Minority enterprise aims to be an outlet for creatives, unite the community | News

Built from the ground up, the Fly Trap opened its doors with the goal of being more than just a regular shop for the East Texas community.

The company has a mission to provide unity in the area, be a platform for local minority-owned businesses and an artistic outlet for creatives.

What began as a service partnership between Fly Trap co-owners Sky Singleton and Kianna Garcia eventually got bigger and the need to open a physical store was a must for launching the business.

Fly Trap entrepreneurs, from right, Sky Singleton and Kianna Garcia, pose with hand-painted custom shoes.

“He was supposed to help me fulfill some of my orders and it didn’t happen that way. We both saw our vision and it became too big for us to work from his home to my home, so we thought “let’s get a shop,” Singleton said.

What does Fly Trap sell? Singleton and Garcia said there isn’t a specific item the store focuses on and that customers can ask for anything that allows the paint to stick.

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A shoe undergoes a restoration process that will allow the garment to regain a brand new look.

Customers can request hand-painted clothing, canvas, shoes, objects, walls, digital art customization, and even shoe restoration, which is what Singleton said is very popular for the shop at the moment.

“Restoration is a really important thing for us right now. There are many sneakerheads (people who love shoes) in the Tyler and East Texas area. When you pay $ 200 or $ 300 for shoes you don’t want to throw them away as they may be dirty, worn or torn. You bring them to us and we clean them. We can remove the oxide that is the yellowing of shoes, match the colors, so if a big spot of color is missing, clean and all sorts of things like that, “she said.

The fly trap

The graphic t-shirt with the Fly Trap company logo is hung inside the shop for customers to purchase.

Singleton is a resident of Tyler and had his own shoe customization business called SkyKickz Custom for a while, where he hand painted objects and shoes. He then met Garcia, a new East Texas resident who moved to the area from California a year ago.

Both are artists and have always been on the creative side ever since they were young, they said. Singleton and Garcia said they got along very quickly as they both have a passion for art and decided to build a partnership on a business.

The fly trap

Hand painted and airbrushed canvases hang on a wall inside the Fly Trap business. Business owners Singleton and Garcia welcome artists to bring their canvases and hang them to showcase their artistic skills.

The fly trap came to life in two weeks, Singleton said.

“A true American dream,” he said. “We said ‘let’s do this, we’ve got the money, put it up and fix it all ourselves.’ ‘

Once the area was stocked, they both worked to bring the shop together by hand-painting the walls and even the floors, Singleton said.

Now, since Fly Trap came to life, both are able to combine their unique artistic skills and deliver more to customers.

“We have our styles, so they came together at a point where we had more to offer everyone,” Garcia said.

The fly trap

Fly Trap owners, from left, Sky Singleton and Kianna Garcia, hand-paint a custom shoe for a client. The company not only customizes shoes but can hand-paint any item such as clothing, canvas and can also restore shoes and create graphics.

Garcia considers her painting style realistic and Singleton is under the cartoon side, but both forms are delivered through hand painting.

“I love the imperfections of hand painting because it’s not like a perfect straight line. You’ll see the brushstroke, you’ll see it’s hand painted, ”Singleton said.

Singleton said Fly Trap’s mission is to not only showcase their talent, but also to highlight other businesses and creatives in the community.

“Not everything here is ours, we are actually promoting local minority-owned businesses,” he said. “We are really trying to create a culture and a safe space where other minorities can bring their products and sell them.”

“We want to give them a platform and allow them to expand their business. We want to see everyone eat, ” Garcia added.

With unity in mind, Singleton said he hopes the store will create an outlet for the minority community and show the need to be together.

“We are here, we are locally owned and we are offering an opportunity to other people and we want to join the community and do what we can. We want to give back, progress and build the minority community in a positive way, ”she said.

Other assets currently on display in the store are all from East Texas minorities, Singleton said.

Itsthebeads4me, local jewelry, Longview Emotional Club, Get Scented Candles, Narco Nails and J Smith Perfumes and Bags, are the names of the companies that customers can find in the shop.

Singleton also said that as a goal of being an outlet for others and an “open space” for the community, she invites artists to bring their art into the shop to help with their business or even to showcase their talent.

The art duo said the community can expect a lot from the artistic outlet.

“We’re actually hosting an urban fashion show featuring urban street wear, it’s going to be really cool,” Singleton said.

Garcia said that during upcoming events, you can also expect a spotlight for local artists and musicians as a way to spread their music.

Singleton said there is also the upcoming “Kickz4Kidz” project that will target children, especially when they return to school, which will allow them to have personalized and restored shoes at an affordable price.

Fly Trap currently has a two week turnaround time for custom items, and the base price for shoes currently starts at $ 175. Price between items depends on the resources added and the amount of customization the customer wants.

To place orders and ask questions about custom items, you can find the business at 10554 State Highway 64 in Tyler and under @theflytrapclothingstore on Facebook.

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