We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle B. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The wrath of Covid-19 gave me two choices… accept being broke during the pandemic, or turn it into a ‘Bandemic’ (creativity making money during a pandemic). I decided to test my faith and start Foto Beauty Bar during the summer of 2020. Prior to starting it, I was freelancing as a Journalist at different events around the country. Due to ‘Rona’, all events were cancelled, which meant that I was out of work in the blink of an eye.
There was just something about my livelihood being solely in the hands of someone else that didn’t sit right with me. I wanted to start something that couldn’t be taken from me and that I was passionate about. So, I started Foto Beauty Bar, which specializes in luxury cosmetics, particularly in luxury lashes and beauty gift sets.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Foto Beauty Bar was meant to make it easy for everyone to be glamorous, especially in every Foto. Prior to starting it, I spent hundreds of dollars buying and trying out so many types of lashes, only for my eyes not to pop in Fotos. I was on a mission to create a product that would give what it was supposed to gave!
It has not been an easy road because in the beginning, you literally have to fulfill every role your business needs. That means you’re the Marketing Manager, the Graphic Designer, the Photographer, the Customer Service Representative, the Delivery Driver, etc… I even created my own logo.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way are to trust your gut, people will have their opinions, but make the decisions that feel right. Also, to always show love. Since launching my business, I’ve received so much support and I feel like it’s been my karma from all the love I’ve put into the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Head to the Beltline and ride scooters/bikes, it’s a great time as you sightsee. Make a stop on the Beltline at Guac y Margys, for some of the strongest margaritas in Atlanta. While you’re on the Beltline, head over to Bar Vegan for great food and a vibe.
Rock Steady is ALWAYS a vibe and a must for a cute dinner. On a Friday or Saturday, definitely end the night at iLounge, for a chill night of hookah, drinks and great music.
I’m Jamaican and love Jamaican food, so I’d recommend at some point going to eat at Escovitchez in Snellville, GA, which has been the best Jamaican food I’ve had in Georgia.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom is my biggest supporter. I could never say that I was self-made, because behind me is my mom supporting my business in every way she can. She calls me on a regular basis to ask me (in her Jamaican accent) about the new products I want to launch, if I need help financially and she boosts my confidence like no one else! She tells me that my business is going to be so successful that I’m going to be richer than Jeff Bezos lol.
Also, the best little sister in the world and my TRIBE of friends who’ve consistently been going hard for me for over a decade! Just know they’re showing up and showing out every single time and in every single way. The amount of support I receive isn’t taken for granted.