Entreprenuers Bringing ‘LIYF’ to The City

Her business began with Scrabble pieces and random buttons. In the front of her store sits the very Scrabble board from which she used the pieces to start her own unique jewelry line; the rest is history.

Onyx Seven is a local entrepreneur and store owner of LIYF Clothing and Accessories. LIYF originally started off as ‘Locs in Ya Face’, which later became LIYF when Onyx and a friend realized “LIYF” could be pronounced as “life.”

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Onyx then went on to create the idea of 360 degrees of LIYF. A full circle completes life, which is the basis of what LIYF is all about. The store’s motto is “Entrepreneurs bringing LIYF to the city.” Onyx wants her store to be a place where local businesses and entrepreneurs can unite and work with each other.

“We have to unite to sustain life,” she said. Through uniting she hopes entrepreneurs and artists can give back to the community and help each other grow in their own artistic and business endeavors.

LIYF Clothing and Accessories is anything but typical. The store is located at 2870 University Blvd. W Suite 203, and although it may be small, it’s a welcoming environment full of life. Every wall bares some form of artistic expression; from a vibrant blue ankh mural to a twisted underwater fantasy fairy tale. Every item in the store is handmade, up cycled or created by a local artist or entrepreneur. Everything in the store is for sale; including unique hand painted furniture.
When you enter into the store, it’s like taking a trip back in time; popular tunes from past decades like the 80s are on heavy rotation along with classic VHS movies playing throughout the day.

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“I wanted to bring back the innocence of life before the digital age,” said Onyx. She has an entire room in the store where vintage vinyl records line the walls from top to bottom. This music room is dedicated to her dad who passed away in 2009.
When her father died, she kept his vinyl records collection. He had an extensive collection ranging from Sheila E to New Edition, Stevie Wonder and Tina Marie. Those records now line the walls where her father’s legacy of music still lives on today. “It was one of the first rooms I worked on and finished,” she said.

LIYF is the home to several local talents. Some of its sellers include: Pheonix, who has painted one of the murals that graces the wall, along with a hand painted earring collection; Karmen Mims of “Crowned” who crochets hats, beanies and other custom orders; Goose Game Clothing by Skinny and NuLeaf Products are available for sale along with Decyology by Mary Tucker. This list is only a small portion of the talents on display at LIYF Clothing and Accessories and Onyx hopes that her store will continue to be home to many more local talents.

“I want to create a place where artists and entrepreneurs can come and not be criticized about the uniqueness of their talent,” said Onyx. Rarely does she turn someone away who wants to sell in her store.

She has intentionally created LIYF Clothing and Accessories to be an environment reflective of her own personality. It’s very creative, laid back and relaxed environment. She hopes this helps welcome more people to experience what LIYF has to offer. Onyx hopes LIYF is able to bring out the best in people who visit.

“Inside everyone is their authentic self,” she said. LIYF is a brand open to everyone.

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LIYF Store Owner Onyx Seven

Onyx recently celebrated the grand opening of LIFY Clothing and Accessories on September 6th. The grand opening welcomed local artist and entrepreneurs to come and set up tents to network with other artists and entrepreneurs and sale their products.

Ultimately Onyx hopes to see LIYF Clothing and Accessories expand to a warehouse. A larger space would give her more room for vendors and bigger project ideas such as art galleries.
Since LIYF Clothing and Accessories has been open, Onyx has gotten positive feedback from the community.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support I’ve gotten from others,” she said.

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Top to bottom: LIYF music room, LIYF wall mural, hand painted stool

 

For more information about LIYF Clothing and Accessories please be sure to visit their Facebook page. They also have some items available for sale online at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/onyxseven

Every Sunday LIYF hosts a Paint Day for children and their families. Please see their Facebook page for more details on how you can participate and even donate material and supplies needed for this community event.

#HappyBirthdayBeyonce

Here’s a laugh out loud moment in honor of   Beyonce’s birthday. Shared from PopSugar.com, a student emails her professor about her absence in observance of today’s “special Holiday.”  I’m sure Beyonce’ appreciates the gesture.

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Email accidentally sent to professor by student

Email accidentally sent to professor by student

Visit PopSugar.com to read the full story about this student and her infamous email to her professor

Grand Opening of LIYF Clothing and Accessories

NETWORKING ALERT  for all local businesses and entrepreneurs: Come out September 6th to the GRAND OPENING of LIYF Clothing and Accessories. I did a recent interview with store owner Onyx Seven and it was amazing. Story to come soon, so be on the look out. Until then, if you haven’t stopped by the store, please do. The store is filled with amazing unique things from very talented people, right here in our own backyard of Jacksonville, Fl.

Mark your calendars today and hope to see you there. Please feel free to visit the Facebook event page for more information: LIYF Grand Opening Facebook Event Page

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One Spark 2015 Annoucement

There’s already buzz surfacing about One Spark 2015.  They have announced next year’s dates along with a few major improvements to make the crowd funding festival even better than before. The official countdown has began..245 days away until ONE SPARK 2015!!!

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Click below to find out what improvements are being made for One Spark 2015

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Weekend Recap

My past weekend was really full. Despite that it was still great. I want to take the time out to do a quick recap and thank you’s for 2 events I was a part of this weekend.

The first event was “Every Moment” put on by the youth dancers of Judah Dance Conservatory

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The youth put on an amazing dance showcase in celebration of the end of their dance summer camp. I was really proud of the youth and I enjoyed seeing them enjoy themselves while in their own creative elements. If you missed it, words can’t even describe how great it was. The kids hard work paid off and they went above and beyond what I could’ve imagined. It was really great stuff.

My poetry group “Breaking Free” also had the opportunity to make a quick appearance during the show. We shared a poem entitled “truth moments” hoping to fit in with the overall “every moment” theme. We were glad to be invited out and glad to be a part of the show.

Special acknowledgement to Ashlee Joseph who worked with the kids all summer long. I can’t imagine the patience she had to have to work with so many kids. She really brought out the best in the kids. We need more people like her, working with our youth giving them something positive to be a part of.

Congrats to Ashlee Joseph and all the kids who performed! Wishing even more success for the next showcase!

 

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Official event flyer

The second event was one hosted by our Poetry group at church Breaking Free. It was a great night, we had special guests poets: Ahynte and Nadia. Along with musical guests Kiddz Church,kHIMsitry from P29, Dez and The Future and JT.  Thank you to our wonderful host Bro. Marcus. A special shout out goes to LaTara J. for her first time getting on the mic! We welcome her into the poetry realm as “Triumph.” She did very well last night.

Overall the show went well. We appreciate the love and the support of those who came out. I’m thankful for the growth between the first and the second show. There were a lot of challenges faced in prepping for the show, but God was faithful in helping us pull everything together. I’m glad that we all had the opportunity to share our gifts and be a blessing unto others. I’m looking forward to the next show and watching God continually break free in us through our poetry.

A special thank you to Meagan and Kemust  who are a part of Breaking Free with me. I enjoy working with you all and the journey we’ve been on in helping each other grow in the ministry. I’m praying God helps us to continue to grow according to his will as more doors begin to open for us through our spoken word.

Had a blast this weekend. It was only the beginning, my work is not over. Another poetry appearance this Friday! Great things are happening as more doors are opening.  Full weekend, but it was worth it all.

Locs in Ya Face Soft Opening August 2nd

This weekend is the soft opening for Locs in Ya Face (LIYF) Clothing and Accessories. August 2nd, 2014

From 11:30am-7:30pm meet and greet the sellers of LIYF Clothing and Accessories.

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A special shout out goes to Onyx Seven who has really been working hard to get things going for LIYF. I’ve been seeing her post on her Facebook page and the LIYF page and I give her kudos for her hustle and dedication. I imagine it has not been easy by far. I’m excited to see what the  journey has in store for her with her new business. Congrats!

So please make sure to come out and show your love and support this weekend for LIYF!!

For more info please visit the Locsinyaface Facebook Page

 

 

 

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