We had the good fortune of connecting with Shequitta Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shequitta, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As a woman who regularly wears hair extensions, I was spending a lot of money on new extensions every time I needed my hair done. Mostly because once I removed the extensions, I had no place to store them except either in a plastic bag or drawer. Ultimately this resulted in the hair becoming dried out and unusable. After wasting thousands of dollars by having to throw away ruined extensions, I began to search for a storage solution. Unable to find any suitable solution, I decided to design and create my own. After creating my own, I realized that there were many women like myself who should protect their investment as well. That is when I began to look into finding a manufacturer so that I could share my invention with women like myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
By day I am a full time Criminal Judge. Many people who come before me do not know that I was once a confused teenage mom who survived solely on welfare and food stamps. This was complicated by the color of my melanated skin. So becoming a judge was more than just a notion. My journey was long and very difficult. There were more naysayers than cheerleaders along my way. However, I am proud of my struggle as it has equipped me with the right character to serve others. My humble beginnings have given me the tenacity to stick through the rough days and the faith to know better days are coming. At the beginning of my journey I couldn’t see success in sight but I vowed to take one day at a time; more importantly I was determined to not give up. It was during each obstacle and road block that I learned and used the necessary tools to accomplish my goals and dreams. It was during the long days and nights that I learned the importance of helping those following in my footsteps.
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?
Dallas is by far one of the best cities for entertaining. There are so many options available and it often makes it difficult to fully immerse my guest with a true experience of everything we have to offer. However as soon as she arrives we would head to find a patio seat at Gloria’s or Mi Cocina to enjoy their famous margaritas. Throughout the week we’d visit the Aquarium to see the exotic animals, North Park Mall for high end shopping, Cinepolis for a luxury movie experience and Klyde Warren park to people watch. Friday night would be reserved for a grabbing a seat near the bar at Trulucks so we could enjoy the sweet sounds of the live band while munching on crabcakes and sipping their famous Red Door martinis. Dallas is known for its brunch so Saturday is complex as I imagine I would struggle over which restaurant to choose. Some of my favorites are Taverna for their shrimp -aspargus omelet, Saint Anns for the great photo ops, Breadwinners has the best chicken and waffles or Brickhouse Lounge where the entire buffet is amazaballs! We would end our weekend with a good word from Pastor Freddy Haynes at Friendship West Baptist Church.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first entrepreneur I knew was my grandfather. He was a poor man born to field workers. At the age of eight, he was summoned to leave school and help his father provide for the family. My grandfather ultimately took his third grade education and became a successful businessman. Prior to his death, he taught me the importance of education and pursuing my dreams. As a man with very little education he successfully founded a church, owned a small store, nine homes and a cattle ranch. Through him, I saw the importance of being your own boss and having several streams of income. I’d like to dedicate this shout out to him because whenever I cross hurdles within my business, I think of how he overcame the odds against him with less than what I have today.