We had the good fortune of connecting with Keisha and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keisha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Since the 5th grade I knew I wanted to own my own business. There was a huge building right in the loop of 610 and 290. Every time we passed that building I remember telling my mom that I would one day own that building. Now that didn’t happen.  It’s still on my bucket list, but the entrepreneur spirit and event planning has always been a passion.

 

I fell in love with event planning during high school. Since high school, I’ve always been a part of an planning committee in some form or fashion.

With my other business, I would participate in artisan markets and pop up shops almost every weekend. Not only did participating in markets give me a platform for introducing and selling my products but they were fun, educational, networking experiences I truly enjoyed.

I found my self helping Market Coordinators build their vendor base and grow their markets. Then it finally hit me!! I’ve been helping other people grow their markets so why not start my own.

For about a year and a half I would jot down and explore different thoughts and ideas about what I would want a market to look like and feel like. I sat on these plans for a while… then Covid came.

Covid forced many people out of jobs causing them to revert to natural talents, creating, crafting, baking and other means of producing income for their families. It was pressed upon my heart to unleash my plans and provide an additional platform for “K”reatives, Designers, Artisans, small businesses farmers and entrepreneurs to showcase and promote their business, and here we are.

What should our readers know about your business?
Covid presented us with a rough start this year, but I’m proud to say that we are still here and I’m excited that God is expanding our territory!!!🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

How did we get to where we are??? Sometimes I don’t even know; LOL. Seriously, it’s grace, desire, discipline and persistence no matter what it looks like and no matter the numbers.

We overcome challenges one day at a time. Each challenge is different but I find that re-evaluating the root cause, seeking out new ideas and concepts to help enhance our markets quality and the community’s experience, and by listening to the voices of our vendors and community helps us successfully overcome challenges.

There were so many lessons learned.  I can give to an entire list but I’ll keep it simple. ALWAYS BE WILLING TO LEARN AND DON’T BE SCARED TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. WHATEVER YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT PURSUE IT WITH DILIGENCE.

My heart, my love for people and sincere desire to see everyone succeed is the story behind me and my brand.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In no specific order, one of our markets, events in town that highlight and directly benefit local artists and business owners, the Downtown tunnels, Kemah Boardwalk, Miller Outdoor Theater, a few of the food truck parks. I would definitely take them to Graffiti Park on the out skirt of downtown. Smither Park is also on my list as it’s an artistic gem hidden in the Gulf Gate area. We’d also spend some time in Old Town Spring, the Woodlands, the Galleria, A much as I love Houston we would also visit Schlitterbahn in New Brownville then work our way to San Antonio to visit the Riverwalk and Fiesta Texas (bring Astroworld back✊🏾).

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shout out goes out to God first, who ignited the passion and consistently gives me the tools, resources and favor I need to make this business a success.

My husband, Derrick and my family! They are my ride or dies! Always supportive no matter what I’m doing.

The vendors and the communities we serve!!! Without them, there is no market.

Website: www.kdamarkets.com

Instagram: @kdamarkets

Facebook: @kdamarkets

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