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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.

Jonathan Armstead

I’ve been singing, performing and playing instruments since I was five years old. First it was the piano, then the trombone, then guitar, then bass guitar, all while doing school plays, musicals and choir recitals. I played sports too, like most kids, but music was always my number one thing. Read more>>

Jamie Wilkins

I am an occupational therapist, wife, and mom of three little ones. My family and I have lived in the north DFW area for eight years now. I currently run a private therapy practice (E.X.P.L.O.R.E Therapy Services) and realized that I wanted to share more of the activities that I do with my pediatric clients. Read more>>

Jason Don Won

The concept of the DFW Vintage Swap Meet was created a couple of years ago with a close friend named Zach in the Spring of 2017. My experiences as a child being exposed to entrepreneurs & bazaars/flea markets complimented by Zach’s knowledge of everything pop culture made it easier to brainstorm a unique show. Read more>>

Alix Hogu

My name is Alix I have over 20 years of experience in the fitness and wellness industry. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in French from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. My passion for fitness began while in college, where I’ve gained valuable experience working at several gym facilities on campus. Read more>>

Allesanda Griffitt

Being in the birth and parenting world hasn’t always been what I wanted to do but, once I became pregnant in 2016 and learned what a doula was, I knew I’d found my calling. Shortly after having our first son, I took a doula training so I could help other women navigate pregnancy and parenting. Read more>>

Courtney Kearney

The journey to becoming a #DataLovingMarkter has been an adventurous one and there’s not a single part I would change. That might come as a surprise to some who know that nine days before Christmas in 2015 I found myself without a job. That’s right, I was unexpectedly fired which in the moment was a huge shock. Read more>>

Nathan Bounphisai and Caty Nguyen

Nathan and I love exploring places for the best eats and drinks. I started noticing that people would ask if places were worth it and/or reach out for recommendations. At the time I was also searching for a new activity in my life and thus, @imhungwey was born in Atlanta, GA. Read more>>

Natalie Schock

I was in advertising/event marketing for 10+ years. While pregnant in 2014, I found out my job was relocating to NYC. We had a baby on the way and three dogs in a house, so as much as I love NYC, I couldn’t envision myself having my family there. Read more>>

Andrew Dicker

I was born and raised in Spring, Texas. Growing up, I enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, lacrosse and basically anything that was challenging. From there, I went on to attend Sam Houston State University where I studied Accounting and Business Administration. Read more>>

Dylan James “Boogie Boy” Shaw and Christine Winburn Shaw

Dylan James “Boogie Boy” Shaw was born in Austin, TX in 2007 into a musical family. His mother is a professional radio and tv vocalist, grandmother a piano teacher, uncles are NYC Broadway star and drummer, father a blues Americana guitarist/songwriter and aunts are singers as well. From birth, Dylan James had perfect pitch. Read more>>

Dr. Robbie Stewart

I don’t know if you have enough space for me to tell my testimony… I mean story, but I’ll try to give you a brief snapshot! I never thought that I would be the CEO and principle designer of my very own event planning and design company. Read more>>

Kay and Chrissy Williams

A native of Texas, Kay found her calling to gastronomy at the age of four. Her earliest memory was standing on the step stool beside her mother Chrissy while making peanut butter cookies from scratch. Read more>>

Carol Stoecker

I always loved drawing and painting as a child. Time would fade away as I buried myself in my projects and usually my creative bliss would be pulled back into reality with a call for time to put it away. Read more>>

Hugo Juarez

Maria (mama) and Lalo (papa) made the brave decision to come into the United States from Mexico with nothing but the clothes on their backs. My parents ended up receiving an opportunity to work for a wealthy couple in the Park Cities. Read more>>

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