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Hidden Gems: Irving

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.

April Borge

Inspire Yoga has been a part of my life since 2011. From the moment I walked through the door of their flagship studio in Highland Village, I fell in love with the classes, the instructors, and the experience of a big company with small business values. On the mat, I found a refuge for dealing with the emotions and challenges of being a mom. Read more>>

Rebekah Mitchell

My second son, Jonathan Daniel Mitchell, was stillborn on June 24, 1995. My family and friends were very supportive and grieved along with us, but I needed to connect with other moms who had endured the loss of a baby too. I needed to know if my thoughts and feelings were normal, or if I was making too big of a deal out of my loss. Read more>>

Rebecca Rivera

Eight Sixteen – is a nonprofit organization that I founded after the unfortunate death of my newborn son, John Henry (JH3) on August 16, 2017. The foundation was named in honor of John Henry’s birthday. The passing of my son was my third major loss in life having lost my Father in 2001 and Mother in 2009. Read more>>

Crishtbel Mora

I am a Venezuelan immigrant. I emigrated to United States in 2015, and at the beginning, I was not sure what path was going to take professionally. I always knew that I had to study the language to access better job opportunities and took several intensive courses. But I soon realized that the Hispanic community also had needs in the field of communications. Read more>>

Kaitlin Aguilar

I have always had a calling for all things artistic, even at a young age. Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, I always knew I wanted to attend Texas Christian University, and I was very fortunate to be accepted into the very competitive and selective TCU Graphic Design program and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. Read more>>

Christie Nelson

I’ve always been in the fashion industry! After graduating from the University of North Texas I went on to be a sales rep with a number of brands and showrooms, while I enjoyed that aspect of my career being on the road was not sustainable once I had my daughters. Not to mention I also saw an opportunity with overhead samples at the Dallas Apparel Market. Read more>>

Brittney Gaston

My full-time job is a high school teacher. I would see all these great shirts on Instagram and pay $20-25 per shirt. That started to add up. My coworker would always mention that she can make shirts and would teach me once I was ready. I was finally ready and wanted all of my teacher assistants to match it. Read more>>

Aldi Essandjo

I could not resist God’s calling over my life. As much as I wanted to, it was very difficult to resist. As I accepted this calling, being a pastor’s kid, with the experience I had in organizing events, I built a team of associates close to about eleven years ago. Read more>>

David Mata

When I was 16, I used my mom’s point and shoot camera to make a hand full of awful videos that I would post on YouTube. Those videos were unedited, unscripted and all-around terrible but the seed was planted to make videos and post them online. Read more>>

Ross Paterson

I started my leadership journey serving as an Infantry Officer in the US Army, where I culminated in my career as a company commander in the 101st Airborne Division. I didn’t know I was an entrepreneur trapped in bureaucracy, so I left the Army and joined General Electric. Read more>>

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