Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Change from the Inside Out
Colleen Akiko has lived her life helping people. She's helped found non-profits, building communities and creating connections between people, and as a mother, artist, musician, and student. Her spiritual training includes a Bachelors degree in theological studies as well as the study of Reiki, earning certification as a Reiki master therapist and Transformative Wholistic Reintegration instructor. She combines these elements, her spirituality, passion for family, and strong sense of community, in her role as a transformational coach.
During sessions, Colleen helps her clients discover areas of instability in their lives so that together, they can fix them. She prefaces her sessions with a questionnaire that helps guests identify these areas by asking questions such as "Your Mission: What type of change would you like to create in the world with your life?" Once clients have envisioned these answers, Colleen helps them to arrive at their goals.