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Hidden Gems: Plano

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 Plano’s gems below.

Jeremy Widhalm

As a kid, I never saw myself becoming a business owner… let alone wanting anything to do with running a business in general, but as I grew up and the technology advanced and became more readily available the more this industry peeked my interest. Read more>>

Mistress Daria

I started working as a Dominatrix in 2001. I answered an ad in The Dallas Observer. I was thrilled to get hired at the time but eventually I branched out and created My own playspace. Being the owner of The Meridian Dallas dungeon has been one of the most rewarding experiences of My life. I really enjoy being able to share BDSM with others. Read more>>

Asha and Vivek Kangralkar

Well, it all started way back. Asha loves cooking for family and friends. She cooks different cuisines good. If she faced any issues with the cookware or had any questions about them, there was no way to get any answers from manufacturers of the cookware. Even if they got back, it was way too late and it would be a standard response that was not useful. Read more>>

Demetrie Penson

After being an undersized athlete in high school and encountering some weight issues in college, I used a major health scare to motivate myself to improve my nutrition and exercise in the comfort of my own home and achieve my best level of fitness at age 32. Read more>>

Krystin Castro

I began ABEZA Branding in 2013 when I was teaching Physics at Grand Prairie High School, here in Texas. To help supplement my income, I began running several social media accounts for small local businesses on the side. My new endeavor was humming along just fine, when a German Aesthetic Medical device company approached me to be their social media and marketing manager. Read more>>

Adaire Byerly

I originally started my path to the industry in 2005 and had officially broken into the industry in 2009 making history at the Clutt’s Agency for being the first African American model under 5’8 represented by the fashion division. They originally turned me down because I did not reach the requirements, but after reviewing my images that were taken by one of their photographers at the time, Aaron Fairooz, they reconsidered and signed me on my birthday. Read more>>

Ariana Sky

I am 22 years old, and I am Type 1 Diabetic. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on June 14th, 2016 at the age of 19. Although that is when I was diagnosed, that’s not where my story begins. At the age of 14, I started showing signs of hyperglycemia, also known as “high blood sugar”. Due to my family history of type 2 diabetes and the lack of education about type 1 diabetes, we all believed that I was pre-diabetic for type 2 diabetes. Clearly, that was not the case. Read more>>

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