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Amber Foster Smith Photography is a full-service boutique photography studio located in the heart of downtown Holly Springs, NC specializing in wedding and portrait photography. Servicing the Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Durham and Chapel Hill area. We offer portraits both on-location and in our professional photography studio by appointment.
We are passionate about telling our client’s stories through beautiful imagery and creating heirloom pieces of artwork for families to cherish. Whether it is capturing your growing family, anxiously awaiting graduation with your high school senior, or celebrating an engagement while planning for your wedding day. We are there with you every step of the way. From planning out the perfect location for your session, to coordinating wardrobe selections and even arranging for hair and make-up. Our focus is to capture every moment as well as the moments in-between because those are the ones you truly never want to forget. You can expect to have a lot of fun while we capture a variety of candid moments as well as a few more comfortable but posed shots. Our goal at AFSP is to give you a variety of images, all of incredible quality.
“Amber is an incredible and gifted photographer. She works well under pressure in any circumstances! She was able to capture my family in a way no other photographer has ever. Every picture was perfect. She is a delight to work with and we will absolutely use her again!” – Cottingham Family
“Amber was awesome! …She made us feel relaxed and comfortable. She captured such wonderful memories that we will treasure for a life time! She is such a blessing to work with on your special day!” – Lewis Family
“I can look back on the day with so much joy because of the moments you captured for us. Working with you is like working with a close friend – which I love so much! ” – Harris Wedding featured on Wedding Gown Designer Maggie Sottero Designs’ Blog
Owner and photographer Amber is a sucker for true love, soulmates and a big believer of happily ever after! Amber is also the heart behind The Studio : A Coworking Space for Creatives where she focuses on empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners through education with a space to grow their business. As an educator she has a passion for teaching workshops and mentoring for photographers and other small business owners.
267 West Center Street Holly Springs, NC 27540
Raleigh Small Business Consulting
I founded Vend Raleigh out of a love and great passion for other women’s businesses. I’d love to share what I’ve learned with my three online business to get you as a business owner and your business to the next level!
No matter where you are in your business, haven’t started or been at it for years, I’d love to work one on one with your online business presence to increase engagement on your website, create a marketing plan for greater interaction on social media, get you power networking with other Raleigh small business women, begin to create a valuable email marketing list or whatever your needs are!
I have the experience and can give you clear direction for your business in these areas:
- Professional insight and feedback on your website and social media accounts
- Examine branding and marketing strategies
- Determine steps to become a legal business
- Find the real passion for your business
- Examine what business duties to outsource (and whom to hire)
- Create an email list and create an email marketing plan
- Pick 2 or 3 social media accounts that excite you and make a marketing plan for each
- Blogging for your business and gain visibility with guest blogging
- Connect you with specific business leaders (Mompreneurs) to grow successful with
Meeting with Cary was literally a God-send for me and for my business. I was truly struggling with the direction in which I would be moving our business for the future. Cary was able to understand those difficulties and ask the right questions to help me recognize the importance of knowing what I was really passionate about and how I could use that passion to grow the business. She took the time to look through my website and social media pages and offered great suggestions on how I could improve the look and feel of each one. I have already implemented many of her ideas and I am looking forward to implementing more on our newly updated website. Having started several businesses and Vend Raleigh, Cary has personal knowledge of how to connect to customers, subscribers and others in a truly relational way. If you are looking for someone to get a “fresh set of eyes” on your business, I would highly recommend Cary. Her perspective and advice have been invaluable to me. I am certain that she will bring that same enthusiasm to all her clients.
Michelle Miller, SonShine Wear
The consult was great and outside opinion was nice to hear. The write up of [Cary’s reviews were] very helpful in [allowing me to stay present in the consult and not having to take notes, giving me direction after our meeting.]
Former owner of Stay at Home Rock Star LLC and Social Butterflies NC.
Photos credits to Hanner Studios
Adventures in Bloom offers fun, hand stamped metal jewelry as well as “hammer-it-yourself” metal stamping parties!
Custom necklaces, earrings, bracelets, keychains and more are available to be customized with a very fast turn around (usually within 24-48 hours!)
For the DIYer, metal stamping parties are available publicly at a variety of local establishments. Tickets for these events are available on my website. You can also choose a private party. I will bring the party to you if you have as few as 6 guests stamping. Over 10 attendees and the host stamps for free! The private party option is great for co-workers, ladies groups, wedding parties, literally the possibilities are endless!
Whether you are looking for a personalized gift or a unique night out-Adventures in Bloom has you covered!
This is a program developed to guide teen girls to know who they are, strengthen who they are inside and out, so they can serve and lead their generation.
Ongoing mentorship programs. See more details at: http://sarahschall.net/inside-out-strong-mentorship-program/
Dot Dot Smile offers the cutest dresses for kids sizes 6 months to 8/10. Known for their twirl, the dresses quickly become a favorite of any girl who puts them on! Proudly made in the U.S.A.!
Leigh Powell Hines, a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive, combined motherhood and her journalism experience and started The Hines-Sight Blog, a lifestyle/travel blog to inspire parents to pack their bags for family travels in 2011. On her blog, hotels are just as important as the destination. As founder of#OutaboutNC, an online social media community, she guides visitors to the best places to see, eat, and stay in North Carolina. She loves simple food, hotels and wellness. Even though she has a soft spot for luxury vacations, she has to budget like everyone else and is always searching for that lux deal. As a source you can trust, Leigh is a travel affiliate with major hotel brands and travel booking sites. You can now book your hotel stay directly from the HinesSightBlog Book your Hotel Tab.
Noa is an Inspirational Speaker, Certified professional Coach.
Clients: business leaders, Social leaders, Individuals and teams that go through change.
Noa lives in Raleigh area with her husband, three loud, hungry teens who teach her how to find her way to be the person (and parent) she wants to BE. As a giver, Noa loves hosting people and making a lot of food, especially healthy food. To nurture the Giver within Noa found that running outdoors is one of her outlets, it allows her to understand better the mental process during her runs that she believes impact other areas in her life and at the same time the opportunity during her runs to appreciating nature and connect with it. In 2017 Noa started the Facebook live “On the Run,” in this FB Live she shares her short and sweaty thoughts from her runs.
Since 2001 Noa coach individuals, business and social leaders to DARE. Daring is not about being courageous, it is about being mindful about the choices you make when you feel lost in the midst of a change. The DARE to BE model that Noa designed will help you:
With the help of the DARE model you will:
- Identify where you are on the path of change
- Identify what are your current habits and behaviors
- Bring new perspective to your current situation
- Create new habits around the change that will lead to new choices
- Learn how to sustain the energy that you can keep your new habits and keep moving forward
- Get meaningful results
Contact Noa to schedule a 20-30 minutes free consultation that will allow you design your work plan with her.
“Noa’s coaching led me to discover that I simply needed to give myself ‘permission’ to take the steps necessary to invest in myself more fully, take control of my day to day decisions/actions and focus on the important work and doing so with confidence.”
“Noa has a gift of knowing how to push and challenge when needed and pull back and hold the space in a nurturing way at other times. I still use many of the tools that Noa gave me today when I get stuck or feel overwhelmed with life. Noa is talented, creative and an incredible coach.”
Noa has a gift for totally engaging her audience through a variety of professional coaching techniques. She asks thought provoking questions that can’t be answered with a one-word response of” yes “or “no.”… She gave everyone a sense of ‘can do!’…I highly recommend Noa for groups who are looking to: build efficient and effective teams, audiences who want a solid motivational speaker who is able to deliver concrete suggestions based on real life scenarios, and organizations that need a fresh pair of eyes to help them better focus and redirect their mission if needed.
Wow! Change is good! August, 2017!!!
I am delighted to say I am taking my sewing business home!!! I look forward to focusing on my two passions; upcycling clothing, scarves and accessories and teaching beginner sewing. My current items are on consignment in My Girlfriends Closet in Historic Downtown Apex. I will continue to supply them each new season!!! I am very pleased with my accomplishment of having had a brick and mortar store for almost 8 years in Downtown Apex. I learned a lot, met lots of wonderful people and have no regrets. Here’s to new beginnings!!!
Ever heard of clean-crafted wine? Of course you haven’t.
But you’re about to.
Have you ever gone wine shopping and wondered how much to spend, what wine pairs with what food, etc? Do you love your favorites, but have to be careful to avoid a morning-after migraine? Most of you know, I adore my wine, but the headaches were becoming a problem (even after just one glass).
Enter Scout & Cellar. The founder started getting headaches while studying to become a sommelier and after a lot of research, she figured out why: there are up to 300 chemicals imbued in almost all mass-produced wine. (Yep: up to 300 chemical additives. Ew.) Scout & Cellar was created to deliver the world’s most delicious clean crafted wines, right to your door.
Interested? I’d love to help you:
- Taste yummy, clean-crafted wines
- Choose varieties based on your likes / dislikes
- Host a tasting for your friends (perk: free wine!)
- Give back – ask me about charitable giving and/or event discounts
- Choose unique gifts – Corporate, holiday, or individual
- Stay current on seasonal wine selections
Mom. Wife. Wino. Entrepreneur.
Revolutionizing Wine Tastings, one Living Room at a Time. Hosting a Wine Tasting Event in your home is Fun and Fabulous. My tastings are the easiest party you will ever host. I bring 5 bottles of exclusive boutique wines, a 6th bottle as a gift for the host, and I even bring the glasses! Hosts can earn wine, half off wine club, and other spectacular goodies. If you want to host a quick get together, and you are tired of the same old direct sales parties, set up a tasting!
Let’s Get Sipping!
Hi! Kimberlee and Susan are a mother daughter team of Lularoe Consultants here in Raleigh. We both fell in love with this clothing when we discovered how simply comfortable yet fashionable it is. We feel in love with the buttery soft leggings, and then quickly embraced the whole brand. No longer do we long to get home and change out of our clothes and into “something more comfortable.” Everything that Lularoe makes is comfortable. From the variety of styles of dresses to the to skirts to the different tops, it all just feels good. And to make it even more fun, the prints that are used are continuously changing!
Our inventory is always changing so what you see one day might be completely different the next. Every time we get a new shipment of clothing, it’s a big ol’ surprise! We are always updating our Facebook sales page with pictures of our new inventory. For those that are local to Raleigh, we do offer porch pick up and those that are out of the state we ship. To see what we currently have in our collection join Lularoe Kimberlee and Susan VIP.
If you want to see any of the clothing in person, we often can be found at a pop up boutique in the area. We do advertise when and where we will be on our VIP page. If you’d like to earn free clothing by hosting and in home event, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will schedule a party!
Rachel the NC Realtor Rolls out the Red carpet for her clients– from her abundant knowledge of Triangle Living to her expert experience in Sales & Marketing. Rachel uses the 4-“R” strategy in her real estate business to find buyers for sellers and homes to buyers.
- Maximum Reach
- The Golden Rule
Rachel is a married mom of 2 boys that loves fitness, family time and Carolina sports. Rachel also writes the popular blog– FitTriangleMom.com and enjoys sharing her passion for Triangle Living with her clients.
As a freelance website designer and developer, I developed TWTH Consulting with the goal to add a custom touch to each project I work on. I am a hard worker and trustworthy partner for your online presence and bring an edge of creativity & enthusiasm that will set your site apart from your competitors.
I like to first sit down with a company to learn more about their business and how it operates. I find that usually a project may extend beyond the need for just a website but perhaps for tools to also help streamline processes behind the scenes for the business. By taking the time to get to know you and your business better, I am best able to develop a site and tools for you with the thoughts of how the business will grow in the future in mind to make expanding your site easier as the company grows.
I have experience working remotely with clients all over the country and here locally in the Triangle. If you are looking for a website designer, please contact me today. I would love the opportunity to work with you on your project.
Perfectly Posh Raleigh — Power Posh Girl
We have great smelling products. We have great fun pampering.
I am Sarah Finnerty, Power Posh Girl, a Raleigh Perfectly Posh Independent Consultant. Perfectly Posh is a product line that’s designed to pamper and nothing else. Life might never let you have a whole day off, but if you can take even a few minutes to take care of yourself, you will be better able to do all of the other things on your to-do list. I will help show you ways you can take sone time to pamper yourself and relax, all within a budget.
Perfectly Posh offers products you’ll feel good about putting on your skin. We feature:
- Pampering products made in the USA
- Cruelty-free — no animal testing
- Gentle, natural ingredients
- No parabens, paraffins, sulfates, lanolin or fillers
- Lots of natural butters and essential oils
- Many vegan options
- Buy 5, get the 6th free – every day, with few exclusions
I started my Perfectly Posh Raleigh pampering pursuit this summer and hit the ground running, winning awards before my second full month. I share Posh because I love Posh–it’s that simple. And I would love to share Posh with you!
Hey! I’m Christina Kirkey and I am the owner of Pinup Studio. Graduating high school early and heading straight to cosmetology school was always what I wanted to do. I have been in the industry for over seven years now and have been in business for three years, I continue to fall in love with my career time after time. Becoming my own boss and opening up my own doors three years ago let me run a studio I stand behind 100% from the customer service to the products I use and techniques I have learned and continue to learn so I can grow with the change in trends. I offer individual lash extensions, lash lifts, hair cuts and color services as well as Brazilian Blowouts.
At EMBR Bliss Photography, Inc., I specialize in on-location or in-home photo shoots to give you the perfect setting you desire. Whether you choose to be photographed at home or a special venue, I will make you feel comfortable-making your photographs memorable. I cater to Portrait/Lifestyle photography for Families, Senior Portraits, Maternity, Newborns and Engagements. I promise to make each one unique. I have a keen eye for great photos and use top-of-the-line equipment and techniques to provide you the highest-quality pictures. You can rely on me to take beautiful photographs to fill your home with and share with loved ones. Contact me at 919-656-2107 now to schedule an appointment.
I am someone who is passionate about health and wellness. The most important piece to the puzzle is eliminating toxic chemical exposure from the foods we eat, and beauty products that go on our skin.
Your skin is your largest organ. It is important to keep our skin as healthy as possible. By utilizing products that are all natural and contain the vitamins and minerals our skin is lacking, we can create healthy, vibrant, young looking skin without the need for chemicals.
When I was introduced to Lemongrass Spa, I knew I had found the answer I was looking for. The products are amazing and I know you will love them as much as I do.
My mission is simple: Provide natural, non-toxic products that are clean and handmade fresh, right here in America
Lemongrass Spa Products offers a line of natural, chemical free, even GLUTEN-FREE body care products for the entire family.
As a SeneGence distributor, I am passionate about lip color with staying power! SeneGence also has a full line of cosmetic products and skin care collections and now offers more than 300 products that are centered around anti aging, skin care, and beauty!
LipSense is the premier product of SeneGence and is amazing in comparison to many other lipstick products on the market. LipSense is versatile and you can mix shades to create many different colors and effects.
LipSense is waterproof and does not kiss off, smear off, rub off, or budge off! It does not dry out your lips – it works to restore the moisture content and color lasts anywhere between 4 and 18 hours!
I’m happy to answer any questions as well as provide a consultation to help you find the perfect colors for you!
Lips By Tina
I’m Beth (Wiley) Breeden, and I specialize in creative fine art portraiture of children and families. My approach is to focus on real relationships, with the goal of creating timeless, authentic portraits that you will be thrilled to look at for years to come. I work on location throughout the Triangle, including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, and Clayton, North Carolina, where I have been photographing children and families professionally since 2005.
I would love to talk to you about making a portraits that you will love to live with, or about a documentary session to record The Art of Real Life in your busy family. Please give us a call at 919.624.1633 or fill out the contact form below, and we’ll get a pain-free portrait session planned for your family.
Hi! I’m Amy Hill. I am the owner and photographer behind 627 Photography in Cary, NC. I love to help women business owners tell the story of their brand and business through photos. It’s more than just a headshot, it is a way to show visitors to your website why they want to work with you. In this digital world where we meet so many online, you have to standout and you have to connect!
In addition to beautiful branding photos for women, I also love to photograph + empower high school seniors. I love to make them feel special, confident and happy with who they are. I take time to learn about them and create a fun, custom session that results in the most beautiful pictures they’ve ever seen of themselves!
This handmade paper bead roller holds your paper strip secure so you can wind a tight and consistent paper bead. The winding pin is a diameter of 1/8″. The solid wood 4″ handle is stained and varnished so that it’s easy to keep clean. The larger half inch diameter handle with a spiral groove keeps your grip secure as you wind. Color coded soft-red to indicate the size. The winding pin is approximately 1″ long and may very slightly as the tool is handmade.
Scentsy | Raleigh, NC
Hi! I am Shannon and I am a Scentsy ADDICT! I became a consultant because I wanted to share my love of Scentsy with everyone and to show off how amazing the product really is. I used to be addicted to candles and would have them burning 24/7 which was a MAJOR hazard, but luckily I don’t have to worry about that ever again! Not only do I not have to worry about a flame or the harsh pollutants that candles give off, but the scent lasts so much longer with Scentsy. I am so glad that I made the switch and I would love to help you all out 🙂
I love making fun and colorful creations that become a part of people’s everyday lives and special memories. In my shop, you’ll find handmade mobiles, nursery and children’s decor, and more.
I have two great kids who keep me busy – as I create new designs that make me feel happy, I am reminded of the things I treasure most.
Pure Haven Essentials develops and produces cutting-edge, SAFE products to the highest performance standards.
Pure Haven Essentials offers a range of quality products. All of these products are made in-house in our Warren, RI manufacturing facility. All products are made with the very finest ingredients and no harmful chemicals; all ingredients are listed on each product. Pure Haven Essentials products are made in the USA and are extremely effective. Ingredients matter. That’s why we start with the best and safest, and leave out harmful chemicals. From skincare and baby, to body and home essentials (and more), see for yourself how amazing and effective “pure” can be.
Just as most people have learned to read labels on the food they eat, we think it’s equally important to become ingredient detectives when choosing personal care and home products. Because it’s not only what you put IN your body, but what you put ON your body that can affect your health. And when you know better, you can do better — making better, smarter decisions. Our pure and primary mission is to share this important information, and to provide safe, effective and affordable alternatives.
Our mission is to educate everyone on the issue of harmful chemicals in everyday products – and provide safe, effective alternatives. I can teach you how to read your labels on personal care and household products along with which ingredients to avoid.
Since 2010, Katiebug Bows, LLC has been specializing in handmade hair accessories and monogrammed gifts for ages 0-100! In addition to helping you find the perfect headband, hair bow, or ponytail streamer for a girl or her doll, we have created a wholesale spirit wear program for schools and teams. This allows schools to earn a profit while selling our custom designed hair accessories to their families for spirit wear or uniforms.
We have two online shops and you will find a different selection of items in each. Our Etsy Shop exclusively offers our hair accessories that are handmade right in Apex, NC. Our independent online store, KatiebugBows.com, offers hair accessories in addition to a selection of gifts that can be personalized. You’ll also find our wholesale items for schools and teams! We would love to add your school to our growing list!
In the 2016-2017 school year we have worked with the following schools:
Apex Elementary (Apex, NC)
- Apex Middle School’s Softball Team (Apex, NC)
Farmington Woods Elementary (Cary, NC)
Highcroft Drive Elementary (Cary, NC)
Mills Park Elementary (Cary, NC)
Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex, NC)
Scott’s Ridge Elementary (Apex, NC)
St Mary Magdalene Catholic School (Apex, NC)
- St Timothy’s Volleyball Team (Raleigh, NC)
Westpark Elementary (Texas)
Woods Charter School (Chapel Hill, NC)
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Hi! My name is Amanda Sulyi and I’m a northerner who transplanted to the south. I lived in Ohio for 25 years, and then moved to Raleigh, NC where I have been for the last 16 years. I am married and the proud mom of almost 10 year old twins, and a 4 year old giant yellow lab.
I started this hobby of making jewelry as something to do while I watched sports on TV. I love watching sports of all kinds, it is a big part of my life. My shop name acutally comes from the nickname of one of my favorite athletes, who is a race car driver. I had made several pieces of jewelry for friends as gifts and they always had told me that I needed to sell what I made. In 2014, my New Year’s resolution was to start an Etsy shop. I followed through on that resolution and here I am. My work is ever evolving, when I get a new idea and go for it…..and I love the outcome.
I truly enjoy it when someone purchase one of my pieces as a gift for a friend or loved one. I believe handmade gifts are the best, because it comes from the heart and there is intention and thought behind such a special gift.
I hope you enjoy what you see…..if you are looking for something in particular, send me a convo and I’d be happy to make something just for you! 🙂