We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacey Paulin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacey, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I’ve always been drawn to the arts and I love fashion. In college, I was a member of a world-renowned vocal ensemble and I learned very quickly the importance of proper dress, image, and etiquette. Fortunately, I had mentors who taught me refinement and decorum, and I utilized these skills with great results as my musical career took me around the world. Doors opened for me, and opportunities were presented to me because of the image I had created and the influence it had on others. I didn’t come around to creating UAM until years later, but those experiences are what I leaned on as I began to develop the business. UAM provides image and etiquette training for urban youth and private image consulting services for professional women. It was important to me that I create a curriculum for our youth around these topics; with the advent of social media, these skills are being lost. My students have responded well to the workshops, and they walk away more confident, more self-assured, and more aware of their image, it’s importance, and how they can use it to change the trajectory of their lives.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Urbanity a la Mode Inc. (UAM) is a boutique company based in Atlanta, Georgia. UAM helps people attract opportunity and achieve success so they can live a life beyond their wildest dreams! We offer image and etiquette programs for youth and young adults, and virtual image consulting services for professional women. UAM was born just one year ago. It has not been an easy journey, but it has been a rewarding start. Covid-19 has posed great challenges, but we have overcome by pivoting with the times. We now offer all private consulting services virtually, which allows us to work with working professional women all over the world. We are in the process of creating a nonprofit arm so we can give back to our communities, and our vision has expanded to include health and wellness and upward mobility workshops for Black communities. The future is bright for UAM, and we are eager to make our mark and leave our mark on the communities that need us most.If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ll answer this as if there were no pandemic… If a friend were coming to visit, I would take them to Buckhead and Little Five Points. There is so much energy throughout the city! As an image consultant and fashion enthusiast, we’d have to make a stop at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Mall. To satisfy our artistic palate, we’d have to take a trip through L5P to check out the vendors, shops, and boutiques. Perhaps we’d stop at Camelli’s Pizza, as they are one of a few spots in the city that serve vegan pizza! We could round out the night at the High Museum or catch a show at the Fox.
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?
I would have to give a shoutout to Ms. Valija Bumbulis, my first and only vocal coach and instructor. She changed my life! She took a city girl from Los Angeles, California, and created a refined, professional, confident lady. She may never know how her presence in my life has influenced me, but I would not be who I am today and UAM would not exist without her.
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