Episode #11: Building a Community with Quality Coffee

“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 10: Promoting Diversity in Yoga

In episode ten of Zora Talks, we interviewed Carla Christine, founder of Yoga Green Book. This online space promotes wellness through yoga and meditation by offering classes, yoga challenges, and connecting members to instructors of color all over the country. Carla’s journey began when she was diagnosed with anxiety, and a friend recommended yoga to […]

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Episode 9: Shall We Wine?

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

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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Environmentally-Conscious Cleaning Our Talk With Meliora’s Kate Jakubas

Cleaning Your Home Doesn’t Have to Include Harsh Chemicals “We’re a triple bottom line company, so not only do we think about profit, but we think about people and planet in all the decisions that we make.” In this episode we spoke with Kate Jakubas, founder of Meliora Cleaning Products. Kate started Meliora on the […]

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EPISODE 6: HEALTH CONSCIOUS EATING NEVER TASTED SO GOOD – OUR TALK WITH JIMMY PRUDE

In this episode, Jimmy Prude, founder of Jimmy’s Vegan, shows us that being vegan can be pretty cool. We discuss what it means to be vegan and inclusivity in the way we consume foods.

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EPISODE 5: ARE YOU READY FOR THE CBD REVOLUTION? – OUR TALK WITH ALEXIS ROSENBAUM

In this episode, Alexis Rosenbaum, founder of Rosebud CBD gets candid about cannabis. We discuss the normalization of cannabis products and the importance of having conversations about its use.

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Episode 4: Plants over Everything – Our Chat with Kimberly Dillon

In this episode, we dive head first into the power of the cannabis plant. Kimberly Dillon shares her on perspective on this booming industry.

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Episode 3: CurlMix® Mixing up Online Success

After we went on Shark Tank, and we did really, really well, they (the CEO of LinkedIn and his partner) kind of reached back out to us and said: “Hey, Kim, can we invest a million dollars?” In this episode, we speak with the million-dollar-backed Chicago and black-owned CurlMix®. We talk with the co-founder, Kim […]

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Episode 2: Your Next Cocktail Can Make You Feel Good – Our Talk with Erica Helms

“You can feel better about drinking them – the Aronia berry liqueur – we press the Aronia berry fresh that day, on the production day, and so there is actual Aronia berry juice in this liqueur…” In this episode, we speak with Erica Helms, a core member of the four-person team at Apologue. Apologue is […]

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