee Ipsen

I started using my mom’s camera when I was in 8th-grade taking pictures of my sibling’s sports/activities & just things around the house. As a sophomore in high school, I got into Yearbook & further got involved in photography. I loved photographing sports & when I was 16, I had my first customer for their senior pictures. Read more>>

Torre Blake

My story is a little different than most creatives because I didn’t start really pursuing music until after college. I’ve always had a love for music. I have memories of listening to a lot of neo soul with my pops in the car. I started singing when I was little, so much to the point my parents made me take breaks. I actually grew up in sports. Read more>>

Jasmine Anwer

I went to school for photography and discovered a love of architecture and design while I was in school. After graduating, I learned from many photographers being an assistant and building a portfolio for dream clients. After assisting for a few years, I have gone out on my own and am running my business full time. Read more>>

Leon Carr, Reginald Oliver and Edward Campbell

We decided instead of being just apart of LGBTQ nightlife we also wanted to have an IMPACT on and give back to our community. With that being said, we decided to form Impact214 as a party promoting organization that branched off into community service. Read more>>

Meesha Farzaneh

My journey began when I was faced with the misfortune of undergoing three, very invasive surgeries on my left foot in 2017, which limited me to activities that involved minimal mobility. It was a pretty tough time for me. I had been working in a cosmetic surgery consulting position for a few years at that point and hadn’t really formed any special hobbies or areas of interest that I could focus on. Read more>>

Laforenzo Wilkins

After proudly serving my country in the Army for six years. Once leaving the Army I always wondered what would be next and how could I serve my country more. I figured by helping pets live a healthier life that would also give me the opportunity to help pet owners live a healthy life as well. Read more>>

Juan Sanchez and Rafael Saldivar

It has always been a huge goal of mine to run my own company. I began doing small favors for family and friends for events they were having, that’s where it began. So as I began to take trainings here in the US and many in Mexico and balloon décor became my passion. Read more>>

Amaya Linville-Green

As a lil girl, I have watched my Aunt and cousins do hair. It later on in life inspired me to want to do hair. I had a set beautician that would always get my hair right when I used to get relaxers. I would always remember the steps and try it on my self. I was a risk-taker, even if the outcome didn’t come out the same but I still tried! Read more>>

Caroline Snabes

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, I quickly dove head-first into a small public relations firm in Dallas, TX. There I discovered my love for working together with clients to help get them the exposure they needed to become thriving businesses. Read more>>

Antoine Johnson, Marcus Neal, Donnie Younger and Christopher Fleming

We are 4 30+ guys who met each other in Corporate America. Our conversations together have always been colorful and sometimes over the top, so we decided to start a podcast and share our interesting conversations with the public. We pride ourselves on being transparent, open-minded, and unapologetically honest on our platform. Read more>>

Avery Sadler

I began my photography journey at sixteen years old. When I was younger, I used to always film my older brother skateboarding. Through the many skate sessions at local parks, I became familiar with motion and angles. I also had a knack for thinking of wild ideas and manifesting them into reality – whether through art. Read more>>

Dominique Maxwell

Back in the 80’s a tomboy was born. I loved everything about sports. I played various sports throughout middle school up until high school including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball. I knew I wanted to work in sports or just be active as an adult or be some type of food critic because I LOVED food. I really didn’t have an issue with my nutrition until college. Read more>>

Rashad Wallace

As a child my grandfather was one of my biggest influences. He instilled in me that as a man I should always take pride in my ability to protect & provide and if you don’t work then you don’t eat. These principles caused me to be business-minded even as a kid. Elders and those who preceded me would always tell me that I had a knack for making money but I never understood what they meant until I was much older. Read more>>

Dr. Kelly Kent-Hickman

The journey that led me to chiropractic was a rather painful one, but nothing easy is ever worth having. I had been having debilitating migraines for years growing up. They were unrelenting. Even after years of seeking help from every specialist in our area, nothing was helping. I heard the same from every doctor, that I had every symptom of a brain tumor, yet they couldn’t find proof of one. Read more>>

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