We had the good fortune of connecting with Danyelle Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danyelle, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
For me personally I have always enjoyed making jewelry since I was about seven years old. I am an extremely creative person so as I got older, I wanted to share my creativity with others and I thought what better way than selling jewelry designed by me. The main thing that pushed me to really get my business out there were custom bracelet sets that family and friends would request; when making these sets, I realized the joy of being able to bring someone else’s idea to life. Therefore, when deciding to open Dan’s Ice Bar I wanted to give everybody a chance to get unique jewelry made just for them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Dan’s Ice Bar is originally based on handmade custom bracelets and anklets. Last summer I added a waist beads and this summer I added finished anklets as well as waist beads in more options. Something that sets me apart from others is the fact that I like to have more handmade items then anything, I have finished pieces for those looking for a little more shine, but for the most part everything is sell is handmade. I am still building and aiming for more consistent sales, but it did take a while to get where I am today. At first, three years ago when Dan’s Ice Bar became public I did not have a website because I mainly took custom orders, but several times I was stuck not getting paid or not being able to find certain things that customers wanted or customers that could not figure out what they wanted so they never ordered. So I took a year off from selling to basically revamp everything and that is when I came back with my website that already has one of a kind sets made for customers to choose from, as well as all waist bead and anklet colors. Of course I still do take custom orders, but it is easier for customers as well as myself now. Along the way I have learned that you must RESPECT and LOVE your brand and stand up for your work because if someone sees an opportunity or weakness they will try to take advantage of you and your work. I aim to provide customers with unique one of a kind pieces and I am constantly searching for more to add to Dan’s Ice Bar.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Eating – Breakfast:Waffle House or Bread and Butterfly Lunch: American Deli Dinner: This is It I was born and raised in Atlanta so I love wings and American Deli is one of my favorite spots as well as This Is It. A few more restaurants I would take them to are Terri’s Cafe, Truett’s Luau, My Fair Sweets, and South City Kitchen just to name a few. As far as things to check out, for me it depends on the time of year, in March, the fair downtown, in May Sweet Auburn Fest is my favorite place to go, I would take them to any festival going on in Atlanta, its so many of them I enjoy. The High Museum, Coca Cola Factory, the Puppetry of Arts and Six Flags are so much fun as well. Lastly, I would probably take them to my favorite lounge which is Cru Lounge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Personally I would like to recognize my family (mother, sister and brother) and friends, they have supported me from the very beginning, gave me great ideas in which my business is based upon. My friends from UWG were a huge help when everything started especially @eventsbytye who designed my original logo and always supports! My second logo is designed by @blinkageap.
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