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

Hi Shakila, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The journey towards establishing The Sparkle Company began when I found joy in embellishing my creations with glitter and rhinestones, igniting a newfound passion for bling artistry. Creating brings me a deep sense of peace and tranquility, enabling me to overcome challenges and hardships. I firmly believe that my purpose in life is to radiate brightness and inspire others through my creative pursuits.

Raised by a single mother, I developed a passion for creating and transforming ordinary items into beautiful creations. Inspired by my upbringing and love for creativity, I established The Sparkle Company to pursue my passion for bling artistry.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Sparkle Company Chicago is a prominent player in the bling industry, specializing in Crystal Couture. This sector caters to individuals who desire ostentatious and extravagant accessories embellished with gemstones and diamonds, representing opulence, prestige, and bold fashion statements.

Established in 2020, TSC Chicago was founded by me, where I began selling my handmade creations both online and in-person. To showcase my craftsmanship, I proudly wore my own designs in public, ranging from shoes to purses and beyond. One of my notable creations is Penpops, a product I conceived, patented, and trademarked. These decorative writing instruments, shaped like lollipops and adorned with meticulously placed crystals, are produced biannually in limited quantities of 24 pens per batch. Remarkably, they consistently sell out within two days or less, reflecting the high demand for this unique and sought-after product.

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?
One of the most cherished spots for me to visit in Chicago is the downtown Riverwalk and Navy Pier. My affinity for water bodies is undeniable, especially when the weather is pleasant. The serene view over the water instills a sense of peace and tranquility within me, complemented by the breathtaking city skyline, hinting at endless possibilities waiting to be explored and conquered.

Among my favorite dining spots is Tefsa, an Ethiopian restaurant located in Uptown. Despite its cozy and intimate ambiance, the exceptional food and service always exceed expectations. Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods offer a plethora of culinary experiences, with each village presenting a new opportunity to indulge in unique flavors and explore charming locales.

Furthermore, the city’s rich tapestry of art museums and cultural offerings never fails to captivate me. Chicago’s vibrant cultural scene, coupled with its wide array of artistic expressions, adds to the allure of this dynamic city.

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My mother has been and will forever remain my primary source of inspiration. She ignited in me the courage to dream and persist in pursuing my aspirations, regardless of challenges. Following her transition from the physical realm to the spiritual plane, I navigated the path of channeling my emotions back into my art. Since then, I have continuously strived to overcome obstacles and push towards my goals.

The unwavering support and motivation from my husband and children propel me towards realizing my dreams. Their encouragement and understanding of my artistic dedication are invaluable, granting me the space to express and channel my emotions. I am deeply grateful for their patience and encouragement on this journey.

I attribute much of my growth and development to the teachings of Dr. Myles Munroe, whose sermons I encountered at the outset of my entrepreneurial venture. His guidance instilled in me a transformative shift in mindset towards personal development, shaping my character, and enhancing my leadership skills.

Website: www.thesparkecompanychicago.com

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