We had the good fortune of connecting with Meosha McDaniel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meosha, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from a small town in South Carolina between the cities of Columbia & Charleston; the little big city of Orangeburg. I came from a single parent home where expression was encouraged. My mother taught school but dressed us like none other. She sewed, created & design the dopest matching sets. (She still had pictures) My paternal grandfather owned the first black owned gas station in our city. My maternal grandfather owned a pool hall and my step grandfather owned a record shop. Needless to say, it’s just in my blood.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always been a creative. I sang for many years and always found creative ways to express myself. Once I began using my hands it was only up. We started the business by selling handmade earrings. Although it was something anyone could do, the spice of life allowed us to step up a few bars. Using different pieces and adding jewels to make a standard item extraordinary. Along the way we’ve had a few names (change us good). Finally settling with The Custom Jar, we are proud of the expansion over the years. Now we sell clothing, accessories and even home & Body product. I’ve heard people say the sky is the limit but I believe “to infinity and beyond” fits me a little better.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My friends come out often and we share a great time at small businesses. My husband and I eat small black businesses often. We share their businesses on social media along with pictures. Share the wealth I say. Music spots are a big part of the Atlanta culture. Places like Apache, ten atl & St. James love are on my to do list always.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Credit… this word weighs so much to me. I owe a lot of who I am to the strong women I’ve seen before me succeed. My late grandmother was the richest of 13 and she poured encouraged and expression into us with every fiber of her being. I’ve seen my mother get my burger and I to a successful place. My god mother, Virginia White has been a major silent force in my life. I recall growing up she worked so hard to provide for her family. Over my adult years she’s opened a state business, gotten her Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates and became an author. Big ups to the dynamic women in my life.