Black history is something we tend to speak about as if all the accomplishments have been achieved. In truth, Black history is being made every day. As Black people continue to crush barriers and stereotypes every day, rolling out’s position is that we shine a light on those who empower themselves and in turn empower others. Black business is growing every day and represents a true source of empowerment and we are honored to feature Black businesses and business owners, as they represent the engine to our freedom.
Today, we feature Chrishon Lampley of Love Cork Screw. Lampley’s story is one of perseverance and striking when the time is right. After experiencing a major set back with her Three Peas Art Lounge, she was able to parlay that into a business that continues to flourish over the past four years. We spoke with Chrishon about her resilience and the value she provides to the community.
Business Name: Love Cork Screw
Business Owner: Chrishon Lampley
Length of time in Business: Four years
Favorite Quote by African American: “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” -Dr. Mae Jemison
Business Twitter: @LoveCorkScrew
Business Instagram: @LoveCorkScrew
Business Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCSMusings/
Talk about what inspired you to go into business.
Growing up, I was always attracted to entrepreneurship and leadership. My mother’s resilience and my dad’s ambitious mindset were huge examples. From co-owning an art gallery to now having Love Cork Screw, I enjoy working for myself and inspiring other entrepreneurs to never stop and never settle.
What does it mean to you to run your own business?
It means that I can create my own destiny. Whether I succeed or fail, it’s mine to concur with strength, tenacity, and resilience.
Talk about some of the challenges you have encountered and how you were able to overcome them.
The fact that each day can make or break my success is scary. I have a product that people may love or hate. That’s OK, and I live in the moment, but it’s not easy. In a male dominant industry, I am always mistaken for the face of the brand and not the owner, so I have to work harder to be taken seriously. I overcome this by never giving up. For every no, there’s a yes waiting for me somewhere, and I’m always pushing to receive it. This industry is my passion. I always tell people to never give up on their passion. Let your passion follow you, and I promise you can’t lose.
What is the biggest misconception about being a Black business owner?
I think the biggest misconception is that we don’t execute proper research or procurement in order to succeed.
What does it mean to you to provide great customer service?
That’s my world. I’ll never be able to make everyone happy, but my clients get everything I have to give and more. People remember how you made them feel, and that’s important to me.
What value does your business provide to the community?
A voice, a story and an example of what Black excellence means. I’ve lived in North Kenwood since 2003 and I love my community. I’ve used my platform to speak with youth and mentor entrepreneurs as much as I can.
What books have you read that have assisted you in your path?
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff.
What historic African American figure has inspired you the most and why?
Oh, hands down Madame CJ Walker. As an African American entrepreneur and philanthropist, I admire her resilience and confidence.
How have you incorporated technology into your growth?
Oh, in a major way. With my limited budget, social media is why Love Cork Screw has sold over 60K bottles.
When you are hiring employees, what do you look for?
Fun, energetic, open-minded and ready to work. It’s not all sexy.
What do you want the legacy of your business to be?
That I made it through the mud and never gave up.
Name three Black businesses you would recommend and share why.
Ja Grill, owned by Tony Coates. Aside from delicious eats, the owner is personable, professional and values his customers.
WDB Marketing, owned by Keeana Barber. She is professional, dependable and provides excellent services.
Tasteful Manners, owned by Monica Hayes-Jones. Great food and a wonderful partner to work with. She’s enthusiastic about her craft and provides great service.
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