We asked some of the city’s hidden gems to tell us about what they feel is the most important factor behind their success.

Nana Johnson | Ceramicist & Artist

As the founder of Maro Ceramics, I am passionate about creating unique, handcrafted pieces that reflect my personal interests in ceramics, plants, and anime. Combining these hobbies has been the driving force behind the success of my brand, allowing me to create products that cater to a specific niche market and establish an authentic brand identity. Read more>>

Adam Falla | Head Coach & General Manager of Lonestar Field Hockey

We are approaching youth sports in this country a little bit differently. We have created a community of both passionate adult players and a youth program combined. We put energy & resources into providing fun adult playing opportunities and then ask them to be stakeholders on coaching & leading our young players. Lonestar FHC is a sports club from 6-60, a full family experience and that has been our strength. Read more>>

Torian Stencer | Owner

The most important factor behind our success is consistency. Some may look at our business as if it is a seasonal business but because of our consistency in marketing and branding we receive customers year around. We treat all of our customers with a great deal of respect and always put them first. Read more>>

Alexus Nguyen | Content Creator & Pre-Pa Student

I would say the absolute MOST important advice I followed that made me successful as a content creator is posting consistently every. single. day. It doesn’t matter if I felt like what I was posting wasn’t “good enough” — I would post it anyways, and it’s usually those videos that end up blowing up and gaining traction. Read more>>

Lillian Jackson | Co-Founder, Brown Skin Brunchin’

The most important factor that helped us get started in building Brown Skin Brunchin’ was a determination to get out of our comfort zone and make new friends. Growing to become a nationally recognized brand has really been possible because of the support from the amazing women in our community. Read more>>