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Meet Afiya Ervin of Vital Vibes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Afiya Ervin.

Afiya, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Most hair accessories are made for loose, straight hair. This all started when I finally got sick and tired of not having cute accessories for my locks. I grabbed some wire, beads, and crystals and got to work. Over time I perfected my craft and began getting compliments. That is when I thought of Vital Vibes Co and the rest is history.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. Vital Vibes Co. started during the pandemic. So aside from all the challenges that entail, I found that pricing my work was particularly hard for me, then I learned I wasn’t the only one that had this problem.

Though a part of pricing does come down to simple math, I’ve learned placing a monetary value on art is very challenging for some creatives. I’ve overcome this by finding more value in the time I spend creating, the different ways we adorn ourselves, and art overall.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Vital Vibes Co. is a Black Woman-owned business in Baltimore, MD. We sell jewelry, crystals, and more. In everything, we do we remind ourselves and our customers that what we sell comes from the Earth. Nature is a big part of our brand. When we adorn ourselves with bits of nature it can help with both grounding and uplifting.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
I’ve learned the importance of diligence and discipline. One small effort made every day can snowball into something bigger and better than what you thought was achievable.

Pricing:

  • Crystal Wands – $15
  • Bracelets – $4
  • evil eye nose cuff – $12
  • copper swirl nose cuff -$12
  • Crystal Loc Jewelry – $14

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Afiya Ervin

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