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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.

Marcos Garcia

I began in broadcasting when I was 18 and just picked up shoots when I could for Mavs, Stars, NBC and FC Dallas. I eventually bought my own camera, but not because I wanted to start a photography business but because my girlfriend at the time (who is now my Fiancée) always showed me videos of people getting engaged in cool ways and I wanted to take a video of ours. I used that camera to film the first wedding that my cousin booked. Read more>>

Matt Ernest

I always have enjoyed cooking for friends and family, so I knew one day I wanted to run a food truck or something close to that. I was in mortgage servicing for 15+ years before the markets rendered my job obsolete. I leaned on real estate since I had the ample experience and the license, and I asked my family for some guidance. After much thought and TONS of support, we started Matt’s Sneaux Kones in May of 2018. Originally we were in a tent and had no clue what we were doing. Read more>>

Anthony Semler

A few years ago, I met a friend who would help spark this journey. He heard me singing one day and from then on insisted that we jam together. He was a professional bassist and at the time, I was convinced that I had nothing to offer him. But after several months of trying to get together, I finally agreed to invite him over to jam. And almost immediately, it’s like magic was created. I sang like I had never sung before and we flowed together. Read more>>

Christina Willie

It started off as a slight idea when I was pregnant with my son. I’ve always wanted my own business with anything dealing with beauty. So, one day as I was planning my baby shower, I started Googling vendors. I asked a million and one questions. I started off my business name with ‘Lash By La’Nise’. But, later, changed it to ‘Lavish Luxe By Christina La’Nise’. It’s not easy building up your name as people make it seem. It takes work! A lot of work. Read more>>

Kason Siney and Willem Stewart

Us (Willem [guitar], Kason [drums]) and Landry [bass] all went to high school together at Boswell in Saginaw, Texas. When we graduated, Willem attended UNT and met Dani (lead guitar) in the drumline there in 2017. From there, Dani, Willem, and Landry were jamming with several musicians they knew, experimenting with what would become the basis of Nautilus’ sound. Later in 2018, Kason joined and played the first gig with the newly named Nautilus. Read more>>

Matthew and Brittani Miller

This husband and wife team first met in kindergarten. Brittani had a huge crush on Matt and Matt had a huge crush….. on Brittani’s best friend. She promises to never let him forget this! It took quite a few years and all of her best jokes until she clawed her way out of the friend-zone. Her hair gently blew in the wind, the sun-kissed her skin. As their eyes met the birds began to sing and he fell in love. Read more>>

Christopher Hill

I was born in Grand Prairie and raised in Alabama. I’ve always loved music and started showing an interest in drums when I was about 12 or 13. After seeing I was really into it, my mom bought me a marching snare, followed by comedic regret because she hadn’t realized how loud it would be. My mother was my biggest source of support. She passed from cancer when I was 15. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Arizona, where my passion really picked up. Read more>>

Trey Scott

Let’s start with my mom and how her love for music inspired a love for me as well. She is a major music fan preferably Southern Blues. She would always listen to Blues on the way to what we call the country but it’s a small town in Northeast Louisiana (Waterproof). My brother who is four years older than me is a hip hop music fan and would let me listen to his 2pac, Cash Money, and Bad Boy Cd’s. Read more>>

Marissa Heyl

I started Etico in 2019 to showcase local, women-owned brands centered on sustainability. I believe that we are much stronger together and reached out to other women who had amazing shoes, clothing, jewelry and gifts that told an incredible story. I wanted to merge elements of Instagram and art museum with boutique shopping. Events the immerse customers in the handmade process behind each item. Read more>>

Rhiannon Rouyre

About five years ago, I was working part-time, seven months pregnant, hating every minute not contributing to my family and wondering what I was going to do with my life. My now husband put a camera in my hands. That is how this dream got started. I fell in love with freezing moments and creating art, my way. I am 100% self-taught, thanks YouTube university and google! I became obsessed with perfecting my craft. Read more>>

Brittinee Washington

B’Exquisite was created when my grandmother passed in 2015. My sister and I drove around on icy roads to find pink bowties for the pallbearers to wear for her service the next day fortunately we didn’t have any luck searching for any that day. I researched a “How to” video on YouTube, went to JoAnn’s and made 8 Pink bowties. Read more>>

Sammie Rodriguez

As a creative professional, I’ve definitely entertained my fair share of side hustle opportunities. From creating and designing wedding invitations to developing websites and logos for startup companies. I recently began my master’s degree at UNT, as well, in Digital Communications. Read more>>

Cherece Casale

Taking pictures has been a passion of mine since I was a kid with a Polaroid camera. I love telling a story through images and making people feel things in their gut. I have a double major in Art + Theater and while that is such a beautiful combination for a Photographer, I actually fell into fashion design for many years. Read more>>

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