Meet February 28th's Winner, Nicola Ballard!!
Nicola Ballard is the co-owner, Rudeboyz Artworks! Rudeboyz’ space at 527 W. Utica St. is a clothing and accessory boutique, art co-op and retail incubator. Nicola's store, makes clothing, shoes and accessories using custom painting, heat press and airbrushing. They also craft purses, wire-wrapped jewelry and paintings. The person who nominated her says, "Nicola hosts other regional artists and sellers, while running a gallery, performance space and community event center out of the store, she schedules weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly events in the store. In addition to pumping out artwork, organizing community events and hosting artists and live musicians, Rudeboyz mentors fledgling artists and retailers, giving them the real estate, skills and experience they need to succeed in the business. They have already helped proteges Abstract Wealth and Phenominal Xpressions move on to shops of their own. Nicola also owns and operates an online advertising company, Consult Medley, and has a podcast, CMBR Radio Show." Nicola is definitely the definition of a hard working woman!!