Are you originally from this area? If not, where from?
I am originally from Nassau, Bahamas. I grew up in Miami, Florida. Raised by immigrant parents from Haiti. I met my husband in Orlando one summer while visiting family we have 1 son.
What do you do?
I own Belle La Vie Salon & Spa in S. Florida Ave, Lakeland in the Alamo plaza next to Plato’s closet. We are currently approaching our 1-year anniversary.
What do you like most about your job/profession?
What I love about my profession is that I can make everyone who sits in my chair look and feel great about themselves no matter what trouble/stress they’re having in their personal lives.
What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies are going to the gym, traveling, spending time with friends, and dancing.
What is your involvement in the community?
My involvement in the community includes providing complimentary/discounted services to those that are less fortunate. I currently teamed up with Noah’s Ark, children, and families and once a month we provide their tenants with complimentary cuts. I wish to continue to help others, the best way I know how.
If someone sees you at an EMERGE event, what are some topics they should ask you about to get the conversation going?
If someone were to meet me at an EMERGE event, they should ask me about the beauty industry and how I’m working towards having Polk County citizens support local small businesses, instead of venturing out to bigger cities or towns.
What do you like most about Lakeland?
What I like about Lakeland is that it is continuously growing and there is a lot of history within Lakeland.
Why did you join EMERGE Lakeland?
I decided to join EMERGE to link up with other business owners or everyday individuals that are passionate about their community and want to make a difference. My goal is to eventually have a very successful business in Lakeland and I have hopes of mentoring others that are wanting to do the same and to let them know although I am an immigrant with a checkered past, that will not stop me from achieving my life goals and that the sky is the limit. You only limit yourself when you doubt yourself. I look forward to meeting and working with each one of you fabulous individuals.