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Conversations with Kyera Belton and Sonya Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyera Belton and Sonya Taylor. 

Hi Kyera Belton, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
We started Skin & Wicks January of 2021 with my mother and I praying to start our own businesses. My mother was telling me how she wanted to make natural soaps and I told her that I wanted to make body butters and the vision took off from there. We decided to take what we individually wanted to do and put them together to create Skin & Wicks. Since January we have attended 6 pop-up shops and one day praying to open up a storefront. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been great but rough at times. We are new at the business thing so just trying to keep up with the demand of product can be a struggle at times. We are a small business so try to get exposure outside of St. Louis has been a little tough ask well. But every day we are trying new things to get our name out there. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Skin & Wicks is a natural vegan skin care line that specializes in cold-pressed soaps, body butters, bath bombs, Candles, Wax Melts and so much more. Our top seller is our Citrus Agave Body Butter. What I am most proud of is that our customers find us. They will go to our social media to see where our next pop-up shop is just so they can come out and support. Our fragrances set us apart. Whenever we do a pop-up shop are fragrances draw our customers to the table. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Well, we don’t really believe in luck but we do believe in faith and we believe that faith without works is dead and God has truly blessed us with this business. We put in the work and God has shown up and showed out. We took 1 step out on faith and God took 2. 

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