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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.

Moriya Rose

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I grew up in a single-parent household in North County, the oldest of six children (I have a sister born from my father’s second marriage). My mother worked two jobs to take care of us. There were some really rough times that I experienced as a child. I witnessed physical and verbal abuse. Read more>>

Renae Anderson

I don’t want to say I had a bad childhood, because I didn’t, I had a family who loved me and a home to live in. My dad died my senior year of High School, which made me grow up pretty quickly. I felt lost all the time. I got married had a kid, all by the age of 20. Read more>>

Andressa Hendler

The Dallas Wanderer is a dream born from my own personal experience of arriving in Dallas as an expatriate five years ago, with no clue on where to go when I wanted to have fun or escape the city. I love travelling and exploring around, so out of ordinary experiences and short escapes are very important to me – discovering new places is what makes my heart vibrate. Read more>>

Tommy Dunn

I have been an artist since I was in the 3rd grade, I started off by drawing pictures of stick man Ninjas. I was infatuated with kung fu flicks at that age. I won a few art prizes in high school, and did a little art while I was in college, but I chose college sports (Football and track), over going to an art school in California after high school. Read more>>

Rochelle Garcia

I started Baking in October of 2017 after I had my son Jayden. Originally I started baking to help my family financially as my Partner Jay was working double hours while I stayed home with our newborn son. With going from two incomes to one income we struggled. I slowly started off by making cake pops, dipped strawberries and other treats. Read more>>

Lillian Nguyen

To pursuit freedom is to become an entrepreneur. At Texas A&M, I started an online clothing business. I told my roommates about this idea and they thought that I was crazy. Even I though it was crazy venture, but I like being crazy. It excites me. I have nothing to lose. Read more>>

Burak and Stephanie Ozcan

Burak is a chef who has spent the last 16 years mastering international cuisine in gourmet kitchens around the world. Growing up in Turkey, Burak discovered his passion for cooking and hospitality at a very young age. Burak has always dreamed of owning his own restaurant. Read more>>

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