We had the good fortune of connecting with Stanton Marshall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stanton, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks plays a major role in my career. I took the risk of quitting my job and going full force with my business. Then after doing so, I took more of a risk and opened a brick & mortar. That was terrifying but exciting.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a creative, that is all I know. I grew up with all things arts & crafts. My mom fueled my creativity and made sure she provided everything I needed to get where I am now. I went to school for Graphic Design and worked at a company that did graphics & custom tees. Once I learned the t-shirt printing part of things, that’s when I decided to do it from home. I think that my vision sets me apart from others. While I know there’s much room to learn and enhance my design skills, I know that my vision for marketing isn’t average. I don’t like to stick to the script or the standard. My personality and openness helps me convey my messages in a engaging way. The difficulty in this career field is the never ending advancement of design and marketing. With all the technology and ways to do things, it gets overwhelming to keep up. But I continue to learn and that’s the fun part. I am just happy to be able to create and help build businesses.

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?
Favorite spots in the city! Well, Detroit has a few spots that I frequent and a few in the metro area. I love to go to Bar 7 in Southfield. Its always a vibe there! Don’t go there trying to be sneaky though. You’ll see a lot of people you know. Another good spot that is actually in the city is Kingz Kloudz. Its a hookah spot.
Its not really a lounge but we gather there like it is. its always a good vibe there and different events. It goes down in the Kloudz. Then there’s this spot in Melvindale called Hops & Barley. That’s my spot right there! They have these drinks called “strong islands”. I promise you only need one! Its good vibes in there too. Then downtown Detroit, all the rooftops are a good time! Especially on Sundays for “Sunday Funday”. And though MIX Bricktown isn’t a rooftop, its a good downtown spot. Its like the afterparty of the rooftop parties. With all that said, its still plenty of places here that I have yet to try but it’s on my to do list.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, God. He has blessed me with creative talents and opened these doors for me to be able to create in my own space.

My sister, Melissa, who I also refer to as my sista/momma. She stepped up and has been my rock since our mom died in 2005. She has fully supported my business and even let me move in with her to cut back on living costs while I build my business. Thank God for her! Once I am really able to, I will bless her in a major way for letting me do this!

Shad, the owner of The Wealthy Store. He was the motivator. His brand had already took off and we began to work together when I was doing business from home. He pushed me to gain the courage to quit my job and go full force.

My best friend, Janee, she is my right hand. She talks me through everything and doesn’t just tell me what she thinks I want to hear. She has a great business mind and helps me with a lot of decisions.

My favorite cousin/God sister, Storm, she is my left hand. She also talks me through everything and helps me stay sane in this entrepreneurial journey.

My boss friend Lindsey, our stores are next to each other in the same strip. We have leaned on each other throughout this whole process thus far and we push each other to be as great as possible.

Lastly, my clients. I wouldn’t have a flourishing business without my clients. I constantly build relationships with them and its great to connect with so many different people and businesses.

Website: smcreativestore.com

Instagram: @sm_creative

Facebook: smcreativegraphics

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