The DC metro area welcomes a new unisex salon & spa: The Ivy Lounge

On January 18th, we had the pleasure of attending an exclusive VIP and Media preview for the new unisex salon and spa.  The Ivy lounge is a full service multicultural establishment that welcomes the diversity of clientele it is sure to receive being nestled in the heart of downtown Hyattsville, Maryland. As a welcomed addition to the PG county corridor you can see the vivacity that this upscale salon and spa has already brought to the area.

The event was hosted by WPGC 95.5’s Guy Lambert and CBS Big Brother season 15 contestant, Candice Stewart.

Upon arrival guests were greeted and checked in by event curators from Dash Coordinating & Marketing, LLC. The afternoons’ affairs were beautifully orchestrated as everyone mixed and mingled taking in the ambiance of the luxurious space. Throughout the event guest were treated to passed hour’derves from Paris Catering company; they were also welcomed to partake in wine from the complimentary open wine bar.

In addition to beautiful wood bamboo-style painted cabinets; framing an assortment of top of the line hair care products, the Ivy lounge is equipped with state of the art appliances and furnishings housed in the manicure bar, message lounge, and dryer saloon.  The spa offers reasonably priced services including salon styling, facial grooming, waxing, nail care, Deep Tissue and Swedish massage therapy [just to name a few]. As mentioned at the event, in the near future Ivy Lounge plans to offer additional medi-spa services to include body sculpting and Botox.

Ivy Lounge’s team of talented stylists treated guest to an amazing hair show featuring signature salon styles.

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Ivy Lounge owner Dr. Fadayomi hosted a series of giveaways and door prizes during the evening including his most noteworthy giveaway to a mother and daughter who were  victims of a second homicide. He gifted Mrs. Weathers and her daughter (China) a complimentary makeover including hair, makeup and nail spa services. He also made a special charitable contribution by donating hair care products and other items to the Enchanting Women Foundation in support of their mission to help disadvantaged teens, battered women, homeless women and women-owned businesses.

The Media preview and VIP reception was a fun-filled event with many beautiful people in attendance including a few local and national beauty queens. If you’re looking for a one stop shop in the heart of the Hyattsville community Ivy Lounge is the place to go!

IVY Lounge  | 6205 Baltimore Avenue , Hyattsville, MD

Inside Computech Web: Founder Tchee Kum shares his vision of success as a business owner & leading IT professional (Interview)

Tch1Nana ‘Tchee’ Kum is a Senior level Technology strategist and architect residing in the Northern Virginia area. He is also the owner and founder of Computech Web. Mr. Kum is an active member of the esteemed Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc. and Phi Sigma Pi national honors fraternity. Mr. Kum demonstrates these organizations principles of service, through his consistent engagement in activities geared towards uplifting his community. We had the pleasure of speaking to this Street Intellectual and dove into a few key factors to his success as a business owner and leading industry professional. Here’s what he had to say:

Can you tell us a little bit about Computech Web and why you decided to start this business?

Ever since I was 7 years old, I have always loved computers. It all began in 1994 when I first set my eyes on a Packard Bell Legend 18CD, running Windows 3.11. There was something exceptionally heart-rending about this piece of hardware that sparked my interest. As my curiosity began to grow, I developed a profound interest in starting my own IT company in the future, in efforts to contribute to our world’s technological advancement. At age 12, after pondering on the idea for some time, the name Computech came to mind, and it was at that time I decided to name my first IT company “Computech.”

During my college career at Radford University, I worked under the Freelance alias “Computech Industries” to provide technical support to campus students, as well as the neighboring communities surrounding the New River Valley. Upon graduation in 2009, I made the decision to centralize my core focus within the realm of web development; thus Computech Web, LLC was born.

Since its inception, Computech Web, LLC has specialized in website design & development, graphic design, application development, and hosting services. Living up to our motto “Your business, our passion,” we consistently deliver creative, scalable solutions that reflect the personality, needs, and vision of our clients.

What are a few of your current life and business goals?

I have always maintained a single life-goal, which has served as the true testament to the success I’ve been blessed to receive in life. By pursuing this goal, I always have a guarantee that everything in my life will fall into place.

The life-goal I speak of is one that many are familiar with. It is an important instruction that is presented to us in the book of Proverbs, which reads: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”(Proverbs 3:5). I believe that by continually seeking wisdom through The Bible in efforts to live my life in accordance with The Word, I will be able to maintain a profound relationship with my LORD and savior Jesus Christ. By putting my trust in Him and allowing Him to guide my every step, I can always guarantee that His will for me in this world will always be met; therefore enabling me to reach a state of contentment with any event that occurs in my life.

How do you balance working full time and managing Computech Web?

Contrary to popular belief, working full time and managing a startup company (no matter the size of the company) is not a simple task. In all honesty, it has actually been one of my greatest challenges. However, throughout the course of the years I have been able to develop some key time management strategies that have equipped me with the tools necessary to balance both hats.

One of the basic secrets to time management that has helped bailed me out multiple times is “prioritization”. No matter how daunting the work load one might have, I believe in order for a person to truly know how much effort is involved in completing multiple tasks, they must write out each task on paper and prioritize them in order of importance. After prioritizing your load, you may come to find that some of your tasks can be accomplished concurrently; thus, giving you back extra time to devote to other tasks.

How has owning your own business helped you grow as a person and professional?

Owning my own business has stimulated my thirst for knowledge by continually encouraging me to stay abreast of past/current/future technology trends. In turn, it’s has helped me to evolve into the technology strategist I am today.

As computers continue to revolutionize our world. What are some key things consumers should take note of?

Consumers should keep in mind that Technology has already reached more heights then we could ever imagine. The only question that technology will always impose on society is whether or not our world is ready to receive it. We often tend to forget that we as consumers have complete control over how fast technology will grow. I always say that there is a time and place for everything, just as Apple Inc.’ s time was in the 21st century opposed to the 20th century. When the time is right, and we are ready to accept new technology into our natural realm of existence, it will surely present itself.

As a young IT professional has there been any challenges that you have encountered while working in your industry? If so, how do you deal with these challenges?

I believe a unique challenge that many IT professionals face is rapid growth of technology. Due to this growth we are constantly required to stay on top of leading technology trends. However, my thirst for knowledge and my continual curiosity within this realm has helped me to stay on top of the latest and greatest; thus reducing the challenge.

What’s your Street Intell?

We must keep in mind that there is more than enough time in a given day to make a positive impact. It’s not a lack of time one often suffers from, but a lack of desire. As long as you maintain your drive, coupled with a great sense of humility, you can achieve your ultimate goal of success.


Tchee’s favorite quote: Success is the best revenge.”
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Meet this week’s featured business owner: 9 year old CEO of Brett’s Trove

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This week’s featured business owner is 9 year-old entrepreneur, Brett Burch. In between playing and school Brett runs an online boutique that displays his artistic abilities on mugs, ties and other accessories. He first started his boutique back in 2011 when he was coming home with tons of artwork from school. His family initially began putting Brett’s art on the refrigerator, taping some to his bedroom wall, framing them, and stuffing the rest in drawers.

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After having so much art than they knew what to do with they decided to use and feature his original pieces on t-shirts, buttons, posters, doggie shirts, mugs and ties. All proceeds of Brett Trove’s boutique go directly towards his college fund. He also donates a portion to the Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship which provides selected DC students a full scholarship to attend George Washington University in Washington, DC.

It is truly inspiring to see what an impact this young man is having in his community. He has been featured in numerous publications including the kids post section of the Washington Post. We are overjoyed to see the passion for enterprise blossoming in this young man as he continues to encourage other kids to thrive and succeed. Brett has been all over the DC metro area and New York showcasing his creativity. He was even a featured vendor at the 2013 DC Fashion week. The Brett’s Trove designer tie collection was featured in the H Street Festival Fashion Show on September 21, 2013, and Brett’s Trove made its DC Fashion Week debut at Dirty Martini during the 2013 Fashion Industry Networking Party. Mr. Ean Williams, the executive director of DC Fashion Week said that “out of 19 DC Fashion Weeks, Brett is the youngest vendor/designer to participate in DC Fashion Week”. Make sure you support Brett by purchasing something from his boutique and follow this young prince’s progress by liking his page on facebook.

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Beauty and the Business: Street Intell sits down w/ @KarensBeautiful (Karen Tappin)

We ran into the lovely Karen Tappin a few weeks back at Naturals Night out DC  and were fortunate to get an interview with this vibrant Natural gem. She shared a bit about her journey and provided some kind words of advice for up and coming entrepreneurs. Check out her interview below.


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Young, brilliant, and creating: Meet this week’s featured business owner, Sarah.

Street Intell is all about supporting the young, brilliant and creative souls that call themselves entrepreneurs, business owners or innovators.20130918-050430.jpg

This week’s feature is business owner and student Sarah founder of Sisterhood of the Natural Hair. The Sisterhood of Natural Hair (SNH) is a Maryland based business whose mission is to empower African-American women, improve self-image, and create pathways for future generations to come. Their aim is to re-engineer the hair products that African-American women use. Sarah’s headbands are specifically designed for women with naturally textured hair. Sarah hopes that her products inspire women to be proud of their natural tresses by accentuating their curls, coils, and kinks with her unique adjustable headbands.20130918-050529.jpg

C.F.: What motivated you to start your company?

SNH: One day in my sociology class my professor asked me why I wear my hair the way I do. He kept insisting that I was being rebellious against the system and told me that I will not be able to be successful in corporate America. This hurt me but at the same time empowered me to reach out to other African American women who may be natural or considering going natural that it is okay if you choose not to covet and conform to European standards of beauty.

C.F.: Do you have a business mentor, if so what is one important thing they have taught you?

SNH: No I currently do not have a business mentor working with me. However, I have people that I look up to that started their own business reaching the same demographic as me. I look at what they do, how they reach people, and use some of their strategies to build my brand.

C.F.: In 5 years where do you see your brand?

SNH: Wow, In 5 years I see my branding being an empire. Firstly I see my brand being in major retails stores all over the world like Wal-Mart, target, etc. I also see my brand selling more than just our signature headbands like makeup, t-shirts. Etc.

C.F.: What are a few useful tips you would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing entrepreneurship (or business ownership)?

SNH: I would say make sure you choose a purpose first. Make sure that it is something you love to do and you’re not all in it for the money. Because having a business is very difficult and money is just not going to come easily. If you are doing it for a purpose you will not care about the money and giving up won’t be an option for you.

C.F.: How do you think your company has impacted the community?

SNH: I believe my company empowers African American women, improve self image and pathways for future generations to come. My company accomplishes this in many ways. If you take a look at my social media sites including our blog we not only discuss natural hair. We talk about social issues, education, self esteem etc.

C.F.: What is you favorite company product/service, and why?

SNH: Our headbands of course! Which are specifically designed for African American women with natural hair. I started creating them because when I went into stores to find headbands for my hair some were so loose that I would have to double wrap them which would end up pulling my hair.

Living Her Story: Jearlean Taylor

j2I was graced with the opportunity to have a phone conversation with Baltimore native, Jearlean Taylor.

Jearlean is a published author, writer, and owner of a Christian based modeling company. She shared with me that her heart’s desire has always been to make a difference in people’s lives, but there was something internally unstable in her life. Her mind, body, and soul longed for answers. She expressed how she had outer beauty, but was suffering on the inside with low self-esteem, pity, and unhappiness.

At the tender age of two years old Jearlean developed a rare cancer [Rhabdomyosarcoma] that attacked her inner organs leaving her with two ostomy bags and a dose of what she called the “Pretty Girl Blues”.

“My story continues with struggles, insecurities, heartaches, pain, suicidal thoughts, and disappointments, but through it all God was my saving grace. I hope to help those suffering with low-self-esteem by reaching out, encouraging, uplifting up, listening, understanding, and helping those in need. I do not look like what I deal with 24 hours/7 days a week. I AM A DESIGNER ORIGINAL.”

Through a series of questions,  Jaerlean shared how she’s overcome the pretty girl blues to transform her fears into building a successful faith based modeling company, JACCM. Check out HERstory  below:

What inspired you to create JACCM?

Modeling for 16 years, I’ve been in the industry and I’ve seen some things that would cause someone self-esteem to be hurt; not putting it down because I love the world of fashion. Modeling is very rewarding and has lots of opportunities for advancement. I just know that it can be discriminating, if you’re not tall enough, the right size or color. I wanted to prepare people for this industry and the setbacks they may face. Or just be the outlet for them to find themselves. I want them to know they are beautiful from the inside out. Our motto is “We build , train, and develop from the inside out”.

Have you faced any opposition in the industry by running a faith based business?

It is a faith based business but we don’t throw religion on anyone, but I will explain to them my relationship with God is what matters. I’ve been blessed that people know me and our standards therefore they cater to our needs. They know what my company stands for and they adhere to that. It depends on how you treat people that’s how they treat you.

How do you view the current state of the Baltimore fashion industry?

There is so much talent as far as designers and stylists. People don’t see it. Stereotypes about the area are assumed and people don’t give the area a chance. There are a lot of talented designers and models. People have to support them.

What other projects do you have in the works?

I am now an author, my autobiography, “Pretty Girl Blues” , details my life as a cancer survivor and unforeseen circumstances that came along with it. It is a very personal story that is being told to help uplift, bring encouragement, to give people hope and healing.

Do you plan on going into full time entrepreneurship?

I hope to carry my schedule as it is with my endeavors with my company. I often have a full schedule with my other ministries/projects, so for now having full time entrepreneurship is part-time. Who knows how my future will change with that, but I am happy how it is now.

What is your Street Intell and how do you plan to continue your aim of inspiring young girls, women and men through fashion and faith?

By being myself and letting my “light” shine. Often times, people look at the exterior and can’t believe how I survived a deadly disease. I made it, so I want others to know and love who they are. If you are a good leader people will follow. If I lead by example people will see my “light”. Before I never thought putting my story out there was posible, I was afraid of what people would think. What I thought was a burden was actually a blessing. The story I tried to hide once is now helping and inspiring people. Seeing how far I have come encourages me to keep helping people. Through sharing my story I have touched many people and will continue to spread my “light”.
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