We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryant Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bryant, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After working in the retail industry for almost 10 years exceeding and accomplishing career goals, I found myself going home after a long day still feeling empty. There were times I felt so stagnant. I had a conversation with a dear friend of mines about reinventing myself and making a change for the better. I deleted all of the content that existed on my social media platforms and converted them over to business pages, that’s when I started blogging and doing motivational speaking. I have always had a passion for fashion, so I used my platform to inspire others through my creative and unique of style of dressing. Under each post it would be something positive and motivational. 6 moths later I created a website entitled Bthaleged.com, were I would write blogs about life experiences and providing that extra push for those who found life’s obstacles a little to hard to overcome. The name Bthalegend was inspired by previous life challenges and how I blossomed into the changed man I am today. I lost focus and became consumed with work and everyday life that my blogging fell by the waist side. For personal reasons I had to leave Atlanta which was my home for over 5 years and restart my life in Florida. During my time spent in Florida I found myself slipping back into old habits and losing my focus yet once again. I had a conversation with God, which was very transparent about where I wanted to be in life. During the pandemic I had time to sit back and really come up with an exit strategy and business plan. Over the past year I added hats to my wardrobe and noticed how I would always receive compliments on my style. being the fashion forward guy that I am, I decided to create shopbthalegend.com. introducing the latest styles of unisex fedoras and hats. After being back in Atlanta for 1 month the confirmation was there. I walked away from my full time job and decided to become an entrepreneur and invest into myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am super proud of me taking this leap of faith to pursue my personal career. It has not always been an easy task but with a strong support system I am getting through. keeping God at the head of my life has played a major role. Everyday is not a fairytale but after overcoming previous obstacle I now understand that I can overcome anything. The focus of my brand is not all about product it’s a lifestyle brand. Encouraging others to do and be better than they were yesterday. I want my customers to walk away knowing that I am here for the people and not just about making a dollar. I am always using my platform to inspire and motivate. I will continue to answer any questions, lend a listening ear and also pay it forward as others have done so for me.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Everyone knows I love Atlanta and finding new hidden gems. I love to eat ha ha , so food would definitely been on the to do list. One of my favorite soul food joints is Busy Bee Café located in the heart of the city. Another one of my favorite place to grab a nice afternoon lunch is Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House the view of the skyline from the rooftop is amazing. You can never go wrong with a nice Sunday funday brunch at the local hotspots like Suite Food Lounge, Boogalou or something nice and chill like Poor Calvin’s. There’s so many nice trails and parks here in Atlanta. I enjoy nice bike rides on the built line sometimes even taking a pitstop at the historic Pounce City Market. The hike along Sweetwater Creek State Park has the most stunning view. On a prefect day its a nice place to relax and take in Mother Nature. The weekend is not over until you have visited The House of Hope Atlanta. I love this church! It has an old school feel with a youthful atmosphere. this church really helped me get through some of my toughest times. There’s so many things to do here in Atlanta. There’s nothing like the culture in this city hands down.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to a few of my friends and business partners for mentoring me along the way. I would like to shoutout a dear friend of mine Charline Shelby CEO of Fabulina Designs. Charline has mentored me and believed in my vision from day one. Under her guidance I was able to experience what being an successful entrepreneur was all about. She took the time out to walk me through the different avenues of business while still being a true friend and support system. This journey could have taken place without he support of my business partner and friend. I would also like to shoutout Salena Rosa CEO of Glamourtresses LLC. Salena reached out to me via social media with words of encouragement, as a new business owner that was greatly appreciated. Our conversations became a daily thing bouncing ideas of one another and also helping me legalize my brand. Its very rare to find people who are willing to support friends further more strangers. I am excited to see where my brand is headed under her mentorship. Another shoutout goes to Tony Crawford my brother and Real Estate Agent. Tony welcomed me back to Atlanta with open arms and help make my transition super smooth. From the time we met we instantly connected like we grew up together. never met such a genuine brother who took the time out on helping me find a place to live while inspiring me to find multiple sources of income. If its one thing I learned from Tony Its to “never settle and keep hustling!”
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