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Hidden Gems: South 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 South Dallas’s gems below.

Maurice Davis

I came up with the idea after I lost my voice. I had sang over 200 shows a year for four years and it was starting to take a toll on my vocal chords. My real gift has always been in songwriting and I wanted to find a way to use that gift to not only sustain a career in music. Read more>>

Jori Thorns

“I’ll do your hair for $5!” At least that’s how much I was charging in 7th grade when I started doing hair. I would do ten heads and only have $50! I laugh every time I think about it. Hairdressing has always been my passion. Growing up in Chicago, I made a great reputation as the best stylist. Read more>>

Intelligent Comedian

I received about being smart and funny which gave me the idea that I was an intelligent comedian. Afterwards, I made myself a YouTube channel uploading my first video when I was twelve just basically asking people to subscribe. As time went on, I would think of ideas that I could use to entertain my viewers on YouTube such as challenges and vlogs. Read more>>

Janae’ Willis-Beard

When I was ten, I opened my first business on the front porch of our family home. I sold candy, chips, and frozen Kool-Aid Cups. Unlike many millionaires who say, “My parents gave me $500,000 to start my business.” My mom loaned me $50 for a modest Sam’s Club purchase and I paid her back $75 and had a profit of $100. Read more>>

Iriani and Matt Stonebraker

I am an interior designer. My husband Matt is a web developer. We have always collected Mid Century furniture and refinished it for ourselves. As it always happens, the collection at home got too big and we decided to sell pieces so that we could continue to collect and refinish. Read more>>

Jonathan Sprinkles

I was born in Los Angeles, California. My parents divorced when I was five, and I moved around a lot with my father as he got on his feet. We lived in seven different houses before I was in middle school. My dad developed cancer and I moved in with my mom in Austin, Texas. Read more>>

The Mammoths

The Mammoths are an Austin band with Dallas roots, and they are ready to show off their fusion of blues-rock and psych-soul to the city where it all came together. The band started when David Kapsner (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Michael Jekot (lead guitar, vocals) and Tyler Rush (bass, vocals). Read more>>

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