We had the good fortune of connecting with Tahirah Francis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tahirah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought behind starting Vivian Rose Body & Bath was that I wasn’t doing a good job at self care. I decided to change and start with taking baths on Sunday to get a little me time and relieve myself of Monday dread. I couldn’t find products that my skin loved, so I started making my own. I knew other women might struggle with self care also and I wanted to be a support for their journey.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Vivian Rose Body & Bath is a luxe body, bath and self care product creator for people of color. What sets us apart from others are the premium ingredients we use and giving people the ability to define their own self care experience. Getting where we are today was not easy, but the journey was certainly worth it. I did a lot of producing, a lot of testing and a lot of listening. As I mentioned earlier, the way our customers experience our products was significant to me, so hearing what they had to say was crucial and ultimately helped me make the brand what it is today. The most significant two lessons I’ve learned in business are to listen to the customer and listen to your gut. Neither will steer you wrong and being in tune with both is magical. I want the world to know that taking good care of yourself and carving out your self care journey is so important. Vivian Rose Body & Bath is ready to be a support for that journey.
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’m a homebody for the most part, but I’d probably start with True Kitchen Cocktails. I hear the food and ambiance are great. I love facts and history, so we’d go to the African American Museum of Dallas. Of course, a massage and a little self care at Koffee Day Spa or maybe facials at Phancyskin. Maybe a coffee break at Black Coffee or an event at Clyde Warren Park.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to Ro Simmons, Owner of Business Lounge Dallas. She’s dedicated herself to small business owners’ success in the DFW by hosting networking events, mentoring and providing business services for so many entrepreneurs. She has encouraged me so much and provided fantastic guidance on ways to continue my growth.
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