We had the good fortune of connecting with Chanise Parks and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanise, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
For me, starting my own business was really about providing myself with a platform to be as creative as I wanted to be, without anyone having the ability to stifle that creativity, like I had experienced in the past while working for other companies. Overtime, I began to feel frustrated when employers wanted to put me in a box in terms of my tasks and responsibilities, when I knew I was capable of so much more. Also, as a child, I remember seeing my mother own her own company as a daycare provider, as well as my family on my father’s side owning a beauty salon. So, entrepreneurship is something that is in my blood, although it took me a while to step out on faith and go for it in my own life. There’s a certain freedom that comes from the ownership over your own time and activities, as well as the freedom that comes from being able to pursue your vision for the world on your own terms.
What should our readers know about your business?
“Corinth’s Garden”, named after my great grandmother, was founded in July of 2020. After experiencing cystic acne for the first time as an adult, I realized that the skincare products I had been using, which included many harsh chemicals, were finally beginning to take a toll on my complexion. Shortly thereafter, I decided to take control of my skincare regimen by creating my own products, using ingredients that can be found in nature. It was then that Corinth’s Garden was established to provide others with the natural simplicity I had previously longed for. Each product is handmade to ensure quality. It is my hope that by presenting our community with various plant-based remedies, it will rekindle our collective connection with the earth, and inspire a heightened sense of appreciation for all the ways in which the Creator sustains us. I am most excited about being able to come up with new mixtures that smell amazing and work well with the use of gentle ingredients. Although it has not been easy to bring the vision I had in my head into a physical form, the day I created my first batch of products, which later received positive reviews, made it all worth it. Running a business is definitely not for the faint of heart, as it requires internal motivation, consistent hard work, and the courage to take calculated risks. However, if you believe strongly enough in what it is you are trying to achieve, and ameliorating the problems you are trying to solve for those around you, it becomes much easier to stay the course when the winds of life try to knock you off balance.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite places to visit include the Arboretum in Arcadia, the desert in Joshua tree, and the California Institute of Technology campus. Each of these places allows me to “reset” in a different way. I would definitely recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Kosuke Ramen, Wi Jammin’ Jamaican restaurant, or for a more elegant dinning experience, I would suggest Flemings in Pasadena.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As I often say, I attribute everything I have accomplished up to this point in my life to the support, encouragement, and prayers of my mother, Darcia Parham, and the other women in my family who have come before me. I stand on their shoulders in the hopes of pushing their legacy forward.