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Episode #11: Building a Community with Quality Coffee

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“Have you ever gone on Craigslist looking for an espresso machine and ended up buying a coffee shop?” That’s what Melissa Villanueva, owner of Brewpoint Coffee, joked about when asked to explain how she opened her first coffee shop. In episode 11 of Zora Talks, Melissa recounted the story of her journey to starting a […]

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Episode 9: Shall We Wine?

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For episode nine, we interviewed Regine Rousseau, founder of Shall We Wine. Regine’s mission is to connect consumers to wines they’ll love by helping them identify which brands and ingredients they like best. Regine discovered her love of wine during a semester abroad in Paris, and in the years since, she has introduced customers to […]

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Episode 8: Nzuri Body Essentials Gives Us Luxury Skincare with Natural Ingredients

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In episode eight, we talk to Adrienne Hughes-Jackson and Brittany Hughes, founders of Nzuri Body Essentials. What started with a body cream (that has now become their popular Body Souffle) has turned into a luxury brand of organic, handmade skincare products. Nzuri means ‘beautiful’ in Swahili, and as two African American entrepreneurs, Adrienne and Brittany […]

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