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Inspiring Conversations with Shanarra Owens of The PeekaBoo Experience

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanarra Owens.

Hi Shanarra, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hello, my name is Shanarra Owens, but everyone calls me NarraBoo. Growing up in west Baltimore, my dad was in jail half of my life & my mom had six kids. Out of my mom’s six kids, I was totally different.

Living in Baltimore was hard for me because I was getting into a lot of trouble. At the age of ten I was in & out of detention centers. During my troubling times, I was able to meet some really great mentors. My mentors invested time into me, helping me understand myself more.
While beginning to understand myself more, I knew that I was a leader. I knew I wanted to open a business. I noticed a lot of people were opening businesses and I thought to myself, Hey, I can do this!
If i can open up a successful business a lot of people would want to do it. I was right. The Pandemic birthed a lot of great entrepreneurs. I am just getting started but I know that I am on the right track.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Things have not always been smooth. Some days you wake up questioning your own identity. Some days life just hits you hard. You just have to keep going. One of the toughest challenges I faced was still showing up for my business after I lost my grandfather.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
The PeekaBoo Experience provides clients the luxury of purchasing hair and beauty products while also offering a full-service experience. I am a licensed cosmetologist. I graduated from the Baltimore Studio Of Hair Design located right in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

I love to take care of natural hair, however, making wigs is my passion. I enjoy seeing people smiling from many styles I provided. It lets me know that I am following my purpose. From hair styling, cuts and coloring, “The PeekaBoo Experience” can’t wait to service you.

What are your plans for the future?
I am looking to create jobs in my community. I want to invest in cosmetology schools around Baltimore because we are important. I want to show my talent, creations and let the world see the art I can make.

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