We had the good fortune of connecting with Cici and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cici, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Age of Aquarius Studios (AOA Studios) was created as a part of my healing journey, It was very personal. The pandemic made 2020 a year of self reflection, and in that, I found all these different parts of myself that I wasn’t even aware of! Or maybe I was aware and was just running away from. I realized that these neglected parts of myself needed very special psychical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. Thus was born a new journey of reconnecting with my inner child and finding the things that provide for me the type of healing that is unique to my spirit. I am still finding this healing and connection through my passion for dance, yoga, practicing mindfulness, connecting with other free spirited souls, laughter, and much more. Throughout this journey I have created for myself, there came a point where I realized that the healing and happiness and inner peace that I was working towards isn’t really a destination, it’s a lifelong journey that never really stops. I recognized and acknowledged how many beautiful souls are on this exact same journey, just without access to the love, support, and resources that I am blessed to have access to. SO I wanted to create a space for like minded individuals and lost souls to go to and feel safe to embrace and nurture all of the different parts of their soul. To gain knowledge. To connect with their inner wisdom.And most importantly, To heal. The goal is to have everyone leave AOA Studios feeling a little lighter than when they came in. The Age of Aquarius is more than just the name of my business, its the astrological age that we are currently in that is pushing us to tap into the real power that sits dormant within us waiting to be unleashed.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
AOA Studios is more than just an event space, we are what we like to call a healing hub! A kind of place where you can go to…recharge. We host a wide variety of events and The space is also available to rent for other private or public events. From 4/20 friendly yoga and sound healing sessions to dance classes and comedy shows, you are guaranteed to come to AOA Studios and get a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else. Something that I have fallen in love with about AOA Studios is, what started off as small objective to provide healing on a mass scale transformed into an ENTIRE MOVEMENT! Being the ONLY black woman owned event venue in Phoenix, we attract a lot of young black entrepreneurs and business owners whom we happily support with open arms. We have become sort of a home networking circle of the black community here in Phoenix. We lead by example, showing people of our community that YOU CAN DO IT! You can accomplish absolutely anything you put your mind to in this world that is so against us. You can do it sad, alone, broke, and in the middle of a pandemic and still make it out strong, protected, resilient, and successful! Being a black woman in America, accepting that nothing in life is going to be easy for me happened a long time ago and created a type of ambition in me that cannot be torn down and I aspire to inspire others to follow their dreams unapologetically!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Game Night at AOA Studios Smokin Comedy at AOA Studios
Grass Class at AOA Studios
Hot Sauce and Pepper (vegan wings and Mac)
AZ Veganos Tacos (vegan tacos)
Paddle Boarding at Lake Pleasant
Road Trip to Sedona
Rooftop Bar night at The Lustre
Phoenix Suns Game

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
NONE of what I accomplish in life would be possible without my support system. My family has stood as my backbone my entire life and without their constant love and belief in my dreams and success, I wouldn’t have the strength to do what I do. It wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t proper credit to my mentor, who gave me a very exclusive experience and knowledge that will stick with me for the rest of my life. And lastly, my ancestors and spirit guides, gods and goddesses, and all other beings of the white light that protect me and guide me down the past of love and light every day of my life.

Website: www.aoa-studios.com

Instagram: @aoastudios

Facebook: Age of Aquarius

Yelp: aoastudios

Other: Eventbrite: @aoastudios

Image Credits
Andy Navarro

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