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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.

Sandra Kemayou

I unofficially started coaching at eight years old. I remember it like it was yesterday. A friend of mine came over and was pacing all over my living room. She was upset. We talked for about 30 minutes. It was so long ago that I don’t remember exactly what I said to her. However, she left my home with a massive smile on her face. Read more>>

Madeline Woods

I’ve always been obsessed with photos and capturing memories. Even back to my high school days, I was always the one carrying around a digital camera. Fast forward to 2018 when I discovered vlogging. I loved the idea of getting fashion, lifestyle, and beauty ideas from girls I could relate to and look up to. Read more>>

James Gomez

I was born and raised California. After getting out of the Army, I moved to DFW. I worked a lot of dead-end jobs, I was tired of working in warehouses; feeling stuck. I was always producing music at the time and have been since middle school, but after studio hopping and going to few events, over time, I found shooting video to become more fulfilling. Read more>>

Julian Cramer

I graduated from the University of North Texas in 2013 and went to work like almost every other college graduate. I was always a businessman and kept educating myself on entrepreneurship even while working a “job”. One day, I decided to invest into the transportation industry, specifically trucking. Read more>>

Will Bramblett

I grew up in Far North Dallas with incredible parents and two younger twin sisters. After high school, I went to Oklahoma State University where I received my degree in Finance with a focus in oil in gas. Shortly after graduation, I moved back to Dallas to begin my career and married my high school sweetheart. Read more>>

Jon Danforth

Throughout high school and college, I played in bands in central Arkansas and then, about eight years ago, my wife and I moved to Dallas, Texas. Initially, I thought I would start or join a band here. After several false starts, I decided to try becoming a solo artist. Read more>>

Adriana Soto-Vazquez and Jacob Vasquez

Strange Bru started out as a fun science experiment about 2 1/2 years ago and currently we are a husband and wife duo that brews beer in our “brew yard” aka our backyard. Beer has always been part of our gatherings, both with family and friends. Actually, we met at a party nine years ago and now…we are married and making beer! Read more>>

Barry Hairston

By 23 I had opened up my own barbershop I had that for five years and I went through a divorce At time, so my sister who lived in Atlanta gave me the idea to move to Atlanta, try something new. The best decision I ever made. So during this time Facebook had just came out, I private message every celebrity there, and Quinnes Parker was the 1st person to respond. Read more>>

Safiya Morgan

I was always into hand making my own hair oils and lotions, I felt they were safer that what we find in the stores today. So one day my brother was visiting me asking for a solution to his extremely dry scalp and so I whipped him up some Glow, with Eucalyptus and lavender. Read more>>

Jasmine Payne

I started the beauty industry in 2006 in Flint, Michigan where I was born and raised. After graduating with my cosmetologist certification I feel in love with helping women and men feel good about themselves. I then moved to Texas in 2009 and continued to build my brand by doing lash extensions from home. Read more>>

Kenneth Brown

I am a traditionally trained Board certified Gastroenterologist who was involved in pharmaceutical research over ten years ago. It was at that time I began to understand that the most common gastrointestinal issues in the US were being caused by bacteria growing in an area that should be free of bacteria known as the small intestine. Read more>>

Aaron Norris

In 2016 I started at shake shack as a team member. And over time was promoted to be a hiring manager. In December 2019, I started feeling stomach pains in my stomach to the point where I could barely work. I was bleeding every time I went to the bathroom. Read more>>

Solomon Dechassa

Officially my company was incorporated in August 2018, this is the official legal start date (birth date if you will) for the company. However, the journey started well before this date for me. I had always wanted to own my business since when I was a little boy. The idea of starting my company (EPIC WEAR) comes from one of my friends. Read more>>

Mila Goldman

CONTEXTvintage started pretty organically, after my husband, daughter, and I moved back to Dallas. We’d been living and working in New York City for a decade when we decided to expand our family and welcomed the birth of our daughter in 2005. She was the spark for our consideration of a move back “home”. We made the leap in 2006. Read more>>

Rebecca Reid

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve been fascinated by people, different cultures, color and beauty in nature and in the world around me. I double majored in Theater and Communications, so naturally, I was drawn to careers that focused on the Arts, people, and relationships. Before I became certified as a Personal Color Analyst and began my company, Colorpolitan. Read more>>

Hirbod Bigvand

At the age of 16, I got the opportunity of a lifetime to move to the United States. I am originally from Iran. From the age of seven, I had always dreamed about coming to the U.S. and starting a technology company. When I finally came to the U.S., I did not know anyone, I did not know the language and I had no money to my name. When I started school, I worked very hard to learn English and make connections with my peers. Read more>>

Patrick Gaul

The Homegrown Entrepreneur was an idea that started back in 2014 when I took my first job as a banker and had dreams to climb the corporate tower to one day become an executive in the banking world. I was never a very good banker because I beat myself up about being in my early 20’s speaking to people in Highland Park about how to manage their money, but I thrived on simply speaking to people. Read more>>

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