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

Hi Kumei, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work life balance has changed a lot, especially over the past few months. Before I had opened my shop I was used to popping up at The Market In the Ally at Ferguson’s Downtown once or twice a month. And then I would make my tees and accessories at home. But now with my store opened I am working Wendsday-Sunday every week so, it was a huge change, but it is very enjoyable to be able to meet people everyday. Right now I am on summer break but before I was in school doing virtual learning. I would bring my computer to my shop and do it there. It was pretty easy for the most part.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from others is that I am a black, youth, woman owned business. I am most proud of how far I’ve come as a business owner and a kid. I got to where I am today by commitment, confidence, and all of my supporters support! It was definitely not easy but it was very enjoyable. I over came the challenges by not giving up and learning from my mistakes. I’ve learned that everyone has haters but don’t let them bring you down and that kids can do anything if they truly believe in it! I want everyone to know that not only is my business cute but it is a way for people to use their voice through fashion.

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?
I would definitely take them downtown. It is filled with so many cool and fun places. We would eat at Tacotarian or Esther’s kitchen. We would visit and hang out at Container Park, Ferguson’s Downtown, The Gather House, Area 15, and Fashion Show mall.

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?
First I want to give a shout-out to my parents for always helping me and supporting me. I really don’t know what I would do without them. I would also like to give a shout out to the Ferguson’s community for helping me and my business grow! Thank you guys!
And lastly I would like to shout out all of supporters. It’s there motivation that keeps me going with my business.

Without everyone I shouted out I would not be the person I am today and for that I am very greatful I am surrounded by such a supporting community! Thank you all!

Website: https://tofutees.weebly.com/#/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tofutees/

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/tofutees/

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCsYWRiRwhHzUsJ6pS41wbAQ/featured

Image Credits
Kathy Cuadra for the photo of me and my friend holding up signs

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