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 have been showing and training dogs since I was about 13 years old. My mom used to train dogs in several different areas like protection work, obedience and Schutzhund before I was born. She taught me everything I know about dog training from an early age with our own dogs. My love of dogs is what got me into the business I have now. Read more>>
If you were to tell my 15-year-old self that I would grow up to live a vegan eco-conscious lifestyle, I would probably laugh and continue to chew on a disgusting chicken heart. Yeah, I said chicken heart. I was born & raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- where eating meat is as common as drinking water. Meals there consist of rice, beans, and some sort of animal. Read more>>
Started in 2011 working for Coca-Cola as a syrup technician. I always loved the new technology and I started to mount TVs. So I would do that part-time just as a side hustle. But realized hey, I really love doing this and how good I am doing it. But at that time it wasn’t enough to pay the bills. So kinda just did it here and there. Read more>>
I’ve always had an interest in art. As a young kid, I was always interested in colors, patterns and drawn to anything artistic. I used to sketch dress designs and color in my room for hours listening to music and teaching myself how to play music on my violin. After realizing I couldn’t draw realism well in high school. Read more>>
I’ve been baking since the age of 12. I began with a family friend who made it fun for me and allowed me to be creative. I found myself baking more when I moved from Mississippi to Texas because it reminded me of home and baking with some of my favorite family members. Read more>>
I can admit, I’m a bit of an Instagram addict… but while most people just follow their family and friends, I spend my days salivating over shots of the most beautiful foods, most found right here in our own neighborhoods! Not only do I love viewing and posting about all the delicious foods I find. but I love to support local businesses and help spread the word to bring others in. Read more>>
I would say it all started back in California where I was born and raised. I was introduced to real estate back in 2004 and instantly fell in love with all things real estate. I enjoyed constantly meeting new people and was fascinated with all the different designs and styles of beautiful homes. Read more>>