We had the good fortune of connecting with Deondra Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deondra, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk for me is learning to take a chance on yourself and what you believe in. I decided to take a risk last year during the pandemic’s peak to focus on my growth physically, financially, and emotionally. In this time of change, I decided to open an apothecary that served my community with alternative health options and opportunities most of us do not receive in our lifetime. With that thought in mind, I thought about the impact I was making and how other areas in our community and society needed more awareness; with that thought in mind, I opened a wellness center that specializes in birth, health, and alternative medicine that will bridge the gap between the healthcare system and our black and brown communities. I took this risk to do something bigger than me, and I do not regret it one bit.
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?
Well, to first introduce what I do and my business: Black’N’Nature LLC is a wellness center specializing in the advancement, awareness, and education of minorities in the art of herbal medicine, maternity care, and integrative medicine. We like to pride ourselves on being a safe haven of peace and knowledge for all, bringing the creation of a diverse and healing family. What sets me apart from most is first Black’N’Nature (BNN) is community-based. This means that BNN focuses more on our poverty-stricken and lower-income families who need and want alternative care and help and introduces a new idea and concept to communities who aren’t as well-versed in maternity, herbal and integrative care. Secondly, BNN brings herbal consultations, an apothecary, monitrice care, postpartum care, birth & labor doula, and coming soon midwifery options. This process was not easy and showed that the bigger the idea, the more complex the execution. I knew this idea and project were not going to be easy, but after a year of running and bringing alternative options to my community has brought a whole new sense of appreciation. I want the world to see Black’N’Nature for what it is and what it offers. We bring new initiative and idea that bridges the gap between holistic and herbal care to our birthing parents. We want to be the change the community needs, and we hope that we can help and benefit our people.
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?
I would first start by taking them to one of my favorite Latin restaurants called La’Fondas. The food not only reminds me of my home in Miami, but it also brings flavor and has fantastic margaritas. Once done, I would get many snacks, blankets, and necessities that we will need for a great time at the drive-in movie theatre. The following day I would take them to yellow river park, where we will have a picnic and take a dip and pause in the freshwater river. The park is super flexible, so it’s great to bring your pets, hookah, drinks, and more. After the river and changing, I would love to take them to a Brazilian steakhouse, my favorite is in Kennesaw; and after, we can go to the escape room in the area to digest and test our mental skills. I would want to have brunch at a rooftop restaurant called republic social house for the last day. They have the best mimosas and breakfast menu that I love! The area is excellent too, and usually, after brunch, we would go to topgolf, which is down the street from the restaurant. The food, games, and drinks are great, and it’s a great place to sit and talk with friends and associates.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to the love and support I receive from my partner. Without him, this journey would be a lot harder than it is, and I am genuinely thankful to be able to have someone like him in my life. My business is truly my baby, and I am glad to have a partner who understands the need, care, and attention to owning and running a business.