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Hidden Gems: Garland

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 Garland’s gems below.

Jesus Tovar

I want to thank God for taking me to where I am today, I also thank my father, a mechanic by profession, who transmitted his knowledge to me and taught me to work and develop my skills as a mechanic. Read more>>

Candace Kirksey

I started crochet simply to learn a new hobby. I actually learned to knit first but picked up on crochet a little while after. I wasn’t too dedicated to it so I put it aside for a few years. I decided to pick up my hook again last year. Read more>>

Hillary and Mark Hutchins

Rehoboth Ranch was originally started by Mark’s dad Robert Hutchins with his 12 Children and after being in McKinney Farmers Market and Dallas and Coppell Farmers Markets for years, kids got married and started their own families. Read more>>

Shandral Shankle

This is all started when I was in middle school. I remember telling my mom I had a dream that God showed me that my purpose was to help those in need. At the time, I was not sure what all that entailed. Read more>>

Daunte Crawford

Exclusive Sneaks Shop as a business officially started on December 25, 2014, when I was gifted $500 for Christmas. On that day I began searching offer up and craigslist to purchase to shoes that I could clean up and make a profit off of. Read more>>

Keith Booth

Originally born in Dallas, TX August 25th, 1990. I have one older sibling, my sister Kesha, my mother Debra, and father Earnest. My family moved from West Dallas to Garland, TX in 1994. Much of my childhood was spent in Garland alongside my sister. Read more>>

Elle Marie

Believe it or not, I started off thinking I wanted to be this big Pediatrician because I loved helping the youth and since my grandmother was this awesome nurse I figured the two combine was perfect for my life. Read more>>

Aaron Aguilar and Kris Slocum

Aaron had just gotten a new BBQ smoker and came up with the idea to burn a logo into the wooden table attached to it. Aaron searched Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for companies that did woodburning and was unable to find anything. Read more>>

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