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

Hi Brenda, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m a Mexican-American business owner from South Gate, CA and the founder of Urban Glory. I grew up in a nurtured home with my two parents and sisters. As a child I’ve always been free-spirited and ambitious with life, which I embraced more as I got older. Although I faced numerous barriers throughout my life, I’ve learned to appreciate those hardships and watched it unravel to who I am today. I started my business in the middle of a pandemic without having a set plan where it would take me. During that time I was juggling a full-time and part-time job, which eventually was laid-off from one due to the pandemic. In 2021, it just felt like the perfect time to take a big risk and embrace change. I watched my business bloom as I entered a new chapter in my life. Here I am today, one year later and couldn’t be any more grateful for this experience.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is my passion and creativity. I take pride in my work so I’m always looking for ways to educate myself as a business owner and content creator. I only promote products that I genuinely use and have a spiritual connection with. Which is why I’m able to relate with each customer and speak about my business from my own personal experiences. I don’t consider myself to be an expert in this spiritual realm but I definitely share what I have been taught growing up from my grandparents and past generations. There’s always room for more knowledge which I love and respect. As my business evolved, so did I – professionally and personally. Urban Glory became a space where I was able to showcase my handmade goods while dealing with my mental health journey. But my business inspired me and gave me the motivation to see the silver lining in every situation. There are various things that I have learned along the way since becoming a small business owner. For one, starting a business will not always guarantee success. I think as an entrepreneur that’s what we all pray about with the hopes of making this your career. I encourage everyone to never allow fear to be the determining factor as to why you don’t do things that bring happiness in your life. I want people to know that my brand represents a personal part of my life and I genuinely stick true to myself. I have so many ideas and products set for the future and I hope you support Urban Glory and watch my dreams unfold.

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?
As a LA native, I definitely recommend stopping by Smorgasburg on ROW DTLA on Sunday morning for amazing food, drinks, and fun hangout spots. The earlier the better because it gets extremely packed past noon. If you’re a pizza lover like I am, I highly suggest trying freshly made wood-fire pizza slices at Village Road Pizzeria. If you’re in the mood for some authentic soul food; Georgia’s in Long Beach, CA is a great place to go. For dessert, I recommend Paletas y Nieves Limon in Maywood, CA for some true authentic handmade Mexican ice cream. My all time guilty pleasure are Korean corn dogs from Two Hands Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs in Koreatown, CA. My favorite one is the whole mozzarella with sugar coating. Lastly, Angels Gate park in San Pedro is a perfect spot to have a picnic and people watch. It oversees the ocean and it’s a nice area to get away from the busyness of LA.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a big shout out to a good friend of mine Águeda Gutiérrez and her husband Luis Covarrubias – who are the photographers/videographers that help with Urban Glory’s content on instagram. They have literally become my team and we completely understand each other in terms of my vision and goal for my business. My partner Reggie Woods, who I always hold a sacred space for – has always supported me and believed in me when I didn’t at times. Through his business management expertise, I learned so much about financial literacy and actually came up with my business name Urban Glory. Lastly, Joyce Meyer, author and bible teacher, who I discovered during the darkest moments of my life. Reading her books helped me regain my spiritual confidence when I was dealing with so much turmoil and even helped heal some past wounds and traumas.

Website: www.urbangloryla.com

Instagram: urbanglory_est21

Other: TikTok: urbanglory_est21

Image Credits
Águeda Gutiérrez, Luis Covarrubias

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