The Interview: Kenya Brantley

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This month, The Paper publishes its Q&A with Kenya Brantley of Greenhouse Mercantile in downtown Newnan.

Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.

I am a wife of 20 years, a mom of three, and owner of Greenhouse Mercantile, a collection of curated goods and vintage clothing, located in historic downtown Newnan.

The best piece of advice you’ve received.

The best advice I ever received was from my mother. And the message was: “Always ask. All someone can say is no.

If you had it to do over …

I wouldn’t change a thing. The joy is in the journey.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?

Michael Jackson – Off The Wall

Jill Scott – Who Is Jill Scott

Snoh Aalegra -Ugh, Those Feels Again

The Bible

After the Rain – Alexandra Elle

The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.

I play five instruments.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why?

Barack Obama: because he has had the most historical presidency in our lifetime, and perhaps ever.

Oprah: I would love to know what her thought processes look like when beginning new projects.

Michael Jackson: I want to know what it feels like to have and carry that type of musical genius with you at all times.

MLK: I would love to hear his answer on where do we go from here as a country.

My grandmother: Mrs. Berthaline Parrot. She was one of the most intriguing people that I’ve ever met. Now, I just want to know more.

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.

To travel to Kenya.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …

A professional fisherwoman.

Your go-to food.

Macaroni and cheese.

Favorite movies(s)?

Imitation of Life, the second one, not the original.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

Your favorite quote and why?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

I think this quote speaks volumes of us as humans. We are strong, we are determined, we are resilient.

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.

Definitely starting my own business. There is nothing like the rewards that come along with entrepreneurship.

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own?

Be patient with yourself. You’re not going to get everything right, and that’s ok.

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