Meet Leah Matthews

This weeks Female Entrepreneur Spotlight is on

 Mrs. Leah Matthews, owner/director of Studio Go Dance and the co-owner/co-founder of Studio 2 Go Dance. 

I have known this young, inspiring business woman for 12 years; since she was a Sales Rep at a company called Corporate Payroll Services located in Norcross, GA.  I was new to Georgia. I was the Front Desk Receptionist. This was the first job I took after the real estate market crashed and my real estate sales were low. In case you didn’t know I was also a real estate agent for about 8 years of my life, but that’s another story. Now although I made a couple friendships at this place, my experience there was short and eventful.  Leah and I hit it off pretty quickly. I remember little, petite Leah walking in to the office every morning with her coffee and huge sunglasses that pretty much swallowed her whole face. Every day on her way in to the building and always on her way out she would stop by my desk. We would talk about many things including our plans to get out of there.  We finally did. Leah left Corporate Payroll and became a Consultant for Michael Page International which is a professional recruiting firm. They were opening a new office in Atlanta and were looking for an Office Manager.  She thought of me for the position, made the connection and to make a long story short, I got the job. The rest is history.

 

I feel like I’ve watched Leah grow and blossom into the woman she is today. From our first encounter at CPS, to our many experiences at Michael Page, to when she met her husband Todd, to their engagement, to their marriage (which by the way I had the pleasure of styling the hair for her and her bridesmaids at the wedding)……

….to becoming a mother, to now a successful business owner.

After Michael Page closed its doors, with over 20 years of experience, Leah followed her passion for dance and started Studio Go Dance which is a professional dance company that provides dance instruction to local schools, churches, synagogues, recreation centers, etc.  She also co-founded an extension of Studio Go Dance with Studio To Go Dance, which is a packaged curriculum created by Leah and co-founder Lauren Nolan, that is shipped to dance studios worldwide to help transform their businesses. For more information check out the websites below.

www.StudioGoDance.com

Www.StudioToGoDance.com

Leah and I sat down for an on camera interview. During this interview Leah drops some jewels that every woman interested in opening a business should hear. She talks about how she handles being a mother and a wife juggling so many hats as an entrepreneur. She also talks about the trials and tribulations she has had to face during her journey as well as her story of success. I was truly inspired and actually motivated. Take a look at our interview I hope she inspires you as well.

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Cannabombz Bath Bombs

So bath bombs are a thing. I know they’ve been around for years,  but recently I’ve noticed that they’ve made some sort of a comeback. They’re everywhere. I see the colorful balls in stores like Victoria Secret, Sephora, Bath and Body works or down the aisles of any store that sells body treatments/personal care. Bath bombs are scented, fizzy and fun. I’ve seen rose petal filled bombs, glitter bombs and bombs that fill your tub with an array of psychedelic colors. Although I’m more of a shower girl, there is nothing like a relaxing bath after a long day of standing on my feet or to relax my aching muscles after a day at the gym.

Recently during a trip to Universal Studios in L.A., I noticed a store on the City Walk called Nectar Bath Treats where everything in the store looks good enough to eat, but its soap! They have bath bombs that look like scoops of ice cream. It was so cute!  I was tempted to try a few, BUT my skin is so sensitive and I also fear what the effects of the ingredients will have on my vajayjay. Some say that bath bombs have the potential to throw off your vaginas PH due to the fragranced ingredients which encompass a variety of chemicals making your nether regions more susceptible to bacteria, irritation and potential infection. Yikes!  Not everyone is negatively affected , but I’d rather be safe than painfully sorry. So, I chose to stay clear of the bath bomb thing, until I was approached by a company called Cannabombz.

Cannabombz is an Atlanta based bath bomb company founded by a woman and of course you know that I am all the way here for it. I love seeing women take the leap into entrepreneurship and making it happen. Ebony White created Cannabombz due to her sensitive skin. Cannabombz are 100% handmade, all natural, non GMO bath bombs that are infused with pure cannaboidal isolate, also known as CBD. There are no artificial preservatives or dyes.

What is CBD you ask? CBD is what Cannabombz describes as the “medical” part of  marijuana. It has no psychoactive effects and will not alter the state of mind of anyone that uses it. You will not get high using a Cannabombz bath bomb. The properties found in CBD have been used to treat chronic pain, joint and skin inflammation, seizures , skin cancer, anxiety and depression. Sounds good to me!

When Ebony sent me a couple bombs to try, the first thing I asked after “ Will I get high?” was, “Am I gonna break out?” She assured me that I would be fine, coconut oil and shea butter will moisturize and nourish the skin, the fragrance used is a soap fragrance, there are no dyes, the color is mica powder (used in eye shadow) and that when used topically CBD can actually fight skin irritations, and treat an array of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory skin disease, dermatitis, acne and in some cases skin cancer by encouraging the death of abnormal skin cells.

I received my two Cannabombz. Halo and Coconut Lime. I tried the Coconut Lime first. After removing the wrapping, I ran a nice HOT  bath.  I like my water scalding hot. The bomb crumbled a little in my fingers. I dropped the bomb in the running water. It was like dropping an alka seltzer tab into a glass of water. The effervescent, fuzzy effect was actually fun to watch and the smell was amazing! I wish the bubbles lasted longer, but it made the water SO silky and soft!  After soaking for a good 20 minutes I actually felt invigorated. My skin was soft and supple,  I was smelling good and no irritation the next day. Yay!

I would definitely recommend giving a Cannabombz bath bomb a try.  Treat yourself. Check them out on Instagram @Canna.Bombz or contact them by email at Canna.Bombz728@gmail.com to put your order in. Tell them Kamil sent you!

 

Cake Pops, Cocktails and a Conversation with Shontel Kealoha of Pop Starz ATL

 

 

Meet Mrs. Shontel Kealoha. Founder of Pop Starz ATL, a home based business that specializes in creating flavor magic with her delicious assortment of home made, handcrafted cake pops and other tasty desserts such as chocolate covered strawberries, candy coated Oreos and caramel covered pretzel sticks, just to name a few.

Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @PopStarzATL. The pictures alone will make your mouth water!

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, raised in the Bay Area, a graduate of Hayward High School in Hayward, California; Shontel moved to Atlanta in 2007. Her obsession for cake pops began in 2012, however it wasn’t until 2016 that she really knew this was something she wanted to do full time.

I was able to visit Shontel at her home to do an interview. She greeted me with a fresh fruit plate, yummy cocktails and an assortment of cake pops. YUM!

 

I would say she definitely made me feel at home and as you will see in the video, after a few drinks, I got real comfortable! That pomegranate cocktail she made was SO good.

During the interview as we laugh and I eat, you will get to know fun loving, high spirited Shontel as I know her.  She will give you insight as to what it is like transistioning from the normal 9 – 5, customer service based, sit inside a cubicle type job to running her own cake pop business. Learn how she got started and how her faith, passion and love for her craft keeps her going.

Watch the interview here:

Lila Owens of CUPCAKIN Bake Shop

I got the chance to sit down with my good friend Lila Owens, Founder of CUPCAKIN Bake Shop in Berkeley, California. I wanted you all to get to know the lady behind those delicious cupcakes you see floating around Instagram and Facebook with all the amazing reviews.  Always chill, with a smile on her face she agreed to do this sit down with me. Little did she know this was not just a “hey girl” interview on my I-Phone. I came prepared. I had to show her “ Go Hard or Go Home!”. When I say I’m about to do something, I’m going to DO IT with no half stepping. So I had my new camera (that got all the reviews on You-Tube), a tri-pod, my lavalier microphones (that’s right, lavalier), and lights! I’m a vlogger now ya’ll! LOL

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Anyways, she thought it was a joke. It was not. Take a look at our interview on my channel and be sure to SUBSCRIBE!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM2xCXeT78_mcytpTPZciFQ

Ive known Lila since High School. 2 girly tomboys made a connection one day and the rest is history. As long as Ive known this girl she has been driven with an entreprenuerial spirit that I have no doubt was instilled in her by her Real Estate Broker mom, Big V. Commonly known as Mrs. Varnell Owens. Varnell is another story that one day we will get a chance to explore but lets talk about LILA, aka Lila Mae.Lila was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. 1 of 4 siblings, she graduated from Skyline High School and went on to graduate with a bachelors degree from Howard University and a masters from San Francisco State University. Following the footsteps of her mother, Lila became a successful real estate agent, now broker. Still closing deals around the Bay Area to this day. She even owned a hair salon for a few years. Ran it like a boss too without a lick of experience as a hair stylist.  In 2013 she opened CUPCAKIN.

 

CUPCAKIN bakeshop is a quaint little shop situated right around the corner from UC Berkeley. The cupcakes are awesome! They are SO GOOD. Always Moist, not too sweet and not overloaded with frosting. I’m still amazed at how she does it. My old school homie who went from lip gloss to lip stick, headbands and hoodies to high heels and Louis Vuitton.  Although many questioned her dreams of becoming the cupcake lady; in true Lila fashion, she strategically, meticulously, executed her plan. She got all of her ducks in a row, made it happen and here she is today.

Making sweet power moves.

With 2 new locations in the works, and many more to come, Cupcakin Bakeshop is located at 2435 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707. The bakeshop is open 7 days a week with a variety of flavors to choose from including Vegan and Gluten free. The cupcakes are baked from scratch daily using quality, local and fresh ingredients. Mini cupcakes are also available by the dozen.  Catering and delivery service is available too. For  more information please check out the website at http://Www.cupcakinbakeshop.com