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Hidden Gems: Arlington

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 Arlington’s gems below.

 Dylan Nguyen

I have always had a love for the arts, from elementary school art class, playing clarinet throughout middle and high school, then dance, photography, and film. High school is when I really got into photography and filmmaking. I was the band historian for three years and took my high school’s photography and video production courses. Read more>>

Dadra Bundick

I was visiting an injured officer (friend) in Parkland Hospital a few years back. While I was there the founder of POAF, Maria Alverado also came to visit. After speaking with and visiting with them, I decided almost immediately that I wanted to volunteer. I began communicating with Maria and began helping with the non-profit every chance I got. Read more>>

Betheny Alphonso

Imagine former Political Pundit for MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry or the former hit show Being Mary Jane, where Gabrielle Union plays a pundit/anchor for SNC. Well… that is my goal, to become a pundit for CNN or MSNBC. I took a voluntary position as a reporter for the Texas Metro News and The Garland Journal. The Editor-IN-Cheif, Cheryl Smith, approached me about starting my own radio show on blog talk news as a way of transitioning into television. Read more>>

Nick Smith, Andrew and Blake Dixon

My brother, cousin and I have always had an entrepreneur mindset. We all started hustling while we were in school, we knew that we had to work for ourselves to get beyond where we were in life. In 2010 Nick and Andrew Moved to Denton to attend UNT. Blake Dixon received a football scholarship to Prairie View A and M, that same year Blake Dixon was in a life-changing car accident. Read more>>

Porsha Hodge and Kim McCarver

It was a conversation during happy hour at this cute little spot, St. Genevieve in the Domain of Austin. Porsha had been listening to a podcast all week long, Kim had been an avid listener of podcasts and had recently begun blogging. Once we sat down, Porsha stated I have an idea, Kim stated OMG!!! We had the same idea. Read more>>

Takesha Dye

I grew up in a single mother home with my mother, whom I love dearly. Growing up without a father, my mom poured into me what she felt I needed to know to grow up to be successful and make a positive impact in the world. She had to be mom and dad for me and I believe she did the very best at it. When I entered my early adolescent years. Read more>>

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