Category Archives for Conversations

Episode 03 – Zayna Sallum of Zayna Bakes

Zayna Sallum is one of those kitchen masters who have cooking and baking in their blood, answering what came naturally through generations from strong early influence from her mom and grandmother to passing delights to friends and family.

It was moving to Chicago that she quenched a thirst for baking and a desire to be free from the corporate life when a serendipitous ingredient mix turned into a delectable, irresistible masterpiece, the Cuffin. In that, a delicious business was born.

Profile: Jennyfer Crawford

All about Jennyfer Crawford. Get to know the person behind All Things Detroit and the many happy members of the community.

Episode 02 – LaVonne Ellis of Tealing & Co.

In this episode, LaVonne Ellis shares the story of her founding of Tealing & Co., and the budding empire that tea is making.

She shares the lessons from being a small business owner, and the many details and storms of starting a new business, including the two-sided coin of having a business degree being a benefit as well as also being what makes it filled with more pressure because people have higher expectations. Particularly because nothing really prepares one when you’re starting up a new business.

LaVonne shares the challenges of getting people (normally coffee addicts) to try tea, especially those of Tealing & Co., and the magical joys of three key components to success, however you may define it: doing something you love, being able to make a living doing what you enjoy, and having a market for what you’re passionate about.

Episode 01 – Megan Cowan of Finch Finery

In the first episode of All Things Detroit Conversations, Jennyfer Crawford interviews Megan Cowan of Finch Finery about how she started, how her company grew, and the unique type of products she sells.