CATCHING UP WITH: LAKESHA BROWN-RENFRO, NZINGA TEULE-HEKIMA, AND TANECIA WILLIS OF SIMPLY PANACHE GROUPE
As a network of more than 3,000 small businesses, we’re paying close attention to how they’re faring in an age of social distancing. In an effort to stay connected to our TSG community and share their stories, we’re “catching up with” different business owners every week to hear about their challenges, learn how they’re coping, and find out how they’re spending their time at home. Today, we’re checking in with Lakesha Brown-Renfro, Nzinga Teule-Hekima, and Tanecia Willis of Simply Panache Groupe, a Hampton, Virginia-based lifestyle brand that includes Mango Mango Preserves (the gourmet spread that landed the three event-planners-turned-entrepreneurs on the television show Shark Tank—keep reading for information on a special offer), the boutique hotel Simply Panache Place, the relaxation-focused retreat Simply Panache Nail Bar & Pedi Spa, the stylish modern event space The Hampton, the French-Creole-NeoSoul bistro Mango Mangaux, and their latest venture, the private social club Noir: A Simply Panache Lounge. Here, they discuss how they’ve been helping to feed the front lines, the excitement and anxiety of reopening for business, and their commitment to spreading love in their community.