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Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Jess Creating Memories

It's another glorious Friday! And it's time for us to highlight more amazing black entrepreneurs! In Where You Should Be Spending Your Money, we showcase the various businesses available in our community that we can support to inspire you to cycle your very important and all-powerful dollar amongst people that look like you and have YOU in mind. IHTG:  Tell us a little about yourself (hometown, family life, etc.). My name is Mrs. Jessielyn Wade. Known to some as Jessie and Nakia. I am from Warrior, Alabama, a small town outside of Birmingham. I'm the middle child of four and have a twin brother. Family time as a child was a must. During the summer we traveled with our grandmother to Buffalo, New York. We looked forward to this trip every year. Our family got together often for dinner, Friday night fish fry's or just to hang out. I was recently married to my wonderful husband Greg on December 10, 2016. We have a beautiful seven-year-old daughter, Leah, who is the princess of the house. I love my family and cherish the time and memories we had and continue to have until this day. I have learned to cherish the time and memories you have of your loved ones while they are still here. IHTG:  What motivated you to start this business? My business started off as a hobby that I was passionate about. The more pictures I took the more obsessive I became. I began to take classes to learn more about my craft. Soon after, I began to get my business affairs in order. I secured my business name, built my website and began to market my business. I established Jess Creating Memories (JCM) in 2014 which is a manifestation of my passion to create memories. IHTG:  Tell us about your business (what product or service do you offer, your typical customer, etc.). JCM is all about creating memories one picture at a time. JCM was founded on the principles of prayer, morals, and integrity. I consider myself a "Passionate Photographer". I look beyond the time of the picture being taken to see what memory can be captured for years to come. After consulting with my clients and getting to know them I begin to get a fell on how to capture their memory. IHTG:  How does your business give back to the community? I capture the community prayer walks, back to school events and feeding the homeless just to name a few. My future goal for the community is to have a photo shoot for the nursing homes that would consist of a complete makeover. IHTG:  What advice would you give to someone considering starting a business? Starting a business is to first learn the industry (know your craft), read, research, be consistent, get a mentor, plan, get organized and NEVER give up. There will be some struggles along the way, but they will help you in the long run. IHTG:  What is the best advice you've received since starting your business? "Don't take it personal". Everyone is not

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: C Durr Visuals

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In Where You Should Be Spending Your Money, we showcase the various businesses available in our community that we can support to inspire you to cycle your very important and all-powerful black dollars amongst people that look like you and have YOU in mind.  This week, we feature C. Durr Visuals. IHTG: Tell us a little about yourself (hometown, family life, etc.) First off, I want to thank you for considering me for this feature. A 25-year-old southern belle. Born & raised in North Carolina. I'm married with no kids (yet)! I would say I'm a nerdy goofball with an edge to me. IHTG:  What motivated you to start this business? I love working with small businesses especially because of the building from the ground up process. I understand that being creative gets hard for some business owners which is why I dedicate my time to help those in need of new ideas to promote themselves and their businesses. IHTG: Tell us about your business (what product or service do you offer, your typical customer, etc.). I strive to create logos, flyers, and social media content. I work on social media managing and start-up businesses as well♥ IHTG:  How does your business give back to the community? As of the holiday season approaching, I plan to donate to nursing and a homeless shelter. IHTG:  What advice would you give to someone considering starting a business?  FOCUS.FOCUS.FOCUS GIRL! First-time entrepreneurs feel the need to jump at every "opportunity" they come across. Trust me, I did. Do one thing perfectly, not 10 things poorly. IHTG:  What is the best advice you've received since starting your business? My best advice came from a fellow designer from "Hope's Harbor, LLC". She told me "Listen. Whatever you do be confident and consistent with your brand. Never charge less than what your work is worth. It's hard to break that habit. You'll have great days, you'll have days you have to think hard to remember why you started...but don't quit! You're so awesome!! Can't wait to watch you SOAR!" ❤❤ You can learn more about Chakarra and her services by visiting www.cdurrvisuals.net and connecting on social media @c.durrvisuals.  Know a business owner that should be featured?  Let us know… shoot me an email:  isis@ihearthatgirl.com!  

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: SHE by Schericka

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It's another glorious Friday! And it's time for us to highlight more amazing black entrepreneurs! In Where You Should Be Spending Your Money, we showcase the various businesses available in our community that we can support to inspire you to cycle your very important and all-powerful dollar amongst people that look like you and have YOU in mind.  Today's feature is SHE by Schericka!  IHTG:  Tell us a little about yourself (hometown, family life, etc.). My name is Schericka Gee and I'm the brand owner of S.H.E. by Schericka, an empowerment brand. I'm from a small town called Bennettsville, SC and I'm a mom to a gorgeous and ambitious 7-year-old daughter named Landyn Kardia. I'm a true lover of fashion and philanthropy. My ultimate objective is simply to be a vessel used to encourage others. IHTG:  What motivated you to start this business? I was motivated to start SHE because I wanted a business where it was more a catalyst used to unite us as women and encourage us to be greater in all aspects of our lives. IHTG:  Tell us about your business (what product or service do you offer, your typical customer, etc.). The brand offers: tees, totes, earrings, candles, nail polish, bracelets, pillows, scented wax melts, coffee mugs, sweathoodies, dresses, hats, and leggings. I hope I didn't forget anything. Lol. I also have other divisions called #SHEbrands and #SHEspeaks. One for branding assistance to other businesses, the other for motivational speaking. IHTG:  How does your business give back to the community? I love working with local community philanthropists holding giveaways and charity givebacks. IHTG:  What advice would you give to someone considering starting a business? The best advice I'd love to offer to any aspiring entrepreneur would be to always be authentically you in your business and always run your business in your truth. IHTG:  What is the best advice you've received since starting your business? The best advice I've ever been given is to remain consistent and to always remain humble. You can learn more about S.H.E. by Schericka and her services by visiting www.shebyschericka.com and connecting on social media @shebyscherika.  Know a business owner that should be featured?  Let us know... isis@ihearthatgirl.com!

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Uncovering The New U

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It's another glorious Friday!  And it's time for us to highlight more amazing black entrepreneurs! In Where You Should Be Spending Your Money, we showcase the various businesses available in our community that we can support to inspire you to cycle your very important and all-powerful dollar amongst people that look like you and have YOU in mind.  This week, we spotlight Uncovering the New U. IHTG: Tell us a little about yourself (hometown, family life, etc.). I am Master Trainer & Life Coach, SheNesia Ewing. I currently hold a Masters in Sports & Health Science with a concentration in sport and exercise performance. I am also a doctoral Psychology Candidate with a focus in Sport Performance. I am currently located in Marietta, GA. I am a mother of a 10-year-old son with 11 additional blessings & a wife. IHTG:  What motivated you to start this business? It started with a few things: (1) I have been in the United States Army for over 16 ½ years and both of my parents went through life-changing situations while I was overseas that forced me to do whatever I needed to save both of my parents. (2) I was able to transform an environment of soldiers as an amateur spin instructor while in Iraq. (3) My brand for one stands on ethics and honesty. I do not provide any service that is above my skill set. If I don't qualify to help, then I won't take on the client. Secondly, my desire is for all my clients to Uncover the person that they have desired to be mentally, emotionally, physically, & spiritually through what I provide. I empower people to use their own strength to build performance and take their lives back as well. Change in health and wellness is a self-driven initiation. We must hold our selves accountable for how we live and what we put inside of our minds and bodies. The gym does not do that. IHTG:  Tell us about your business (what product or service do you offer, your typical customer, etc.). As a Trainer, Nutritionist, and Life Coach I offer a variety of services. I offer individualized nutrition consultation & programs, performance nutrition, athletic training, strength & conditioning programs, peak performance workbooks, Senior strength training, and much more. I am also a functional fitness instructor (Zumba, aerobics, boot camp & spin). Being new to the Atlanta area I currently do not have any current events scheduled. IHTG: How does your business give back to the community? UncoveringTheNewU has donated money to the victims of Harvey & Irma, participated & ran raised money for Breast Cancer, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, and while in Virginia (previous residence) offered a FREE Saturday fitness group in local parks and trails to encourage others to get out and get active. Once I am acclimated into GA I hope to offer the same! IHTG:  What advice would you give to someone considering starting a business? JUST DO IT. I had no knowledge of running a business nor what it took for me to

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Heart Armor

In Where You Should Be Spending Your Money, we showcase the various businesses available in our community that we can support to inspire you to cycle your very important and all-powerful black dollars amongst people that look like you and have YOU in mind.  This week, we feature Heart Armor. IHTG: Tell us a little about yourself (hometown, family life, etc.). My name is Stephanie Cook, I was born and raised in York, Pa, and as a teenager, I moved to Baltimore, MD, where I currently resided. I am a mother to two children (boy and girl) and a wife. I enjoy working out and spending time with my loved ones. I am always trying to make others smile and laugh. I just enjoy life to the fullest. IHTG:  What motivated you to start this business? What motivated me to start my business is my son. My son Malik was born with Congenital Heart Defects and at the age of 1, he had open heart surgery. To cope with my journey of CHD I wanted to raise awareness and have a brand that represents him. Heart Armor has given me the strength because we still fight in this journey. IHTG:  Tell us about your business (what product or service do you offer, your typical customer, etc.). Heart Armor is an apparel line in honor of my son. We have t-shirts, sweaters, phone cases, pillows you name it representing my brand. Majority of my customers are those who have loved ones with CHD or just wanting to support Malik. IHTG:  How does your business give back to the community? My business gives back by donating some of the profits to a local Heart foundation to help other Heart parents out there suffering and cannot afford the expenses of surgery. We also plan to start a Heart Walk the week of CHD in February to spread awareness. IHTG:   What advice would you give to someone considering starting a business? The advice I would give someone is to never doubt yourself. Everyone won't believe in your brand but that is perfectly fine. God will provide and bring people in your corner who will support you. If you don't leap you will never sorrow and learn. Go after your dreams! IHTG:  What is the best advice you've received since starting your business? The best advice I received so far is to stay encouraged. Many have told me they believe in me and that when you have individuals who believe in you to keep grinding and shining. I am thankful to those who have supported me through this business journey. Some days I question it but then my peers give me the advice of continuing to spread awareness because people need to hear our story. You can learn more about Stephanie and Heart Armor by visiting her on Facebook & Instagram @HeartArmor.

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Confections 320

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Hey gang!  The weekend is upon us once again and it is time to put you on game on the best places to spend your coin!  Why not satisfy your sweet tooth?!  Confections 320 can help you with that. RELATED ARTICLE:  SKIP TRENDS & FIND YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE If you're visiting the Augusta, GA area, and you're a sucker with a sweet tooth, you will adore Confections 320.  Owner/Baker, Angela Robinson, is one of the kindest spirits you can meet.  She puts all that kindness in her pillowy soft desserts.  Confections 320 is a licensed cottage food delivery bakery service, which means, no standing in lines waiting to get cupcakes for your event. They bring them to you!!  I absolutely love her Key Lime Cupcakes!  To try and describe them would be a disservice.  Trust me, you just want to try them for yourself. Confections 320 began when Angela's daughter wanted to take cake pops to school for Christmas. In response to her request, Angela started researching.  After much practice, she successfully produced the product and shortly after Confections 320 was born. Why 320  you ask? Simple, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" , (Ephesians 3:20) . Believe it or not, their very first order was produced without a mixer!! That's right, she didn't even own a mixer but she had a bowl, spoon and a dream! Fortunately, Christmas was just around the corner and she found her first mixer under the tree and she's been at it ever since. We have to celebrate that type of determination!  It's sisters like Angela and all our previously featured entrepreneurs that inspire and motivate us to continue pursuing our dreams!  There is so much more in store if you just take the leap and walk into your purpose. Confections 320 (Augusta, GA) Phone 706.452.1563 Website:  www.confections320.com  

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: The Blonde Gazelle

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Man, do the weeks seem to be flying by or what?  I'm sure some of you are thankful for the speedy work week and looking at me sideways, lol.  Don't get me wrong, I am happy for the weekend.  It's Friday, and that means it's time for me to enlighten my sisters of just another place they should be spending those hard earned coins.  This week, I'm highlighting The Blonde Gazelle in Decatur, GA. RELATED STORY:  ARE YOU A SOAP SNOB? The Blonde Gazelle is a vintage boutique that specializes in funky, eclectic, and unique women's wear and accessories.  I've been a customer of the boutique since it's infancy on Etsy.  The fashion curator and owner, Zakiyyah Shahid, has been styling me for the red carpet since 2013.  She's an amazing person and makes sure you feel at home in the cozy boutique.  She is sure to help you cultivate your own personal style with her items.  I love the fact that she doesn't sit idly by and allow you to just browse the racks.  She gets involved by asking you about your style and offers suggestions of items she has that would fit you perfectly.  February marked The Blonde Gazelle's first introduction on the Thrifting Atlanta Tour! I always walk out of The Blonde Gazelle with something I know reflects my personal style.  You don't have to fear being cookie-cutter here, because it is anything BUT!  If you are the type of person that wants to define your own personal style, express yourself through fashion, or just want to find those "unique" items... then this is the place for you. Be sure to visit The Blonde Gazelle at her Decatur location this weekend, and don't miss her SIDEWALK SALE BLOWOUT, Saturday April 22nd!!  All items will be $5!  Yes, five bucks!  I will be there and I hope you meet me there as well.   The Blonde Gazelle 4449 Covington Hwy Decatur, GA 30035

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Soap Snob

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It's Friday!!!  And that means it's time to enjoy the wondrous weekend!  Weekends are a great time to rejuvenate and catch up with friends... oh and brunching on the weekend is great too!  Anywho, I need to let you know about another amazing black owned business... female owned business that you should spend all your coins with this weekend!  SERIOUSLY!  Soap Snob is a super cute online boutique chop full of your basic self-care essentials! I met the owner, Monica Dickerson, a while back at a Walker's Legacy event in Tucker that I hosted.  She was eager to learn pertinent information to help bolster her business and she was such an encouraging face in the group of ladies.  Networking is something isn't it ladies?  If you're not out the networking, I encourage you to do so.  I'm actually going to find somewhere to network this weekend. RELATED ARTICLE:  SUPER CHIC GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR YOUR HOME But back to Soap Snob.  This woman hand crafts amazing soaps that help nourish and moisturize your skin.  And it's born of necessity as she battles eczema. "As owner of Soap Snob and sole Soapmaker, I have years of soap making experience, advanced coursework in organic and inorganic chemistry, and membership in the industry’s leading professional organization, the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. At Soap Snob, I will never compromise the quality of my handmade products by using substandard ingredients or additives. This is my promise to you and your skin." Instead of running to Vicky Secrets or B&B Works... why not hop online and shop with Soap Snob for all natural products, great customer service, and you'll be supporting a sister in the process!  Oh, and try the OMG! Moisture Cream... it will change your life.  Her bath bombs are awesome too.  Visit her site to look around and purchase:  www.thesoapsnobcompany.com

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Open For Business Coworking Space

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Look, the sisters are doing it for them selves, are we not?  I love seeing the boss babes in action!  And you know we always put a little magic on everything we touch right?  And I do mean, everything!  Yes, from products to services, we can't help but be magical.  And I know exactly where you can get a super dose of magic while handling your own boss moves...it's at the Open For Business Coworking Space in Atlanta. That's right!  Located on the historic Auburn Avenue, this space is a haven and resource for some serious Girl Power!  It's a place that offers the professionalism of a dedicated office space, without the hefty bill through shared spaces.  You can also invest a bit more to secure a private office space as well.  Either way, you'll not only have access for work space, but access to a plethora of like-minded, educated, and knowledgeable businesswomen.  This is a great added value for those of us in need of a business mentor. RELATED ARTICLE:  Black Owned Nail Salons to Support It is seriously like the coolest, trendiest tribe of black female bosses I have ever seen.  You can't help but be inspired by the amazing decor that fills the walls.  As well, the other businesswomen keep you motivated and inspired.  The visionary behind the space is a bustling boss lady herself, Mrs. Nicole Garner Scott.  She has a long list of entrepreneurial accomplishments, too many to add to this post, so for more info on Mrs. Thang, click here! She created the space to be both a community for women business owners ripe with learning opportunities and a physical collaborative work space where women could come to work, meet, and learn. The surrounding community is alive with new energy, innovation, young business owners and endless opportunity.  Members of OFB are also connected with their parent organization, 100 Female Entrepreneurs and are able to tap into the resources of a global network of raw and rewarding girl power. I know many of my readers are women with some serious goals and aspirations.  That is why I am sharing with you information on a place to invest your hard earned coins towards your goals.  Our money is power, and we should be spending it with businesses that will utilize those funds by pouring them back into the community, back into us.  For more info on OFB, visit their website:  www.openforbusiness.space.  Check out the video below for a virtual peek of what this space has to offer:      

Where You Should Be Spending Your Money: Jazzy Nail Studio

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Hey sistas!  After a busy or hectic work week we all need that self-care fix.  Am I right?  For me, the nail salon is that spot.  However, most of the nail salons in our communities are owned by Asian Americans.  I don't know about you, but I almost NEVER feel respected there.  I mean, even when there is no blatant disrespect, I feel disrespected by the use of two languages! My thing is this... if the majority of your customers speak English and YOU speak English, why in the hell are you speaking to your co-worker in a different language???  I don't know if you're talking about me or not, but the consumer shouldn't feel "uncomfortable".  Especially when I'm funding little Ling Chao's medical degree.  #facts  With that being said, a couple years ago, I was on a mission to spend money with a black owned nail salon.  I found a place where I felt comfortable, met amazing women, shared great stories and even grieved the loss of Prince in true black style, while having my nails sculpted to perfection (shout out to my stylist LaKendra)!  If you have never experienced a black owned nail salon and you're in the Atlanta area, let me introduce you to Jazzy Nail Studio! Business Name:  Jazzy Nail Studio Location:  Norcross, GA About:  Jazzy Nail Studio is an appointment only nail art studio.  We have a talented team of nail artists that specialize in the latest trends in nail art and nail care, all while maintaining the health of your natural nails. We also offer lash extensions, pedicures and henna.     Owner:  Jasmine Requena Jasmine has been a licensed nail technician for over 15 years now. She has used her expertise to brand herself, thus making her stand out among her peers. She is passionate about the nail business and teaches other nail technicians how to tap into their inner artist and grow their business.  Visit her website to book your next appointment!                              

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