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By Synade Beason
A young man from the DMV area decided to create a brand in which he could use his creative and productive skills to design fashion pieces and inspire others.
“My name is Logan and I work under the art of screen printing, directive designing, photography and film creation,” said Logan Conway, 21, owner and designer of The Alt Wave Clothing Company.
“I took what I enjoyed from middle school and high school and really got serious about it during my sophomore year of college,” Conway said. “I have always wanted to make things I could share with other people”.
“The only thing stopping you most of the time is you. If you have the will to get it done, you can get it done,” Conway said.
Conway specializes in consulting and selling clothing products. He also directs campaigns for other clothing brands. He is a firm believer that it is important to pay off his knowledge and understanding of the business to other young people who are striving to be successful creative designers as well.
“Put yourself out there,” Conway said. For networking and growing purposes, he is planning to move once he has graduated. Conway has also advised young people on how to be smarter with directive choices by taking more calculated risks and networking.
“Look at the reasons you go into it. It is not about the financial aspect, but more so whether it makes you happy,” Conway said. Conway understands that networking, responding well to changes, and willingness to move around really helps in this business. But he does advice that one really examine their reasoning for going into the business.
“Don’t worry about haters and don’t stress yourself out. Remember that you are a person. A business is a machine, a person is not. Make time for yourself in order to be better for the business. This means self-maintenance and taking time out to take care of you or even that extra few minutes to make breakfast for yourself,” Conway said.
“When you force it, you lose a lot of quality. When it stops being fun and enjoyable maybe you should take a step back,” Conway said. This advice can be essential to anyone in whatever career path they are taking.
Within the next year, Conway has planned move somewhere between New York and Virginia, creating an in-home studio, and doing some national traveling. He would like to be accessible at pop up shops and tours, as well as in collaboration with many other designers and shops in the future.
By Synade Beason
A young girl from the DMV decides to branch out and beat the odds of a young woman starting a successful business at such a young age.
“I am from the DMV area. I am 21- years -old and I design and own a shoe business,” said Deja Davis, 21, owner and designer of TND Collection Shoe Boutique.
“I started off in high school doing entrepreneurship galas,” said Davis. “It just stuck with me”. Like most youngsters, Davis had a dream growing up of starting her own business. What stood out for her was that she continued to pursue her vision.
Davis knows it’s important to stay abreast of what is going on in the fashion world. She understands that this is truly the way to the hearts of the people. Simply know what they want. “I follow trends and then start to make things my own,” Davis said.
Davis also spends time volunteering with local outreach programs which support the youth. Davis encourages youth to use all resources as a platform. “Take advantage of social media,” Davis said. “Even if you are not sure, put it out there and people give you you’re feedback negative or positive”.
Davis has also been given the opportunity to come and join the News Channel 8 Team every season, to discuss the latest fashion trends. She is very high fashion, and enjoys sharing her fashion knowledge with others.
Davis is a firm believer that whenever the opportunity is given to you to enhance your likelihood of success, you should take it. “I am definitely going to take criticism and improve from it because I am doing something I’m really passionate about”.
Currently Davis has an array of sandals ranging in all colors with different furs and flower decor, hand crafted and custom made. One may request a custom made sandal or purchase one of her creations, and enjoy the luxury sandal for the summer season.
Davis is not done yet. She plans to largely expand her business and sees great success coming over the future for her brand. “I have a three to five year plan of launching shoes wearable for all year round,” Davis said. I also plan on starting my website”.
To get in touch with Davis about purchasing or business inquires, you can contact her through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. With the positive and dedicated outlook that Davis holds over her business and success, only great things can be expected of Davis and her business in the future. Davis plans to continue to follow her dreams and will check back in the near future.
By Synade Beason
A Parkville hair salon suite has opened up it’s building to hairstylists, providing the opportunity for small hair salon businesses to rent a suite within their building space.
“What really makes this company unique is that any salon business owner can start their business here,” said Rebecca Greene, 32, salon representative. “The owner wanted to provide the opportunity for small salons to open and begin their brand under her unit.”
This business is set up with many rooms within the building, and is a space for other individual salon businesses to rent rooms within the unit. This also gives businesses the opportunity to build their brand under this company.
The idea of the private suite concept, has allowed for Phenix Suites to become the fastest growing salon concept in the U.S. The founding family was in the salon business for decades and familiar with what it takes to be the best.
One can find many unique businesses to learn and experiment with. The idea was to provide something for anyone’s beauty needs. From hair and nails, to skin and body health. Founder Gina Rivera knew the value of ensuring individual salon needs were met.
This company does not just focus on itself. Most companies endorse themselves and produce their own products and services. This company focuses on giving opportunities for other small businesses to flourish. It also promotes productivity in the community.
This provides an useful outlet for small businesses in the community.The set up brings more attention to each of the individual businesses and also allows for rapid growth. Each door to a room, leads to various businesses. Each maintaining individuality while still running under the same roof.
Some doors have unique signs, which help attract customers. One may find themselves noticing the font and design of a business name such as Visage Hair Styling, with bold black cursive font and a pink design of a woman’s face.
One will also notice that they have professional yet private setups. One room was a hair salon, which had everything that a real salon would have, including hair wash and styling station, and cabinets full of hair tools and products.
This company promotes support amongst business owners. They also work to remain organized and effective. The company wanted to make space for a variety so that there is an opportunity for anyone to find the services they are looking for.
Hello my name is Georgette Synade Beason, and I am a junior and transfer student from the College of Southern Maryland. I am majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Political Science. In my free time I enjoy dancing for my church and am apart of the liturgical dance ministry and also am an instructor for the little girls.I also enjoy writing and journaling, creating content whether it be stories or songs or more, taking pictures and cinematography, styling and modeling, hosting and more. I consider myself a very independent person but I am also very creative. My dreams are to create my own path of work space outside of the normal everyday 9-5 ;(entrepreneurship) which would allow me to work for myself and also build upon my own ideas and do what I love best. Creating! Creating my own brand, my own lane, and doing it well.