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Hidden Gems: Local Businesses & Creatives You Should Know

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 our latest local gem features below.

Kaylee Schmidt

Thank you for having me! My name is Kaylee Schmidt and I am the owner of Simply Sorted Service. I originally did not think I would start a business in cleaning and organizing. I went to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2017. After graduating in 2019, I landed a job in my career field. Then 2020 came around and the pandemic hit. During the pandemic, I found myself out of a career, as most people. I found myself during that time always on my feet cleaning and organizing my own home. I had always loved cleaning and organizing – it was something I did to help minimize the stress and also fuel my OCD. Read more>>

Yakima Jana

Hello, my name is Yakima Marshall. I am the owner of Sweet Revenge Dessert Factory (SRDF) and the founder of the nonprofit organization, Crown 2 The Soul (C2TS). Sweet Revenge Dessert Factory’s story started as a little girl in the kitchen with my Great Aunt Esther and my Great Aunt Clotea. They would allow me to join them in the kitchen, and learn not just about baking but cooking together. At some point in my youth baking became my main focus, it was all I wanted to do and all I started to inquire about. I was intrigued by how all these different ingredients could make up one delicious cake. Read more>>

Modupe Omonze

I am a fashion designer turned events expert. I found myself in the events industry when I moved to Dubai, and as a fashion designer, there were barely any events to showcase my collection, especially for emerging designers like myself. Challenges and problems are the fuel of success, and I am really grateful for everything I have been through because my struggles have empowered me along the way. I curate fashion designers all over the world taking advantage of Dubai as a hub for innovation and creativity. My events promise 360 exposure for creatives in this region and abroad. Read more>>

LaToya Taylor

My story began during one of life’s most beautiful events, the pregnancy of my son. My story, like many, was that I was a single mother, I was a 32-year-old single mother. No single in just being unwed, but single as in the father wasn’t present. The reality of it all shook me to my core because I never imagined life being that way for me. It was no easy task attempting to do motherhood alone. As my son grew older, I decided that I still needed to the opportunity to find myself again. I didn’t want to get lost in the title of “mommy” while still having so many things I felt I needed to accomplish not only for myself but for my son as well. Read more>>

Anya Wallace

Hello everyone, I am Anya Wallace; I go by she/her pronouns. I am a St. Louis, Missouri native. After graduating high school, I departed from my family to join the world’s finest Navy. I say that last part jokily with a great deal of seriousness. The Navy was an incredible branch to serve. I gained many life experiences and lessons during my six years of service. It is like what the wise ones say life will whip you into shape. One of the most important lessons I was introduced to was me—this period of my life began my journey of self-discovery. I used the term journey because we as humans constantly endure an evolution of change. Read more>>

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