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

Hi Alesia, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I did an alkaline diet for almost two years back in 2017/2018. At that time I started taking seamoss and bladderwrack. It literally changed my life. I was trying to figure out a way to get my babies to take it as well because it isn’t the best as far as taste wise. So I ordered a gummy bear mold off of Amazon and it literally just worked. I posted it on Facebook not even trying to make money off of it originally and the support and love was so overwhelming I had gotten over 30 orders my first day. That’s when I decided maybe this is a sign from God and to just keep going and it’s been up since then.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m most proud of breaking a stereotype of how most black single mothers are looked at. I’ve been doing almost everything by myself for my children and I since I’ve had them so it hasn’t been easy for me at all. I remember being on welfare and being completely broke not knowing how I’d even be able to pay rent some days. The only way I was able to overcome all of this was through prayer and having a close relationship with God, support from my sisters and parents, being driven and just knowing what I want in life. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to get out of your head and to not let self doubt and fear get in the way of anything. Your thoughts become your reality so it’s always best to have nothing but positivity around you and on you. Also, take accountability. It’s not the easiest when you have to look in the mirror and realize you may be the problem, Once I learned I’m responsible for the life I had created for myself. I was then able to change it and make it better. I want the world to know always remain true to yourself and to remain pure and good even in this crazy and insane world. Spread love and give love and it will always come back in return ♥️

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love my city! Dallas is so underrated, because there is literally everything here. I love day parties! The best day parties are usually in Dallas, for example Dec on dragon, Clutch, tacos & tequila are all usually poppin on Sundays. If you’re looking for some good brunch places, my favorite places are social house, sidecar social, the common table, blue Mesa And Gloria’s. If you’re just tryna chill and do some regular things, the Dallas farmers market is my go to, there’s plenty of selfie museums that are fun. Such as rainbow vomit, sweet tooth hotel, etc. Spa castle is also chill and fun for a girls day. We have epic waters, six flags, hurricane harbor. Dallas really has a little Some to do for everyone. Food places I prefer also are red claw, pluckers, shell shack, tacos moctezuma, Guanataco. If you’re tryna club club, the best night spots are area 111, status, Harris house of hero’s, opera, theory, sidebar, townhouse and
Of course bar hopping in deep ellum or uptown is always fun.

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?
Diamond Price. She’s my best friend and has been one of my biggest supporters in my life. She’s helped me with anything I’ve ever needed in life and I’m so grateful and thankful to have a genuine friendship like the one we have.

Website: siaessentials.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/siaessentials_?utm_medium=copy_link

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alesia.cooper.5

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutDFW is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.