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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.


When I turned 18, I entered a modeling competition- shortly after, I was discovered by a talent promotional manager that soon led to promotional modeling gigs to photoshoots. A few years later, I entered a tv show contest to be the next tv host for a local nightlife entertainment company. Read more>>

Ester Saldivar

The truth is, I grew up with a lot of insecurities. After experiencing a lot of trauma growing up, I felt led to pursue a mental health degree. In fact, I’m currently in a Master’s program in Clinical Psychology at the moment. Throughout my journey in school, I realized how far words of affirmation go for people. Read more>>

Lauren Von Rosenberg

Going into real estate was a leap of faith, as I was 26 and had/have no college degree. An acquaintance, and now dear friend, hired me as her assistant at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s due to my experience as a personal assistant and house manager. Many of the tasks she needed help with required a real estate license. Read more>>

Dartannon Wilson

I first got started as wanting to just give people motivation, inspiration, and empower them to go for their dreams. my main goal going into college was to play college basketball but that didn’t happen for me. I suffered a torn Achilles injury that changed my mind about basketball. Read more>>

Terence Crouch

I got my start in social media back in 2008 while working in a call center at age 19. My name was floated up to executive leadership as I was the teen that was “always on Facebook at work” and an opportunity to spearhead a social response team for the largest hotel company presented itself. Read more>>

Carrie Blumhardt

I was so fascinated with music, art, and more. I was raised in a family of musicians and naturally was drawn to playing instruments. I began with piano, then flute, guitar, and piccolo. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I knew I wanted to take music more serious and turn it into a career. Read more>>

Fatima Jalloh

I was born and raised in Sierra Leone (West Africa) but moved to Guinea Conakry, when I was ten years old, due to the 12-year civil war that we had in Sierra Leone. The war was very intense, that killed over 50,000 people including my auntie MUSU, who was shot dead by rebels. Read more>>

Kasey Bower

My husband and I have been through a ton over the last ten years. We started a church in Dallas, we’ve struggled with infertility, we adopted our oldest son and have been foster parents. After all of that, our first biological son was born and was in the NICU for ten weeks. Read more>>

Taylor Stolt

At Texas A&M, where I competed as a member of the track team, it intrigued me that what I ate had such a powerful impact on my performance as well as my general well-being. The experience led me to pursue a profession in nutrition. Read more>>

Krishauna Washington

I have always known that God made me special. I have so many natural gifts that had nothing to do with me attaining them, but everything to do with God prepping me for something great! Fashion has definitely been my passion for over a decade. Read more>>

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