We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Frances Canola | Part Owner of Bauhaus & Color Specialist

For as we always love to go the extra mile. With our salon with our clients and with our craft behind the chair. Read more>>

Jon Infanti | Designer & Art Director

Creativity, flexibility, education, and happiness. Wrapping those up into one bundle has been the secret sauce. Being able to let the mind go wild and be creative keeps projects fresh and clients happy. The flexibility to work in different styles of design at different times of day has been key. Clients from the states or around the world can expect me to be attentive to them and hit deadlines on time, every time. You can never know everything about anything. I am constantly taking courses in person and online to further my knowledge of design. There are a ton of people fighting for clients and I want to be a step ahead of everyone. It’s all about keeping a smile on my face. This career makes me flat out happy. It’s awesome to be able to help people bring their ideas to life and watch their businesses flourish. Read more>>

Ashley Bravin | Artist

It’s not so much as multiple habits as it has been one singular habit that has helped me succeed, and that has been showing up. So many successful artists and creatives have said it in so many ways; Picasso was quoted saying that “the important thing is to do, and nothing else; be what it may,” Hemmingway said, “Writing is like mass, God gets angry if you don’t show up.” Da Vinci said, “it had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them, they went out and happened to things.” Success rarely happens in a stationary position. It happens in motion. It meets you at work, in the thick of the things, when you are paying your dues, and under less than ideal circumstances. Every single creative hits blocks in their lives that stop them at their tracks, that make their brushes run dry, and their instruments go quiet. Read more>>

Melinda Beck | Senior Care, Cosmetic and Family Dentist

My father always said that I should pick a job in a field that I loved. It didn’t matter if there was a million people in the same job as you because there is always room for the best in your field. And if you truly love what you do, then you will be the best because you want to do better. I didn’t choose to be a dentist to make money or spread influence, or whatever reasons there may be. I choose dentistry to help my patients in pain, to help someone achieve a smile (and maybe a little more happiness) where they didn’t feel they wanted to show one, or to just be a supportive “friend” to help patients strive towards a healthier mouth and body. I love putting a smile on my patient’s face and helping them feel better, especially during this last stressful year of 2020. Read more>>

Shymeka Melendez | Nail Tech, Hair Stylist & Lash Tech

Let’s first start off by saying I’ve been into beauty since I was a little girl! I was literally braiding hair at the age of 6. My mom and god mother was so amazed. They would always tell people “can you believe that meek can actually braid and it’s tight !” Lol. From there on my mom knew that I would grow up being into hair, makeup etc. I’ve always wanted to own a shop with my name on it. As a kid I use to do my friends hair in the school bathrooms, outside, or even in the hallway where we played at sometimes. It all started in high school, when I first began putting my all into my business. I never thought I would be where I am now! I can say it wasn’t easy but it was well worth it. I took cosmetology courses while I was in high school so I could obtain my certification/license. Read more>>

Ariel Becker | Event Planner

As an event planner the most important habits that help us succeed are striving for perfection and also while spreading the wings with creativity stay grounded throughout the process. It has been a part of my DNA to look at a project from different eyes. My eyes can see but many eyes can see more. Last but not least is the habit of building strong and diverse team of professionals. Read more>>