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Hidden Gems: Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth’s gems below.

Jay Khosla

BlueJay Records first began when I was 13 years old and I managed my first music festival, Z Fest. Z Fest is an annual, multi-genre music festival I’ve done three years in a row now. I booked all the bands and venues myself, and when I began I needed a professional name to work behind so BlueJay Records was born. Read more>>

Aubree Edwards

I come from the wedding photography world and was experiencing creative burnout in the year following the birth of my daughter, Aera, who has a rare chromosomal deletion and special needs. I was searching for a creative outlet where I could just get my hands dirty again. I kind of stumbled into jewelry making after I had been annoyed at the lack of quality I was finding in my everyday jewelry. Read more>>

Denise Molina

My music journey started when I went to a friend’s studio and I recorded and I got hooked. I’ve always love music, but I never thought of doing music. Well, that changed after I had that studio time. Little by little I met new people in the music industry. My focus was more into my brand. My upcoming book is to encourage, heal, empower women. That’s where my passion is still. Read more>>

Shawn Rizzo

I have always been passionate about cars. I’m not really sure where it came from, just a bug I picked up in my youth. When I was young, it was an escape for me to pour over car magazines, technical journals, and repair manuals and learn everything I could about how they worked. I was fascinated with the potential that sports cars had and the art and beauty of the automotive form. Read more>>


The Bronx native has been creating music for a number of years and has spent time writing and exploring how his faith and everyday circumstances influence his artistry. Having released his latest single, “Far Away” that reached thousands of streams on iTunes and receiving radio play in London and Nigeria, can only mean God is continuously planting seeds through his music. Read more>>

Misty Willis

I started out in April 2016 as a single mom of three children. I was preparing to buy a house and needed some additional income to help my family and not change our lifestyle too much after buying a house. At the same time. I had gone to a woman to have my eyebrows microbladed and fell in love with the way I felt and looked afterward. Once I healed I contacted the artist and asked her how she got started and that was it. Read more>>

Jeff Buster

I was barely able to make rent and knew I needed to make a change FAST to be able to take care of a little girl. I took a job with a retail electronics company, then an outside sales job with a radiator company. I did well there and moved to the manager position (while still touring) and in 2008 decided to stop playing out and double down on business. Read more>>

Nathan Amanuel

I’ve done music for a long time. It first started with choir as a child. Later on, I found hip hop and started writing raps/poems. It wasn’t until late 2017 that I decided to pursue it full time. I realized that there was nothing stopping me but myself and I just needed to do it. My brother was making beats at the time too so it made things easier for me. Read more>

Redd Hunter

In 2015, I decided to change my life for the better, from 1998~2015 I was A very negative, mean, and Petty person. I was in a toxic marriage and I was very sick suffering from Bipolar 1, major depression, severe anxiety, and PTSD. It became so bad and I was so sick I lost 89lbs in 30 days. Read more>>

Tavara and Rene Alford Jones

Our journey…..hmmm it was actually my husband’s idea I was the skeptical one. I’m that must see to believe it individual. But once I saw the product in person and yes it’s really only $5. It’s been on and poppin’! We are independent consultants for Paparazzi jewelry & accessories. The jewelry is lead & nickel free, it’s fashionable, trendy and affordable! The company and its founders are truly amazing. Read more>>

Deleah Tishay

In 2016, I was struggling with finding an outlet for my passion. I was at a point where I was going to work and doing just enough not to get fired. In November, I loss my mommy and That hit me hard. My biggest supporter my backbone was gone. I did what I felt would be best for me and that was stay busy. I launched my radio show “The Tishay Show” January 30th, 2017 and it was a success. Read more>>

Mimi Nouvo

I have always been into skin and originally, I was going to school to become a Dermatologist while working at a Cosmetic Counter for Lancôme & Shiseido. Because I was working there, I started loving makeup and decided to go into Esthetics instead. I did a lot of freelancing for numerous big brands which was awesome meeting new people, but I felt like I was missing something…and that was being more involved with skin. Read more>>

Hope Wentz

My mother said I hummed familiar melodies like, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” before I could speak. I grew up singing at school talent shows and as I grew, began to fall in love with the connection that singing has to our hearts. Moving into college, I told myself and family that I would “NEVER major in music!” I had many friends who studied music and warned me of its challenges. Read more>>

Julie Miller

I began to think about turning my talent into a career, and at age 23 I decided it was time to make that happen, I enrolled in Cosmetology school and made that my main focus and priority. I went to school full time and waited tables in the evenings, and 15 months later I was a licensed hairstylist, I worked so hard during that time, but as it turns out, that was the easy part. Read more>>

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