We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our latest project was created to influence and encourage our community to stand in solidarity and support our own kind. If this year of 2020 has taught us anything, we should have learned to stick together. Often we support major name brands because it’s “popular” but our African American community suffers due to lack of support. Studies have proven that the black dollars only circulate 6 days at the longest while in other communities their dollars circulate up to 33 days. The message we are spreading is to SUPPORT BLACK BUSINESSES just as much as we support any other business. Ask yourself, have you ever seen a homeless person of asian decent? No and it’s rare because that community is formed of build support and circulating dollars that cycle amongst themself. Every single day we make it our business to support another black business/black household in one way or another. If we don’t support our own kind then who will?
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I work a normal 9-5 to fund my business dream. Being an entrepreneur is one of the hardest things to accomplish, and of course its days where I want to give up but I am determined to find my way to the top. Business-wise I am still not where I want to be but I see the light on the other end of the tunnel. Everyday I wake up thinking how I can reinvent the wheel, and get new exposure. I love what I do and I love working for myself, I can not wait for the day when I no longer need my 9-5. However, my career has taught me the customer service skills and professionalize needed to run a business. The customer service we provide is one major difference that sets us apart from the rest. I take pride is communicating with my customers first hand. I want the world to know that no matter how hard, no matter how much money I didn’t make today I never gave up. Our message is that important for me to convey to the rest if the world that I am determined to find a way out of the corner. Understanding that one week business can be at the highest peak to roll into the next week with no movement at all. No one who is successful to this day gave up on their dream!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is a very amazing city! Full of food attractions and sites to see. I love Piedmont Park so going on a bike ride is at the top of the agenda, riding the belt line is a must do experience. Then a light picnic at the park to enjoy the scenery. Once evening falls we’d stop by Sivas, a great lounge with food, drinks, music, and hookah. Top of the morning can’t go wrong with Nana’s, a black owned small breakfast-brunch spot. Downtown is also my favorite, it sadden me that Centennial Park is closed but the Ferris wheel gives a good view of that area. Near by we can view the Mercedes Benz stadium and then go grab so wings which Atlanta is known for. We would definitely visit the Trap House Museum and Cascade on a Sunday (both black owned establishments) Some more black owned restaurants we’d stop by would be Slutty Vegan, Busy Bee Cafe, The real Milk & Honey.
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 am a wife and mother first and a business women second. The only help I receive is from my immediate family so they deserve this shoutout as much as I do. I appreciate my wonderful partner for all the support, assistance, late nights, early mornings, emails, business runs, etc. My business wouldn’t have the growth without my team, I am truly grateful and humbled by this experience.