Founded in May 2021 as an introduction to Mental Health Awareness Month, REALMINDED is a community-centered platform and apparel brand that focuses on confronting mental health challenges and combatting the stigma associated with mental illness. Seeking to foster a more empathetic culture, REALMINDED is both a forum and a safe space where people can openly share their experiences with the option of anonymity. The brand’s unfiltered mode of expression reminds visitors of their shared humanity, allowing anyone—regardless of appearance, background, or social status—to learn and connect with one another through compelling stories.
2) Bare Blends
BARE Blends is the first-of-its-kind, women-owned, vegan franchise that offers plant-based, gluten-free, thoughtfully-sourced food designed to help customers feel better and live healthier. Launched in 2018, the New York-based smoothie bar was developed by two women—an experienced entrepreneur and a health food enthusiast with a degree in Cell Molecular Biology. BARE Blends was conceived from a shared dream of owning a shop that embodied their passions for food, community, animal rights and environmental welfare. The rising franchise has since expanded to three corporate locations around New York with more than 10 units slated to launch within the coming months. Serving their community one beautiful and delicious smoothie bowl at a time, BARE Blends adopts a forward-thinking approach in every facet of its business model by implementing ethical processes and packaging, supporting animal sanctuaries, hosting nutrition lectures and contributing to local organizations focused on combating food insecurity.
Trendhim is an award-winning men’s accessories brand designed to elevate any outfit whether for the office, going out with friends, or celebrating special occasions. Established in 2007 by Co-Founders Sebastian Petersen and Mikkel Andersen, the Denmark-based company features a diverse product portfolio with products ranging from suit accessories and jewelry to bags and wallets. One of the fastest-rising companies in Denmark for over 6 years, Trendhim has since adopted 13 exclusive house brands, shipping to 28 countries around the world.
J. Renee Organics is a woman-owned and operated skincare brand that features an array of gentle, all-natural, sustainably-sourced products created to meet the needs of every skin type. Developed by award-winning esthetician Shelly Todd, J. Renee Organics was built from nearly a decade of skincare experience at Todd’s three facial studios—Revive Skin Services. Her expertise includes a thorough understanding of skincare modalities, ingredient toxicology, skin diseases, oncology esthetics, and medication-induced conditions. After several years of research, Todd launched a line of organic, vegan, cruelty-free formulas designed to help maintain healthy, naturally radiant skin. Prior to relocating her operations to Kingston, GA, Todd was awarded Top 10 Best Spas in Portland 2018, 4th Best Facial in Central Oregon 2019, Best Spa in Gresham, OR 2020, and Best Skincare Clinic in Lake Oswego, OR 2021.
Opal Road Home is an emerging luxury candle brand recently launched by Founder and CEO Rebecca Keni. After spending 17 years in corporate America, Keni decided to embark on a new journey by pursuing her passion for creating vibrant, eye-catching candles. Opal Road’s hand-poured, coco apricot candle waxes are created with all-natural, cruelty-free, non-toxic ingredients—all of which are carefully sealed in colorful, reusable glass vessels. Largely influenced by the 7 chakras and sunny California, Opal Road’s Rainbow Collection showcases 8 joy-inducing candles: Afterglow, Harmony, Daylight, Gratitude, Serenity, Clarity, Supernova, and Golden Hour. Within the next year, the company is slated to launch exclusive gift box sets and 3oz votive candles along with highly-anticipated seasonal offerings.