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 Irving ’s gems below.
Muy Cute started out as an idea of bringing things together that I personally love in regards to Latinx pop culture, the LGBTQIA+ community, food, humor, and inclusivity. I am a graphic designer by trade and have always wanted to create a line of graphic t-shirts that would encompass my own skillset when it comes to illustration and typography. Read more>>
Jalen “Gibs” Gibson
My name is Jalen Gibson. I am from Baton Rouge, LA. I started making beats in 2009. I was in high school. At this time, I was still living from Baton Rouge. My cousin, who lived with my grandma in New Orleans, was using FL Studio and Reason to make beats. One day, he asked if I wanted to hop on FL and make a beat. He had a 42-key midi keyboard and a drum machine. Read more>>
Bharathanatyam is a sacred art form which is globally accepted as one of the most aesthetic dance that has its origin in Tamil Nadu, India. It may look sensational, but it is the truth that I was sidelined by my teachers in dance classes at my young age for they found no semblance of dance movement in me. Their exclusion did not deter me from following my passion. Read more>>
As the owner of Plush Fashion, it has always been my passion to bring affordable and quality clothing to the sophisticated and bold woman. I just had to figure out how to turn that passion into my reality. As I started doing research about starting a business, I came to the realization that e-commerce was going to be the perfect route for me. Read more>>
I started coaching about ten years ago with a few AAU teams, but I’d never considered sports training until about three years ago. With the encouragement of one of my closest friends and Owner of Fuller’s Training & Performance, I ultimately decided to take a chance on myself. So I put my hustle and time towards my own dream rather than someone else’s. Read more>>