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Business Profiles

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Keiche Kustomz was born out of the dreams of Lenora Evens, who was inspired by a family seamstress and mentor. Keiche Kustomz is a customer clothing line that also specializes in customizations. The goal is to provide affordable clothing and clothing alteration and/or customizations for men, women, and children. With the customization of shoes and clothing emerging as a dominant service field, Keiche Kustomz seeks to fulfill the demand for this service.

Keiche Kustomz

LENORA EVANS

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Owner Wanda Cheeks has been doing braids and dreadlocks for friends and family members for over 12 years. The business that started within her home is now hoping to expand to service the entire community. This hair shop will provide quality hair care to the expanding market of people now choosing to grow their naturally and maintain their hair with natural styles. This salon hops to raise awareness for the expression of natural hair by providing the community with affordable hair care and styling as braids and dreadlocks are becoming more popular.

Hair Shop for Natural Hair

WANDA CHEEKS

MLA Signature Salon is the embodiment of owner Melvin Anderson’s dream and vision for the Northside neighborhood. Seeing the need for the community to have someone that could take care of the elderly’s hair care inspired the creation of MLA Signature Salon. This small-scale salon specializes in hair care for the elderly. The purpose of this business is to fulfill the demand for service within the community.

MLA Signature Salon

MELVIN ANDERSON

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This business provides lawn care and landscaping services to both low and high-income residents or homeowners. Dee’s Lawn and Landscaping also offers services for businesses. Dee’s Lawn and Landscape is a business targeted at providing low- income patrons and all clients with affordable and quality landscape services and lawn care work.

Dee's Lawn & Landscaping

DENNIS J. ALEN

Entrepreneur Felicia Gentry’s love for children in the community inspired her idea for FLC Kids Zone. This safe play area seeks to give children a secure and stimulating environment to express themselves and have fun. This play zone will be a safe environment for children of a variety of ages to play and learn. In addition to various play areas, the zone will offer after school care for children who need help in school. Children will be provided with light refreshments while there. FLC Kids Zone will feature inflatables, fun activities, and a game room for older kids. Party packages will be available, allowing FLC Kids to serve as a destination for birthday parties and attract more business.

FLC Kids Zone

FELICIA GENTRY

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LaMarriia Company, Inc offers natural healthcare and beauty products, offering less toxic and chemical-free products and packaging that are healthier for both the environment and the user.  The purpose is to provide the public with more ecologically- friendly options for cosmetics and healthcare products.

LaMarriia Company Inc.

SHARON LAMARR

TERRANCE HAWES

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Terrance Hawes is a community activist, graduate from Full Sail University and the owner of Elephnt Group and B.A.R.S Academy. Bars Academy is social enterprise that teaches branding, artistry, recording, and songwriting to youth. The business provides clients with the opportunity to experience all the aspects of being a professional artist. The purpose of this business is to raise awareness of the components involved in the music industry and the aspects of artistry while educating the youth and inspiring musicians on artistry.

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Totally Angelique is a gift and crafts shop that will specialize in selling and creating hand crafted and sewn items that are one of a kind. Totally Angelique will produce custom items such as jewelry, gift baskets, and other crafts for men and women of varying ages. Handmade crafting is becoming a dying art. It is important to preserve the knowledge of this skill within a community. Totally Angelique will fulfill that niche by providing the community with access to homemade items for a variety of occasions.

Totally Angelique

ANGELLE WILKINS

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After being a music artist for nineteen years and a minister and teacher for seven years, owner Christopher Jefferson combined his passions for music, teaching, and ministry to form Bars Academy. Bars Academy is social enterprise that teaches branding, artistry, recording, and songwriting to youth. The business provides clients with the opportunity to experience all the aspects of being a professional artist. The purpose of this business is to raise awareness of the components involved in the music industry and the aspects of artistry while educating the youth and inspiring musicians on artistry.

B.A.R.S. Academy

CHRISTOPHER JEFFERSON

U.T.S is a business idea that intends to provide growth and development to the Spartanburg community by helping create more opportunities for the youth.

U.T.S.

FREDRICK TUCKER

Let’s celebrate is an event supply vendor as well as an event planning business. Services range from providing equipment such as photo booths, bounce houses, linen dinnerware, tables and chairs and etc., to organizing the entire event at the request of the client. The purpose is to assist clients in creating memorable moments for their events. In her thirty-years of organizing events, owner Gigail Petty has found great joy in creating these special moments for others and hopes to continue to bring happiness to the community

Let's Celebrate

GIGAIL PETTY

JT’s Family Restaurant will be a Christian-based, community restaurant where guests can get great food and leave with a positive outlook on life. This restaurant will provide an affordably-priced menu and serve delicious food in a positive atmosphere while also sharing the love of Christ to everyone that comes in. JT’s hopes to provide the community with tasteful food while also giving back to the community. As a family restaurant, JT’s also hopes to strengthen community bonds.

JT's Family Restaurant

JAMES KEENAN

Clean Therapy offers a full cleaning service to residential and commercial properties. We also offer an organizational service. Clean Therapy provides an affordable, effective, and efficient cleaning service for home or office. Cleaning services are provided for events such as move-in/move-out, Spring cleans, carpet cleans, deep cleaning, and a variety of other needs. Clean Therapy provides a professional, high-quality cleaning from a trained and dependable staff.

Clean Therapy

MARQUISE PEARSON

JOCELYN JONES

Ladibugg's Photography

Ladibugg’s Photography arose as a business idea after an unpleasant encounter with an unprofessional photographer. The experience revealed the need for professional and passionate photographers who provide top tier services to all clients. Ladibugg’s Photography offers photo services to all for a variety of events. Examples include photography for weddings, prom, graduation, and maternity shoots. The mission is to provide a meaningful photography experience for all clients, provide superb customer service, maintain affordable rates and produce high-quality work.