What I’ve Gained with Loss


I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge… and scars through the years of being my own boss. It hasn’t been an easy road at times. But one thing’s for sure… I haven’t wasted my life making someone else’s dream come true. I’ve worked for myself since I was in my twenties and I’m proud of that. There have been times that I’ve wanted to throw in the towel and earn a better paycheck with benefits. By the way… there’s nothing wrong with working for someone else. If I had found a person I could’ve worked for and had a respectful relationship, I would have. I still might if the right opportunity came along.

I’ve had 3 months off to really dig deep and THINK ABOUT EVERYTHING… Here’s my SHORT LIST: 1) BIGGER is NOT BETTER. 2) I made a hell of a lot more money…. with less stress… when I FOCUSED on MY CRAFT. 3) People WILL USE YOU if you let them… SO STOP!

SO HERE’S WHAT MY BIG LIFE CHANGING QUESTION WAS earlier this year….. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO MAKE MY LIFE BETTER? My situation was no longer amicable and I had exhausted ALL of my efforts. I was NOT living the life that GOD intended for me at that very moment. MY TAKE AWAY… I don’t give a rat’s ass {#sorrynotsorry} what anyone says or thinks. I’m doing what I NEED TO DO. I want to LEAVE A LEGACY for my children and I want to show them YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE at any given moment. I WANT TO BE WITH MY KIDS MORE. I WANT PEACE AND JOY.

SO STAY connected for the NEW CHAPTER… I HAVE A LOT TO SHARE! I am so blessed to have so many supporters here in VB and abroad. And to spite what you may have been told… because there’s always a few haters who like to be mean… Just remember…. Most of negative and venomous words are a croc of ISH among-st a few old, tired and miserable lost objects! SO BE NICE… IT LOOKS SO GOOD ON YOU!

New Chapter


Coming back on my terms! It’s been an amazing summer spent with family and friends. I’ve had time to clear my head and wash away the all the unnecessary attachments, while spending my days on many shores for some serious salt water therapy.

When I made the decision to close the doors at 1701 Baltic, and change my life, I knew I’d be back. I’m almost at the end of my 3 month term and commitment to not make any commitments! This time has allowed me to breathe and re-focus on what matters most in MY LIFE. It’s not my address, the car I drive, the clothes I wear, or the people I “know”. It’s not the space I’m in, the status I’ve achieved or the need to impress anyone. And it’s for sure not the political BS and titles that wanna-b’s give themselves while trying to build up their egos and tear others down.

FOR ME, it’s about the life I want to live and enjoying the blessings and gifts God has given me. It’s about my family, my friends, and this awesome town we live in. It’s about spreading my wings and FLYING again.

It’s been said, that “historically, the FIRST person to enter and plant roots in a forgotten neighborhood; who changes the geography and encourages growth, setting a new trend that’s inviting to others to join and build…. is usually the FIRST ONE out!” When an area starts building up and becomes more desirable, the rent goes up and those “do-gooders”, who only care about their purses…. well…. you get my drift! I was the FIRST retail business in The ViBe District, who was open to the public. { Not a sign-less “appointment only” locked door! } Shortly thereafter, my friends Terri and Becky opened up Vintage Wild Orchid…. and then there were 2! WE started the trend and WE made a huge difference! And WE were excited to BRING ON MORE!

In the very near future you can expect some news about what I’m doing with CHARTREUSE: re-defined. You can also bank on First Friday ViBe and it’s continued growth to build people up and support artists… THE ONE’S WHO ARE ALREADY HERE, while simultaneously welcoming ANYONE WHO WANTS to be a part of OUR BEAUTIFUL VB COMMUNITY we call THE VIBE DISTRICT. ‪#‎betterthanever‬ ‪#‎goodvibetribe‬ ‪#‎grateful‬ ‪#‎igotthis‬ ‪#‎notitlenecessary‬ ‪#‎freetofly‬


FFV | Pop Up |Food | Party

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Nothing but GOOD VIBES this FRIDAY! Do you remember KAY TAYLOR {Owner of The Freckled Fox}? She and Leslie are having their Grand Opening this FFV for their POP UP inside CHARTREUSE, where you’ll find‪#‎ToryBurch‬ bags and tons of jewelry! Our FEATURED ARTIST is Culinary Genius, Jamey Fereday, Owner of Chocopita, who will be sharing her delicate and delicious mini crepes made fresh on the spot! It’s BIKE NIGHT in the ViBe… So be sure to get the details at First Friday ViBe! FFV will be celebrating later than usual and the after party starts at 7:30pm at THE TENEMENT {across the street from us} Make sure you check out those details as well! ‪#‎epic‬ ‪#‎community‬ ‪#‎vibe‬

2 YEARS & counting!

Join us at the BIRTH PLACE of the VIBE!

First Friday ViBe & The ViBe District VB

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Join us for our 2nd Anniversary of First Friday ViBe and WIN!!! April 1st, 2016!  Here’s how ya play: FIRST: Stop by one of the ViBe District businesses listed below and then make your rounds to get a card from each location! WINNERS with the most cards will WIN PRIZES like ART, gift certificates & TSHIRTS!!! First Friday ViBe starts at 4pm and the POKER RUN will last til 7pm…. at 7:30pm MEET UP AT THE CORNER OF 17th and BALTIC for an after party, music, AND PRIZES! We will be having a drawing as well!

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Join us for a warm bonfire, s’more and hot choc bar, acoustic guitars, seraph art, community art, and big reveals!  This Friday, February 5th from 5pm til GONE!


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Before you “Black Friday” with the masses…. Consider this… Local Business, original finds and sleeping in! December 4th for First Friday ViBe and the 5th all day….

We’re supporting Toys for Tots that weekend as well.  Bring an new, unwrapped toy and receive…because you give!

H A P P Y    T H A N K S G I V I N G!


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Getting Closer…


I always get so excited this time of year when we approach the holiday season.  Our 5th Annual Gift Event is right around the corner!  Each year surpasses the other without fail.  Our lineup of in-house artists showcasing their latest work, along with the opening of Reba Arts, First Friday ViBe and a special weekend sponsoring Toys For Tots promises to be our best event yet!

As if this weren’t already enough… The Creative Lab will be unveiled!  This baby has been a 5 year dream in the making!  What started out with the idea of hosting a space for some of the homeless and underprivileged kids I’ve worked with through WCC… having the desire to offer them a place to escape and just create… has now turned into a full-fledged movement!        {Full story publishing later this week}

In addition to the hand crafted gifts that will be featured in our 5th Annual Gift Event on December 4th from 4pm to 8pm, COMMUNE will be providing their amazing “REAL FOOD”!  Again, this is not a craft show… we offer fine gifts made by local artisans.

For those of you who won’t be able to make it out on the 4th…. We are continuing the event the next day, Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 5pm.

Bring a gift for TOYS FOR TOTS and enter to win several prizes which will include Art Classes, Design Consults, Jewelry and more!

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