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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.

Matt Gagnon

I was born and raised in the deep woods of Maine where I met my future wife at the age of 15. I grew up in divorce but blessed with great parents; however, I struggled with low self-esteem, depression, and academics. Read more>>

Janie Lacy

It was the first day of 5th grade, September 1988. My sisters and I shared a room and were suddenly woken up by loud banging at our front door. It was either that night or the next morning that we were told our sister Carmen was in the hospital. Read more>>

Elias Madrid

Throughout my life, I have lived in many places. I was born in El Paso, TX and from there I moved to other states such as Hawaii, North Carolina, and Georgia. My father was in the military. Read more>>

Robin O’Neal

Being A native of New Orleans, Louisiana Displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I was left to figure out the big World of Dallas Fort worth with little to no guidance and that experience equipped me with the keen insight needed to help my family and friends. Read more>>

Keiyana Roberts

My journey began nine yrs ago, after many nights watching Cupcake Wars on the couch every Sunday! I test baked cupcakes recipes and took the goodies to work. People ate and enjoyed them. Read more>>

Dominique Freeman

One afternoon in grade school, I had the opportunity to write about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had written a brief description of how I wanted to become a fashion designer. Read more>>

Shanice Jackson

I started my women’s organization based off me and my son both being survivors of domestic violence. I watched my dad abuse numerous of his girlfriend’s right in front of us, but I never thought in a million years. Read more>>

Michael Cherry

I’ve been designing for 24 years. My first company that I co-founded & designed for is Dada Supreme. We started that brand with $1000 and turned it into a multi-million dollar brand under my direction. Read more>>

Marquita Taplin

I have been a hairstylist for 11+ years. I was working for a corporate salon when things just started going crazy. I wasn’t making the money that I should have been making and there was just a lot going on at that job. Read more>>

Erin Marie Garrett

Erin Marie Garrett – Professional, and easy to work with, this girl is the epitome of a “triple threat”. Accomplished Actress, Television Host, Singer, DJ and Entertainer continues to electrify audiences both on-camera and on stage. Read more>>

Tim Laielli

What started as a hobby twelve years ago has quickly turned into an exploding business full of potential and opportunity. Photography was an interest for me in high school, where I photographed equine events at the state fair and senior photos as volunteer work for refugees. Read more>>

Matt Stone

Maverick Stone was a Scottish Terrier with a big head and an even bigger personality. He was a loyal best friend, an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, a world traveler, and a courageous cancer fighter and survivor. Read more>>

Whitney Kelly

My interest in spray tanning began about eight years ago as awareness grew in sun exposure and its harmful effects. Disappointed in the sunless tanning options, I searched for an alternative to the bad-smelling, “orange” mystic tans. Read more>>

Caleb Beck

I suppose I can begin with my first college degree from Texas A&M; yes, I’m an Aggie. I studied architecture with grand plans to attend grad school. The recession hit and things changed. Read more>>

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