We had the good fortune of connecting with DaWanda Albright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DaWanda, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was and is breaking generational curses. Growing up my parents taught my siblings and I how to take care of business but never showed us how to buy a house, how to start a business, or even save money. They always told us to do those things when we got older but it was never taught how to. I want my children to have something to fall on and learn how to start their own business and know about generational wealth!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business is name Dysfunctional Hookahs. I came up with that name because dysfunctional means not operating normally or properly, and we are TOTALLY opposite of that! The slogan for Dysfunctional Hookahs is We put the FUN in DysFUNctional. We are very professional, humble, fun and treat every client like family. What makes us stand apart from other companies is we put ice and fruit in the hookahs to help make the hookah not so harsh and enhance the experience. What I am most proud of is my business has been going strong for almost 2 years. I got where I am now with the help of others and word of mouth. Word of mouth is everything. It’s not easy running a business at all but with being focused and having a great support system I was able to over come some obstacles. One main lesson I learned is that it will not be your friends and family who support you but strangers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Lost and found has good food and a great happy hour. Seaside is pretty cool for night action.
1 Sound Vibe Connections if they want to make content for TikTok or just for fun, they have a really beautiful set up for different settings.
There are a lot of great places to go to in Houston lol
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My children deserves all the credit because sometimes they have to put their activities on hold if I’m working! My mom and siblings for always encouraging me and helping with my children. My in love (laws) for encouraging and helping with my children as well! My best friends that support and share my business name unconditionally. Save the best for last my #1 supporter, my best friend, my heart holder, my business partner, my husband Antonio Albright Jr. He loves me at my worst and my best! Antonio pushes me even when I don’t want to be push! He see the greatness in me when I can’t see it myself and for that I thank GOD daily for blessing me with him!
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