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|Sun, March 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Eikon Cosmetics is hosting a hair, fashion, & beauty expo in Camden, NJ on Saturday March 28th.The event will take place from 4-9 pm at 1840 S Broadway, Camden, NJ.You'll be able to see artists at work in their craft with live demonstrations throughout the event. CEO LaQuicia Charnell promises an exciting evening with make-up contests, hair battles, and a fashion show. Bringing this event to her hometown of Camden is important to her as she sees it as her way of giving back. LaQuicia spoke with The Media Bee about what inspired her to get as many beauty influencers as she could in one place.
"This is the first time Camden has seen anything like this, usually we have to travel to Cherry Hill, NJ, a suburb just outside of Camden, or Philadelphia. I wanted to bring stylists, make-up artists, vendors, models, and designers under one roof for one night to network and meet other people in their field. I wanted to give people a platform to grow their clientele."
With Eikon Cosmetics' first major event approaching we reflected on the origins of her beauty and body line.
"I was always into fashion, as long as I can remember my mom turned dresses that were too short into headbands and earrings, I was always into fashion! I'm also a mentor of my mother's drill team Camden Sophisticated Sisters, and because we are on a budget, I was the make-up artist and hairstylist."
As a young mother of a busy toddler, LaQuicia is surrounded by the strength of her village. Deciding to quit her nine to five and work on her passion was a family decision. Driven by the passion of developing organic products that are non animal tested, she began experimenting with formulas in her own kitchen. As creative as her ideas and business plan were, there were still things that she didn't know about developing your own cosmetics line or growing your own business.
"We shouldn't just have to envision Kylie Jenner, I want them to envision Quicia."
When she researched the details for how to manufacture products offsite, there wasn't a lot of information out there. When she tried reaching out to businesses already established, many times she was given the cold shoulder or straight up stone walled. She had to conduct a lot of self research which resulted in many trails and errors. This is why she makes it a point to answer questions that come her way, often time from complete strangers. Eikon Cosmetics is steadily building it's brand while making a way for others.
"You want to start something, come talk to me, we can get you started, I want people to look at me and see that it's possible."
Click on the link below for tickets to the Hair, Fashion, and Beauty Expo presented by Eikon Cosmetics
Follow LaquiciaInstagram: @laquiciacharnell @eikoncosmeticsll
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|Wed, January 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
FlyingCrust Pizza & Wings is the newest place to dine in South Jerseybut don't go thinking this is your traditional pizza shop. FlyingCrust had their grand opening this month and the menu has yourfavorites along with some dishes that are fresh and new giving us ataste of southern flavor.
Businesspartners Elsie Concepcion and Garis Eddington took their timeperfecting the menu and by judging by the Grand Opening it was a hit!"We expected a large turn out but it turned out to be massive!"Says Concepcion about their Grand Opening. Elsie told me all aboutFlying Crust's humble beginnings and how they have no plans onstopping here.
Atthe first glance of the menu you know your taste buds are in for atreat so I had to ask her about the southern flavor added to thecorner pizza shop.
Oneof our biggest sellers is one of our southern dishes the Cat Fish orShrimp Po Boys. It's a sandwich that comes from Louisiana. A Po Boyis a sandwich that's meant to be shared it's about 7 inches long on afrench bread with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade sauce. It's madewith either breaded cat fish or you can go with the shrimp. It's madeto be overflowing and just an overall messy meal. I have to give 100%credit for the variety of food on the menu my partner Garis Eddingtonwho's the creator of the menu. I came in on the tale end when wedecided to go brick and mortar. The business started in 2014 as afood truck in Philadelphia and it was thus past year when we decidedthat it was time to open up something local and we decided thatPennsauken was going to be it's first home. I always thought why notkeep it home? Pennsauken is a really tight community and they reallyshowed out for us. The biggest complaint was the wait time and that'sbecause we had such an overwhelming show out. We appreciate everyonebeing patient with us. The community has been waiting for this sinceMay but we were pushed back but they showed out at the Grand Opening.
TheFlying Crust even has it's own sauce. I tried, unsuccessfully to findout what's in it.
It'sa secret, Ha! It's definitely a secret, it's meant to go as a sidesauce to our fish and shrimp platters but now people are asking forit on the side for the other dishes. They're using it for theirfries, shrimp, it's all over the menu now!
People,if you're wondering just how diverse this menu is, there's GeneralTso Chicken on this menu
GeneralTso is on our pizza and it's one of our wing flavors. As far as wingflavors we have Garlic Parmesan, Cajun, even Chipotle! You're notgoing to get all of these flavors anywhere else. Usually it's justyour mild, medium, and hot. We decided to have a large selection offlavors that crossed over to our Chicken Tenders as well.
Iasked Elsie how she felt being a young female business owner intoday's climate and her plans on giving back to the community.
It'samazing, aside from the tremendous support that I have from mybusiness partner I also have two young children that I want them tosee that I was able to do this. I want to build my kids up to knowthat they can have their own. Teaching and showing them that is ahuge thing. It's also important to me that we actuallygive back to the community. When it came to we first touch bases withthe local schools. We gave the kids first dibs on jobs. So we wereable to employ some high school students from Pennsauken High and theVocational schools so we're really happy to get them on board.
Eventhough they're just getting their feet planted in Pennsauken I askedabout any ideas for expanding?
We'reworking on building a franchise and our next stop is Houston, Texasfor September. We are targeting Camden,that's where I'm from and Idefinitely want to go back home with this. We're also looking atAtlanta, Georgia.
As far as possiblyincorporating some local dishes from those states she thinks FlyingCrust has found their niche and there's no plans on switching it up.
Ithink for right now we're sticking to what we got. Right now peopleare loving it, it's already different from anything we have aroundhere. I think we have a winner!
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7709Park Avenue Mon.- Sat. 11 AM - 9 PM
Pennsauken,NJ 08109 Sunday 12 PM - 9 PM
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