We had the good fortune of connecting with La’Toya Taylor-Berthil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi La’Toya, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started Taylor Made Holistic with the needs of the community in mind. As I was studying for my bachelor’s in health & wellness I had an assignment that required me to assess what my community needed the most as it related to health & wellness. I found that our community needed more access to alternative & complementary methods of care that were also affordable. As a lover of all things natural and tea I decided to start a line of herbal teas for wellness to offer something to my immediate community that seems so natural (having a cup of tea a day) to help facilitate a lifestyle change & educate people on utilizing herbs as a preventative & acute method of care. I also discovered that access to affordable mental health modalities such as meditation and yoga were needed which is another service I offer. My love for gardening has aided me in offering classes to different community based organizations to aide them in feeding and educating the community on nutrition & sustainability. My business helps me keep not only my immediate family & friends but entire community healthy.
What should our readers know about your business?
I put the community first in everything I do. I feel as if businesses have a social responsibility to ensure that it serves the community in a way that we are impacting lives daily. I was in the banking industry for 13 years and after working for companies such as JP Morgan as well as small community credit unions it shaped my way of serving clients and my community & ensuring that I am providing services people actually need. I aim to provide affordable and free services and try not to be all about profit however at the end of the day I realize I too need to make money so it is a constant tug o war type energy when I am trying to ensure that I am serving the needs of people. Running a business is not easy but it is the needs of my community that keep me going. My brand is for the people, not for myself so when you are supporting my business you are supporting the communities needs.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Naturally I am a beach girl so Manhattan beach and Redondo beach are my favorite places to visit in the city. I also highly recommend visiting the friendship bell in San Pedro as the views are spectacular and it is a great place for meditation. While you’re in San Pedro I highly recommend visiting the fish markets as a New Orleans native they have some of the fresh’s seafood around.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to my community of people who entrust me and my work to help facilitate their wellness needs. There are so many people who believe in myself and my work that I cannot choose one but I would say that the people I encounter daily at the many events I’ve done in the community that keep me motivated to continue learning, growing and serving those in needs.