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Hidden Gems: West 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 West Dallas’s gems below.

Fabio Simoes

Born in Brazil, in the Amazon River port city of Belém, I relocated to the United States with my family in 1984 and spent most of my childhood and teen years in Newark, New Jersey. It was here where I started my career in the mortgage and real estate industry. I’ve been in real estate off and on since 2001; I started my career in the mortgage industry. Read more>>

Tony Ybarra

I am from San Antonio, TX. At the age of 17, I surrounded myself with the wrong people, which led me to be involved in an armed robbery. I was then arrested, when I was released, I made a decision to better my life and started going to church and got married by the age of 20 to my Beautiful wife Selina Ybarra and had our firstborn child. Read more>>

Derey Alston

I would say that my story started at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration, I spent the next eight years of life in the financial services industry. While that provided decent compensation, I was not fulfilled. In fact, it got to the point where I really started to dislike my job and did not look forward to waking up each morning. Read more>>

Alex Herber

80sixed_ was born from the frustration of the day to day grind. Endless meetings, pretending to care about golf, shaking someone’s hand when you really want to punch them in the face. You know, the kind of stuff Tyler Durden laughs at. This was my life, and it was ending one minute at a time. It began as an escape and evolved into a state of mind. Read more>>

Kaisha Littleton

I started blogging when I was in college, mostly as a personal diary. I have always loved to write, so I coupled my love of storytelling with the newly emerging social media scene. Blogging was nothing like what it is today at that time. I wasn’t worried about my aesthetic (I still hardly worry about it) or having a nice camera to take pictures with. Read more>>

Tina Coles

I started doing hair at a young age and took my hair schooling in high school. After a couple of years in the industry, I decided it was time to advance my training by doing an apprenticeship at Jovie Salon under Julie Chung. I advanced to educator within the salon and decided it was time to move my career. Read more>>

Megan Davis

I first become involved with Groundwork Dallas as a volunteer in the fall of 2017. I had just moved to the city from the Northeast and was looking for ways to learn about the area. As it turned out, I was still in the process of applying for jobs and Groundwork Dallas happened to have an opening. Read more>>

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