Brooklyn native Simone Forgione has photography in her blood. Growing up, she'd take pictures of the up-and-coming rappers who'd visit her father's portrait studio, and as her flash bulb sparked, she steadily fell deeper in love with the art form. Simone went on to snap hundreds of photos a day while managing various studios racking up more than 25 years of photography experience. With a wealth of managerial and artistic skills in tow, Simone tugged an enchanted camera from a mythic stone and realized it was time to forge a freelance career. Since then, Simone has nabbed portraits of Harry Belafonte, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Katt Williams, and although her diverse portfolio also spotlights event and fashion photos, portraits remain her passion. During sessions, clients can request help from a wardrobe and makeup artist, who help ensure clients come out looking their personal best.
From its retail location within the Boulevard at the Capital Centre and an online site on Poshmark, DW Kloset Treasure Boutique sells jackets, tops, boots, and statement necklaces that reflect a modern, edgy style. At any given time, the shop includes body chains, slouchy tunic sweaters, and thigh-high heeled boots.
The secondhand clothing and furniture at Treasure Hunt Thrift Store has a purpose beyond its appearance. Not only do the discounted goods offer an affordable way for underserved families to dress and fill their home, but the sale of such items goes to benefit the shop's affiliate: the National Empowerment for Minorities Active in Community (NEMAC). NEMAC provides women in the metropolitan area with a safe place to receive shelter from abuse—whether it be substance abuse, emotional abuse, or physical abuse—supporting their return to independence. The organization's parenting- and life-mentoring programs, meanwhile, teach much-needed skills to empower those with developmental and mental disabilities.