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

Hi Nicole, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The driving force behind NHCO has been ironically the grief and post-traumatic stress of losing my only child. Surviving that experience left me with a sense of fearless, where I felt like I didn’t have anything to lose. Those emotions led me to take huge leaps of faith that I never would have taken before, even if cautiously. NHCO was founded as a result of that tragic event in my life in an effort to create truly clean bath and body products, and to honor my unborn baby.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a lengthy background in insurance, so I have been exposed to all levels of contracts, processes, and general business practices. I believe that has provided me an additional perspective that many small business owners don’t have. I fell into insurance after college after being unable to find work in my degree field (interior design/architecture). I used to be incredibly heartbroken about not being able to work in my field, however, I was able to successfully work my way up the ladder, which provided me an income that surpassed what I would have been making as an interior designer significantly. As such, I was able to fund NHCO without business loans.

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 total introvert, so I’m really comfortable just staying home! Some of the best places in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are in the Addison/Plano area. You’ve definitely got to visit Dirty Burger Bar in The Colony, or OMG Tacos. One thing I love about the North Dallas suburbs is that there are so many one-of-a-kind restaurants. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to get lost inside of IKEA (2 locations in DFW). If you’re in the Downtown Dallas area, the Holocaust Museum is amazing, and it’s recently been remodeled. If art is your thing, I would recommend checking out the Dallas Museum of Art. You’ll be able to find an exciting exhibit if you’re lucky. Before the shelter-at-home, my husband and I attended a small carnival at the Paragon Oilers in Grand Prairie. We were like kids again!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt, I have to shout out my dad Benny, and my husband CJ for their immeasurable support. They have been there every step of the way from day 1, and standing behind every huge business decision. I also have to recognize my baby sister Alexandria who has stepped in as an absolutely integral part of the NHCO operations. She does so much behind the scenes with excellence, and I am incredibly grateful.

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