Collider is passionate about sharing the stories of local business owners and is excited to partner with Rochester Women Magazine to highlight female entrepreneurs through this column. To read more about these women and their businesses, go to collider.mn/our-stories.
It’s a Whimsical Life
Brenna Brom is a local artist specializing in acrylic paintings. As her business name, It’s A Whimsical Life, indicates, Brenna’s art leans strongly into bright colors, shapes and nature-based themes like animals, flowers, plants and trees to create whimsical scenes, starting with base layers of color and finished with black details. Her work can be found at Threshold Arts, on her website and on social media, as well as at local art markets. Brenna explains, “In some ways, my life has been really chaotic and crazy, mentally and physically. Art has been a great way for me to tap into that craziness and turn it into something whimsical and beautiful. It helps to tie things in my life together.”
Tiffany Piotrowicz is the owner of TerraLoco, an active lifestyle and running store, which she purchased from the original owners in 2015. In 2010, Tiffany was inspired by cheering on some friends running the Med City Marathon and decided to dive headfirst into training for a triathlon herself. This journey with her own fitness eventually led her into the running and active lifestyle retail space and current business ownership. Tiffany loves the opportunity to give back to the community through the store and creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere for her customers. “Here at TerraLoco we strive to curate a selection of shoes and apparel that really appeal to a wide audience of people at all fitness levels. We want everyone to feel welcome and comfortable shopping here.”
Omnya Mohamed is the owner of Malika Malika, a local boutique specializing in natural hair braiding, beauty and fashion. Omnya began her business by creating custom shoe designs while she was in the military and braiding hair. Malika Malika has since grown to carry assorted hair and beauty products, shoes, clothing and accessories, as well as be a destination for hair styling. In the future, Omnya hopes to expand the shop to offer hair care classes and more fully develop her own fashion brand. “Owning a business is a process that is really slow and hard sometimes, but I’ve been blessed by supportive customers that come back again and again now that they know we’re here. I’m excited for more people to discover us and all we have to offer.”
Interiors by J. Curry
Jessica Curry is a longtime local interior designer and owner of Interiors by J. Curry. Through her business, Jessica offers in-home consultations, space planning, floor plans, kitchen and bath designs, detailed cabinet plans and 3D drawings and renderings. Jessica prides herself on approaching design work with creativity and practical knowledge of products, materials and construction elements. “The relationships we are able to build with our clients are so rewarding. We often have repeat clients year after year. It’s amazing knowing that they trust us with their homes and value our ideas and advice as we design their spaces.” ::