We had the good fortune of connecting with Shayla Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shayla, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I followed in my grandmother’s footsteps by starting up my own cleaning company. Not content with just offering services to clean other people’s homes, I really wanted to do something different for my clients. I decided that my own line of natural home cleaning products would be ideal, but a conversation with my mom was to lead to something even better. As my all-purpose soap was suitable for cleaning the home or your body, my mom tried a lemongrass scented one as an aid to help her sleep after the passing of my dad. The immediate effect was her first good sleep in months.
This was all the motivation that I needed after losing my dad and to help my mom sleep better at night. Before long I had developed pillow sprays that were scented with lavender and lemongrass and had formed my own company, Hill + Daniel, named after my grandmother’s maiden and married names. Soon, I was experimenting with new and exciting fragrances, expanding my range with more complex, like woody scents, while still aiming to keep things simple and classic.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Hill + Daniel offer products designed to capture the essence of nature and to unlock its secrets. Scents come in a variety of styles and are designed to relax, calm, and to transform a living space into a loving space. All experimenting, blending, mixing and packaging is done by hand and on demand, meaning fresh and unique products that are perfect for anyone who wants to take a break from the complex world and smell the roses (or woods) along the way.
I am most proud of all things I have accomplished within Hill + Daniel’s first full year. From being featured on Beyonce’s website, to partnering with Netflix’s Jingle Jangle movie and Black Owned Everything, to having the fragrances featured in stores! Shout out to all of them for even thinking of Hill + Daniel for partnerships. I am excited to see what new opportunities this year may bring.
Executing may be the most challenging part of starting a business but you just have to do it. Just do it! There will be rewards later. Even when you run into challenges along the way, keep moving forward.
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.
Favorite spots in the city! I love food and I love to eat. My hangout spots are restaurants, lol. Some of my favorite places to eat: Bartaco, Barcelona Wine Bar, Mission + Market, Chai Yo Modern Thai, Parkwoods, JCT Kitchen, Nan Thai Fine Dining, Cafe Intermezzo, South City Kitchen, Eight Sushi Lounge, Houston’s…. Maybe I should stop here because my list will go on forever.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my youngest brother, Sunni Ankh, for always being available for random photoshoots, love, and support!
Photography By: Shayla Hill – Hill + Daniel Drew Tabb – Photography By Tabb Keilan Scott – Keilan Scott Photos