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Community Highlights: Meet Shala Waines of Creative Vibes and Soul Swapmeet

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shala Waines.

Hi Shala, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My name is Shala Waines, the owner of Creative Vibes, LLC and I was born and raised in San Diego, CA! I lived quite a few years back east in Roanoke, VA, until 2013! I have always had a passion for providing a supportive foundation for those around me and that is how the Soul Swapmeet was created.

The Soul Swap meet started in 2018! I wanted a space for black entrepreneurs to be able to focus on entrepreneurship by way of selling their goods, services, foods, and talents to the community. We started off with 20 vendors in 2018 and now have over 110 vendors twice a month. Generational wealth and financial stability are lacking in the black communities, and we want to focus on bringing that back! We should all wake up each and every day proud of the accomplishments from yesterday and eager to do more on today!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been easy. Many challenges have presented themselves, including having the wrong people in my corner, Covid- 19 and lack of support at times. I had to stop doing the Soul Swapmeet for over a year to regroup, locate a new venue and restructure the brand.

Once the location was selected, we did receive some feedback from community members stating that the event should be held in South East San Diego only and the larger picture was not taken into consideration. We want each entrepreneur to grow and come in contact with people that they normally would not have if they stayed in their normal environment. Opportunities arise from some the most unexpected encounters.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Creative Vibes and Soul Swapmeet?
The Soul Swapmeet was created to promote entrepreneurship. I motivate people to perfect their passions, create a way to market their products and get out there and showcase it to the world. I am very passionate about seeing others win and helping with the initial steps to the world of being their own boss. My genuine motivation is something that a lot of people love about me.

I want everyone out there to know that there is a place for everyone in the world! No matter how similar your passion maybe next to someone else, it’s what you do to enhance the idea that will set you apart! We all have special talents, and we would be doing a disservice to the world if we kept them inside!

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Everyone does not care about your business like you, and you will come in contact with many different personalities, some good and some bad, but never change the genuine side that you have to match the negative energy of anyone else. Your business should mean the world to you, so protect it!


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