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.
I come from an immigrant family here in the US. My mom is from France and my Dad is from Cameroon. We immigrated to the US when I was about five years old. Growing up, I always loved dancing. I would make-up dances with my friends and perform afro dance and hip hop in talent shows back in 06′ and 07′! Read more>>
At the age of 18, my freshman year in college, I decided to start selling sneakers while in school just to scratch up some extra cash. It moved very slowly at first, but I always knew that it was all just apart of the process. So after about 6-8 months of taking losses and just learning the business side of the sneaker game, it finally began to pick up. Read more>>
I’ve had a passion for plants, trees, gardens and such for as long as I can remember. My mother named me “Forsythia.” Forsythia is defined as “a widely cultivated ornamental Eurasian shrub whose bright yellow flowers appear in early spring before the leaves”. I was born early March, so I believed I was destined to be a gardener and an all-around plant lover! Read more>>
I began cutting hair as a kid in southeast Denton, TX…Didn’t have money to go to a barber so I started to cut my own hair… Finally after many screw-ups (I’ve been bald on plenty occasions), I started to get better with the skill gradually. Worked in almost every industry, you can think of after high school. Later on down the line after encouragement from my wife I enrolled into Oak Cliff Barber College. Read more>>
Almost five years ago, I took the leap of faith and began my journey as a photography business owner. Without any knowledge or skills set other than the willingness to learn, I taught myself everything I could under the sun to get my business running and serve my community. It’s in that time that I had the opportunity to be part of events and collaborations that connected me with businesses, brands, bloggers, influencers, and genuine people wanting to create a successful career for themselves. Read more>>