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

Hi Terica, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from the most cultured city in the US of A, New Orleans, Louisiana! My background and upbringing is the sole reason I am who I am today. One of the reason there is a JonkBoxx Collection today. New Orleans and my upbringing created a hunger within me to want to do something, be someone. We didn’t have the best resources or outlets and wasn’t a big city but people from my city have some of the biggest hearts and dreams that I know. We make a way out of no way. Since I never really had much growing up I always strive for more as I got older. I’m the eldest of six and wanted more for myself and my siblings.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
JonkBoxx is my dream come true honestly. I grew up very, very poor and while growing up I would always daydream about all the clothes and shoes I would have one day. Pretty purses, the cutest outfits, and the confidence to slay! That’s how JonkBoxx came about. Most people think because I’m curvy that I’m speaking about my (ass)ets when I mention JonkBoxx but it’s literally related to my closet or my “Junk Box”. I’m a New Orleans native so I put my twist on it and that’s how “JonkBoxx” came about. My closet full of all the things I love, clothes, shoes, purses, and accessories! I’m proud that I’ve made it to three years in business and my company is thriving. It’s progressing and each year we’ve hit new levels and milestones. This is only the beginning so I’m excited to see what God has in store for us. I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today without God and my wife. God puts the right people in your life for the right reasons. My wife believes in me and has been here every step of the way. Knowing that someone truly believes in you and your abilities is an amazing feeling and makes you go harder than you ever have. It makes you want to push pass your weaknesses, get up when life knocks you down, and keep going even when you can’t see what’s ahead. This journey definitely hasn’t been easy but it’s been worth every headache, every setback, every slow day, and every failure. This entrepreneurial ish isn’t for the weak! You will be tried emotionally, financially, physically, mentally, and spiritually. But when/if you persevere, the rewards of your labor will make those things that were once so big feel minute. The gratification will feel like no other so you must remember to keep pushing. I know it seems so cliche’ and sounds easy but in moments of despair, trust, you will question things. You will have to remind yourself why you are doing this. You will have to keep yourself motivated. You will have to remove distractions from your life. If you don’t have a good support system, you will have to create one. That can be like-minded individuals. Doesn’t have to be family or friends because you will find out that complete strangers will support you quicker than friends and family. Don’t take that as a negative, they’re just not your target audience. I’ve learned that key to any success story is consistency. Success comes from things you do all the time, not occasionally or when it’s convenient. Stay consistent. Treat people well and keep your energies positive. The good you put out in the universe will return 10x so keep a positive mindset, a good spirit, and a even greater heart and life will align for you. JonkBoxx Collection is definitely a store that blossomed from the rose that grow from concrete. JonkBoxx will one day be a platform that paves the way for women and young ladies who have dreams and just need to know that being poor can’t stop your greatness. Being sexually abused as child and adult won’t stop your greatness. Growing up without your parents present don’t stop your greatness. Being physically and verbally abused as an adult can’t stop your greatness. Being shot won’t stop your greatness. Nothing nor no one can dim that light that’s burning within you but YOU! JonkBoxx will do amazing things one day because we’re more than just clothes!

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.
I’m a very chill person but I like to have fun too. I would take her to a few brunch spots throughout the week like Another Broken Egg Cafe, Taste Bar, Bar 2200, and just for the great energy, The Breakfast Klub. I would some day events like taking her sightseeing with one of Houston’s various scooter rentals. Do some ATV 4×4 action and get a little dirty but the good dirty lol. Hit up an escape room but a dope one like the Escape The Room’, Jurassic Park themed one. I don’t drink but I would definitely hit up some happy hour spots so Irisha can indulge and I would take full advantage of their hookah selection. We would drop in at Lost & Found, Bar 5015, Turkey Leg Hut, and Chapman and Kirby for the happy hours. My night time vibe is kinda chill. I would catch a comedy show at the Improv one night. Hit a poetry jam at a Nu Poetree location or Avant Garden. Kick back and cool it in the hammocks at Axelrad and enjoy the food trucks and vibes. If we were trying to go outside outside, we would go to Proof Rooftop Lounge, Crazy Bull, Mercy, or Grooves. If we wanted to be outside outside but still with a chill vibe we would go to Seaside, Address, or Prospect Park. We would definitely be in attendance for one of JonkBoxx’s sip & paint “The Vibe” experience on a Friday or Saturday for sure. Irisha would love the vibe, the limitless mimosas, the great music and MC, and a dope class led by the amazing artist @Luvelements (Ariel). We would go enjoy a dinner night cap at Thirteen, The Melting Pot, and Benihanas a few of the days too. Oh, and we would have to hit up Kung Fu Saloon for some retro games for sure!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a BIG shout out to my support system, my backbone, and partner in all that I do, my wife. Brandy Allinience has been the transmission that keeps me driven. She never lets me slip or miss a step. I’ve failed twice in the past with JonkBoxx because I gave up on myself. Once in 2014 and again in 2015. After meeting and sharing my dreams with her, from that moment, she never stop working or motivating me to change my dreams into a reality. I would also like to thank my lovely mom, Terry Ann. My siblings Terrell Sr., Robert, Terrance, Lionel, and Larynshia. If it wasn’t for all of them I wouldn’t have had the dreams that I do. I wouldn’t have dreamed of creating a life of luxury and success just so that they would be able to experience and witness it. I love them and are thankful to be their Big Sis

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