By Carlos Brathwaite
It’s an overcast Thursday evening and I’m at The Plantation Garden Theatre. In a few hours, an audience of locals and tourists will make its way into the expansive theatre for the first “Cultural Rhythms” show of 2016. The place is lively with stagehands setting up projectors and speakers, and caterers getting dinner ready. When Dawn-Lisa arrives, she immediately thrusts herself into the midst of the action. “I’m coming to you now,” she says, before going to make sure that everything is in place. In between periodic phone calls, she answers employee concerns, lends a hand when needed and, when she got back to me, fielded questions for the interview. She isn’t flustered, however. She’s used to this.
By N. L. Bowen
Kim Angoy is a young, ambitious designer who operates a new and dynamic swimwear line called Suga Apple Swim. This line of apparel is not only sought after by customers in Barbados, but by many other swimwear lovers throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Although established officially for only 1 year, the company has experienced phenomenal growth, due to Kim’s dedication and ability to create unique designs.
By Celia Collymore
“So there is a canvas with all this paint and the more paint I put on and the different types of strokes there are, the more I become who I am supposed to be. I used to be very much focused on success in the traditional sense of the word, but now I am more focused on a holistic type of success.” ~Heather Barker
By N. L. Bowen
Cake Central, a new multifaceted business is not the average cake store. It offers novelty cakes, which are the company’s signature items, cake supplies and classes in cake decorating. The store is located in Bridgetown and it is experiencing a tremendous growth in business. I had the pleasure of meeting Allysen Layne, co owner of Cake Central. Due to her dedication and desire for continuous learning, Allysen ensures that her business remains relevant and competitive. Continue reading
By Tracy Highland & Carlos Brathwaite
In our society, leaving the comfort of a 9-5 to start your own business is usually met with negative feedback. This pushback, along with other fears, can deter ones dreams. Nine times out of ten, those who cower to the cynics spend the rest of their life asking themselves What if?
Claire Dottin knows about this all too well. The 31-year old aesthetician faced those same trepidations head on when she decided to step out in faith and quit her steady job as a designer – and she hasn’t looked back since.
Initially looking to enter the field of architecture, Claire changed course and followed her passion for art – studying and gaining experience in Graphic Design.
By Celia Collymore
“I still haven’t gotten where I want to be, but to come now and see what I see. There is nothing that I cannot get over. I am going to get there!”
Meet 30 year old Latonya Birkett, owner of The Shoe Palace. “A Doer, Fashionista, Strong, Humble, Solutions Oriented, Forceful yet Kind. Dazzle could not agree more. We sat down with her to learn more about her colourful journey in the world of entrepreneurship. She is definitely a product of her experiences, has endured much and continues to stand tall and strong. We were most impressed with her tenacity, passion to succeed and help other women in business. At Dazzle, we get really excited when we meet young entrepreneurs who have not only figured it out, but also has stuck it out!
by D.J Simmons
Many of us enjoy the serenity of nature, the energy of motor sports and the art of a beautiful woman. It takes the power of a professional photographer to capture and translate these experiences for us to enjoy repeatedly. Dazzle Barbados had the opportunity to pull Himal Reece from behind the camera and angle the light on the man behind the company Imagination Lit which provides various photography services. It could not have been easy going from pointing and shooting with your first digital camera to building a business and satisfying clients with quality photos. So let’s just see how Himal did it.
By Celia Collymore
Designing Therapy sessions…Check
Shareka Bentham, A Speech & Language Therapist aka “The Toy Lady”, is passionate about the progress and productivity of her clients. EasySpeak Enterprises is the brainchild of Shareka. The practice started out of her renovated bedroom in West Terrace St. James and has become a home based clinic which provides assessment and therapy services to adult and pediatric populations with a range of communication and feeding/swallowing disorders. Shareka puts it best, “EasySpeak is not a business, it’s a Family. Once you come in you are in.” Continue reading
By Ryan Wills
The body is an amazing tool and it is susceptible to both physical and mental discomforts. Healing via movement as a natural remedy is something that many overlook. Lana Sealy, owner of Body Mekanix knows this all too well. Her practice of moving mindfully is a fusion of her knowledge of movement: A combination of Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Thai yoga bodywork and meditation backed by her understanding of anatomy and kinesiology.
At 17 she left Barbados to go to Miami to attend the New World School of the Arts and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. There, she was introduced to Pilates and physio therapy as part of the programme which helped her better understand the correlation between body and movement. She later danced professionally with the Merce Cunningham Reparatory Understudy Group in New York for 3 years. She did her full Pilates certification with the Kane School, prior to moving home. Since then she has also been certified as a Pilates for Buff Bones Instructors qualified to work specifically with Osteoporosis. I had the chance to sit down with Lana and hear her story. Continue reading
By DJ Simmons
When one thinks about a farm, usually just agriculture and livestock come to mind. Well today we have a special invitation for you. Welcome to Nature Fun Ranch, not only known for its beautiful horses and fresh vegetables, but this farm grows spirit and a community vibe positively influencing many youth. And who would know how to inspire youngsters better than another young gentleman. Allow Dazzle to introduce you to Mr. Corey Lane, founder and one of the principal facilitators behind the Nature Fun Ranch. Continue reading