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Trailblazers: Palm Beach

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Palm Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kristi Meyers

Island breads grew organically by word of mouth. As I started enjoying baking more, I took classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute and learned about artisan breads and viennoiserie (croissants and danishes). Our menu has expanded quite a bit since we first started. Read more>>

Amy Braswell

I wanted to be able to work from wherever we wanted to go, and not have to request vacation days to do so. I originally started on Etsy selling digital scrapbooking supplies (clip art, etc) before it hit me – why not make Paperfinch a travel-themed brand?! Combining two of my favorite things – design and wanderlust! Read more>>

Ktwo LeMew

I am a gogo dancer, burlesque entertainer, and fire flow artist. Through the formative years of my art practices, I have learned the art of many studio-based skills, but have become most interested in piercing, photography, and performance art. Read more>>

Jamie Leigh Griffiths

There have been a lot of bumps, potholes, and detours. As an artist, it was hard to see what I was doing as a business. I think this is something that artists struggle with often, calling it “selling out.” The reality is, if you’re selling something, it’s a business, regardless if it’s your passion or not. And what better way to honor your passion than to make money doing. Read more>>

Bree Swezey

I settled into a corporate life of graphic design almost from the beginning. I bounced from corporate to small agency, to big agency to in-house marketing. I was doing all the things-getting married, having kids, working a 9-to-5 job. I was caught up in the rat race and then, I got the fatal news that my mom was dying of cancer at the opposite edge of the U.S. I took off work when I could, after recently having my second son. Read more>>

Karen Hischak

I started out doing a lot of greeting cards and custom prints until one of my best friends was getting married. She was in the process of planning her wedding and we chatted about her invitations. She trusted me to design her vision and I am so glad she did. Creating her custom wedding suite ignited a fire within me. I loved every aspect of the process. Read more>>

Adrienne Andersen

I needed a part-time job and found an ad for a preschool photographer. I knew next to nothing about it, but they trained me and I quickly caught on. I found out how much I loved photography, so I bought a film camera and started teaching myself to use it. Read more>>

Tiffany Ellington

I wanted to create a brand that pushed a different standard of beauty, a natural standard. In today’s society, there is so much pressure to obtain an unrealistic look and that in turn creates insecurities that I want to help eliminate. The brand is bigger than the clothing, the clothing just helps push the message. Read more>>

Danielle Ferrari

I started Valhalla because I saw an opportunity to eliminate the massive amounts of waste women generate with their never-ending, constantly expanding wardrobes while also solving a pain point women face: ironically, never having anything to wear. Read more>>

Krista Darling

As I began to move through high school into college, not only in an artistic sense but within the sciences as well. Throughout college, I began collecting different butterflies, moths, and beetles to start my practice as an amateur entomologist. I had a conflict arise between which educational career to pursue; either biological sciences or art with a focus in photography. Read more>>

Ashley Newkirk

Growing up, I was dead certain about what I wanted to do with my life. I was going to Law School and I was going to be a defense attorney. From the time I was about seven years old until my sophomore year in college, this was the only plan. So, when I dropped out of college, it’s safe to say that my parents, friends, and family were not only confused but disappointed. Read more>>

Faroh Negus

I began crime studios with just an idea, the idea that both fashion and women required less restriction. I wanted to create clothing for the everyday girl with her head in the clouds and her feet to the ground. Clothing that would allow her to move and groove however she liked and wherever she was. I wanted to create expressive, comfortable, out of the box clothing. Read more>>

Katie McCarty

I run Sunshine Style, a Florida based fashion, lifestyle, and travel blog. Ever since I was a little girl, I absolutely loved fashion. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to create my own fashion line. I was the one who planned out her first day of school outfit weeks in advance and made sure to never wear the exact same outfit to school more than once. Which by the way, was way before the days of fashion blogging! Read more>>

Stephanie Newton

A year and a half later, we are well established in the Tampa Bay area and have a huge following of local and not-so-local fans. We still do our weekly pop-ups around town but special events have become a huge part of our business. We also provide a delivery service to customers who can’t make it to the truck. Read more>>

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