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New York Launch Pod: A Podcast Highlighting New Start-Ups, Businesses, and Openings in the New York City Area (NY Launch Pod)

Hal Coopersmith, Bull Path Media Inc. (@NYLaunchPod)

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New York Launch Pod: A Podcast Highlighting New Start-Ups, Businesses, and Openings in the New York City Area (NY Launch Pod)

New York Launch Pod: A Podcast Highlighting New Start-Ups, Businesses, and Openings in the New York City Area (NY Launch Pod)

Hal Coopersmith, Bull Path Media Inc. (@NYLaunchPod)

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A Podcast Highlighting New Start-Ups, Businesses, and Openings in the New York City Area

Latest Episodes

Episode 70: Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of MoCaFi | The Challenger Bank Serving the Unbanked and Underbanked

Wole Coaxum, founder of MoCaFi,steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss his challenger bank and project management company dedicated to serving the unbanked and underbanked and providing essential financial services in marginalized communities. As former managing director at JPMorgan and head of business banking sales at Chase, Wole recognized that many people were using payday lenders and check cashers instead of traditional banks, either because banks did not have branches in these communities or because their fee models were not structured in favor of these clients. As a result, whether through payday lenders or traditional banks, these communities were paying a higher price to use necessary financial services and Wole set out to change that. MoCaFi is an online banking platform which provides a range of financial services to poorer communities that larger banks have neglected to serve by offering financial literacy education, credit building through rent and utility payments, and low fees and interest rates on small loans. In the future Wole hopes to reduce the wealth gap in these communities by bringing them into the traditional banking sector while providing efficient, low cost financial services. In this episode we talk about the gaps in traditionalbanking services, the importance of banking to lifetime financial well being and how MoCaFi is solving these issues through a wide range of innovative technologies and services! At 2:52 we discuss the hole in the market that brick and mortar banks are not filling At 6:01 we talk about the longtermfinancial effects of being unbanked or underbanked At 9:48 Wole discusses how MoCaFi is solving the high-fee, high-cost business model of traditional banks and how the environment and rituals of a community keep people from participating in the traditional financial sector At 15:28 Wole describes how MoCaFi is approaching customer acquisition through the power of social media and celebrity And at 27:00 Wole talks about MoCaFi'ssustainablebusiness model and the difference between traditional banks and challenger banks and what that means in the context of the United State's regulatory framework. Transcript of this episode available at: nylaun.ch/mocafitr For more on MoCaFi visit: mocafi.com

34 minOCT 1
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Episode 70: Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of MoCaFi | The Challenger Bank Serving the Unbanked and Underbanked

Episode 69: Stacey Weismiller of SecondMuse | A startup incubator and impact firm dedicated to designing, developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs

Stacey Weismiller of SecondMuse steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss her startup incubator and impact firm dedicated to designing, developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs specifically geared to hardware manufacturing in New York City. SecondMuse identifies opportunities in a wide variety of unconventional sectors, including hardware manufacturing and climate technology, which benefit the city as a whole and thendevelops and mentors startups to fill those gaps in the market. At SecondMuse, Stacey heads M-Corps, an incubator funded by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority, which supports startups focused on solving climate issues in every step of their growth from funding to manufacturing. What's more, SecondMuse does require any stake in equity in order to work with them. In this episode we talk about New York City's possibilities as a manufacturing hub, the importance of energy technology companies in New York State, how SecondMuse builds the...

15 minSEP 2
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Episode 69: Stacey Weismiller of SecondMuse | A startup incubator and impact firm dedicated to designing, developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs

Episode 68: Harlan Milkove, Managing Partner of Foundational | The company that uses a data driven approach to prepare startups for venture capital fundraising

Harlan Milkove, Managing Partner of Foundational, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss his company that uses a data driven approach to prepare startups for venture capital fundraising. After founding several successful companies, Harlan realized that his venture capital expertise and technical know how could solve a problem that many founders face: learning how to efficiently prepare for new rounds of fundraising and target potential investors while still running a company at the same time. Foundational uses data to group startups together by their business plans, the market they’re tapping, location and many other attributes that can then be analyzed and used to predict which investors will be most likely to express interest. What’s more, Foundational coaches startups so that their investment pitches are more likely to be successful and so that CEOs can focus on their companies rather than the full time job of attracting investment. In this episode we talk about how Foun...

24 minAUG 1
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Episode 68: Harlan Milkove, Managing Partner of Foundational | The company that uses a data driven approach to prepare startups for venture capital fundraising

Episode 67: Hal Coopersmith, Founder of RezCue | The first residential lease management software that helps landlords and brokers keep track of important deadlines

In a special episode of the New York Launch Pod Hal Coopersmith discusses his intelligent residential lease management and compliance software called RezCue, and who else to interview Hal Coopersmith, the longtime host of the New York Launch Pod, than his mother, Martha Coopersmith. This is an episode you won't want to miss! Last summer New York State enacted the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSPTA) which created more requirements for residential landlords, many of which could impact them financially. Realizing that many landlords were unaware of the new law or too busy to keep track of so many important deadlines, Hal used his legal and technological expertise to createRezCue, a software program that ensures that landlords, brokers and property managers alike know how to comply with the law by sending a sequence of emails and text messages ("Cues"). In this special episode, Hal and Martha discuss how the rental regulations can impact landlords, how his new software c...

13 minJUL 1
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Episode 67: Hal Coopersmith, Founder of RezCue | The first residential lease management software that helps landlords and brokers keep track of important deadlines

Episode 66: Hector Castillo Carvajal, Founder of Don Carvajal Cafe | An eco-friendly coffee company committed to great taste and sustainability

Hector Castillo Carvajal, Founder of Don Carvajal Cafe, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss his delicious eco-friendly coffee company. Don Carvajal Cafe offers a sustainable approach to the coffee industry by using exclusively compostable materials, contracting directly with farmers that Hector personally vets, and implementing new processes that help to protect the environment while roasting the beans to perfection. Hector was inspired to start Don Carvajal Cafe while he was still a student at the University of Rochester. One summer Hector came into contact with a coffee importer who was impressed by Hector’s business-savvy and drive. After learning about the coffee industry, Hector then returned to campus in the fall and created a business plan for Don Carvajal Cafe. Since then, Hector has continued to learn everything he can about the coffee industry through mentors and networking to building his business from the ground up. Today Hector is growing his business through...

21 minJUN 1
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Episode 66: Hector Castillo Carvajal, Founder of Don Carvajal Cafe | An eco-friendly coffee company committed to great taste and sustainability

Special Episode: Getting a Deal on Shark Tank: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur, Talk About Their Experience on ABC’s Shark Tank and Getting a Deal with Lori Greiner

Fresh off of a successful appearance on ABC's Shark Tank, we speak to Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, co-founders of Fur. After multiple offers, Laura and Lillian accepted an offer from Lori Greiner of $500,000 for 8% equity in the company and a $50,000 donation towards promoting body positivity. Listen to our special behind the scenes Shark Tank follow-up episode to hear how Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung prepared for their appearance, what it was like negotiating with sharks and a whole lot more! For more on Fur visit: furyou.com Transcript available at: https://nylaun.ch/sharktankfurtr

19 minMAY 1
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Special Episode: Getting a Deal on Shark Tank: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur, Talk About Their Experience on ABC’s Shark Tank and Getting a Deal with Lori Greiner

Episode 64: Cate Luzio, Founder of Luminary | A women focused coworking and networking space in the heart of Manhattan

Cate Luzio, Founder of Luminary, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss her woman-focused collaboration hub right in the heart of Manhattan. Luminary offers a unique co-working and networking space for women of all professions to build their careers through hosted events, notable speakers, and a variety of amenities that are all designed make the Luminary space feel like a second home. Before starting Luminary, Cate was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing approximately $2 Billion in revenue and teams across 72 countries. But through her experience in banking, Cate began to notice that many organizations hosting networking events and panels for women did not foster the sense of community or offer a space for daily social gatherings that allowed women to build the relationships that are important to success in the workplace. So to fill this gap in the market, Cate left banking and ambitiously self-funded Luminary to ...

21 minAPR 1
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Episode 64: Cate Luzio, Founder of Luminary | A women focused coworking and networking space in the heart of Manhattan

Episode 63: Umber Ahmad, Founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery | The West Village bakery dedicated to sustainability, hospitality and community

Umber Ahmad, founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss her bakery located in the West Village that is expanding to new locations in New York City and the Washington D.C. metro area. Mah-Ze-Dahr prides itself on the quality of its baked goods, its sustainable approach to food, and its commitment to hospitality, all in the effort to create a heritage brand. Before founding Mah-Ze-Dahr, Umber worked in finance while baking “on the side”. Through her work, she met celebrity chef Tom Colicchio who was blown away by her skills as a chef and implored her to start her own bakery. Since then, Mah-Ze-Dahr not only supplies JetBlue’s first class Mint program but has opened two businesses in New York City. In this episode we discuss the meaning of the Urdu word Mah-Ze-Dahr, how Umber developed her passion into a successful business, how Umber is looking to change the world through her delicious food and a whole lot more! For more information on Mah-Ze-Dahr visit: ...

24 minMAR 1
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Episode 63: Umber Ahmad, Founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery | The West Village bakery dedicated to sustainability, hospitality and community

How You Doin'? Vol 7: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur | The celebrity endorsed body hair care brand

Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur, step back onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss their company’s exponential growth and success in the self-care industry. Back in Episode 49, we learned how Fur is changing the conversation around body hair care and meeting the needs of men and women who want all-natural products in their daily routine. Since then, Fur has doubled their sales, tripled their retail presence (including with national retailer ULTA Beauty) and brought several new products to market. In this episode we talk about how Fur continues to expand their market reach, the process of creating and releasing new products, and how attitudes have changed about Fur’s pubic hair and grooming products. For more on Fur check out: furyou.com Transcript available at: https://nylaun.ch/hydfurT

19 minFEB 1
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How You Doin'? Vol 7: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur | The celebrity endorsed body hair care brand

Episode 62: Lena Imamura and Sas Simon, Co-Founders of NAME GLO | The custom neon design studio that lets customers commission unique artwork for every special moment in their lives

Lena Imamura and Sas Simon, Co-Founders of NAME GLO, step onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss their custom neon design studio that lets customers commission unique artwork for every special moment in their lives while also providing pre-made artisan items for sale. Lena and Sas didn’t set out to start a business that would light millenials’ Instagram accounts on fire. Instead the idea for NAME GLO began when Sas was searching for a neon to celebrate her nephew’s birth. Sas soon discovered a complete lack of consumer friendly methods for ordering or designing neon at a moderate price point. So she turned to her high school friend Lena who had the artistic experience and expertise to design custom pieces. After these pieces became popular, the two realized they had a business. NAME GLO has a variety of premade and custom designs you can create using their interactive online builder and by working with them directly to transform your unique idea into reality. In this episode we ...

22 minJAN 1
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Episode 62: Lena Imamura and Sas Simon, Co-Founders of NAME GLO | The custom neon design studio that lets customers commission unique artwork for every special moment in their lives

Latest Episodes

Episode 70: Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of MoCaFi | The Challenger Bank Serving the Unbanked and Underbanked

Wole Coaxum, founder of MoCaFi,steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss his challenger bank and project management company dedicated to serving the unbanked and underbanked and providing essential financial services in marginalized communities. As former managing director at JPMorgan and head of business banking sales at Chase, Wole recognized that many people were using payday lenders and check cashers instead of traditional banks, either because banks did not have branches in these communities or because their fee models were not structured in favor of these clients. As a result, whether through payday lenders or traditional banks, these communities were paying a higher price to use necessary financial services and Wole set out to change that. MoCaFi is an online banking platform which provides a range of financial services to poorer communities that larger banks have neglected to serve by offering financial literacy education, credit building through rent and utility payments, and low fees and interest rates on small loans. In the future Wole hopes to reduce the wealth gap in these communities by bringing them into the traditional banking sector while providing efficient, low cost financial services. In this episode we talk about the gaps in traditionalbanking services, the importance of banking to lifetime financial well being and how MoCaFi is solving these issues through a wide range of innovative technologies and services! At 2:52 we discuss the hole in the market that brick and mortar banks are not filling At 6:01 we talk about the longtermfinancial effects of being unbanked or underbanked At 9:48 Wole discusses how MoCaFi is solving the high-fee, high-cost business model of traditional banks and how the environment and rituals of a community keep people from participating in the traditional financial sector At 15:28 Wole describes how MoCaFi is approaching customer acquisition through the power of social media and celebrity And at 27:00 Wole talks about MoCaFi'ssustainablebusiness model and the difference between traditional banks and challenger banks and what that means in the context of the United State's regulatory framework. Transcript of this episode available at: nylaun.ch/mocafitr For more on MoCaFi visit: mocafi.com

34 minOCT 1
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Episode 70: Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of MoCaFi | The Challenger Bank Serving the Unbanked and Underbanked

Episode 69: Stacey Weismiller of SecondMuse | A startup incubator and impact firm dedicated to designing, developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs

Stacey Weismiller of SecondMuse steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss her startup incubator and impact firm dedicated to designing, developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs specifically geared to hardware manufacturing in New York City. SecondMuse identifies opportunities in a wide variety of unconventional sectors, including hardware manufacturing and climate technology, which benefit the city as a whole and thendevelops and mentors startups to fill those gaps in the market. At SecondMuse, Stacey heads M-Corps, an incubator funded by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority, which supports startups focused on solving climate issues in every step of their growth from funding to manufacturing. What's more, SecondMuse does require any stake in equity in order to work with them. In this episode we talk about New York City's possibilities as a manufacturing hub, the importance of energy technology companies in New York State, how SecondMuse builds the...

15 minSEP 2
Comments
Episode 69: Stacey Weismiller of SecondMuse | A startup incubator and impact firm dedicated to designing, developing and implementing entrepreneurial programs

Episode 68: Harlan Milkove, Managing Partner of Foundational | The company that uses a data driven approach to prepare startups for venture capital fundraising

Harlan Milkove, Managing Partner of Foundational, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss his company that uses a data driven approach to prepare startups for venture capital fundraising. After founding several successful companies, Harlan realized that his venture capital expertise and technical know how could solve a problem that many founders face: learning how to efficiently prepare for new rounds of fundraising and target potential investors while still running a company at the same time. Foundational uses data to group startups together by their business plans, the market they’re tapping, location and many other attributes that can then be analyzed and used to predict which investors will be most likely to express interest. What’s more, Foundational coaches startups so that their investment pitches are more likely to be successful and so that CEOs can focus on their companies rather than the full time job of attracting investment. In this episode we talk about how Foun...

24 minAUG 1
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Episode 68: Harlan Milkove, Managing Partner of Foundational | The company that uses a data driven approach to prepare startups for venture capital fundraising

Episode 67: Hal Coopersmith, Founder of RezCue | The first residential lease management software that helps landlords and brokers keep track of important deadlines

In a special episode of the New York Launch Pod Hal Coopersmith discusses his intelligent residential lease management and compliance software called RezCue, and who else to interview Hal Coopersmith, the longtime host of the New York Launch Pod, than his mother, Martha Coopersmith. This is an episode you won't want to miss! Last summer New York State enacted the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act (HSPTA) which created more requirements for residential landlords, many of which could impact them financially. Realizing that many landlords were unaware of the new law or too busy to keep track of so many important deadlines, Hal used his legal and technological expertise to createRezCue, a software program that ensures that landlords, brokers and property managers alike know how to comply with the law by sending a sequence of emails and text messages ("Cues"). In this special episode, Hal and Martha discuss how the rental regulations can impact landlords, how his new software c...

13 minJUL 1
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Episode 67: Hal Coopersmith, Founder of RezCue | The first residential lease management software that helps landlords and brokers keep track of important deadlines

Episode 66: Hector Castillo Carvajal, Founder of Don Carvajal Cafe | An eco-friendly coffee company committed to great taste and sustainability

Hector Castillo Carvajal, Founder of Don Carvajal Cafe, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss his delicious eco-friendly coffee company. Don Carvajal Cafe offers a sustainable approach to the coffee industry by using exclusively compostable materials, contracting directly with farmers that Hector personally vets, and implementing new processes that help to protect the environment while roasting the beans to perfection. Hector was inspired to start Don Carvajal Cafe while he was still a student at the University of Rochester. One summer Hector came into contact with a coffee importer who was impressed by Hector’s business-savvy and drive. After learning about the coffee industry, Hector then returned to campus in the fall and created a business plan for Don Carvajal Cafe. Since then, Hector has continued to learn everything he can about the coffee industry through mentors and networking to building his business from the ground up. Today Hector is growing his business through...

21 minJUN 1
Comments
Episode 66: Hector Castillo Carvajal, Founder of Don Carvajal Cafe | An eco-friendly coffee company committed to great taste and sustainability

Special Episode: Getting a Deal on Shark Tank: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur, Talk About Their Experience on ABC’s Shark Tank and Getting a Deal with Lori Greiner

Fresh off of a successful appearance on ABC's Shark Tank, we speak to Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, co-founders of Fur. After multiple offers, Laura and Lillian accepted an offer from Lori Greiner of $500,000 for 8% equity in the company and a $50,000 donation towards promoting body positivity. Listen to our special behind the scenes Shark Tank follow-up episode to hear how Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung prepared for their appearance, what it was like negotiating with sharks and a whole lot more! For more on Fur visit: furyou.com Transcript available at: https://nylaun.ch/sharktankfurtr

19 minMAY 1
Comments
Special Episode: Getting a Deal on Shark Tank: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur, Talk About Their Experience on ABC’s Shark Tank and Getting a Deal with Lori Greiner

Episode 64: Cate Luzio, Founder of Luminary | A women focused coworking and networking space in the heart of Manhattan

Cate Luzio, Founder of Luminary, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss her woman-focused collaboration hub right in the heart of Manhattan. Luminary offers a unique co-working and networking space for women of all professions to build their careers through hosted events, notable speakers, and a variety of amenities that are all designed make the Luminary space feel like a second home. Before starting Luminary, Cate was the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC managing approximately $2 Billion in revenue and teams across 72 countries. But through her experience in banking, Cate began to notice that many organizations hosting networking events and panels for women did not foster the sense of community or offer a space for daily social gatherings that allowed women to build the relationships that are important to success in the workplace. So to fill this gap in the market, Cate left banking and ambitiously self-funded Luminary to ...

21 minAPR 1
Comments
Episode 64: Cate Luzio, Founder of Luminary | A women focused coworking and networking space in the heart of Manhattan

Episode 63: Umber Ahmad, Founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery | The West Village bakery dedicated to sustainability, hospitality and community

Umber Ahmad, founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr, steps onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss her bakery located in the West Village that is expanding to new locations in New York City and the Washington D.C. metro area. Mah-Ze-Dahr prides itself on the quality of its baked goods, its sustainable approach to food, and its commitment to hospitality, all in the effort to create a heritage brand. Before founding Mah-Ze-Dahr, Umber worked in finance while baking “on the side”. Through her work, she met celebrity chef Tom Colicchio who was blown away by her skills as a chef and implored her to start her own bakery. Since then, Mah-Ze-Dahr not only supplies JetBlue’s first class Mint program but has opened two businesses in New York City. In this episode we discuss the meaning of the Urdu word Mah-Ze-Dahr, how Umber developed her passion into a successful business, how Umber is looking to change the world through her delicious food and a whole lot more! For more information on Mah-Ze-Dahr visit: ...

24 minMAR 1
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Episode 63: Umber Ahmad, Founder of Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery | The West Village bakery dedicated to sustainability, hospitality and community

How You Doin'? Vol 7: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur | The celebrity endorsed body hair care brand

Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur, step back onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss their company’s exponential growth and success in the self-care industry. Back in Episode 49, we learned how Fur is changing the conversation around body hair care and meeting the needs of men and women who want all-natural products in their daily routine. Since then, Fur has doubled their sales, tripled their retail presence (including with national retailer ULTA Beauty) and brought several new products to market. In this episode we talk about how Fur continues to expand their market reach, the process of creating and releasing new products, and how attitudes have changed about Fur’s pubic hair and grooming products. For more on Fur check out: furyou.com Transcript available at: https://nylaun.ch/hydfurT

19 minFEB 1
Comments
How You Doin'? Vol 7: Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung, Co-Founders of Fur | The celebrity endorsed body hair care brand

Episode 62: Lena Imamura and Sas Simon, Co-Founders of NAME GLO | The custom neon design studio that lets customers commission unique artwork for every special moment in their lives

Lena Imamura and Sas Simon, Co-Founders of NAME GLO, step onto the New York Launch Pod to discuss their custom neon design studio that lets customers commission unique artwork for every special moment in their lives while also providing pre-made artisan items for sale. Lena and Sas didn’t set out to start a business that would light millenials’ Instagram accounts on fire. Instead the idea for NAME GLO began when Sas was searching for a neon to celebrate her nephew’s birth. Sas soon discovered a complete lack of consumer friendly methods for ordering or designing neon at a moderate price point. So she turned to her high school friend Lena who had the artistic experience and expertise to design custom pieces. After these pieces became popular, the two realized they had a business. NAME GLO has a variety of premade and custom designs you can create using their interactive online builder and by working with them directly to transform your unique idea into reality. In this episode we ...

22 minJAN 1
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Episode 62: Lena Imamura and Sas Simon, Co-Founders of NAME GLO | The custom neon design studio that lets customers commission unique artwork for every special moment in their lives
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