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

Hi Jayla, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve never been a person that enjoys the structural norms of a workplace environment. I wanted to find a business that intersected long term financial stability and doing work that I love. A few months before the pandemic, I decided to take a chance on myself and get serious about the process of starting The Uptown Lush brand.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love doing nails and making nails, but it was intimidating to try and jump into an industry that some may consider over saturated. As an African American woman, I knew I had to be unique with my thoughts and innovative with my ideas so I could stand out. That’s the beauty of my nail bar, it’s able to be a direct reflective of MY creativity. I’m always thinking of ways I can make/do nails that will stand out, or make my clients feel the most beautiful. My clients trust that they will get quality from me every single time. That’s what makes my business special.

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 would definitely take my bestie to the Arlington highlands for a little fun and eating. Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite places to go, and of course I would have to drag them to the Nail supply store. I would take them to my family’s house for a visit. We may drive down to Houston or Up to an Oklahoma Casino. Then we would ride through south Dallas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family is the reason that I am able to do what I do. They have always created an environment where I could be fearless and take chances on myself. I always know the love is there and I always know that the support is there. That’s MAJOR to have as a creative. They work my events for me, they lift me up at times when I may become discouraged. In every “season” that comes with starting a new business they have been there. I love them for that. I want to make them proud.

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