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 Bay’s gems below.
Photography is absolutely a passion and I’ve been at it for most of my life, traveling wherever the art calls me. I feel like I’ve always been a photographer, having a camera in my hands passed down from my father as young as ten. I had my own darkroom in high school. There were always cameras and art around me growing up so it just makes sense. I’m an artist first, and I believe that shows through in my work, I’m where I am today because I made a commitment not to allow myself to stay complacent. I set short and long-term goals based on my strengths and hold each goal as a tangible reality the create the most efficient pathway possible. I realized, with focus on my goals, and making the conscious choice every morning to move into action with integrity, intention, and strategy, was absolutely the way. I concentrate on my strengths and offload thoughts, habits, and tasks that don’t serve me or my path through to my goals. If there’s an item in business that can be done by someone more skilled, I outsource, that affords me more time and energy to devote to my strengths. Read more>>
I grew up in Florida. My father started taking me to Monday Night Wrestling at the West Palm Beach Auditorium when I was three years old. The wrestling was presented as Championship Wrestling From Florida and it was under the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) umbrella. The NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion was Harley Race and I was infatuated with him and professional wrestling as a child. Years later, I was at a crossroads in my life, I could either live a normal civilian lifestyle or join the circus. I decided to join the circus and train to become a professional wrestler…I never looked back. The wrestling business afforded me the privilege to travel the entire world and in 2011, I became the 84th NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion. In 2012, I moved to Southern California, and in 2016 I created PCW ULTRA. In January 2022, we will celebrate our six years anniversary. Read more>>
I am the owner of lull Health & Wellness and lull yoga est. September of 2020. Happy 1 Year Anniversary! I created Lull H & W with a mission to help people develop a deeper connection between their mind, body and spirit. After working at NFL & Snapchat as a digital media producer while earning a double master’s in psychology from Pepperdine and Columbia University, I truly started to uncover my strengths and passions in both fields. I uncovered my interests, passions and strengths while working, studying and learning more about myself. Lull H & W derived from my interest in the science of positive psychology, my passion for connection with spirit, mind and body and strengths in creative production. What a way to sum up quite a journey; definitely easier said than done. I was going through my own struggles of life, seeing what worked for me, as well as dealing with the challenges of solitude in the COVID-19 pandemic. BUT my goodness, building this business fueled the fire inside me. Read more>>
I am the type of person who never lets up. I’ve started many things and every time one fails, I find something else to dive into. I never give up. One day a friend of mine told me that I needed to do something with clothes. He felt that was my lane because I dress up so effortlessly. He would always compliment me. He knew I had other talents but felt fashion was my lane. As time went by, I would always remember that conversation. Slowly but surely, I talked myself into it. I finally decided to take that leap but I wanted to set myself apart from all the other boutiques and then it hit me, let’s do something that would be more affordable for people. I thought on it a little more and came up with the concept of being able to be cute on a budget. I didn’t want to be the same over-priced boutique, there’s a million of those so I thought I could sell the same or similar items for a fraction of the price. Read more>>
My story begins in childhood in Tennessee when I first experienced the therapeutic value of the arts. I was 12 years old and was in a modern dance company when my mother passed away from cancer. The director of the company choreographed a suite of dances in honor of my mother’s battle with cancer, and I trained to perform the final solo, which was one of the greatest achievements of my life. It gave me a channel to express and move through my grief, performing that solo around the world. Something shifted in me, and I knew that I wanted to spend my life bringing the healing power of the arts to others. I later decided to major in psychology at Skidmore College and wrote my thesis on the healing effects of the arts. I dove into jobs post-college managing artists in residency programs in San Francisco and Manhattan Beach, learning all the ins and outs of arts management and non-profits, but I felt amiss not being the artist, not being the one actively facilitating the workshop. Read more>>
I’m the creator of Cinply Essentials; each item is formulated and handcrafted by me from start to finish with pure positive intent. My mission behind Cinply Essentials is to advocate the practice of self-care maintenance. I strive to bring your skin to a healthier state by providing botanical skincare & your spirit to higher vibration by providing beginner spiritual tools. Cinply Essentials is luxury yet affordable, eco-conscious & ethical. I started this Latina-owned small business in fall of 2019. I always knew I wanted to be a small business owner but was not sure quite what to do yet. I just knew it needed to be eco-conscious and provide helpful resources for my community and to one day grow large enough to where I can give back some of the income to animal charities. It all started when I began to look at my daily life habits and see how I can make adjustments to be more eco-conscious. For example, instead of buying gallons of laundry liquid, I started making my own powdered soap to save on plastic; or switching from foil paper for my leftover food to reusable waxed cloth. Read more>>