It takes a lot more than an idea to build a business, but there can’t be a business without the idea. So we asked folks who’ve built wonderful businesses to tell us about how they came up with the idea in the first place.

Estie Kessler | Interior Designer & Creative Director

I came to the realization that interior design is really one piece of living an elevated and intentional lifestyle. When you take a more holistic approach, it becomes clear that our homes are not only where we spend the majority of our time, but form the backdrop to the story each of us are telling; and so our homes need to be a reflection and an extension of our ethos. Read more>>

Q. Doyle | Creative Baker

I came up with the idea of The Tipsy Cheesecake by combining 2 of my favorite things. I used to bartend, and I love to bake. One of my favorite desserts to eat is cheesecake. It started out as an idea in 2016 and grew from there. I was going through some hard times in life and baking is what kept me going. I spent several hours researching recipes and watching videos. I focused on the things that I liked and came up with my own version, and I have been making it ever since. Read more>>

Frank Atchley | President and Dog Dad

I have had dogs since I was 3 years old. One of my most recent pups, Juno, was a Jack Russell Terrier that I went half way across the country to rescue. She was super intelligent and was my best friend. Unfortunately, while out on a walk with her, a reckless driver hit her and she passed away. A few months later I started this rescue to help find dogs in similar situations as she was originally in, find loving life long homes. It’s been an amazing journey and each of theses pups have been incredible. Read more>>

Diamond Hickman | Hairstylist

I’ve always enjoyed doing hair since I was little. I would practice every chance I got. I even taught myself how to braid at a young age. As I became older and learned more about hair and how to do other people’s hair,I have loved doing hair more and more. So I created a hustle in doing others hair. The name of my business is “Diamond Did That”. Read more>>