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

Hi Ebonie, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I think showing your children drive and determination is essential as a parent. You want them to believe that they can do the things that they want to do. I have a child that has autism and is nonverbal and I have never let him feel limited or treated him like he was at a disadvantage. I believe that when one sense is diminished the others become heightened. He has always been a social butterfly even without speaking. He plays baseball for the Miracle League and was recently approached to play football. He knows how to make friends and how to get his point across. Leaving your children with the impression that they can achieve their goals with hard work and determination will take them far in life.

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?
The main focus of my business is selfcare. Selfcare to me is pausing to assess how your doing and recognizing what you need to make yourself whole again. It makes me thing of a nice aromatherapy bath, actually doing your skin care routine or taking the time to moisturize from head to toe. During the pandemic people were so busy trying to help others that they neglected themselves. I worked in healthcare during the pandemic and I saw the need for products focused on selfcare. I started doing my research on products and ingredients that would be beneficial to someone who just needed a break. I started working on soaps, bubble bath and butters. I also took an interest in making resin based products. I’ve made soap dishes, trays, wine and glass holder sets, and eyelash cases. I wanted to make products that complemented each other and created an experience. The goal is to allow people to pause from their everyday hussle and bussle, breathe and relax if only for a little while. My products are here to help.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, we would go to brunch at SugarJam Southern Kitchen. Everything I’ve tried there is delicious. I’m from the south so that counts for something. Their mimosa flights are yummy. Catch a baseball or basketball game downtown. Go to Bobby Q’s for dinner their bbq is delicious. On day 2 have brunch at US egg and go pedal boat on tempe town lake. That is exhausting so a nap will be needed. Do some shopping at AZ mills and chill for the night. On day 3 hit up hash kitchen for brunch. The atmosphere is awesome with the live dj, the food is good and the drinks are amazing. Hit up the botanical garden or a museum. Then ead to west gate for the night there is so much to do there. My favorites are state 48 which is dinner and bowling, yardhouse has a vast beer selection and the food is really good, and Fat tuesdays for some night time fun. On day 4 rest and maybe hit up a food truck. I like the Grilled Cheese truck and Angies lobster. Catch a movie at the drive in. There aren’t any left where I’m from. Day 5 hit up Mill Ave and see what’s poppin. If nothing is going on Fat Tuesdays it is. We’ll end the visit with a spa day including Massages and facials. It is important to rejuvenate after a week full of fun, and end with dinner at Compass AZ Grille. A revolving rooftop restaurant in downtown Phoenix.

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?
I have met some amazing people along this journey. Shout out to Dacia Riddick owner of Lethal Loctician. You are dedicated to your success and the success of those around you. I have learned a lot from your endeavors, but the advice I hold on to the most is “don’t be afraid to try”. Everything you do as an entrepreneur is a risk, but if you don’t take it you won’t discover the possibilities. You’re not afraid to share what you’ve learned and are very encouraging. Thank you for not being afraid to be you.

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