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Hidden Gems: Far North 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 Far North Dallas’ gems below.

Courtney Benson

After a successful 14 year career in the luxury cosmetics industry, my husband and I decided to open two eco-friendly dry cleaning stores where we sold and supported local goods made here in Texas. We struggled with the hours, the employees and the nature of running two storefronts with two kids under the age of four. Read more>>

Stacy Tompkins

My grade school had no creative programs, no art or music. As a result, I viewed artistic ventures as mysterious, even magical. I felt a deep need to learn how the human mind honed the skill of creativity. In the days before e-books and common internet, my local library was home to only a handful of art books which I quickly devoured. Read more>>

Ana Maria Lam

I’m Ana Lam. I worked for corporate automotive in marketing and sales for ten years. I was career-driven, motivated, tenacious, and willing to do it all. I went back to school and got my MBA while working full time and subsequently falling in love with my wonderful husband. Then came Ana Lam, mom. I changed and I wasn’t sad about it. Read more>>

Romana Mehar

I have been a registered nurse for 19 years and Nurse Executive for about 16 of those years. I focused my career on seniors and the continuum of care. About two years ago, I felt that I needed a change. One day after sitting in a medspa waiting room, I thought how wonderful it would be to do something aesthetics. Read more>>

Dillon Potts

I started by making skate videos as a kid. I fell in love with being behind the camera and started with a strict video. As time went on I grew out of skating behind the love behind the camera never left. I went through film classes in high school and continued to grow my craft. Read more>>

Ashley Ferguson

My mother is a hairstylist and people would always tell me I’d be a hairstylist one day! I told them no, I’d do my own thing! I graduated from high school, then went to college at UNT in Denton. After I finished college I went to the Navy. I served for eight yrs! I came home and wanted to work for the FBI! They rejected me due to student loan debt increasing my debt to income ratio! I was crushed. Read more>>

Brenda and Bud Baker

I would say my interest in the wedding industry began first, with my love of flowers. About ten years ago a friend asked if I would help design flowers for her daughter’s wedding… I’ve done many friend’s daughters weddings and then it became friends of friends. Through my involvement in floral design and an occasional day of coordination. Read more>>

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