The Perfume Chick
The scents are pleasant. Good. The presentation is over-the-top
. Exciting! “That’s where she comes through,” says Antonio Lindsey speaking of his wife and business partner’s personality.
Antonio and LaShawn have owned and operated The Perfume Chick on Suitland Road, across from the massive U.S. Census Bureau building, for four years. It’s an unlikely location for a Bath & Body Works type of store admits Antonio, but it works.
Though Suitland is often considered a challenged area, Blacks, Indian-American, and Hispanics have invested in the business strip to form an eclectic array of shops that include a Hispanic bakery, two Hispanic restaurants, and two Hispanic grocery stores.
Before adding to the mix on Suitland Road near Silver Hill Road (near Brown’s Market
and Kay Cee Medical Equipment
), Antonio sold candy from a kiosk in the old Landover Mall and later oils on K Street in D.C. As they moved into soaps, the couple fused their interest, his in oils and soaps, hers in fragrance in more elegant bottles and shea butters in jars.
“But the company is modeled after her,” he insists as I looked over at the wing-armed, Victorian couch and the modern-day, plush chairs that punctuate the sales floor.
The whipped wood-spiced, powder shea butter is their best seller. However, the mango soap is my favorite. Besides shea butter and soaps, their product line includes natural cologne, hair products and body scrubs, oil infusions, and mineral eye shadow.
Insurance Let Us Get Through a Health Crisis Together
Earnest, 59, and Sharon, 57, have been married 22 years. This is their story about what getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace meant to them.
In July 2013, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with both lung and breast cancer. My immediate thought was that I would need to resign from my job as a vice president for sales of an education company in order to become a full-time caregiver.
You have to understand: Both my parents and my only sister had cancer. My diagnosis was frightening news.
The complication with my plan was that I would lose our health insurance from my employer. While we were in a position to afford insurance on the private market, no private insurance company would write us a policy due to Sharon's pre-existing condition.
We both had professional careers. We saved well. But if we didn’t have health insurance, these medical bills would have put a huge dent in our retirement savings.
But then I heard about the Affordable Care Act and the Marketplace. I was able to secure coverage for my wife and me through HealthCare.gov, that started January 1, 2014. The pre-existing condition issue was no longer an issue, and we had a choice of providers to choose from.
I retired from my job on December 31, 2013, knowing that our Marketplace insurance would kick in on January 1, 2014. The ACA allowed me to be by Sharon's side during her treatment, and I'm grateful for that.
MetroStage's Upcoming Plays
The 30-year-old MetroStage continues
with another biographical Black musical “Bessie’s Blues,” featuring the life of Bessie Smith, and “The Island,” which depicts the psychological and physical abuse suffered by Black political prisoners in South Africa. It will close the current season with “The Letters,” which takes place in an office in 1930’s Soviet Union.
While the theater company has eclectic seasons, the Virginia-based of group started creating its niche in the production Black-cultural plays in 1987 with “Blood Knot”. The play was about two half-brothers in apartheid South Africa, one Black and one who passes as White. “Both actors received Helen Hayes nominations
for Outstanding Supporting Actor,” recalls MetroStage’s Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin.
However, it was not in 2002 that the theatre jumped into the Black musical business, again with the success of gaining Helen Hayes nominations. In that year, says Griffin, we “produced “Harlem Rose” based on the poems of Langston Hughes and the world premiere of “Three Sistahs,” both of which received Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding New Musical.”
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1 – the first entrant, who will have 24 hours to claim the free tickets
2 – if the first entrant does not claim the free tickets, we will select the second entrant who must meet the same conditions. We will continue the process until we have a winner.
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