1PIER PARTICIPATING RETAILERS
Nine entrepreneurs are participating in the pilot phase of 1Pier, which launched in early July 2020. We expect this number to ebb and flow as participating retailers gauge whether the market is fruitful for their enterprises. The original nine entrepreneurs remain on board as of October 2020, selling diverse hand-made and uniquely sourced products.
Virgini-Contour Eyewear Accessories
Beatrice V. Morris, Owner
Born in Naples, Florida, and raised in St. Petersburg, Beatrice is known in her hometown as a strong and faithful sister in Christ who exemplifies genuine love for the Lord and His people. In addition to serving as a community engagement consultant at SRN and owner of Virgini Contour Accessories, famous for her signature designer eyewear frames, Beatrice is involved in several ministries, including Evangelism, Women’s Ministry, Sunday School, and the Adult Choir as a devoted member of Mt. Zion Progressive Church. She is also a regular volunteer for vital initiatives including Feeding Tampa (a monthly food pantry), Not My Sons, and weekly bible study for young adults at Stetson College. Beatrice has dedicated her life to elegance, beauty and the well-being of her clients. A product of Pinellas County schools and Florida Career Community College, she spent over a decade as massage therapist at the prestigious Don Cesar Resort, and as owner of her own holistic beauty & wellness center, Ca Va Day Spa.
Tabatha Exquisite Touch Hair Products & Salon
Consuelo is an entrepreneur and licensed Master Stylist who first took interest in the hair industry in 1990. Inspired by her desire to be the best stylist she could be, Consuelo trained and graduated at the top of her class at Lorraine’s Academy for Cosmetology. After working in several salons as an employee, Consuelo was inspired to branch out on her own. She opened Tabatha Exquisite Touch Hair Salon, now known as TET Hair Salon, in 2000, specializing in creative and natural hair care. Since then, she has taken top honors in several hair battles, earning first place in the Tampa Bay Area Battle of Beauty and Battle of the Salon competitions, in 2006 and 2007, and first place in the Head 2 Toe Fantasy Competition at Mainstream Hair & Beauty Expo in 2013. Consuelo also serves as a dedicated mentor to other future stylists. She takes initiative and pride in delivering profound education, product, and services to her clients and mentees.
Island Flavors and Tings Restaurant, Catering & Desserts at 1Pier
An award-winning entrepreneur and female chef from Jamaica, Helena has been recognized by government officials, civic organizations, and the media for her commitment to excellence in the food industry. She is the owner of Island Flavors and Tings restaurant at 1411 49th Street South in Gulfport, and CEO of the catering company, THE CATERER, offering personalized catering services for corporate and personal events. Three of Helena’s signature desserts are available at 1Pier – Mango Bread, Jamaican rum cake and her famous Calypso Cake. Helena was awarded Localshops1 Community Award in 2019. In 2020, Island Flavors and Tings won designation as an approved vendor of The Super Bowl LV Business Connect Program, making her one of 200 local diverse businesses certified to do business with the mega event series. She is also proud to have been named a 2010 Business Partner of the Year by the City of St. Petersburg.
Keisha Long-Watson, Owner
Keisha is CEO of InSparkleMe, a custom apparel enterprise founded in 2016 when Keisha decided to live and walk in her purpose. The enterprise provides quality custom rhinestone apparel for the everyday woman, with designs that inspire and empower. With dedication and hard work, she was able to leave her full-time job within 6 months of starting her business. InSparkleMe apparel is now sold nationwide (via social and digital media platforms and her online store) and at the St. Petersburg Pier (her first brick and mortar retail venture). Keisha credits her success to a love of God, Husband, Children, Family, Friends and her Church. She is a proud graduate of the CATCH Entrepreneurship Program by the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation. Her run-away success was featured in 2020 by the St. Petersburg Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in its Black Business Spotlight. Keisha is also a servant leader. She is a youth mentor for the Front Porch Youth Making Economic Impact program. As part of the leadership team of Worship City Church, Keisha serves as Director of the Youth Department and as a member of the S.A.L.T Women’s Ministry.
Renee D. Edwards, CEO
Renee is CEO of Skin Kandii, CEO of Resume Geekz, and CEO of Tampa Bay Launderers. By day, she is a clinical research site director for Elixia Clinical Research Collaborative. Her prior positions include Customer Service Director for Viable Marketing and Human Resources Director for Leeward Marketing. Through the support of the BBIC, One Community and the Chamber, Renee was honored to become the first African American manufacturer to have products sold in the St. Pete Store downtown. The spotlight resulted in media features by Bay News 9, Action 10, the Power Broker magazine and the Tampa Bay Breakfast Club. Renee also helps lead a literal “family of enterprises.” She is president of First-Class Adventures Shuttle, which is owned and operated by her daughter Jakara; as well as president of Jordan & Jordan Watersports, owned by her brother, Cliff. Renee remains active with several community causes including the St. Pete Chamber, the St. Pete Business League, One Community, and Feed the Homeless Pinellas.
Glow Up Body Oils & Saffron’s Gourmet
Safrone is an island girl. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Manhattan, and spent many years in Jamaica with her family. Safrone earned a degree in Business Management from Eckerd College. She is an award-winning Caribbean restauranteur and caterer with over a decade of experience in consumer-facing business development roles including sales and marketing, hotel management, and event planning and property management experience. Safrone’s hard work and commitment to the success of her family’s restaurant helped achieve several Best of the Bay Awards and favorable reviews by food critics. One of her biggest accomplishments was being chosen as one of the caterers for the 2001 Super Bowl in Tampa. Safrone continues to innovate, constantly striving to create exciting food products and experiences for regional clients, including cooking classes. She produces five gourmet island sauces that are retailed throughout Pinellas County. Her newest business venture is a line of Shimmering Body Oils for adults. She is currently working to publish a cookbook.
Diesel Dog Apparel
Tahisia is the CVO (Chief Visionary Office) for Scantling Enterprise, DBA Diesel Dog Apparel and a Real Estate Broker, SFR for Right Turn Realty. Along with her lifelong business partner, Marcellus Scantling, Tahisia recently launched Diesel Dog Apparel named after their family dog Diesel (Shih Zu/York). Diesel Dog Apparel provides custom dog collars, doggies shirt, and accessories. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with clients to help them secure financial freedom through small business development and home ownership. Tahisia has partnered with many community organizations to achieve this goal, including the Tampa Bay BBIC, 2020/One Community Plan, Pinellas County Urban League, St. Petersburg College and Tampa Housing Authority. She has been on several boards and volunteered with countless community organizations. When not working, Tahisia enjoys dancing, double-dutch, music, and travel.
Agape Soles Shoetique
Tanisha Scantling-Williams, Owner
Tanisha is the founder of Agape Soles Shoetique and Agape St. Pete. Agape Soles Shoetique prides itself on sourcing high-end foot fashion for women and children, without the lavish price tag. The firm offers specialty services such as shoe styling and shopping for individuals, professionals and celebrities, which is one of the unique features that earned Shoetique a 2020 spotlight with Life At Power Construction, in “Black Women About Their Business,” and a recent rating by shoe blogger Mollie Kurpieski for “Overall Best Experience in Shoe Shopping 2020.” Tanisha’s newest adventure is Agape St. Pete, which highlights local artists of all ages, showcasing their talents on the soles of souvenir slides sold at the St. Petersburg Pier. Agape donates a portion of sales to St. Petersburg’s arts community, as Tanisha continues expansion to a second retail location in December 2020. Her motto is “When walking in FAITH, look amazing doing so.”
Toni is a fifth-generation entrepreneur, as well as an artist and student, devoted to growing her family of brands in the forward fashion industry. Building on her experience in marketing and global sourcing, Toni’s latest projects include Lounge Apparel (at the Pier), a Kimono line for women and children, retailed at the St. Petersburg Pier. Her other brands include Toni Gallardo designs and Label Me Curvy plus size fashion retail, both offering chic apparel options for clients who prefer to be comfortable and unique all-in-one. Alongside her passion projects, Toni is Digital Media Manager for Power Broker Media Group, a family-owned enterprise. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree at St. Petersburg College.
All Administrative Solutions
Esther is the CEO and visionary of All Administrative Solutions, which provides leadership, administrative support, virtual administrative services, professional career and personal (life) coaching to companies and people that are ready to be uncommon and take a new direction. Esther believes that, “Nothing is more exciting than to watch individuals develop and grow.” She serves as co-coordinator of 1Pier and interim operations director for the One Community Plan. Esther has 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership and entrepreneurship and has worked in management for agencies such as the James B. Sanderlin Center, St. Vincent de Paul, The American Red Cross, and Sarasota Housing Authority. The St. Pete native also serves in the community, as Chairwoman of the Housing Committee and Executive Board Member with the St. Petersburg Branch NAACP and on the boards of Pretty Young Bosses and The Necole Tunsil Foundation of Hope.
The 9 Participating Entrepreneurs
Top (left to right):
- Beatrice V. Morris, Owner, Virgini-Contour Eyewear Accessories (fashionable eyeglass frames & shades)
- Consuelo Mackey-Perry, Owner, Tabatha Exquisite Touch (hair care products & more)
- Helena Josephs, Island Flavors and Tings (Jamaican rum cake and mango bread, and catering services available)
- Keisha Long-Watson, Owner, InSparkleMe (custom apparel)
- Renee Edwards, CEO, Skin Kandii (all-natural skin care products)
Bottom (left to right):
- Safrone Presley, Owner, Glow Up Body Oils and Saffron’s Gourmet (line of gourmet island sauces)
- Tanisha Scantling-Williams, Owner & Operator, Agape Soles Shoetique (shoes for all seasons)
- Toni Gallardo, CEO, Lounge Apparel (kimonos)
- Tahisia Scantling, CEO, Diesel Dog Apparel
- Esther Eugene, CEO of All Administrative Solutions