Author archives: Kristen Lem

Christian Smeltzer's Swade

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Have you ever glanced around your home and thought: “wow, I have a lot of stuff.” Appliances, furniture, DVDs, DVD players, electronics, that juicer you used once. Mentally and physically you’re overwhelmed with … stuff.You run through the downsizing option in your head.Toss it? When you think about the value of some of your (maybe brand new) items[...]

Johanne Civil

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Rare, beautiful, and more mysterious than their off-white counterparts, black pearls are recognized by many cultures as a symbol of wisdom, wealth, and prosperity. It is no wonder Johanne Civil named her community of entrepreneurial women of color The Black Pearl Collective.  Its members embody the drive, imagination, and professionalism that spawned th[...]