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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.

Jose Vargas

Diamond Innovations, LLC has become a dream come true. At the beginning of this dream, our goal was just to make ends meet. We had two kids at the time, big dreams and the desire to succeed. After seriously investing all of our savings, to the point, we were so broke. Spending hours researching, gathering marketing ideas and improving our skills. Read more>>

Teyunna Riley

It all started out as me as a single mother wanted more for not only myself but for my two sons, ages 6 and 8. I moved to Dallas April 2017 from Paris TX where I was a teacher assistant at Lamar county Headstart. I love decided to move, not knowing what the future would hold but all I knew is that I had faith and I was going. So here I am still in Dallas 3 years later. Read more>>

Candace Guinn

I stumbled into digital marketing and entrepreneurship by accident. Prior to starting Studio 20Twenty, I was investing a lot of time and energy into other people’s vision, without having one of my own. I spent countless hours conducting research, creating and critiquing content, and developing resources. The extra work gave me an opportunity to flex my creative muscle while learning some new skills. Read more>>

Aimee Robinson

Blown Away Adventures started off as a dream that quickly turned into reality. Even though this vision for our amazing organization started off as a dream, it was tied closely to our Founder, Aimee Robinson’s childhood upbringing. As a child, Aimee was raised by a hard-working single mother who worked in a factory within their small town of Wilmington, Ohio. Money was always extremely tight. Read more>>

Heath Hill

We started LIme Media in 2005 with a partner that I later bought out. We struggled for three years before God gave me a vision, my wife a dream, and a call from Moroch ad agency the following morning who controlled most of the McDonalds business at the time. All this happened within a 12-hour window. For the record, this is not normal communication for us, but we were broke and desperate. Read more>>

Alexa Nuñez

Since I was about seven years old. I always enjoyed watching Cake Boss and Food Network Challenge with my mom on our free time after dinner. I fantasized about being like Buddy Valastro all the time, I wanted to be the next Cake Boss! It was always just a dream though, I didn’t think being a baker would get me far or would suit me. I remember in elementary school, we would get these small trays of Jell-O with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Read more>>

Uduakobong Nkanga

I’ve been involved in politics and law since I was 13 years old. My freshman year of high school I was enrolled in the College and Career Magnet Program and that is when I started to realize my purpose and my calling which is to support and speak up for the issues and problems that I hold dear to my heart. Read more>>

Liliana Arzate

I grew up on the border between Mexico and the United States. El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Chihuahua. Growing up, I always felt very proud and fortunate to have the best of both worlds. There is something mystical about growing up between two countries. I gravitated inwards towards books about Mark Twain, Jacques Cousteau, James Cook and Amelia Earhart. Books, maps and art molded me. Read more>>

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>>

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