We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Zannu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, what do you want your legacy to be?
Since starting my business, our mission has to help people with skin concens find effective, healthy, plant-based solutions. Since then we have become active in the community, supporting small and GA-based businesses in retail and helping other woman-owned and small businesses in their growth and development. We have mentored and apprenticed both youth and adults in entrepreneurship and we select 3 non-profits a year that focus on women and children and provide them with donations. We hope that when people think of Black Mermaid, they remember that we helped people not just with their skin but with building a better life for themselves.
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?
Black Mermaid’s Bath & Body manufactures plant-based, spa-quality products formulated for advanced, personalized skincare. We provide alternative skincare solutions through natural, simple, safe products that reduce the symptoms from skin issues without synthetic additives or preservatives. Black Mermaid believes in Clean Beauty – products without harm and in sourcing our raw materials locally, which directly supports the local economy. We sell online and in spas throughout the country featuring our skincare line with soaps and butters, our spa line with scrubs, facials and treatments, and our men’s line featuring beard balms, shaving soaps, and beard washes. The men’s line is Poseidon Men’s Collection at www.poseidoncollection.com
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?
You must visit Petite Marche in Kirkwood, EATS on Ponce de Leon, Desta’s Ethiopian Kitchen in N. Druid Hills, and Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill. Make sure to walk the Beltway and go to the HBCUs of Morehouse, Spellman, Clark Atlanta Univeristy & Morris Brown; the APEX Museum on Auburn Ave., the Civil Rights Museum, Fernbank Science Center, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory. One of Atlant’s best activities – Salsa Night -anywhere! (Note: recommendations were based on a non-COVID environment – PLEASE SOCIAL DISTANCE)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To a group of amazing women in their own right: Kuumba Waithe of GrandTressa Natural Hair Care, Shana Nunnley of Honecomb Hair Salon, D’Joane McCorkle, Real Estate & Business Investor, Ashuanda Davis, author & financial wealth advisor, and Evana & Zoe Oli of Beautiful CurlyMe – who all showed me how to be a Boss Lady with style. Kim Purefoy of Sevananda who gave our brand an opportunity and a home because she believed in the quality of our products and that supporting local did not comprimise quality. My steadfast board members led by Dennis Daniels of Above C-Level who always makes time for business. I would also like to thank the support that comes through some of our local agencies. These groups and staff genuinely help small business become successful. They have looked out for the best interest of my company over and over again, and I am grateful. Eric Johnson of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce; Dimitris Kloussiadis of Georgia SBDC; Mark Farmer of Gwinnetty County; the Gwinnett Chamber; Sandra Font & the ACE Women’s Business Center; and Michael Theisen-Jones of Metro-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Photos by Black Mermaid Bath & Body