Once upon a time, while talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion among Makers in Knoxville, someone made the comment “Are there even any Black Makers in Knoxville”. Yes, there are and I am here to celebrate some of them today.
There are Black people all over the world creating in spaces that seem unfamiliar to most but seems just right for them. Music makers, sewing makers, skincare makers, food makers, wood work makers, etc etc. I love making. I didn’t know how much I loved it until I started doing it. More than anything, I love teaching people that natural is better when it comes to your skin. Our skin is our largest organ and it’s always so important to take care of it. And likewise, many of my Black maker friends are not only creating awesomeness but they are using their platform to teach others industry specific things.
Byte Syzed Cakes & More, owned by Lana Sharp, is a bakery that can compete with the big name brands on any given day. From cupcakes to specialty cakes, they not only look good but they taste good; taste great actually. She is definitely the next great baker and you can follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tastysmalltreats. Lana has never disappoints.
Rachel Fletcher is a furniture upholster and she is making her way in Knoxville. She is the owner of Knox Upholstery and I love her work. I met Rachel online during the pandemic and I have enjoyed getting to know her virtually and see on face in the news for her great work. If your furniture needs a little love, visit www.knoxupholstery.com.
Oh my, and what about MeikMeals, vegan soul food. I love her ambition and her food is great. Owned by Femeika Elliott, the company offers up healthy food prep meals. HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS!!! Go to https://www.facebook.com/MeikMeals and make sure you sign up for your weekly meals.
Last but certainly not least, my girl, Sybil Baily, Founder of Afro Mermaid Skincare. Ya'll, her hands are blessed. Her personality is contagious. I feel like I've known her since her high school. She is light. Her facials and skin treatments are everything you need. Schedule your appointment today https://www.afromermaidskincare.com/.
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