We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Grant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
I am a mom to two amazing children! The most important thing I have done as a parent, in terms of the impact on my children, is to treat and respect them as humans and not just “children.” Sometimes I get tired of the “whys” and “how come mom?!” but I always remind myself that they are small humans that will soon be adults and their questions, emotions, and feelings are valid. I answer those questions the best I can and with as little to no frustration as possible. Later, the impact will be vast, because if they can question mom and get a response, they will never be afraid to ask important questions and further research things that affect them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I own Aryn Olivia Designs, which is an event planning and design company. When the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to the US, it affected the events industry with unprecedented force. The stress of the reduction in business and the agony my couples were enduring, coupled with having a newborn baby, caused my skin to react in a way I had never seen. In trying to identify what could be done to reduce the inflammation and irritation, I began making soap… what a journey!! This small project to remedy my own skin issues, turned into what is now Adyn’s Garden. The soaps I make are personal. While they look pretty, they are good for the skin. I pride myself on curating natural ingredients and developing precise blends that will nourish and clean the skin. The approach is simple: natural, earth produced goodness. There are no preservatives, artificial colorants or fragrances in our products. The soaps are natural, cold processed, vegan and palm-oil free. This has been a special journey thus far, on which I have learned so much. I’ve learned about the beauty of getting back to the basics, about soap, about business and about myself. Not only has Adyn’s Garden been a great stress reliever, it has afforded the opportunity to explore another business industry and mitigate some of the damage done by the pandemic.
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?
Let’s Goooo!! I am such a foodie and my friends and I love to eat! There are so many great places to try in and, definitely, out of Atlanta-proper. I would start off slow, go for the heavy hitters and then take it back down, just be fore they go home. The week would go something like this: – EAT: Le Petit Marche for some AMAZING food, Nan Thai, Jinya Ramen Bar, Atlanta Breakfast Club, South City Kitchen – VISIT: National Center for Civil and Human Rights, GA Aquarium, Tyler Perry Studios, Little 5 Points – DRINK: Thrive, Two Urban Licks, Park Tavern (for the view) – END: grocery run, then rent a boat on Lake Lanier and chill out with some great music, fruit, bread, cheese and wine!
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 story is vast and full of people that deserve shoutouts! However, this time, I want to shout out my husband. Regardless of what I am into, he supports me in every way possible. There has never been a time in the pursuit of entrepreneurship, education, real estate or any crazy idea I have had that he has said “no” to. He may question, but he always supports; whether it be financially, emotionally, physically, or laundry, lol, I can always turn to him. So, today, hunni, I dedicate this shoutout to you. Forever minus a day.