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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.

Shawn White and Kennice Mcclenton-White

I am the founder and owner of B.E.V, my company name was created from my late mother Beverly nickname Bev. I found a reason to use the letters because the words Believe Every Vision symbolizes the way my mom seen life for me. She felt it was nothing in this world I could not do and she believed I would make it big in life one day. Six years ago, I put together decorated and designed my own red carpet Babyshower. Read more>>

Zarinah Curry and Nick Curry

Nick and I met in college, and we’ve been together ever since. We have worked in the corporate world for most of our adult lives. With our corporate jobs, we relocated between Texas(3x), Florida and Arizona(2x), but ultimately decided to make the DFW area our home. We have three children and all three were born in the different states we lived in. Our oldest son was born in Texas, our daughter (Florida). Read more>>

Dj Mono Entertainment

It all started with the passion of music. I could always feel the flow in the music the rhythm. I had a mentor who got into the disc jokey scene. After that, I fell in love with DJ-ing. I started when I was only 13 years old. I was not even old enough to buy my own DJ equipment. My father bought something small what he could afford for me to follow one of my many crazy dreams, I guess if you see it that way. Read more>>

Andy Franklin

My whole life I’ve been addicted to making things. It’s a blessing and a curse. I started making little short films in High School with my friends. My friend Jimmy had this VHS video camera and we would drive around filming ourselves skateboarding. I remember there being a point when I decided that wasn’t enough. Read more>>

Jen Cox

I born in Illinois and grew up in the midwest. My parents took us on a lot of vacations and I traveled a lot as a child. In addition, I moved frequently because of my dad’s job, but we always lived in the midwest. I did my undergraduate degree at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and during that time studied abroad in both London and Athens. 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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