Our city is home to so many incredible businesses and so we asked the founders how they came up with the ideas for their businesses and have shared their responses below.

Teya Knapp | Mental Health Advocate & Owner of A Safe Space Mentor

For the majority of my life I dealt with PTSD which caused me to be in and out of the hospital due to stress for a long time. At the age of 21 I was able to heal myself by implementing more meditation, yoga, physical activity and more self care into my lifestyle. Growing up in a low income household I realized that opportunities for mental health and self care felt expensive and inaccessible.Read more>>

Fay Breedlove | Co-Founder & Curator of Terminal B

The idea of TERMINAL B began as a passion project and an escape when the world shut down in 2020. Prior to the pandemic, we traveled every few months to experience a new world destination. Through our relationship we’ve traveled to over 44 cities, 14 countries, 5 continents with layovers at airports from Taipei to Abu Dhabi. Read more>>

Kailey Bradt | Founder at Susteau

Discovering liquid shampoo is 80% water on average shocked me. I actually could not believe something I used almost daily was mostly water. And it wasn’t just shampoo- it was conditioner, body wash, hand soap, my leave-in hair conditioning lotion. I had been passionate about sustainability since high school & I was very interested in the clean beauty movement, so to me I thought who better to solve this problem? I had studied chemical engineering in school, so I just got started in a coffee shop in LA (Coffee Commissary on N Fairfax to be more specific). Read more>>

Laura Stotland | Founder + CEO + Marketing Expert

Local Anchor happened somewhat by accident. What started as a Facebook group for local parents became an invaluable community resource for families. Let me back up a bit. My background and career were in marketing, holding positions with the Walt Disney Co and iHeart Media in Los Angeles. I also have experience in philanthropy. Read more>>

Karen Quinones | Registered Nurse-turned-Sourdough-Baker

I never planned on starting my own business. The business came to life on its own. The pandemic and lock down slowed life down to a screeching halt. I am a per diem Registered Nurse at an outpatient surgical center. Personal Protective Equipment PPE was becoming difficult to source. Read more>>

Kelsey Ketzner | Founder + Lead Marketing Strategist

In early 2020 I was applying to formal marketing positions. At the time, my plan wasn’t to start a business. When the world shut down, the companies I was in conversation with went silent. But, because everyone was stuck at home, online clicks were up! Read more>>

Omari Valentine | Chief Web Designer

I have always been creative and looked for ways to express myself in a variety of ways. As a kid, I was really into creative writing and art. But I also really enjoyed coming up with creative ideas. It wasn’t until working in product development that these passions aligned with web design and marketing.Read more>>

Morgan Fulton | Strength Coach & Massage Therapist

In an industry oversaturated with coaches and trainers that share similar modalities and approaches to their training, I wanted to bring a more personal and holistic approach to the preventative health field. After 5 years of working in corporate gym settings, my education and approach to how I coach clients started shifting towards helping to create a better balance within one’s bio-psycho-social environment.Read more>>