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Check Out Quanekwa Holmes Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Quanekwa Holmes.

Hi Quanekwa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
In 2015, I got engaged and married to the love of my life.

During the planning of our wedding, I was able to really put my crafting skills to the test and began Joyful Expressions Shop, LLC.

What began as a beautiful hobby for creating stationery and gifts has evolved into so much more!

Today, we offer custom gifts and stationary as well as an entire facet of Joyful Expressions Shop, DOTS by JE, devoted to hair accessories and jewelry.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Being an entrepreneur is never an easy road to follow. No matter what anyone says, experience has proven to be the best teacher. During my journey, I have learned so much about business and the patience that comes along with success. Sometimes life can be the biggest obstacle.

At the start of business for me, I was newly married, working a 9-5 job, and working fully in my church. This sometimes made it hard to prioritize my workload and promote a business effectively. It takes true dedication, passion, and consistency to continue through each day.

There are days when you feel insecure in your craft, but passion is truly my driving force. Every day didn’t come with a load of sales but what was and remains most important to me is remembering to put my whole heart into every order every time.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a maker. I am a creator. I am a sewer.

Over the past seven years, I have come to love the art of making which has transformed into true expressions of Joy. Joyful Expressions specializes in personalized and specially curated gifts as well as beautifully hand-sewn and tied hair bows and accessories. We are known for custom gift boxes and personalized items.

DOTS by JE is a facet of Joyful Expressions Shop devoted to handmade bows and accessories. I am most proud of the evolution of Joyful Expressions. It has never been a one size fits all approach to business and my goal ultimately is to put in the same love and care each order and client deserves.

For me and for Joyful Expressions, it is never just about the products but instead, the experience for the recipient. I believe this is what sets me apart. I pride myself on offering a brand new experience to every client. The experience of opening a custom gift box and that entire moment being all about you.

I have created memories for expecting mothers, girlfriends, husbands, bridal parties, and more. Each time, the reaction is pure joy.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
My family has always been my biggest cheerleaders. They are always the first to try my crafts and are still today my biggest supporters. Growing up, my parents laid the groundwork for my faith in God and myself that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.

My father has pastored for over 25 years and my mother has been a daycare provider for more than 20 years. They both have inspired my entrepreneurship journey and really presented themselves as living proof that dreams can and do come true.

I can not forget my dear friends along my journey. Whether it be my friends from Elementary School that I have known for 20 years or my collegiate friends that have stuck by me for over a decade, they all have played a role in my success.

Every social media interaction and every referral has allowed my business to continue to grow and has created opportunities for me to meet some amazing people along the way. For that, I am exceptionally grateful.

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