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Hidden Gems: Northwest 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 Northwest Dallas’ gems below.

Sorush Ranjbar and Cesar De Los Santos

Sorush’s Story: I immigrated to San Antonio, TX from Iran with my parents and my older brother. I grew up in a post 9/11 Texas, which was quite challenging at times, particularly because there weren’t many folks in San Antonio from my neck of the woods. I was made keenly aware as a young kid that I was different, and that pushed me to start seeking out a community where I felt at home. Read more>>

Michael Rojas

My freshman year of college is when I went to my first electronic music festival here in Dallas for Lights All Night. Thats when I immediately fell in love with the scene, the people and the music, especially house music. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to pursue a career in djing and music production. I started practicing djing on my old Mac book using Virtual DJ making mixes for myself and friends for road trips. Read more>>

Andrea Steponaitis

I started out as a personal trainer at Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center in downtown Dallas where I was mentored by some pretty amazing physical therapists, elite personal trainers, aquatic directors and other entrepreneurs. I wanted to know as much as I could about excelling in my field. After six years, I decided I needed more growth for myself in order to eventually be my own boss. Read more>>

Brandon Gomez

My story started in 1997 in El Paso, TX where I was the youngest of six. I was raised with my two brothers and sister and lived there for 18 years. Upon graduation from Montwood High School, I made a move to the beautiful and thriving Dallas, TX. I enrolled at the University of North Texas and pursued my BBA in Marketing With a Concentration in Professional Selling. Since my college graduation in 2018. Read more>>

Anesia Renee

At the age of six, I began playing the piano, which later blossomed into a passion for music all together especially singing. My piano skills helped my ear and once I realized I was meant to sing, it was grind mode until then. From six years old to now being a 24-year old, I have been in countless recitals, lessons, groups, auditions, which was all part of God’s bigger plan for my life. Read more>>

Madiha Jave

I believe everyone and everything has a story, just like photographs. I was born and raised in Pakistan. In the household of five siblings, I was the youngest and the most spoiled one, according to my parents. Unfortunately, Arts is considered an under-rated profession back home. So, like many Asian parents, my parents also wanted me to become a doctor or Central Superior Services (CSS) officer (two dream professions). Read more>>

Carolyn Locke

I first started modeling when I was a sophomore in high school just to help one of my friends build his portfolio since he’s an aspiring photographer. Not too long after one of my high school teachers told me I should think about going professional and she would be able to help me get started since she used to be a talent scout for my first agency, Page Parkes. Read more>>

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