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Hidden Gems: South East 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 East Dallas’s gems below.

Reggie Johnson

My name is Reggie Johnson aka @RJCREATE81. I was born in Dallas and raised in the Oak Cliff area. I been drawing probably since I was little kid but started painting in 2011. Every since 2011, I been painting my artistic views on all types of surfaces. I have done several art shows in the DFW area and Houston too. While participating in these art shows. Read more>>

Cardavion Willie

My name is Cardavion Willie. I am a Junior at the Illustrious Prairie View A&M University. I started selling mink eyelashes my sophomore year in college. I know people may wonder “why sell lashes?”, An old friend of mine, Keaera just inspired me to pursue that path in life. At first, I wasn’t sure whether I would be successful considering the business. Read more>>

Misty Vicious

I’m MistyVicious and I’m a Cosplayer and Streamer. My passions are Cosplay, Perler Cosplay, Streaming, Perler/Pixel Art, Crafting, Photography, Photo Wizardry, and Gaming, all with a focus on positivity and acceptance. I started Cosplaying when I learned that cosplay meant I could make my costumes at any time during the year instead of just on Halloween! Halloween. Read more>>

Nicole Mosley

Born Nicole Mosley in Dallas, Texas; “Heaven” began her modeling career in the curvy model arena. Breaking through as a plus-size model was challenging when I first started, but it has been a great platform to show that true beauty comes in many shapes, sizes, and shades of skin tone. Read more>>

Anna and Benson Phillips

My husband of 27 years and our four boys ages 15-23 love being in the outdoors and have spent a lot of time vacationing in cabins. Our story started about seven years ago when stayed in a luxury log cabin while on vacation in southeast Oklahoma and had such an enjoyable time. Read more>>

Kelsey Meyers and Daniel Washburn

One day in the Spring of 2018, after months of talking about our shared love for tiny homes, Daniel took Kelsey to see the small cedar frame he had constructed a few years prior. It was originally intended to be built and sold as a simple deer lease, but life got in the way and the project never went beyond the framing stage. Read more>>

Lisa Henry-Harper

The human story is dearly loved. I am a survivor of the bittersweet flavors of life and arrived in Dallas with nothing but the sweetest thing I know. My human story is a testimony of the healing power of connection. I’m a living testimony that entrepreneurship is a viable solution to escape poverty and to level up your ability. Read more>>

Jordan Harris

I am the founder and creative director of ARCADE. ARCADE was first brought to life after simply wanting more from streetwear, specifically Dallas based streetwear. I wanted to take some of the things that inspired me, like 50s noir films and hyper-colorized 80s sci-fi. Read more>>

Blake Yoon Kim

I’ve been practicing dentistry for over seven years. I’ve gone back and forth from private practice and clinics in underserved areas. Over the last couple of years, I’ve found it more rewarding to practice and serve the patients that are often turned away from other offices because they only have Medicaid. Read more>>

Irelsie Alvarez

I got my General Lines P&C License while I was still in college. I only had one semester left at Baylor University but I took a semester off to do an accounting internship. The internship was only three months long so I wanted to take advantage of the other two months I had left before starting fall semester. Read more>>

Mariana Torres

I have worked in the dental field since I was 18 years old and ever since I can remember I’ve had a passion for makeup. My career as a freelance makeup-artist started back in 2014. I started by doing family members and close friends makeup for special occasions. Read more>>

Angelique Swann

I’ve always had an interest in beauty – when I was a little girl I always played in my friend’s hair and loved all things makeup! I was able to follow my dream to cosmetology school in high school, and was well on my way to graduation when my life took an unexpected turn. Read more>>

Calen Smith

I began my dance journey at the age of three in church. My family has always been deeply rooted in church and my mom was the leader of the dance ministry there. Once my parents realized how much I loved dance, they decided to go ahead and enroll me into formal dance classes. Read more>>

Porsha Alford

I’ve always been a dog lover, however, I didn’t actually have dogs growing up as a child. It wasn’t til my pre-adult years I had my first real dog. I’ll never forget him his name is “Yo” he was a small black dog which later passed while in college. Later after graduation when I moved to Dallas. Read more>>

David Hopkins

I started Tough Guys TV a little over a year ago, call it 18 months ago. The idea sprang up from my interest in video editing, and my propensity to always be building or fixing something. Generally speaking, I try to take on all projects – leisure and necessity alike – from a DIY (Do It Yourself) approach. Read more>>

Jocelyn De La Fuente

The journey to becoming the artist I am today started when I was only 15-years old when I picked up an NYC black liquid liner and managed to master a wing liner on myself. YouTube was one of my biggest sources when I was younger because I expanded my own knowledge through there. Read more>>

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