We are so excited to have so many incredibly talented women in our organization! Each one has a beautiful story and a path that has brought us all together. We are sharing a bit about some of these women and their businesses here.
Wild Veggie Bouquet
Iuliia Prokhorova ("Julia") is the glorious creator of Wild Veggie Bouquet, now in business for over three years.
Iuliia told us, "Wild Veggie Bouquet was originally inspired to recreate life sized reproduction of famous still life art pieces. Today, my company has evolved: we provide all original beautiful works of edible art and floral creations, run workshops, film Do It Yourself tutorial videos, collaborate with fashion photographers, abd decorate events."
When we asked Iuliia her favorite part of being in WES, she told us, "When Nikki Riojas shared the idea to create WES, I thought 'this is brilliant and so much needed in our city.' That’s why I put so much energy in bringing as many creators and business professionals in our organization as I could. The concept is evolving and today my favorite part of being a WES member is social hours where I can build personal relationships with bright like-minded business ladies."
You can reach Iuliia by mail at WildVeggieBouquet@gmail.com.
Corpus Christi Nurse Midwife
Sandra Golaszewski is a new businesswoman, having recently created Corpus Christi Nurse Midwife. Sandra shared that, "I believe in safe out of hospital birth, using evidence-based research/care and informed decision making. Risk assessment is my number one priority. There is a Midwife for everyone! Currently, I only specialize in maternity care, but as my practice grows, I will offer more. There are big plans for Corpus Christi."
"I found my passion for women after working in the adult intensive care unit for seven years among the best nurses and physicians. I am a first generation German living in the United States. In Germany, Midwives are called HEBAMME. That’s ME Nurse Midwife/Hebamme/Partera ... so for you German folks out there ... I am here and for the Hispanic community, I am working on my Spanish."
Sandra told us that "WES:CC is terrific! There are so many women that have joined WES:CC, that share their advice in the business world; how to be an excellent leader in your community and for your own business."
Robin Dudley, the creator of Southern Florista, is a Floral Designer who creates unique pieces for homes, both indoor and out. She also creates arrangements for services such as events, weddings and parties. Robin specializes in forever flowers and creates fresh-cut arrangements as well. She loves working with each client to create a piece unique for them and their lifestyle.
Robin tells us that: "I joined WES because I wanted to meet like minded women who were all motivated to help each other get through the different stages of entrepreneurship. It's a lot harder than it looks. Also gal pals, because who doesn't need a fellow girlboss celebrate wins with!"
Thank you for sharing your floral creations with the world, Robin!
You can reach Robin by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her social medial handles are: @southernflorista (Instagram and Facebook)
Corpus Christi Maternal Mental Health Coalition
Liz has a goal of making sure new moms in the Coastal Bend area are well and happy! She has created the Corpus Christi Maternal Mental Health Coalition to do just that! CCMMHC is a nonprofit focused on providing support and resources for women in our area that struggle with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Their organization also raises awareness throughout the year with different events to help shed light and instigate more conversation about maternal mental health.
Liz tells us that she "joined WES for the incredible networking opportunities, but what has made me stay part of WES is that I’ve met some amazing people and forged equally as amazing friendships with other women who I might never have been connected with had it not been for WES."
You can reach Liz by email at: Liz@ccmmhc.org.
Her Facebook page is: Corpus Christi Maternal Mental Health Coalition
Pink & Chic Boutique
Tina describes Pink & Chic as “an online boutique that LOVES popping up around town. We carry a curated collection of on trend women’s and young contemporary apparel and accessories. We believe that the modern fashionista can dress chic and comfortably without spending a fortune." We agree, Tina!
When we asked her why she joined WES:CC, Tina told us, "We are amazed at the local bossbabes in town and are looking forward to learning and growing with a terrific group of entrepreneurs. Pink and Chic welcomes any advice, ideas, and constructive criticism that you lovely ladies have to offer on our journey to pursue our dreams as a small business owner."
To view Tina's lovely product line, check out her website above or visit her Facebook page at Pink & Chic Boutique.
To personally contact Tina, you can reach her at Pinkandchicboutique@yahoo.com.
Lillian Jean Photography
Lillian Jean Photography of Rockport, Texas was created in January 2018 when Lillian began offering free and donation-based family photo shoots to those who had lost their family photos in the hurricane. She also helped raise money for her friends who had lost their small businesses due to the hurricane. Inspired by nature and personal stories, Lillian aims to capture more than just the traditional photograph. She offers a wide range of services from lifestyle family sessions to small business branding sessions with an emphasis on personal connections and authentic storytelling.
When we asked Lillian why she joined WES, she shared, “I joined WES to meet, network with and learn from other talented business women. I am unbelievably grateful for the friendships that I have formed through this group!”
You can reach Lillian Reitz via email at: email@example.com or on Facebook at Lillian Jean Photography.
The Vine Juice Company
Deliciousness and vibrant health abound when you're talking about Suzanna Sudder and her business, The VINE Juice Company!
In describing her business, Suzanna shared that "The VINE Juice Company proudly offers raw, natural and fresh cold pressed juices. All 16 oz juices have 3-5 lbs of raw vegetables and fruit and have no additives whatsoever. Our juice cleanse packages range from 1-10 day increments. We are excited to bring health and wellness to Corpus one juice at a time!"
As a veteran/woman business owner, Suzanna tells us that she saw tremendous value in being part of an organization of women that support each other. She loves supporting local small businesses, especially women business owners and saw joining this group as another way to continue her efforts.
If you haven't tried The VINE's juices yet, you'll want to visit her primary location on Staples and her booth at the local farmer's markets! For more information, check out her Facebook page at The VINE Juice Company and her Instagram page at www.instagram.com/thevinejuiceco/.
To your health!
Gayle Thomas has been in business with Postal Annex for 6 1/2 years with this little gem of a shipping store that offers so much more than shipping! Postalannex also shreds and has several notaries on staff. They also offer faxing and scanning and have a large selection of unique gifts.
Gayle joined WES:CC to get to know other women entrepreneurs and to have an opportunity to network.
You can reach Gayle by email at: Pa12004@postalannex.com
Postal Annex is on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/PostalAnnex-459667294211896/
The lovely Hailey Chapman is a senior at TAMUCC and the creator/owner of Teacup Goods (and a few other businesses as well!) to name a few amazing accomplishments for this young entrepreneur. Her own creation, all her products are made WITH tea.
Teacup Goods creates and curates a wide variety of quality loose-leaf tea blends. Those blends are used to make jelly, shortbread cookies, bath bombs, soaps, bath salts, or just to drink and enjoy! Hailey's philosphy is: "No matter the question, tea is always the answer!"
When we asked Hailey why she she joined WES:CC, she replied, "As a full-time college student who lives at home, I really knew nothing about starting a business. I came to WES:CC hoping to find support and mentorship, and also found sisterhood and opportunity beyond my wildest dreams."
Rollin’ Tide Boil Co.
We’d like to introduce you to KASSIE SMITH. Kassie’s business, Rollin' Tide Boil Co, has been in business 2 years. Kassie shared with us that “We are The Original On-Site Provider of Shrimp Boils and Bonfires in the Coastal Bend. With hardly any services on the beach we decided to provide a unique experience for families and friends to create unforgettable memories together!“
We’re so glad you created this, Kassie!
When asked about why she decided to join our organization, Kassie told us “I decided to join WES to meet other hardworking, creative women who wanted to be a part of something that Corpus needed. It is so amazing to hear everyone's story on how they got to be where they are today. There is nothing better than seeing all these beautiful faces light up when they talk about their passion!”
Follow Kassie on Facebook at Rollin' Tide Boil Co. - Port Aransas
Sonya D. Wolda, CPA P.C.
Sonya is a CPA and has been running her own accounting firm for 12 years. Sonya D. Wolda, CPA P.C. offers comprehensive client accounting, payroll, and tax services to individuals, small businesses, and other entities through an approach that is both personal and professional. Always responsive to her client's needs, Sonya offers a free 30-minute consultation when and where it's most convenient for you.
"I discovered WES quite by accident... and was VERY intrigued! Having served on the Board of the San Antonio Women's Chamber for many years, I knew I was ALL IN (especially after talking with Nikki)! This new group of women will do nothing but prosper in the coming years and I am looking forward to [their] success."
You can learn more about Sonya Wolda, CPA P.C. by visiting her website (www.sonyawoldacpa.com) or connecting with her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Water Dog Floating Yoga
Water Dog is a yoga and fitness studio located outdoors in the Corpus Christi Marina and indoors downtown. We offer yoga and fitness classes on the floating deck of our houseboat studio and classes on SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboards) like SUP Yoga, SUP Pilates, SUP Fit and Paddle Conditioning. We also host workshops, groups and private classes.
"I am a new member and just recently joined. I feel being part of the local community and working with other business and entrepreneurs helps us all grow and succeed."
RaeLea and Co.
Kristen Bingham is the co-owner of the darling children’s boutique RaeLea and Co.! Kristen and her sister Kendra are two sisters who are blessed with little boys but love to shop for girls. So, they decided to have the best of both worlds and shop for it all. They are excited to offer affordable clothing for your little ones via their online shop AND their new brick and mortar boutique is located in San Antonio, TX!
“My favorite part of WES is meeting all of the wonderful ladies who have similar dreams and goals. The support has been unconditional!”
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Swat Kasham PhotoImagery
With the tag line “Capture your worth” Swat Kasham PhotoImagery aims to give every woman age 8 to 80 the best images of themselves.
"I joined WES because I’ve always wanted to be part of a community of women entrepreneurs. My favorite part of being a member is all the events geared towards promoting our various businesses."