We had the good fortune of connecting with Lakeisha Lyles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lakeisha, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Deciding to relocate to Houston with no Jobs, no direct resources and being 9 months pregnant. It was at that moment all my plans was put into motion and I had to make it work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a serial entrepreneur never gets boring, There’s always something to do. One of the things that sets me apart from other business owners is I’m actually hands on in all my business endeavors.
I’m most excited when I have happy clientele & Customers
I got where I am today by taking risk and never giving up, No. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it.
Some of the challenges I had to overcome was unforeseen and unfortunately events, like Covid 19. Dealing with a worldwide crisis and having the world as you know it change before your eyes, I had to learn to adapt to change. It definitely strengthen up my business sense. Since Covid I have started a cosmetic line “ BGC- BrownGirlCosmetics” I’m an earth sign and I love pastel and neutral colors, so I designed a makeup line that houses every color of brown and nude lip gloss and some soft pastel colors as well. Im also a licensed Microshading Tech and teach Microshading Classes which is a growing trend of semi permanent makeup cosmetics like procedure. I specialize in natural shades for eyebrows on clients who suffered from alopecia and cancer survivors in 90 plus days remission.
I Own a Salon in North Houston near George Bush Intercontinental and have been there for 3 1/2 years.
When I’m not doing beauty appointments or selling makeup, I am balancing my various job titles and trades. Which includes but not limited too; selling insurance products, Showing homes for Despania Realty, yes I’m a licensed realtor too. Personal Assistant and Planner to various Billboard artists, Athletes & Entertainer’s and did I mention I cook at a bar and run a BYOB night club on the East end of Houston every Friday and Saturday with my business partner & Aunt Christy Despania.
It’s so funny because it amazes me how I can only have two hands but I have them in so much. It’s for sure a Virgo thing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Most of my friends and family are all from Chicago. Wherever they come visit I love taking them downtown Houston. we go shop at the galleria and always end up at the Turkey Leg Hut. It’s definitely a Must eat when visiting Texas. I almost always take everyone to see Lakewood Church and After touring the city we usually end up either north spring at JANIE’s Bar & Grill or for a Live DJ we go East Houston and hang out at the Seville Lounge. No matter where we go that night, the next morning we going to Franks Grill in 5th ward for some good Ol’ Breakfast. It’s the only place in Houston I know I can eat Rice with my breakfast. Lol it’s a Midwest kinda thing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give at shout out to JANIE’s Bar & Grill in spring Texas. When I’m not running my own business, Im cooking some of my handmade dishes and making the best Burgers & Boudin Balls you’ll ever taste on that side of spring.
Lastly; I’d like to shout out to some of the most important women who made an impact on my life and never left my corner. With their guidance and unconditional support, they are the reason I’m successful in all of my many trades. Christy Despania -Broker/Bar Owner, Teresa Mosley- Pastor /Educator/Board Director, Jackie Green-Tax Accountant/Artist, Tish Taylor-senior- marketing executive/Brand manager and Evelyn Shumate- Community Advocate and my personal guidance advisor.