We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherie Youngblood Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cherie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As a creative, it was important for me start living my life out loud and in living color and the only way I could do that, was to follow my passion in becoming an entrepreneur. More importantly, to apply my creative attributes into the lives others which is why I started Harmony Blaze Co. Having a career background in the human service field, mental health is not a new topic of conversation for me.  In viewing our current climate with the rapid growth of technology, social media, the up’s and downs of our economy, racial injustice and now Covid-19, I knew that I wanted to focus on helping to create a holistic environment into people homes that would help reduce stress and anxiety. Therefore with the help of my husband DeWayne, came the designed and concept of Harmony Blaze Candles. Infusing music and scented candles together was a perfect aid for any relaxing routine. transforming one mood. Each labeled candle includes a QR code that once scanned, will link customers to where they can access a free custom playlist to help transform their mood. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After graduating from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills with a major in Psychology and minor in computer art, I began my professional career in the human service, leading city and state funded contacts that provided programming and support services to people of color in lower economic communities of South Los Angeles. Later I switched professions after receiving the opportunity to work in higher education as a Career and Academic Advisor; I later obtained my masters in Business Administration. My work-related experience has allowed me to mentor students seeking a degree in the social and human behavior field as well as business with many aspiring to be entrepreneurs.

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?
Some of my favorite places that I would show off is The Original Farmers Market with dining at the Grove, shopping at 3rd Street Promenade and walking along the boardwalk from Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. I love to hike and one of my favorite places is Kenneth Hann Park to over look the scenic view of Los Angeles.  I’m a foodie so I would definitely take my friend to some of the best places to eat such as  Escala for brunch where the DJ spins live Hip-Hop beats, Alta West Adams for soul food and to satisfy our sweet tooth Randy’s Doughnuts.

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 want to shoutout my husband DeWayne Richardson in helping to bring my vision to life and secondly to all creatives who think outside of box to inspire passion, action, imagination and showing us daily how life is beautiful.

Website: https://www.harmonyblazeco.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harmonyblazeco
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harmonyblazeco
Youtube: https://youtu.be/bMqoGrTsJto

Image Credits
Harmony Blaze Co.

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