We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Marie Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal Marie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Taking risks is literally how I live my life..lol. Which can be identified as a blessing and a curse to some people. Once upon a time, I played by society’s rules and followed the family standards that were laid out for me. I am thankful for the guidance that my family provided but if I can be honest, I didn’t get the results that I was told I would get. If you get good grades, go to college,.blah blah blah,.you’ll find a great job and can afford any and everything you want. You know the whote picket fence, American Dream that doesn’t really exist anymore. I played by the rules and didn’t get the result that I thought I deserved from doing everything I was suppose to do. I looked at my life at the age of 25, and I said, “Oh Hell No!”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started Crystal Marie Events in 2008. My signature events are destination weddings and cannabis infused weddings and events. (crystalmarieevents.com)
In 2015, I started speaking at conferences and workshops all over the country (www.thecrystalmarie.com)
In 2017, I created my lifestyle brand, “Fear Doesn’t Go With My Outfit” (trademarked) and started a T-shirt line. (bit.ly/FDGWMO)
In 2020, I started Mental Majic, which is a CBD luxury tea company and I also have a CBD vending machine attached to the company as well. mentalmajic.com
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Morning Workout: A stroll on the Riverwalk in Downtown Detroit or Indoor cycling at VibeRide Detroit in Downtown Detroit (i am a cycle instructor there)
Breakfast: Sweet Potato Sensations (Black-owned) or Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles (Black-owned)
Morning Activities: Charles H. Wright Museum (African American Museum), Motown Museum (Story of Motown Records)
Lunch will be in the Avenue of Fashion (Livernois & 7 mile): The Energy Zone (Black-owned), Forks of Nigeria (Black-Owned Food Truck), Good Cakes and Bakes (Black-Owned Bakery)
Afternoon Activities: Visit and Shop in the Ave. of Fashion (black owned shops), biking around the city, guided walking tour
Dinner: Sloppy Chops (Black-Owned), Savannah Blue (Black-Owned), Baobab Fare (Black-Owned)
Evening Activities: The Loft Cigar Bar (Black-Owned), Craft Cannabis Club (Black-Owned), Skating Party (@rollerskate313), Speak Easy
Late Night Snack: Coney Island #iykyk
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I definitely have to shout out the women in my family. Even though I wasn’t specifically taught to be an entrepreneur they showed me how to lay the foundation. My mother and my aunts all had businesses whether they considered it a side hustle or not. They were bosses in their own right but still able to exude femenine energy. My mother sold Avon. She was one of the top sellers in the area. I use to help package orders and wrote her name and contact info on the back of the catalogues. My aunt owned a daycare center. She converted a house into a daycare center. I would work there in the summers. My other aunt use to do nails in her basement. I remember siting by the basement door snooping on “grown folks” conversation. My other aunt was an OBGYN who owned her own practice, I was able too shadow her as well. I didn’t know then but these women were the foundation. They taught me that you should always have something to call your own. How big or small it is is up to you.
Derrick L. Davis Photography