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Hidden Gems: North Dallas

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 North Dallas’ gems below.

Will Herridge

Essentially, our singer Eric Knighton and I, who are the only remaining original members, had been wanting to play music together for several years but were mired in other projects, but then we got together with Daniel Brown, Dallas Mcfaul, and Joe Martinez and started Brave Days. Read more>>

Danielle Boling

I started my career in the early 90’s as a leasing director for an apartment complex near my home. I was fortunate to have my friend as my boss, and he was (and still is) a very influential part of shaping my work habits. He taught me time management, organizational skills, and perseverance. Read more>>

Lisa Miller and Melissa Shultz

Card Sisters is a greeting card company, inspired by the friendship between Lisa Miller and Melissa Shultz. Melissa is a writer and the acquisitions editor for Jim Donovan Literary. She’s written about health and parenting for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Readers’ Digest, AARP’s. Read more>>

Marlene Faulkner

I was born in Brooklyn and grew up around family that loved to cook and have get togethers. I can remember being in the kitchen with my grandmothers playing with ingredients and creating. I had no desire to study culinary arts. I originally went to school for Journalism with a desire to become a News Anchor. Read more>>

Patty Brito

My love affair with photography started in 2002 when I had my first photography class back in college. I was starting my Social Communications bachelor in a very prestigious college in my home country, El Salvador. I felt happy to start my education, where I wanted to get in for so long. Read more>>

Stef Mauler

I began working in Ivy League admissions over 20 years ago, at the University of Pennsylvania Office of Undergraduate Admissions. There, I met thousands of high school students and their families as they went through the mysterious Ivy League admissions process. Read more>>

Rockstar Overdoze

The way I started Djing was very simple and inspiring. “My Dad” I was 12 years when I started to know the real music of MUSIC. My Dad was listening to Afrika Bambaataa, Newcleus, Latin Freestyle and many more, then years has passed and bought me my first set of turntables buy cutting grass in my neighborhood. Read more>>

Jovahn Christon

I decided I wanted to do hair when I was 16. My childhood hairdresser was my inspiration. I knew I didn’t want a corporate job, I love working with my hands and one on one interactions have always been a kind of fuel for me. I have a very nurturing personality and love to service others. Read more>>

John Pruna

I started my health and wellness career as a wellness director at a skilled nursing facility (Nursing home) about 14 years ago. My job was to create a maintenance program for patients who were doing physical therapy after surgery or a stroke. My main responsibility was to help them maintain or increase their strength, stability. Read more>>


I started in the stomping ground of Chicago, Illinois. My mother wanted me to have a better influence and better surroundings rather than gun and gang violence so we moved to Dallas, Texas at a young age with my grandmother while my father stayed. Read more>>

Prasad Potluri

Landing in this country about 25 years back with $2000 in pocket to complete my Master’s Degree, it was a journey to remember. Finishing up my engineering in India and looking to pursue higher education came to United States in 1992. After finishing up my masters had a couple of jobs and lived in Pittsburgh. Read more>>

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