Women in Business Series: Shaydreca Sanders Owner Sanders Grooming Lounge & Supply

1) Briefly describe yourself, your background in your field, and your business.

My name is Shaydreca Sanders, but everyone calls me Shay. I was born and raised in Central Florida. I graduated from DeLand High School with honors in 2002 and earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Florida A&M University in 2007. My wife, Laurie G. Sanders and I moved to Humboldt County in 2010 when she was recruited for a Behavior Analyst position in Arcata. I began developing my business in 2012, graduated from Fredrick and Charles Beauty College in 2015 and was able to open my own barbershop/salon in 2016: Sanders Grooming Lounge and Supply.

2) Explain what makes your business unique.

My business is unique because it was born from my family’s legacy of spirituality, business ownership, and community service.  

3) What inspired you to become an entrepreneur and business owner?

When I arrived in Humboldt, I knew I was far away from “home.” There weren’t many people that looked like me and the amenities that I was accustomed to were nonexistent. I wanted to fill in the void, but I didn’t know where to begin. The last straw for me however, was not being able to find someone that I trusted to do my hair.

My hair is very important to me because it represents my heritage and culture that I am very proud of. This is a feeling shared by most individuals from similar backgrounds.

4) What does beauty mean to you? And how does this translate into the work you do?

To me, beauty is a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. Nothing brings me more joy than transforming my clients into someone they themselves find beauty within. I love watching my clients come back to life after receiving a service from me.

5) What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned from working with people of all different backgrounds and life experiences?

I’ve learned how to have respect for each person’s individual journey and serve them accordingly. I believe this is how I’ve been able to build such a loyal clientele base.

6) What is one goal you hope to achieve through your business?

My ultimate goal is to be an example of what one can do if they run their business from the heart and not just for financial gain. 

7) What is one piece of advice you have for someone wanting to pursue their dreams of going into business for themselves?

Know who you are, and to thine own self be true! Work your magic!

8) What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Do you Shay! Don’t worry about those that are against you. Align yourself with people that are for you!

9) What has been the biggest challenge and the biggest reward from owning your own business?

The biggest challenge has been human relations within customer service. Disrespectful people make me angry (lol). The biggest reward has been human relations within customer service. People who show appreciation for me and my business make my heart soar. 

10) What is one book that changed your life? Why?

Peace From Broken Pieces by Iyanla Vanzant changed my life. This book spoke to my core being and gave me tools to access my full potential.

https://sandersgroominglounge.com

@sandersgroominglounge

707-502-5849

219 2nd Street, Eureka CA 95501

They Helped Me Go Vegan

I made a list of all the vegans and vegan brands who helped inspire me to change my lifestyle. Vegan food and fitness bloggers, vegan authors, bodybuilders, entrepreneurs, food reviewers. This isn’t a list of everything I love that’s vegan, or every vegan blog or YouTube channel I think you should check out. It’s a very specific list of the brands and personalities that are making huge changes in the animal liberation and plant based eating spaces. They have had a lasting impact on me, and I continue to watch, shop from, and be inspired by them today. Enjoy!

Food Bloggers:

-Baker By Nature / https://bakerbynature.com

-Crazy Vegan Kitchen / https://www.crazyvegankitchen.com

-It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken / https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com

-Minimalist Baker / https://minimalistbaker.com

-Six Vegan Sisters / https://www.sixvegansisters.com

-Vegan Richa / https://www.veganricha.com

Instagram “Influencers:”

-@amysoranno / “An advocate for collective liberation through strategic activism.” https://www.excelsior4.org

-@badassvegan / John Lewis Film Director https://theyretryingtokillus.com

-@concious_muscle / Vegan Transformation Coach & Owner of @cmsupplements https://cmsupplements.com

-@domzthompson / Dominick Thompson Vegan Activist & Athlete / http://eatwhatelephantseat.com/

-@mainlyplants / Vegan Nutritionist and hilarious reviewer of vegan foods: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC-yvmuhrxX-PHJ84ez1UkuA

YouTube Channels:

*Some of the categories overlap. I would encourage you to find the accounts listed above on their multiple platforms. However, the accounts listed in this section are specifically ones I prefer to watch on YouTube. I tried to categorize them as clearly as possible.

-Kate Flowers https://m.youtube.com/user/indigostar2531

-Sam James https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCJOZu5FMz9mygTTpFSAYDeg

-Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCAbKLYEuTR1riockIgAWBiw

-Stella The Light https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCtFrw0aUPSItEe8V-9ZH3ZA

Podcasts:

-The Rich Roll Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-rich-roll-podcast/id582272991

*I have to make a note here. Rich Roll’s podcast (and book, Finding Ultra) has been one of the most invaluable resources for my vegan journey. He has introduced me to countless authors, podcasters, athletes, and personalities that I otherwise may not have found. This is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in a plant based lifestyle, entrepreneurship, fitness, and an abundance of other topics on wellness.

-No Meat Athlete Radio https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-meat-athlete-radio/id476196931

Documentaries / Books:

Cowspiracy https://www.cowspiracy.com

Eating Animals http://www.eatinganimalsmovie.com

Finding Ultra, Rich Roll

The Game Changers https://gamechangersmovie.com

How Not to Die, Michael Greger, M.D.

VegNews Magazine https://vegnews.com

What the Health https://www.whatthehealthfilm.com

Vegan Businesses:

-For Vegan BCAAs: Truth Nutrition https://www.truthnutrition.com

-For Vegan Uggs: Pawj https://www.pawjcalifornia.com (Use Code LIZ10 for 10% off your order!)

-For Fun Vegan Clothing:

-Care Wears https://www.carewears.co.uk

-Crazies & Weirdos http://www.craziesandweirdos.com

-For LOCAL Vegan Treats in Humboldt: Foodwise Kitchen http://www.foodwisekitchen.com

-Vegan Supply Co. https://www.vegansupplyco.com

Food Plan!

This is the food and fitness plan I used from Blogilates to initially help me go vegan! It’s completely worth the $100 (yes.. that’s it for a complete workout and food plan) and I highly suggest it to anyone who’s considering veganism. 28 days is all it takes!

https://www.piit28.com

What I Eat in a Week / 5 Year Vegan Anniversary!

Tuesday, March second marked my five year anniversary with veganism. Living a vegan lifestyle has been one of the most influential and important decisions of my life in so many ways, and yet, the most common question I still get is: “What do you eat?”

This post is for anyone who wants to incorporate more vegan meals into their life. It’s for the vegetarian/vegan curious, and simply for anyone wondering how I meal prep, or who may need new ideas and suggestions. I made sure to keep it real. I only made things in our regular rotation, and I included all snacks, drinks, takeout, and treats. I want to emphasize that I do not count calories or macros so this post is not about that. It’s about eating intuitively, and living an abundant vegan lifestyle.

Saturday, 2/28

I always start the day with one 20oz Yeti of coffee. I will not include my coffee of the day each day. You can just assume I had it. Note that currently we drink coffees from: https://cxffeeblack.com, https://ravensbrewcoffee.com, and https://jackiesjava.com. I always use plain or vanilla https://www.nutpods.com as my creamer – it’s delicious and sugar free.

Gujimane Cxffee / Nutpods French Vanilla Creamer

Breakfast:

Bagel Sandwich: Alvarado Street Organic Sprouted Wheat Bagels, Just Egg, Follow Your Heart Pepper jack Cheese, Beyond Meat Spicy Sausage Patties, dr. Praeger’s Southwest Hash Browns / Two Mandarins and a Banana

Lunch:

32oz Chocolate Smoothie: Unsweetened Almond Milk, Frozen Bananas, Cacao Powder, Hemp Seeds, and https://www.earthbalancenatural.com Coconut Peanut Butter

Dinner:

Potato Taquitos, Rice, Beans, Soyrizo Street Tacos, Fries and Chips, Salsa and Guacamole from: https://www.cocinamariposa.com

Dessert:

Cookies from: https://wholesomebakery.com and Coconut Bliss Mint Chip Galactica Ice Cream

I get all of our groceries from our local COOP. However, I did want to make sure all the direct links were here (if I did not already list them) for you to browse, or purchase if you do not have close access. Thrive Market is also a great option!

Alvarado Street Bakery: https://www.alvaradostreetbakery.com/index

Just Egg: https://www.ju.st

Follow Your Heart: https://followyourheart.com

Beyond Meat: https://www.beyondmeat.com

dr. Praeger’s: https://drpraegers.com

Coconut Bliss: https://coconutbliss.com

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Sunday, 3/1

Breakfast:

Oatmeal, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Flax Seed Meal, Cinnamon, topped with Granola from https://www.cascadianfarm.com

Snack:

https://www.larabar.com Protein Bar, Apple Cobbler

Lunch / Dinner:

Pizza from https://www.mountainmikespizza.com and Peach Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks

Dessert: Cookies listed above from Wholesome Bakery.

CBD Sparkling Water:

Beauty Bubbles from https://www.dramapothecary.com with Lemon

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Monday, 3/2

Breakfast:

Chocolate Smoothie My Recipe:

1.5 C Coconut Water

3 Frozen Bananas

2 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal

1/4 Cup Oats

1 Tbsp Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

Snack:

Bagel and https://miyokos.com Plain Cream Cheese

Lunch:

Jasmine Rice and Yellow Curry with Vegetables and Tofu from https://siamorchidthaicuisine.getrestaurantops.com

Dinner:

Vegan Ramen from https://rightfoods.com

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Tuesday, 3/3

Breakfast:

32oz Green Smoothie

My Recipe:

1.5 C Coconut Water

1 C Frozen Mango and/or Pineapple

1/2 Lemon Squeezed

1 C Spinach

2 Bananas

2 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1/4 C Oats

Lunch:

Beans and Rice with chips from: https://www.fronterafoods.com and salsa from Oaxaca Mama

Dinner:

Pan Fried Extra Firm Tofu, Grilled Onions, and Chili Garlic Sauce over White Rice

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Wednesday 3/4

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I work in the shop taking client appointments. I prep breakfast, lunch, and snacks for those days, so they will all be the same. Dinners will vary. I also got some special desserts I will share with you!

Meal Prep

Breakfast: Green Smoothie (Same recipe as above but not pictured since I make them the morning of.)

Snack: 2 Apples and 1 Mandarin.

Lunch: Green Salad with Romaine, Bell Pepper, Cucumber, and Tomatoes topped with Baked Popcorn Tofu from our local COOP tossed in Frank’s Wing Sauce. With Follow Your Heart Ranch Dressing.

Snack: https://www.kite-hill.com Greek Yogurt topped with Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Apple Granola.

Dinner:

Pesto Pasta and Garlic Bread

Pesto Recipe: https://bakerbynature.com/super-healthy-spinach-basil-pesto-vegan-dairy-free-gluten-free/

Garlic Bread: 1 Loaf https://www.cafebrioarcata.com French Bread, Garlic, Olive Oil, and https://www.earthbalancenatural.com Soy Free Buttery Sticks

Dessert: Almond Tea Cake, Brownies, Seven Layer Bars, and Almond Tea Cake from Wholesome Bakery! I put in a huge order from their website after discovering the cookies at our local COOP. Obviously these will last a while!

https://wholesomebakery.com
https://wholesomebakery.com

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Thursday, 3/5

Meal Prep listed above, desserts listed above.

Dinner:

https://www.gardein.com Pan Fried and lightly seasoned Chick’n Scallopini, Broiled Brussel Sprouts tossed in Olive Oil and Salt / Pepper and Baked Potatoes

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Friday, 3/6

Meal Prep listed above, desserts listed above.

Dinner:

Kale Salad with Home Made Croutons

Kale Salad Recipe: https://www.veggiesdontbite.com/5-day-raw-food-reset-with-shopping-list/

Croutons: I chop Brio bread into medium-sized squares and pan fry them in olive oil with salt and garlic powder.

Drinks:

Polar Brand Seltzer Water, Lime