NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian native has discovered entrepreneurial success with the profitable launch of the biggest black-owned hair and sweetness provide retailer in Toronto, Canada.
Zhorrah Grant, the daughter of nationwide sports activities icon, the late Tom “The Chicken” Grant, informed Eyewitness Information that she had been “shocked” by the turnout on the opening of her enterprise Hair Granted Magnificence Provide Inc in late August.
“In Canada the wonder provide business is primarily dominated by Asians and for me to open the biggest black-owned magnificence provide retailer in Toronto is one thing superb,” mentioned Grant.
“I didn’t count on to have a grand opening with folks actually lined up across the plaza. My landlord known as me and mentioned you actually have lots of people out right here. It was really a shock.”
The enterprise lady who holds a level in criminology defined that she frolicked researching the business and even labored part-time with a magnificence provide retailer beginning as a customer support consultant after which a supervisor to be taught the “methods of the commerce”.
“I at all times had a ardour for hair and sweetness. I at all times informed my mother I needed to personal a magnificence provide retailer. It was a dream however one thing that basically was within the background for me,” mentioned Grant.
For Grant, who moved to Canada at age 14, the journey was not straightforward and compounded by the lack of each of her mother and father inside the previous decade.
Her father handed away in 2012 and her mom, retired Sr. Nursing Officer Hannah Grant, handed away in 2018.
Grant’s mom was the nation’s first educated and authorized dialysis nurse.
“I’ve been residing in Canada for the previous 16 years, accomplished highschool in Canada in addition to college,” Grant mentioned. In 2012, simply two weeks previous to the top of ultimate exams in college, my dad handed away. I came upon about his passing on Fb.”
She continued: “His dying actually got here as a shock. That was devastating. I returned house deliberate my father’s funeral, accomplished my Bachelor’s diploma, graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Mary’s College in Halifax,” mentioned Grant.
Grant recalled that after finishing her research she returned house the place she spent some 10 months looking for a job with no success.
“I needed to be a youth probation officer,” she mentioned.
“I by no means discovered a job. I returned to Canada and took up a educating job in New Brunswick at a boarding faculty for a yr earlier than shifting to Toronto.”
It was whereas pursuing a sophisticated diploma in 2018 that her mom died.
After her mom’s passing, she subsequently received a job with the Ontario authorities as a youth probation officer.
She additionally took on a part-time job as a with a hair and sweetness provide retailer, starting as a customer support consultant, earlier than finally turning into a supervisor and in the end deciding to launch her personal hair and sweetness provide retailer.
“I simply was anticipating to have a grand opening, some folks would come and it will be simply one other day,” she mentioned.
“I didn’t count on count on the turnout that I did. I simply have stored my head down, put within the work and it has manifested into this.”