Yesterday April 20th, 2013 I stepped into Detroit for the first time in 31 years.
Chanel Domonique and Krissy both CEO’s of Detroit Supports Detroit are really doing major things to uplift Detroit. This event:
was created by them and Nikki CEO of iRockout Apparel & Accessories “to give local designers who don’t currently have stores to have a store for a day” – Chanel Domonique.
After taking a 4 and a half hour drive I met Chanel at her booth inside L.A.X Downtown Detroit. Walking into L.A.X I was pleasantly pleased with the set up of the event. Im not big on design so Im not about to bore you with the details but it was very very nice. (Ya’ll know me lol) After meeting Chanel, Krissy and Nikki I walked around to every booth and met with each vendor personally first.
I then made a second go around to each vendor to ask them a few questions about them and their business. I must apologize now 2 of my interviews were deleted but I definitely will still talk about you and your business I just will not be able to quote you I am SO SORRY 😦
My first stop was Ms. Syreeta of Glamorous Boutique. Loved her I got pair of LOVELY purple earrings (yes I said purple she didn’t have pink lol) Glamorous Boutique offers apparel and accessories you can contact her online thru her personal website http://www.glamorboutique.cartel.com, Instagram Glamorous__boutiqe, email: email@example.com or by phone (313) 978- 8558 (I am so sorry I lost yours 😦 im really upset about that too)
My next stop was too my VERY VAIN Detroit Sister Erin (I so hope that is how you spell it lol) from Vain Studios with her clothing line U 2 Can Be Vain. She started with selling the Brazilian Butt Lift pants. I asked her what made her get into selling them she said “I liked the jeans and in order for me to get one pair I had to order dozens and dozens” Girls like having booties huh? If they pay for the surgery they can have one of my butt cheeks and ill split the other one to cover I dont need all this LMFAO (No but im serious *Sraight face*). She is currently working towards getting her non profit organization off the ground it “helps young girls boost their self esteem to know that they are VAIN within themselves.” Her advice to the younger generation is “Whatever you do just be confident know that your vain no matter the shape, size, color where you came from just know that you are VAIN and that you are beautiful.” I really enjoyed meeting you boo and I definitely forgot to come back around and get my Tshirt!! (Blame my mind not my heart ill be back soon!) Check her out in Greenfield Plaza 21700 Greenfield Rd Set. 221 Oak Park, MI (248) 379-9961 Online http://www.You2canbevain.com Instagram u2canbevain Facebook Vanity Enterprisesllc
Next I met DJBJ/3525 of 3525 Entertainment, (first of all let me tell yall how SCRUMPTIOUS DJBJ was looking JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL, HOLD MY MULE Patty Duke HELP lol) He started as a local DJ in Detroit looking for a way to market himself he took DJBJ and turned it to numbers how he came up with the 3525. He says that during his research he learned that people tend to like things that they don’t know about. He uses the named built to show the younger generation that anything is possible and to stay positive. The advice he gives to the younger generation is to start young “Branding yourself does not come overnight”. Make sure ya’ll check out the Sexy DJBJ/3525 this Friday on 106 and Park also check his site out http://www.djbj3525.com. I want you to know that your cards do not help with contacting you! But I popped my tag tho lol
So I got the info lol
Next I met AP the Absolute Princess of Hot 107.5 and also Crown Clothing Ink, She gotten into clothing through branding herself and getting her name out in the streets. She started with Crew necks for men and women and now is branching into T-shirts. Although Black and White is the colors that are mostly featured you can order in any color (I’m coming for a Grey 0n Pink and a Pink on Grey lol). She gave me a little EXCLUSIVE but I think her and I should set up another interview to release that news at a later date lol. (yup I’m scheduling my next interview already lol) Her advice to the younger generation is “Never let a NO stop you”. Check my girl out on Instagram APbytheway I also found out that she is a member out #TeamAries!!! lol
My next stop was dessert HEAVEN!! I met Paige of Let Them Eat Cake Detroit. Specializing in cake pops, cheesecakes, and any sweets. She got into the business because she baked as a hobby and people were always asking her to cater events. To help her community so volunteers to clean up the neighborhood on occasions. Her advice to the younger generation is “Not to give up because in the beginning it is very difficult.” Check Paige out if your in Detroit give her a call at (313) 909-3166 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I then met ShaToya of Stress Free With Me LLC. Her company specialized in Massages body wraps, detox, and things of that nature. She got into the industry because she is searching to find ways to help people and change lives inside and out. In her community she helps people get information about things such as getting back in school and networking. Her advice to the younger generations is “Go for it! You have to start with a vision.” Check ShaToya out at http://www.stressfreewithme.com, or contact her at (313)918-4223 or email@example.com
Now Ebony (I pray that you spell it like that 😦 lol ) of Pure Strands and The Tax Place. She started off with Taxes going from 40 clients to over 1,200 clients a year. (Now thats a BOSS move). But she realized that Tax Season is 4 months and year and if your not a good budgeter its kind of hard to maintain finances through the rest of the year. She then moved on to the hair industry, being that weave is a growing market (ya’ll know I love my weave and her hair is of great quality). So she took a risk and its showing to be something great. With her Tax company she does Turkey giveaways and food giveaways for the communities. Her non Profit Organization A Black World Organization reaches out to families that have lost their homes to arson. Families are losing everything and are getting a one night voucher. Her Non Profits helps families with a start to getting back on their feet. Contact y Girl at http://www.shoppurestrands.com (313) 673-5593 25140 Lahser Rd Suite 202 Southfield, MI Instagram Thepurestrands
Next I hit up My girl Nikki at her booth with iRockout Apparel and Accessories. Her company offers apparel and accessories ranging from Tshirts, sweatshirts, bracelets, hats, ETC. She got into the industry because she loves fashion and wanted to get into a movement of branding herself. She has a Non Profit Organization in Atlanta (ATL HOE! lol I had to do it) called Anonymous Hands it works with abused adults and children. Her advice to the younger generation is to “Stay true to yourself … everything will fall into place if you put your heart and soul into it”. Check out my girl Nikki at iRockout.bigcartel.com and on Instagram iRockoutapparel
Next I met Alana with Bold Boutique. Her company offers Women’s accessories and clothing starting from x small all the way up to 3 XL. She got into the industry because she a passion for it and she’s a people person. She’s always wanted her own clothing store. So she took a step out on faith and did it. She is doing the DAMN THANG BABY!!! She is also a party promotor she is the CEO of City Girls Entertainment, she also works with K Deezy (King of Detroit from what I’ve heard) with his promotions. All while volunteering with her sons football team. Her advice to the younger generation is “Dont give up pray and have faith in yourself” Check out Bold Boutique if your in Detroit at 21600 Greenfield Rd. Suite 201 Oak Park, MI call (313) 926-986 Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram Bold_Boutique
Next up I met the Teddy Bear of AYV Clothing Systems Koolade (He was one of the people who showed me hella love). They offer the cutting edge fashion and some of the flyest gear around. He got into the industry because he had a shopping problem (ME TOO!) lol While he was web searching he found a company that manufactured clothes so he said “im going to try” this. He then made some Tshirts up and they sold like hotcakes. The rest you can say s history. In the community his company does fundraising events and nightlife events. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month they take the line and turn PINK (Ya’ll know I got excited lol) and then donate to Susan G. Koman. Also during the summer in Midtown Detroit his company throws a BBQ for the homeless. (FOOD!! IM there just hit me with details! lol My greedy butt) His advice to the younger generation is “Never let anything discourage you because anything worth having is worth working hard for.” Check out Koolade at http://www.AYVworldwide.com or on instagram Koolade_ayv
The next Booth that I had the pleasure of visiting was Bob’s Classic Kicks with Antonio. (I am still trying to figure out why AP the Absolute Princess decided to get on the mic while I was doing my interview with Antonio lol) His company is a sneaker store in Midtown Detroit offering Nike, Reebok and Adidas. They sell classic and new sneakers. They also offer local designers in the shop as well as the Bob’s store brand. They got into the business because him and his partner Jason were both Sneakerheads. They felt like there was a market for it. There is no privately owned sneaker boutique in Detroit. In the community, they host an event each month called The Air Up There. It is a hip hop showcase which showcases local talent. Also if you are a high school student in Detroit with a GPA of 3.0 and higher you can intern with Bob’s Classic Kick to learn how to run a business. His advice to the younger generation is “Do It! It’s nothing to it but to do it.” If your in Detroit go check Bob’s Classic Kicks out at 4717 Woodward Ave contact them at (313) 832-7513 or on instagram bck_detroit
I met with Denthea of AuChante Special Events Group. Her company offers full coordinating services at all events including weddings, Receptions, Bridal Showers, Adult Birthday Parties and Children’s birthday Parties. She got into the industry because she has always had an eye for it and a passion for it and she decided to go for it. Her advice to the younger generation is “do it don’t let anything hold you back” If you need and event done please hit Denthea up at (866) 325-1707 OR EMAIL her at email@example.com
I turned around and walked into PURSE HEAVEN with Mrs. Chase at Shop & Smile. Her company offers clothing, jewelry, body jewelry, purses and accessories. She got into the industry trying to find a better way to live. She works for children’s hospital, and have been for 22 years. Her advice to the younger generations is “if you put your mind to it you can do it.” If you are looking for new handbags hit my girl up (313) 573- 4478. When Im in Detroit I will be coming for a few black purses.
My Last stop of the day was my girls Chanel Domonique and Krissy with Detroit Supports Detroit. Their company offers clothing as well as working with artist of types helping them get their career into the next gear. THey have started helping up and coming designers and business owners get buzz going about their companies. They got into this industry by being party promotors and talent management company. They found that there was a missing piece which was their own city supporting each other. They are working with high school seniors with mentoring and guiding them into the right direction. Their advice to the younger generation is “Never give up keep pushing …. you can do anything you put your mind to.” One thing that Chanel Domonique said is she does not agree with is the “I support who supports me” phase going around because you never know who supports you until you start supporting them. Make sure ya’ll check out my girls at http://www.detroitsupportdetroit.com (313) 338-9860 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on Instagram Chaneldomonique
I will leave you with one last thing, during this event I met a few people who actually changed my life and my out look on life. The main advice for today was to JUST DO IT and NEVER GIVE UP. No one can stop you from getting your dreams except you. Don’t sleep on life.
LOVE YOU ALL
I AM ……… JUSTICE MAYRIE
Once again I apologize to the last 6 vendors for WordPress acting crazy after my first post and deleting what I originally posted.