The Success of Black Owned Businesses

I have been pondering writing about this topic for quite some time now.  As I like to consider myself a restaurant connoisseur, which I think comes into play because of my huge passion for food.  I frequent a lot of restaurants in search of great eating, a wonderful atmosphere and a new place to add to my list of frequent faves, among other things.  Well I often wonder when I go into an establishment what was the owners driving force behind opening this particular business, as well as, their ideas and creative drive for longevity.

I really enjoy the restaurant atmosphere when I find out that the establishment is black-owned.  Not because I am a black woman, but because I like to see black business owners succeeding and pushing past the stereotypes such as, going out of business in less than 5 years, or horrible customer service, or lackluster food preparation, and the list goes on.  Well this post came about after visiting Geo Soul in Olympia Fields, now this wasn’t my first time dining in at the restaurant.  It was about my third time in a 8  month span…heyy I had to frequent a lot of other restaurants where I craved a particular item on their menu.  So back to Geo Soul, my first visit to this restaurant was in January of 2011, I absolutely loved it.  The food portions were wonderful, the atmosphere was simply beautiful, the location was 5 minutes from home, and the food, THE FOOD was absolutely delicious!!  It wasn’t until my then 9 and 7-year-old asked to compliment the owner on the quality of food, and the decor of the restaurant that we found out the owner was a young, black, female.  I immediately prayed for her success, and that she doesn’t become remiss to the susceptibility of falling prey to the demise of black businesses.

I am a Huge Supporter



Fast forward two months later, a beautiful little hidden nook in South Suburbia Olympia Fields, that’s close to home, I had to come back.  Once I arrived at this new gem, that would be on my frequent fave list, I began to digress.  The service was sub par, the food was inadequate and this second experience almost jilted me from ever coming back.  Nonetheless, I decided to give it another chance.  Heyyy, every restaurant deserves to have an off day, but since I’m a rating and review type girl, I decided to see what other people had to say.   Lo and behold they experienced some of the same issues that I had on my second visit and before I completely wrote the place off, I had to give it just one more chance.  Needless to say, my last and final visit was the worse ever.

In honor of my late birthday celebration, I decided to come here, since I was celebrating in mid-week and didn’t want to travel all the way downtown.  When my date and I arrived at the restaurant, there is no one on the restaurant side, but there were about 8 people on the bar side.  So I’m thinking, yes…this is perfect, personal attention.  Boy was I wrong, it took about five minutes to be able to place an order and for them to bring bread (I absolutely love, fresh bread and butter, prior to my meal).  Then I hear the sound of a microwave opening, closing, clicking, beeping, then opening and closing again.  No I did not, NOT IN A RESTAURANT!!  A few seconds later, here comes my bread.  Did you just give me someone’s left over bread??, and you had the nerve to let me hear you heating it up.

My Are You Serious Face, when the waiter brought out my reheated bread and when I found out the Cook was also the Bartender.

Then the 1 of 8 people whom I saw at the bar when I walked in was the damn cook.  Are you serious??  This fool is not serving the bar, and about to cook my food after me waiting 15 minutes with reusable bread and my salad (you can’t do anything wrong with a salad, besides served wilted lettuce, but unfortunately my salad worked for me during the wait).  It took about another hour before we got our food (to be exact an hour and 30 minutes later).


Have you ever fell in love with a restaurant to come back to it and everything that you loved about it had dissipated?


2012 Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Good morning all,

Considering this is my second post in two weeks, I can definitely say that I am on the road to accomplishing one of my resolutions for the year, blogging at least once a week.  We shall see how that pans out, since there are at least 11 months and a little over two weeks left in the year.

Oh well, on to the reason for this post.  As everyone should know by now, I am a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, and I absolutely love Mary Kay Products and the fact that my clients leave my presence knowing how to better take care of their skin, and looking amazingly beautiful.  So I’ve decided to host a Valentine’s Day giveaway in order to introduce products that will enhance the lives of others, the way that mine has been.  So here it is!!

You have many opportunities to enter, you can like my Facebook page by clicking the link to the left of this post and state that, “I want to be entered into the V-Day Giveaway.”  You can follow me on twitter @dafyrstlady, click the link to the left of this post and tweet, “Enter me into the V-Day Giveaway.”,  you can email me at or sign up at my website at

***Remember, you have to state that you want to be entered in the V-Day Giveway to be entered!!***


Happy New Year!!

I have been thinking a lot lately of how I stated last year that I was going to start blogging on a constant basis.  Well, that didn’t turn out so well.  So I decided this year, I would change up a lot of things.  This time, one of the changes being…me attempting to blog at least once a week.

So much happened in my life last year some good and some I can’t really say were bad, but they allowed me time to rethink everything and my path in my life.  So my approach towards accomplishing my goals this year and the years to come, will definitely be different and life altering.  I’m going for greater in 2012.

A symbol of change, transformation and love.

The changes that I speak of, you will see occur on my blog, and within my businesses,  COTA Designs, Inc. and Mary Kay, as well as my life.  Not trying to let everything out of the hat all at once, but from my Godly inspirations, this year is guaranteed to be better.

What changes do you plan to implement for 2012?