2019 Vendor Preview
Take a #FIRSTLOOK at our merchant marketplace full of women-owned business owners!
Owner: Vanessa J. Simmons
Sugar Me Life products are all natural, cruelty free skincare products are handmade in the USA. Products contain an array of vitamins and essential oils with anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Their lip scrubs, body scrubs, and bath bombs are specifically formulated to moisturize your skin, and fight the aging process by targeting fine lines and wrinkles. Sugar Me's products will keep your skin nourished and healthy while providing a treat for your senses!
Owner: Sarita Fleurantin
ShopSkyFall offers unique vintage to modern pieces! With styles from the 1960s to present day, from the USA to Paris this retailer has become the bold, chic, and creative woman’s favorite boutique! Established in 2016, ShopSkyFall continues to grow and deliver amazing MUST HAVE statement pieces.
Owner: Kari Hartley
Kari is a licensed florist who recognizes that being a part of one of your most special days is an honor and a privilege. She loves working with her clients to help execute a vision that gives life to their dreams. She knows that event decor can be a very stressful time so she makes it a point to be available to her clients around the clock. She works alongside other wedding professionals practicing new trends and sharing ideas to provide you with the most up-to-date information as possible! She lives for a challenge and cannot wait to meet yours!
Owner: Kendra Scott
Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way.
As a creative mind with a love of natural gemstones, Kendra designed her first collection of jewelry in 2002. The foundation of Kendra’s success has been her infectious energy and entrepreneurial spirit, which took her from a $500 project in the spare bedroom of her home to a billion dollar fashion brand loved globally. Known for her unique use of color and quality materials, Kendra has created collections of timeless pieces that have won over loyal fans, media and celebrities alike.
Since she began her company, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”
Owner: La'Deidre Scott
This sweet treat retailer provides delectable sweets for all occasions and specializes in specialty cakes and cupcakes.
Owner: Sarath McClennon
Sarath has always had a deep passion for organizing and planning, and believes that every special event deserves to be stunning! With this philosophy in mind she founded Allure Events & Weddings to fill each guest with an unforgettable experience.
Owner: Dr. Ieshai Bailey, ABD, CMHC, CST
According to Dr. Ieshai Bailey, becoming a Sex Therapist and Transgender Care Therapist has become one of the best decisions she could have ever made. Sex and the topic of sex are still considered taboo so she is humbled to be a sex positive and affirming individual as well as psychotherapist. She earned her Board Certification from the Sex Therapy Training Institute(STTI) and her Board Certification in Transgender Care from the International Transgender Certification Association(ITCA).
Owner: Kay Sylvain
Skin Craze is a contemporary skin, beauty & wellness spa boutique. The goal at Skin Craze is to help others become the best and healthiest version of themselves by reaching their skin and beauty care goals, SKINside Out! This retailer offers a luxe line of vegan friendly skincare products made & sold exclusively by Skin Craze, along with high-tech facials, non surgical cavitation lipo and eyelash extension application.
Owner: Shantae Rivers
Hair by ShantaeDenise is a salon suite based hair studio located on the Southside of Jacksonville offering salon services such as natural & relaxed hairstyling, hair extensions, wigs, custom color, trendy haircuts, and more. It’s “where healthy hair comes first!”
Owner: Shawntay Seals
The Messy Mommy Service is a cleaning service primarily marketed to single and/or working moms although cleaning services are primarily for businesses. As "The Messy Mommy" Shawntay also provides books and journals that she’s authored and "Messy Mommy Pampering Packages" inclusive of candles/body soaks/sugar scrubs/and other items that will give women a few moments of peace. The Messy Mommy Service is to give moms a much-needed hand so that they can spend less time cleaning and more time doing things that are much more important like strengthening family bonds.
Owner: LaToya Braham
The Desprez Group was started in March of 2015 and has been developing over the years to be ready to serve the community as it does today. It is managed by two college alumni’s LaToya M.V.A. Braham and Fitzgerald Desprez who is also a Veteran of our beloved United States Of America. Both of these amazingly talented individuals have the same vision of being an asset to society while also being an example of how hard work and teamwork can make your dreams possible. They are backed by over 11 years of experience in real estate services and have recently added additional business in cleaning and events. They are ready to cater to you and assist with your needs. The Desprez Group is where your home, future, and family is most important. Call or email today for more information. 1-877-715-5953 or email@example.com.
Owner: Haydee Wisner
Premier Furniture Rental is an all inclusive event rental company. They offer complete decorative packages that include delivery/pickup and setup/breakdown. Packages include decorations such as tablecloths, centerpieces, and charger plates. In addition they have exquisite Sofas, Loveseats, Chaise, and Throne chairs in their inventory.
Owner: Stephanie A. Jones, LCSW, MSW
Stephanie is a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Florida and Georgia. Her academic studies at the Florida State University in addition to years of post graduate training and supervision have propelled her expertise to be unparalleled within the mental health community. Selected as one of the Top 20 under 40 professionals in the city of Jacksonville, FL as according to the Talented Tenth and the Jacksonville Black Pages, along with recognition as one of the Top 10 Counselors powered by Thumbtack, she seeks to give you her very best during your life transition. Individual and group therapy are available, however she specializes in couples counseling and therapy of adolescent girls.
Owner: Amanda Batts
Queens Don’t Quit is a ministry/business created to encourage and empower women never to give up on their dreams. “Earfirmations” is one of the avenues they use to implement our mission and vision. “Earfirmations” is a combination of earrings and affirmations. Queens Don’t Quit believes in the power of affirming your way through life. “Earfirmations” are a trendy reminder to do just that.
Co-Owner: Angelica Pompy
Co-Owner: Sharmy Pompy
The Pompys, established in 2017, Pompy Portraits is an extension of the photography company and has gone from from a full-service portrait photography company into a luxury photo booth experience. They’re a husband-and-wife run Photobooth team that hosts a fully-equipped modern open-air photo booth that comes with on-site, high quality prints, social media integration and custom event templates and backdrops! They can provide any event or venue with a unique experience that will be classy, fun and will make an amazing statement on all of your guests.
Owner: Elyse Falzone
Elyse Falzone is a heart-centered, intuitive healer and spiritual coach who helps women wake up to the TRUTH of who they are! She supports women in connecting with God, their inner child, their most precious spiritual gifts and express themselves fully. She uses meditation, crystal therapy, flower therapy, connecting with Angels and loved ones who have crossed, Reiki, journaling, yoga therapy and more! She is also the Creator and Founder of the Certified Healers Course... a comprehensive course to discover, and awaken to your spiritual gifts, souls passions and divine life purpose.
Owner: Kristie Kennedy, CPC
Kristie Kennedy, the self-esteem queen, empowers fearful women born to lead with “Konfidence Keys” to speak their truth boldly and unapologetically. Kristie has a passion for igniting influencers who have reached an internal plateau with limitless possibilities. She is a global women's transformational speaker, certified impact coach, certified personal trainer and licensed beauty educator who provides world-class advice to persevere through the hardships of life. She is a bonafide testament that you can shift from mediocrity to magnificence one bold action step at a time! This unique gem garnered in greatness is savvy, sassy, in command and in demand!
Co-Owner: Jade Stanley
Co-Owner: Britnie Clark
All About You Staffing provides event staff for in-home events, corporate gatherings, and banquet events for any occasion. Their clients include private hosts and vendor partners (caterers, photo booth companies, and other event industry professionals needing staff).
Owner: Shay Green
Paparazzi is really about change! Changing the way people look. Changing the way people feel. Changing people's futures and their lives. Though our fashion-forward jewelry and product parties are centered on fun, Paparazzi fulfills a serious mission. We believe that trendy accessories can be available, and affordable, to women everywhere. We know that wearing a new look, and feeling confident in your appearance, builds amazing self-worth. Our passion is inspiring dreams, empowering talents, and reaching goals by sharing our products and the excitement of Paparazzi. We see it happen every day. All our accessories are lead and nickel free. All our items are $5 except for our signature pieces which are $25. Great quality pieces and inexpensive for your budget.
Owner: Candace Armour
Candace Armour is a dynamic entrepreneur, blogger, creative-thinker, and on-fire woman of God who’s passionate about walking in her purpose and helping others become all God has created them to be. She’s the founder of Epic Fab Girl, a lifestyle brand for faith-focused, career-minded women, which hosts women empowerment events that include the annual Go-Getter Conference for entrepreneurs and influencers. As the Lead Consultant at Candace Junée Consulting, Candace helps brands market their businesses, maximize their profits, and expand their impact.
Owner: Kennedy Dumas
Stationery Black was started in April 2018 offering illustrated depictions that are inspired by people of color. To date, hundreds of notebooks have been sold. This retailer prides herself in showcasing reflections of phase of life transitions (i.e. graduation, etc. “People are able to see themselves in my notebooks and that’s what makes them special” as shared by the owner.
The JAX Chamber is a not-for-profit organization with more than 3,000 members serving Northeast Florida, helping members to make connections, grow their businesses and prosper in our community. Chamber Councils provide opportunities for members to make connections and hear presentations on topics of local business interest. There are six geographically located Councils, along with three special interest Councils: Professional Women’s Council, Information Technology Council and Health Council.
Owner: Yannika Smith
Optimal Fitness Empowerment L.L.C., is a global wellness and fitness training service firm which consists of certified knowledgeable trainers experienced in providing professional fitness and nutritional services. We are a diverse and inclusive organization that provides support to all “fitness-prenuers”, regardless of age, religion, gender or origin. We want you to take health and fitness serious as if starting a “venture” to create a better lifestyle.
Owner: Marissa Schrolucke
HelloFresh is a meal kit delivery service who plans out all of the recipes and sends the fresh, pre-portioned ingredients right to customers' doors in order for them to prepare a healthy, well balanced meal at home a few nights out of the week. We also offer more diet specific plans through our newly acquired company called GreenChef which allows us to offer Vegan, GF, Keto, Paleo, etc.
Owner: Nikesha Williams
Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy award winning news producer and author. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended The Florida State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication: Mass Media Studies and Honors English Creative Writing. Nikesha’s debut novel, Four Women, was awarded the 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award in the category of Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction.
Owner: Mika Hardison
Mika Hardison BKA #BeatByMeek is a licensed esthetician that specializes in makeup and mink lash application. She began her career as a Makeup Artist in 2016 after being displaced from a successful career as an executive leader in the mortgage industry. In less than six months she was able to transition from renting a booth in an upscale salon to successfully launching her own brand, The White Room Beauty Bar, in November of 2016. Within a year, she has become one of the premier makeup artists and lash technicians in North Florida. Her clients range from Jacksonville Jaguar cheerleaders to celebrities such as Mimi Faust and Sherri Sheppard.
Owner: Jada Williams
Prestige Workforce is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2017. They provide professional job placement to individuals with differences. Their target markets are customers of Vocational Rehabilitation. They provide career workshops, dress code etiquette, money management and professional resumes and job site analysis to help clients prepare for interviews. They have secured past partnerships with the Wounded Warrior Project and Volunteers of America. Clients have been successfully placed at locations such as, but not limited to the Jacksonville International Airport, Brooks Rehabilitation, Baptist Hospital and Publix.
Owner: Jessie Winn
Jessie Winn is a Certified & Licensed Permanent Makeup & Microblading artist and educator. She has been perfecting her craft for nearly 19 years.
She is the owner of LUXX Beauty & Brow Bar in Louisville, KY & Jacksonville, FL and is well known in other major cities across the U.S. Jess strives to encourage each woman’s self esteem and confidence while provide her clients with exceptional permanent makeup, aesthetics, & holistic procedures.
She strongly believes in a strong fundamental education. She has trained & certified many students in Microblading over the past years, most of who are now thriving in the beauty industry. "Jess is passionate about what she does. She loves to empower women with the skills to change their life and change their situation. She has been there for me every step of the way. She truly is amazing!" – A LUXX Academy Graduate
Owner: Professor Latanya White
Become FEARLESS Today, a resource and referral network for multi-passionate, melaninated women business owners, was organized by Professor LaTanya White, a growth mindset and business development coach for Dreams, Doers and Changemakers. The network is powered by Prof. White and other FEARLESS black women in business. Based on Prof. White’s first book, Becoming FEARLESS, the BFT platform is a resource and referral network for multi-passionate entrepreneurial women of color struggling with doubt, fear, and insecurity with their business ideas.
Owner: Alexandra Goodson
The Cured Nail is a modern, well-appointed nail studio focused on providing individualized, health conscientious and advanced care with a creative edge. Each experience is singular, as we only cater to one guest at a time and every treatment is tailored to suit the unique needs of our guests. We specialize in providing the total experience in natural nail care and results driven pedicure treatments.
Alexandra Goodson is the Curator of Health and Creativity at The Cured Nail. With more than a decade of experience she holds a Full Specialty license in the state of Florida, which allows for opportunities in nail and skin care. She also holds advanced credentials and relevant experience as a Certified Master Pedicurist, Certified Podologist, Advanced Nail Technologist, Certified Medical Nail Technician and Certified Clinical Podiatric Medical Assistant.
As an Education Ambassador with CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.), Alexandra serves Nail Professionals by facilitating detailed, hands-on classes that focus on the innovative and professional products created by CND. Alexandra is also a Freelance Nail Artist featured in multiple health and beauty magazines, online publications and television. Most recently, her nail artistry was featured on season 2 of TNT's hit comedy-drama 'CLAWS', leading to the product creation of "The Instant Nail" - custom-made press on nails.
Owner: Lasty Patel
"The Serene Life" nurtures the body for a pious mind curating a stellar lineup of handcrafted brands with superior purity & potency that blends in with your healthy lifestyle. Self-care isn't the only vision they cherish, they also embrace a lifestyle with several products that evokes a rejuvenating experience.
Owner: LaTavia Dawson
A Jacksonville native, LaTavia began her journey by doing makeup for her classmates wedding. From there, Fabulous Faces Makeup was born and her brand started to grow. She began building a network by supporting others in their endeavors and collecting makeup gigs along the way. Starting out with a natural gift, LaTavia relied on herself to learn new techniques and perfect her artistry. Since her humble beginnings, LaTavia has been providing makeup services for numerous weddings, proms, fashion shows, photo shoots, commercials, and many print projects. As a freelance makeup artist with over 10 years of experience she has worked with clients such as Marc Morial, Congressman Ron DeSantis, Illaysah Shabazz, En Vogue, and Angela Yee of The Breakfast Club.
LaTavia’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as Sophisticate’s Black Hair Magazine, Hype Hair Magazine and Kontrol Magazine. She has worked in fashion markets such as Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, and New York. LaTavia has also worked with national hair companies such as Shea Moisture, Lottabody, and Crème of Nature. LaTavia is also an educator within the beauty industry being featured on numerous blogs, holding makeup classes, and also doing her personal makeup segment on WTLV First Coast Living Live in Jacksonville, FL.
Owner: Rosezena Pierce
Rosezena J. Pierce, a Chicago native and entrepreneur, is very passionate about educating her clients and coming along side of them and providing legal services to protect their brand and the value of their artistry and business. Rosezena loves working with people in the entertainment industry and small business owners. Some of her clients consist of hip hop recording artists, stylists, salon owners, restaurant owners, fashion designers, artist managers, music producers, photographers, videographers and many more.
Rosezena received her law degree in Chicago from The John Marshall Law School and has a Certificate of Law in Intellectual Property. In law school Rosezena served as the Administrative Editor on the Law Review of Intellectual Property Journal. Rosezena is licensed to practice law by the State of Illinois.
Rosezena is a proud member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), and Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association (BESLA). She also is dedicated to community service and serves on the Board of Directors for Lawndale Christian Legal Center.
Owner: Jessica Hawthorne
Jessica is a school teacher by day and an organic skin care line entrepreneur by night. Jessie’s Body Butters are handmade with 100% natural ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, body oils, shea glycerin soap, and essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus to name a few. These products will never break the bank as they are priced to suit every budget. Choose from varying products in her collection from whipped shea butter, soap bars, body scrubs, lip balms, candles, and essential oil rollerballs. All products are cruelty free and plant-based.
Owner: Shaquana Miller
About Face Makeup & Beauty is a Lash & Brow business that provides high end services such as lash extensions and brow maintenance/shaping. Also available are advanced lash education and the administration of extensive lash/brow education to women interested in starting their own beauty business. In addition to servicing clients, About Face Makeup & Beauty retails exclusive body products, after care products, lash extensions and lash strips.
Owner: Latricia Taylor
Latricia Taylor is a newly published author and CEO/Co-Founder of a non-profit organization entitled The Chasity Taylor Foundation. This began in January 2015 as a tribute to her daughter who had passed away on November 2014. Both she and her husband wanted to do something to turn a negative to a positive. Almost 4 years later, she felt that her story needed to be told leading her to write a book. Released in April, 2018 she wanted to encourage and empower other women who have experienced loss. After its release she later co-authored a book with nine other successful women sharing their story of growing up without a father, but with determination became successful despite the odds. She has since released an inspirational T-shirt line with encouraging sayings as well as a Business Consultant business to provide assistance to aspiring authors and business owners.