We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanikki Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanikki, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’m from a small island called Key West, Florida. Where we tend to get complacent with where we are. It’s paradise! Why wouldn’t you? Lol. However, I was a young single mom and knew that I didn’t want my dreams and goals to be limited. I’ve always had a dream to become an interior designer; decorator- due to my love for decor and the housing industry. I once came close to becoming an assistant to an interior designer but due to my schedule and my kids being so young, I had to pass up on the opportunity. I never gave up hope of my desire to somehow be involved with the art and architecture of homes. Once my kids were older and off to college. I figured what better time than now to accomplish my goals. Key West had so many beautiful homes so I’d thought it’d be best to start here. I decided to study for my Real Estate license. After continuous studying, I took the exam and passed! I felt so accomplished as I was one of the very few African American Women Realtors in Key West, (I think there were only 2 at the time). I knew that due to my love for interior design and architecture I would be able to live out my dream due to becoming a Realtor. Fast forward, I decided to make a move. Very big move for me. Moving to Georgia was very trying for me because as mentioned I was comfortable in Paradise, however, I never wanted to get so comfortable that I become stagnant, I wanted to expand my business. I decided to forward with not only being a Realtor for Florida but also becoming a Realtor in Georgia as well. After receiving my Georgia license, I felt I now had the ability to expand my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
I have always been a business oriented person. I believe that being a young mom, definitely prepared me for the world of business. I always knew that I had babies to take care of and I wanted to be the best at whatever it was I was doing to try and give my kids the best life possible. I believe what has always set me apart from others is a characteristic trait of customer service. I am very very big on customer service. Maybe it’s the ‘island girl’ in me but you either have that trait or you don’t and you can go very far with just a little bit more ‘care’ in your service. Was it easy for me to get where I am today? I’d say, it wasn’t as difficult as it could’ve been. In raising my kids I had alot of ‘free’ help from loving family members which allowed me to continue and go after anything I desired. I never had to quit school, which was major for young mothers back then. Alot of other younger mothers had to quit school because they simply did not have the help. I was blessed in that way. Life never comes without challenges and I was not exempt from those challenges, however I knew that I was in control of my life and found the strength to take control in order to get over the obstacles and challenges that were presented. My lessons that I’ve learned along the way would be…..don’t stop, don’t become stagnant, work hard for what you really want, make the choices in life that benefit YOU. I’d want the world to know that I have overcome obstacles that many may have not come out of as successfully as I did and if you are just kind and considerate to other human beings and do your due diligence in every situation, you will be very successful not only with your business but in life.
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?
Haha! so funny because I swear I am the “come to friend” for trips, “Come see me!” friend. Then I call my daughters for suggestions ..lol..as they are the real MVP’s of itinerary’s and travel. But the restaurant experience in Atlanta is something different and you have alot of ‘must visit’ areas. I’d definitely have to consider taking them to South City Kitchen Midtown for a great breakfast with a cute, quaint atmosphere. I’d say for lunch we’d definitely have to check out JCT Kitchen, Love love the atmosphere and ambience. For dinner, 5 Church is a great spot, though it is in a busy area, they do offer valet. In between, I’d say we must visit, Just Add Honey Tea. I am a tea lover and always try to push different teas on my friends, lol. As far as an actual hangout, my go to has been, The Ten, a nice little intimate setting, that has live music located in the heart of the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my success to my two daughters. I know I may sound a little bias lol but they are the most considerate, thoughtful human beings that I have ever encountered. Raising them has been the most rewarding obstacle in life. I’ve always wanted to make them proud. Letting them know that you can do anything you put your mind to. Not letting any obstacle get in your way, but to keep pushing forward. Eventually you will be exactly where you sought out to be. I pray that I have made them proud and will continue to do my best in honor of them and pray that by example they become the best humans they can possibly be.