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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.

Atavian Blakely

Social Media became a perfect platform to learn because it allowed me to utilize all my skills learned from my various roles. I was creating content but I was also acting as my own publicist and marketer to maximize the reach and audience exposure of the content I was creating. Read more>>

Monzerrat Oranday and Sergio Cantu

My husband and I were born in Monterrey, Mexico. He came to live in the United States at age of seven, together with his parents. Years later, he returned to Monterrey for College and there we met. We were in a relationship for five years and then we got married. We decided to live in the United States, so I left Mexico. Read more>>

Qzonna and Boris Hamilton

We started our business in 2005. Boris asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I told him a heat press. Odd gift, I know. But I had just finished sewing a T-blanket for our daughter and I wanted to make another but with designs of my own. Read more>>

Victoria Castro

As a child I could remember sitting on the bathroom counter or hovering around as my mother got ready for work in the mornings. She would prep her face and apply makeup, and her transformation was so magical to me. Later makeup became something I was very interested in.  Around the early 2000’s I started watching tutorials on makeup and I realized skincare went hand and hand. Read more>>

Matt Ramsey

Bass/music is one of those love at first note/touch things for me. I started messing around with my dad’s basses when I was around three. He caught on to me playing around here and there and one day decided to buy me a bass of my own. Dark candy apple red four string fender jazz bass. Read more>>

Haley Coon

The story of Restoration Threads began while we were in the trenches of foster care. When we first became foster parents, we were beyond blessed by our village. Within hours of our first foster child’s arrival, we were blessed with meals for weeks, gift cards, diapers, babysitting, and constant prayers and encouragement. We were amazed at how many people wanted to be a part of our foster care journey. Read more>>

Elizabeth Jordan-Flight

Food has always been my love language. It’s one of my favorite ways to show people that I care, as well as being a creative outlet. Even though I love to cook I never really wanted to go down the chef route. I actually have a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development. The fact that I now get to combine my love of cooking and feeding people with my background in international development is honestly a dream come true. Read more>>

SirDerrick Dotson

I was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. As a child, I participated in several sports including football, baseball and track. Growing up, I did not back down from any competition. Although I was a bit undersized, I was determined to work harder than any other athlete. In high school, I stood out in football and track. My hard work and dedication earned me an opportunity to play football on a collegiate level. Read more>>

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