Meet the Owner of Kocktails with K – K. Simpson

Introducing K. Simpson, who is the owner of Kocktails with K Mobile Bartending and Sweet Treats LLC, based in North Carolina. She is here for all of your bartending needs, specializing in tasty cocktails and alcohol infused treats. Guess what else?!?! She travels anywhere!!!! Yes, this beautiful spirit will come to you with her mobile bartending service.

Question: Tell me about yourself.

K. Simpson: I am an original native of Wilmington, North Carolina. I currently live in Greensboro, North Carolina. I moved here to attend college at North Carolina A&T University, graduated, and never left. I am a corporate trainer in the daytime and at nighttime I am a certified mixologist. I have been bartending for about eight years and in the last two and half years I got really serious about it and turned it into my business, which is my baby, Kocktails with K.

Question: Can you go into a little bit more depth about your business?

K. Simpson: Sure. Kocktails with K is a mobile bartending and sweet treats service. I offer everything with mobile bartending services whether its onsite setup bars, bar to go packages, and I also do infused treats. Infused treats that include candy apples, strawberries, popcorn, rice krispie treats, etc. These are great for a treat bar, gift baskets, care packages, or whatever the client wants. I make them tailored for the individual, recipient, or the event. I also offer signature glassware and products that can be personalized.

Question: Did you go to school for bartending?

K. Simpson: Yes, I went to school at Professional Bartenders Association. It was a two week course, I graduated, and then hit the ground running. Private events is my niche, from a mocktail where there is no alcohol, or a private event where there is 200-300 individuals. I went to school, I am staying certified, and working on my craft. One day I would like to have my own distillery of some sort.

Question: You mentioned a party of 300 individuals, do you have a team that works with you?

K. Simpson: I do have a team that works with me depending on the guest count. I have a go to team that I use for when I have more than 100 in a party. I have been able to onboard, uptrain, and help get my team their certifications. I call them Kocktail Babes. They assist in waitressing and working the bar with me. They are a group of successful women who have supported me through this and now they are a part of my team.

Question: How do you find time to juggle your job as a corporate trainer and Kocktails with K?

K. Simpson: Being organized. Being organized is key. Having a list of organizers, a list of planners, and planning ahead.

Question: How far do you travel with your mobile bartending services?

K. Simpson: I will go anywhere. I will get up, catch a flight, or drive down. There are really no limits. If you need me there, I will be there.

Question: What advice would you have for someone who is looking into getting into the bartending scene?

K. Simpson: I would definitely advise them to seek education. You can learn basics on YouTube, but bartending is a science. You should have the education on how to not poison people, not be a liability, and look out for support groups. Always protect yourself and have insurance with anything you are looking to do in regards to serving people and make sure you are insured. I am insured in general liability and liquor. You need to know the risk and protect yourself. It really is a science. My degree at A&T is in agricultural science. I am able to elevate my cocktails.

Question: How long did it take for you to get your business up and running?

K. Simpson: It took me some time because I did not want to work in a bar scene. I was told by a lot of others that I should make my services a business. One of the first things I did was call ABC, the Alcohol Beverage Control, and asked questions about what I could and could not do. They were very helpful and allowed me to ask questions. I then filed for my LLC and then I hit the ground running. Next I found my niche. The thing with my niche is offering signature experiences, customized of glassware, and the infused treats.

Question: How long did it take to start having customers and get busy?

K. Simpson: Well actually it was my sister. I lost my little girl in 2019, which I have a non profit in her honor. One day my sister asked if I was ready to start by business, get out the bed, out of the slump, and keep living. So that was my push. Next covid hit, and that gave me some extra time. Like they say, if covid did not bring the hustle out of you its not in you. So with my sister, I started thinking about packaging, the holidays was coming up, and I started offering my services. My sister was someone I could brainstorm with and I was able to jump on Facebook and Instagram live and start offering my services. Signature glassware, ornaments for drinks, and it was a hit.

Question: How would someone reach out to you for your services or to work with you?

K. Simpson: I can be reached via Instagram at @kocktails_with_k. Someone can reach out to me there for services or to work with me. I would send them an application to make sure they are able to work with alcohol and when an event becomes available I would book them.

Question: Is there a uniform for your Kocktail Babes?

K. Simpson: Depending on the event if there is not anything the client wants in particular it is a standard black and a purple or pink apron that says Kocktails with K, and hair back.

Question: Is there anything or advice you would like to add regarding the business aspect?

K. Simpson: Yes, make sure to look out for allergies and gluten free foods. I try to add gluten free ingredients to my products. Just be mindful when running a business regarding liability.

Question: Tell me about the non profit in honor of your daughter.

K. Simpson: It is Ariana Gifts of Joy in honor of my daughter who I lost in 2019. She was autistic and she attended Herbin-Metz Education Center in Guilford County. This is a scholarship that will open up in two weeks and it is for children with disabilities. It goes from Grade K to College. It is a $500 medical grant that I give to them or their families to assist with things that can not be purchased with medical insurance or Medicaid. It is through the Guildford County Schools. They will offer it to families who qualify. Starting next year I will offer more that will be geared toward other students.

End of Interview

Say Hello to Enomis, Author of “Get ‘Em, Girl”

I had the pleasure of speaking with Enomis about her book titled “Get ‘Em, Girl”. Not only did we discuss her vision and purpose behind the book, but I was also able to get a special glimpse into the light that Enomis is shining on intolerance to domestic violence. I hope this read will inspire others to want to get to know this softspoken Queen and support her cause.



Question: Tell me about yourself?

Enomis: I am a 41 year old, single mother of two boys. I am also a Registered Nurse by trade, and I am an Author. I became an author because I felt the need to get some things out of my system. To write down on paper things that I was feeling as part of a healing process. So that is how the “Get’ Em, Girl” book came about.

Question: What is the name of the book?

Enomis: “Get ‘Em, Girl” : A Girlfriends Mind on Revenge.

Question: Where did you get your inspiration to write the book?

Enomis: I had been in some domestic violence situations throughout some of the earlier years of my life, and I had also watched it in my home growing up. Sad to say it seemed familiar. It seemed not as bad as what someone else was going through or not a bad as someone else’s situation. For a long time I justified my reasons for continuing to staying in that situation until I was tired.

Question: Did writing this book help with healing?

Enomis: Yes, it totally was a major part of my healing process because I was able to get everything out. Everything that I was thinking. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I could get it out and put it away. That way I could begin to replace that negativity with positivity, and build myself up a little bit at a time. It did definitely help with my healing process.

Question: Do you see yourself writing more books in the future?

Enomis: Yes, I do. “Get ‘Em, Girl” is a volume one edition. I do plan on doing a volume two and I also want to target either a third volume or fourth volume for men. Men are also put in sticky situations by women. Women abusers, women users, and different things. Yes, there will be more volumes to come.

Question: Do you still practice your nursing trade?

Enomis: Yes, so as far as my Registered Nurse I still do a lot of projects involving it, but it is more administrative than floor or beside nursing.

Question: Do you see yourself branching out from the “Get ‘Em, Girl” collection, or branch out into other genres?

Enomis: I want to grow the community but in it I also want to branch off and further explain or make women aware of their Queen status. Some women have never been told this by their fathers or in general. I feel like sometimes we settle for less than what we deserve. So I am coming back full circle to explain to women how valuable they are and what our role is meant to be to the man or the household. I feel like that needs to be revisited. I need to do my part to open up the awareness of women. From that point I would like to branch off into other things, as in our God given prosperity.

Question: How has your book touched others?

Enomis: I have noticed that the stories contained in the book (because there are 16 short stories) are very identifiable with other women and what they are going through. I think through that fact a lot of women have been reached and can see themselves in the stories. Sometimes when we are going through our own mess we can not see too clearly, but when we step outside and read it about someone else or watch it from a different view point we can see. This book was written and shared with other women as a tool to let them know they are not alone. There are other women going through this, there are other women having these crazy thoughts of revenge, but it is not worth you remaining in the situation to possibly lose your life our your livelihood.

Question: How did you put your book together?

Enomis: What used to occur back in the day is me and my sisters would get together and talk about little situations that we’d been through. For instance we’d say ‘remember this time when we did this’ or ‘remember this time when this happened’, as far as it related to our relationships. As we shared those stories I noticed that some of those stories we revisited a lot. It wasn’t just me who needed to let go of things and put things on paper to get things out. It was also my sisters. So some of those stories are stories from sisters. As a whole collectively, it has helped a majority of us. There are still some people who are not ready. You have to individually be ready to leave, you have to know when enough is enough, no one can tell it to you. That is how it began.

Question: As far as writing in general what advice would you give someone who is interested in writing a book or branching out into that area?

Enomis: Begin journaling. Begin journaling your thoughts and do it in a way that is true to how you really feel. Don’t necessarily try to make it pretty because everything isn’t pretty. Write down what you truly feel, your raw emotions, the realness of that thing that you believe in or that your witnessing or that you are going through. Something that really helped me, was sometimes late at night I would have a thought or a dream and if I had something beside me to write with I could just sit up really quickly, write down that thought, and then go back to sleep. The times that I did not, I noticed that I did not remember as clearly in the morning what that thing was. So I would suggest journaling the real thoughts, and the real feelings. Always have something beside you to write with, especially in the middle of the night.

Question: How long would you say it took to get your book from an idea, to a publication, and then for sale?

Enomis: I would say a little less than a year. It was written, published, ready and I was doing a book launch. Again, some of these stories were not hard to come up with because they were real. It was things that we were all going through. It just needed to be written down and written down in a way that someone who was not there could follow the events. I also had to alter the names and places to protect the identity of the women and men who were involved in the situations.

Question: Where can we go to purchase the book and get more information about you?

Enomis: There is a Facebook page for Get ‘Em, Girl. I post there and do inspirational quotes. They can go to the Facebook page to follow and like us. There is also a store where the book can be purchased as well as apparel with different sayings that women say to display a current mood.

The subject of domestic violence is one that is looked at with so much tolerance and it is intolerable. WE need for people to begin to awaken to the fact that it is not okay. No matter who you saw experiencing it in your childhood or in your immediate circle it, is not okay. It is not normal even though you saw it. We were not meant to be used or abused and until we stand up for something we will continue to fall for anything.

-Enomis

End of Interview.

Enomis will be the Guest Speaker at our Sip and Social Event on April 24, 2021.

For more information about Enomis and “Get ‘Em, Girl” go to:

Facebook: Get ‘Em, Girl

Website: http://www.gegapparel.square.site

Organize the Clutter

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The growth of my businesses has brought about all kinds of opportunities that I am grateful for. One of the opportunities that I can do without is CLUTTER! As I stated in a prior blog post, my bedroom is where I keep all of my business materials. The beads, hardware, and paperwork all seemed to be all over the place. It literally put me in a place that made me not even want to produce more work. Thank goodness for organizers!

I went online for storage ideas and was delighted to see so many. I knew that I wanted to go with white to match the decor in my bedroom. Another important factor for me was budget. It was important for me to make the storage space efficient and user friendly as well. My list included a craft table with shelves and wheels, a few drawer carts, and a high table.

Michaels, Target, and Wal-Mart are just some stores that offer all of these organization solutions at affordable prices. I personally love Michaels because they are offer rewards coupons for members that can be combined with other store offers.

Once I was able to organize my clutter I was immediately proud of my workspace. It made be feel like a true professional! Not only was it appealing to look at but it immediately made me feel more productive. I have already started working on a new product for my jewelry business. Look below for what I decided to go with. Happy organizing!

Crafting with SBerlack

Classy Tennis Bracelet with Seed Beads

Hello! This is just a quick look into what I do for my hobby/small business at Embrace Me Beads LLC. I make bracelets, waist beads, ash trays, journals, etc. There is a wide range of products to purchase on the website. I feel as though it would be fun to give an inside look at what it takes to make some of those items.

With this being said, I will post random projects on the blog that show how I make my products. This is my first time doing this so bare with me. Visit me at http://www.embracemebeads.com to see more of my work!



What this is:

This is a Loom Bead Bracelet made with seed beads, needle thread, and a bead loomer. I used six pieces of thread, and each row has five seed beads each. Watch the video below for a really quick look at how it was made. Thank you for watching!


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Meet Nicole Deonte, Owner of Reclaiming Myself

Today I had the pleasure of doing an exclusive interview with Nicole Deonte, a female entrepreneur. We took time to discuss her role as a Life Coach, Certified Yoga Coach, and her mission to help women fall back in love with themselves through self love coaching and yoga. Read the interview below:

Question: How long have you been practicing yoga?

Nicole: I have been practicing yoga for about 4 years.

Question: How did you get started teaching yoga?

Nicole: I have a virtual studio and I also teach class in a local studio here in Memphis. I got started because when I was going to yoga classes I was in Washington State, because my husband was stationed there for the military. As I was going to the yoga classes there were no women that looked like me. By looking like me, I mean there were no black women, no heavyset women with curves, or anyone that I could relate too. The classes we amazing, but it was missing that aspect of it. When the pandemic hit last year there was an opportunity that came across for me to become a certified yoga teacher with My Vinyasa Practice. Its the name of the business, the school I attended. So I did their scholarship for free and met so many other women of color who were trying to do the same thing. I thought it would be so amazing to take the course and put more black yogis out there so that we know that yoga is for everyone. It is for us too. We may not look like your typical yoga teacher in the western world but we can still have access to everything that yoga provides.

Question: What type of yoga do you teach?

Nicole: I teach Vinyasa Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for beginners, and Office Yoga ( For professionals who can not come into the studio but have time for a 30 minute yoga class while on lunch break. It still has the same affect of being in a regular yoga class). I also do Trap Yoga and then I am going to add Couples Yoga.

Question: Do feel yoga is more mental or physical?

Nicole: I would say it’s both. I would say its mental, physical, and spiritual.

Question: Do you believe yoga is a form of healing and medicine?

Nicole: It is most definitely is. I feel that through yoga we are learning to focus on our breath. By focusing on our breath we are able to calm our body and our body is able to heal itself.

Question: Do you feel as though the pandemic has helped your business?

Nicole: Yes, well that is the way I started. When I started everything was virtual. I feel like doing it virtual has allowed me to reach more people, a larger audience, and not just here in my city. I have people from as far as Florida, Washington State, and New York that have all purchased and attended classes. It was the first time for many of them because they saw a flyer on social media. I am able to access more households, and get to those who are not able to socialize due to the pandemic.

Question: Are you working as a Yoga Coach fulltime?

Nicole: Yes it is full time. I teach classes in the local studio as well as my online studio. I am also working on stretching my classes and marketing during the day.

Question: Tell me a little about you as person.

Nicole: I am originally from Memphis Tennessee. I have a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I worked 16 years in early childhood education. I am a mother of two children, a 5 year old and a 1 year old. I am a wife. I love journaling, mediation, shopping, and reading.

End of Interview.

Do yourself a favor and check out Nicole at the following links below. Let this beautiful spirit guide you on your course to Reclaiming Your-Self Love.
Instagram: _reclaimingmyself_
Facebook: Reclaiming Myself
Subscribe to her website at http://www.reclaimingmyselflove.com to shop and get exclusive information on her Self Love Retreat coming in May!

What About Popl?

Popl lets you instantly share your digital business card, social media, music, payment platforms and contact info by simply tapping your phone to another.

popl.co

Has anyone heard of the new digital business card product called Popl? Amanda and I decided to try it out. We went online to http://www.popl.co and purchased a total of four Popl products ( 2 keychains and 2 NFC tags for the back of our phones). We waited for about 5 business days before the products came in the mail via USPS.

Amanda and I are business partners, therefore whenever we are doing anything for the business we usually do it together. The packaging of the Popl is very minimal and the instructions are just as minimal. The creators probably figured that anyone using a digital business card should be tech-savvy. We both pride ourselves in being at least a little tech-savvy : ).

Anyway, I am an iPhone user and Amanda is an Android user. Before we purchased the Popl product we did make sure that it is compatible with both of our phones. Needless to say, per my opinion, the iPhone was a lot easier to use when creating my profile and going through the activation process. Once everything was updated and activated we tested out the Popl to see if a simple tap of the phone would send over ones digital business card to the others phone and VIOLA! it did indeed.

Your Popl profile allows you to add a profile description, business card, logo picture, contact card, social media and website links, and more.

I would definitely advise any business owner to grab a Popl. It is inexpensive, appears to be durable, and seems to be a lot more convenient than remembering to bring your business card everywhere. See below for images of my Popl profile. Check me out at sberlack (poplme.co).

Happy Popping!

The Benefit of Networking With Other Women

Has anyone ever heard these quotes:

“Your network is your net worth” – Porter Gale

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” – Brene Brown

There are so many great quotes and phrases about networking. Whether you are working for yourself as a small business owner, or an employee for a Fortune 500 company you must network to advance. Think about that job opportunity you saw online. Wouldn’t it be nice to know someone who can give you a leg up on landing that job? Think about the internal job posting you saw for your employer. Wouldn’t it be nice to already have some type of connection with the hiring manager?

Let there be no misunderstandings…this is still a mans world. Yes, women have come far and are continuing to strive into bigger and better roles of leadership. With this being said, we still need to continue to push forward and put ourselves out there. Do not be afraid to show up, ask questions, and promote your business.

CWOC is a safe place for all women to come together and show up. We want to provide encouragement, inspiration, unity, and emotional support to give us all the strength to keep doing what we love. Networking is about strengthening business connections, getting new ideas, increasing social presence, advancing careers, etc. I could go on and on about the advantages of networking.

If you are feeling like you need a safe space, feel free to join or reach out to us on Facebook at Collaborative Women of Color LLC, Instagram @cwocllc, or email at cwocas@gmail.com.

Peace and Love…