We had the good fortune of connecting with Marsha B. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marsha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always been one to go against the grain. I never enjoyed being told what to do, so I knew it was vital for me to explore other options when it came to employment and making money. I decided to explore my passions and see how I could become financially fruitful because of them. I started making my own money by curating events, taking freelance writing gigs, and eventually launching my online store and podcast.
What should our readers know about your business?
Introvert N the City is a lifestyle brand with a heavy emphasis on spirituality and the journey to becoming the best version of yourself. Through my brand, I teach others strategies to manifesting the life they want to live through their thoughts, speech, rituals, and so much more.
When I first launched the brand in 2017, it was created to be a space for quirky, awkward Black girls. Through my own personal development, the brand morphed into something different. I like to say Introvert N the City is driving the boat and I am along for the ride. I am proud to watch it take shape into a spiritual lifestyle brand that focuses on self care, manifestations, and changing your mindset. I created an affirmation deck for anyone on a self-love or spiritual journey. It encourages you to give yourself grace during your human experience. Sometimes we need a reminder to be gentle with ourselves and others. I also have a podcast where I highlight underserved communities and shine the spotlight on topics that should be discussed within the Black community.
What makes Introvert N the City different from other brands is the authenticity that I bring to the table. I am hyper focused on being completely transparent and staying true to myself. The world is a big space that allows us to coexist with one another. There are other brands out there that do what I do, but they don’t do it like me, and I don’t do it like them. In my mind, we work together to create unique experiences for one another.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a die-hard Brooklynite. Because I think Brooklyn is full of culture, there’s honestly no reason to visit any other borough. Navigating through the neighborhoods and observing the various cultures is one of my favorite pastimes. From the beautiful brownstones in Bedstuy to the Victorian style homes in Ditmas Park, you’ll find quaint little neighborhoods that’ll make you question if you’re still in New York City!
We’d have to visit the Brooklyn Bridge and have a picnic under the summer sun. Because I have more of a low-key vibe, we can trade in the crowded parties for rooftop cocktails as the sun sets. Brooklyn has tons of street fairs with vendors selling original art pieces, jewelry, and cool vintage finds. There are also tons of food festivals that are worth exploring as well. You can taste that various cultures of Brooklyn in one setting!
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?
My spiritual advisor Janine Owens helped me navigate my thoughts when it came to relaunching my business. At one point, I thought I wanted to trade in working for myself to find a partner, get pregnant, and live a “normal” life. Because I am anything but normal, I felt completely uncomfortable trying to live that life. Through reiki, Janine helped me explore the idea of confidently stepping into who I was created to be, while working on who I was designed to become. Jenell Gilyard, my dear friend and web designer, helped me relaunch my website, get my branding together, and start my online store. Many moons ago, she encouraged me to launch a fashion blog, which undoubtedly led me to where I am today. The combination of their energies helped me develop Introvert N the City.
Ambitious Shooters, Brittney Smith Photography (white blazer), Deck images by Marsha B.