Meet the Team of Vendors
Jazzmine Brooks, Doula
Hi! I'm Doula Jazzmine, and I am a professional fertility, birth, and postpartum doula in Ames/Ankeny/Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding area. A doula provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to individuals before, during, and after childbirth to make the best-informed decision for your care. I focus on providing support through evidence-based care, hands-on support, listening with compassion and an open heart, and treating families with dignity and love. In my free time, you can find me reading, watching anime and suspense films, managing my podcast, Being Olivia, and planning my next adventure with my partner and fur baby, Bleu.
Shayla McDougal, MUA
I'm the owner of Bookedt&Bizi Beauty, and a self-taught makeup artist based in Ames, IA. I specialize in enhancing one's natural beauty, by offering makeup application services, product recommendations, and one-on-one consultations. When I'm not working, I enjoy eating good food, binging shows on streaming services, and spending time with my partner, friends, and cats.
Jerrae Lindsey, Barber
I'm the owner & Hair Groom Specialist of Uncle Jay's Barbering Company - where elegant and modern aesthetics meet the traditional barbershop look and feel. I provide an extremely satisfying and professional experience that many barbershops are missing.
Family-friendly...Premium services...Versatility...Precision and attention to detail. I enjoy being a #GirlDad; listening to, writing, and composing music; cooking; going to the gun range; and creating TikToks.
Shanelle Harris, Hair Stylist
Hi! I'm Shanelle, a licensed cosmetologist and the owner of The Color Bawse Salon in Urbandale, IA. I specialize in natural hair, silk pressing, and custom color. Healthy hair is my passion, and I promote nothing less than healthy hair. Want hot pink hair? Let's do hot pink and healthy. I'm dedicated to helping you retain length and grow long and strong natural hair. I'm passionate about continuing my education, serving my clients with high quality products and expertise, and sharing my knowledge with you so we become a team in your hair care. You'll enjoy a peaceful and positive atmosphere, timely appointments, and the reassurance that I love your hair as much as you do. In my free time, I enjoy loving on my baby boy, spending time with family, reading, and watching my guilty pleasure - reality tv.
Teresa Wilder, Hair Stylist
Hi! My name is Teresa, and I'm a licensed cosmetologist and owner of Salon Grit, located in West Des Moines, IA. 18 years of professional experience, and I frequently continue my education to stay current with the latest styles and trends. Booking is simple and at your fingertip. Your appointment time is all about you, and my time management skills are excellent (you're in and out!). I offer a range of services, with my specialties being extensions, color, and cut. I also help women who may be experiencing alopecia or other types of hair loss. Outside of the salon, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, bike riding, and watching thriller movies.
Nekia Whitfield, Fashion Designer
My name is Nekia, owner and Lead Designer for Nik Star Boutique, where we Rock it with Confidence! I provide a fully customizable experience to produce an original piece designed especially for you. Whether you are shy or bold, I will always design with you in mind. I specialize in streetwear and special occasion garments for events, such as birthday, night wear, baby shower, engagement parties, vacation wear, photoshoots, and so much more. I enjoy spending time with my 2 kids and husband, singing & dancing, watching movies, and doing lots of DIY crafts and home décor. I love changing up my style, whether it's my nails, hair, or clothing.
Rikkia & Theotto Lillard, Event Planners
R.C.L. Productions Event Planning & Design is an event planning/decorating company, owned by Rikkia and Theotto. Our growing business specializes in weddings, birthday celebrations, galas/banquets, pageants, set designs, balloon designs, baby showers, and so on. Our combined backgrounds of marketing, art, and event coordination prompted us to start our own business. We felt something was missing and we wanted to fill that gap. If you can dream it, we can create it. We are dedicated to making your dreams come true. Like the tagline says, "It's not just a party. It's a production." We do over the top celebrations to match our over the top personalities.
Lorena Alomia, Caterer
Saludos, my name is Lorena, and cooking is my passion. My catering business is Delicias by Lorena, where we specialize in Colombian Street Foods and Afro-Latino Soul Food. Our motto is "Taste Something Different, Share Something Delicious". We're committed to bring new flavors and variety to the Des Moines food scene, and in 2020, I was honored as the Face of Diversity Award by the Iowa Restaurant Association. We're also vegan-friendly. When I'm not cooking, I enjoy traveling, eating, and dancing. I look forward to helping you make your events memorable.
Janeica Terry, Personal Stylist
Hey! I’m Janeica, owner of Forbidden Couture Plus, where I'm a personal stylist that aims to give birth to individuals' creativity & self-expression through all things fashion. I posses a style that is very comfortable and edgy, yet chic. Fashion is definitely my passion. If I’m not researching the latest fashion trends, you can find me playing dress up while listening to music, traveling, reading or spending time with my family.