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Hidden Gems: East 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 East Dallas’ gems below.

Jessica Badillo

I remember thinking to myself, I want to do more than just work an 8-5 job. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I wanted to do something I could actually wake up to and not just call it a job, but a passion-something that I actually enjoyed doing. The more I thought about it, the more I had to convince myself to take a leap of faith and I finally did. Read more>>

Linda Chau

I’ve always had a knack for arts and crafts. Starting from story illustrations in elementary school to drawing contests in middle school to crafty projects in high school. That artistic passion soon evolved into a small business when I decided to share my talent with the community. Read more>>

Bree Jennerjahn

I remember my first camera, while it was nothing special by any means, it was my first taste of the photographic world at only eight years old. The pink plastic toy with holographic stickers and a purple heart button only shot 110 films and although I had no idea what I was doing it quickly became one of my favorite possessions. Read more>>

Kamilia Smith

I’ve had the honor of consulting with 6,000+ patients in nearly two decades of practice. I’ve watched women care for their children, their parents and sick relatives – rarely giving themselves the same level of attention. Charleston House was created by my patients without them even knowing. Read more>>

Heather Nixon

I was a teenager when my parents noticed I had a passion for photography. They gifted me with a beautiful camera hoping it would open doors to me exploring photography a bit more. Today, I keep it sitting close to my desk as a reminder of how far I’ve come and how thankful I am to my parents for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Read more>>

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