Black Businesses Thrive in Birmingham
(al.com) — During much of the eight years she spent working in banking, Birmingham’s Tiesha Chestang felt an urge to start her own business. She found her calling while working as a licensed physical therapist assistant, and in January 2010 opened Purify Wellness & Spa at 157 Resource Center Parkway just off U.S. 280. “I stepped out on faith and it has been a wonderful journey so far,” said Chestang, whose firm partners with gastrointestinal doctors and naturalist experts to help clients improve their health and provides body scrubs, body wraps, and massages. Charles Lawson, owner of L&O Greek Specialties in Tarrant, also took the entrepreneurship plunge last year. Lawson, who had sold hats, shirts and other paraphernalia for sororities and fraternities and other Greek organizations out of his home for years, opened a store just off Alabama 79 in Tarrant.