Innovate State | Tracy Garley
Zarkpa’s was founded by Liberian native, Tracy Garley, who has dreamt about running her own business since she was 16 years old. While working her first job at McDonalds, Tracy knew that working for others wasn’t her passion. She decided to invest more time in entrepreneurship at 16. In 2011, Tracy and her family decided to open up a retail storefront in Inkster, MI. Tracy knew that after college she wanted to take the family business to the next level. After graduating from Michigan State University in December of 2012, Tracy moved back to Detroit MI, to assist with the family business. Tracy operated the business for a year and mentioned that it was best to move the company to Detroit. Tracy saw the revitalization that was taking place in the city and she knew it would enhance the company’s exposure to an evolving city. On January 24, 2014, Tracy celebrated her 25th birthday by opening her storefront in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Tracy made sure she went to many networking events, telling others about her company; eventually Zarkpa’s quickly became a household name for the city. Zarkpa’s is a lifestyle brand that focuses on simplicity, culturistic and community involvement. Free pizza and pop will be provided!
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