READY FOR BUSINESS—Rae Coleman owner of Enhanced Creativity (center) and staff Eric Toal and Draone Council await the attendees of the My Fair Lady Edition Brunch.
“You dream it, we deliver,” is the motto of Enhanced Creativity, an event planning company owned and operated by Rae Coleman. Since 2010 she has focused on ethnic event planning and wedding services specializing in African-American, Yoruba, Jewish, Indian, Trinidad, traditional and same-sex matrimony ceremonies. A full service event planning business, Enhanced Creativity offers guidance and support in every stage of any event they are hired to organize. “Our intent is to create each event to be a perfect memory that will make clients smiles last forever,” said Coleman.
Cautious that every religion has its own wedding customs, Coleman says she and her staff are abreast of traditions. As an example she pointed out that for African-American weddings they are able to incorporate libation, jumping the broom, tying the knot, tasting the four elements and Kola Nuts.
More than just a wedding planner, Coleman classifies her business as, specializing in community, cultural, educational and unique events. She creates floral designs and produces customized gifts of all kinds.
Still reflecting on her last affair, Coleman says her desires are to help people, to expose her audience to uniqueness and to educate. Earlier in April she sponsored the My Fair Lady Health and Awareness Edition Brunch at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Benefiting the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, the afternoon consisted of speakers talking about the importance of taking time out for self, the benefits of massage therapy, the environmental responsibilities of using natural skincare products, wellness and general information on Lupus. There also were a variety of exhibitors and brunch.
Labeling the event a success, she says she would have liked to see more of the community support her efforts. “When sponsoring events the biggest challenge is getting the numbers you want,” she said. “You never know what types of events people are interested in.” She indicated that other events like her monthly mixers held at the Savoy have been very successful. The next one, the third in a series is scheduled for May 16.
“The mixers give Pittsburgh entrepreneurs a place to network and share ideas as well as bring different cultures together,” she said. “Pittsburgh young professionals and entrepreneurs don’t network enough. The best way to make new connections and to see what others are doing is through networking.”
Another outlet she uses to provide exposure and for people to market their selves and the services and products they offer is through a Facebook page called “African American Pittsburgh Professionals and Talent.” “On the site we discuss topics and issues that are pertinent to business and industry and provide tips for success,” she said.
Excited about her future, Coleman cites her goals as to continue educating her clients and audience and to unite different cultures. Feeling that she is well on her way of accomplishing and mastering working with different cultures she says throughout her career and the history of her business she has been exposed to and had the opportunity to work with different ethnic groups.
The next major venture for Enhanced Creativity is “Come one, Come all, Come couture” a fashion show scheduled for Sept. 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Considering the show a one of a kind event, Coleman said cultural fashion expert, designer, and awarding winning book author, Therez Fleetwood, from Atlanta, will be the headliner of the show. This event will showcase ethnic fashions, men’s formal wear, couture, wedding gowns, and unique vendors from Pittsburgh and surrounding states along with cultural performances.
Fleetwood, classified as the ultimate bridal designer, has been featured in Essence, Jet, Ebony, Upscale, Continental Bride, Weddings in Style and an array of other magazines. Her designs have been on display at the Andy Warhol Museum, where she designed an original wedding gown to support the fund raising efforts for “The Lost Boys of the Sudan”; in the “New York Gets Married” and “Black Style Now” exhibits at the Museum of the City; and at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Her bridal collection is described as combining the exotic and romantic with the modern and structured. Said to be inspired by color, shape and texture, her collection of gowns combine stylish silhouettes, gorgeous fabrics, exquisite details and creative design patterns made from beads, trinkets, embroidery, shells and lace.
“I am excited and delighted to bring a designer of such caliber, creativity and class to the area,” said Coleman. “This is a big undertaking for Enhanced Creativity and we hope the community will be as thrilled about the event as we are and show their support.”
She emphasized that other than attending, that businesses can get involved through sponsorship, vending and placing ads in the program booklet.
Coleman, a native of Milwaukee, credits gaining her entrepreneur spirit from her uncle Lonnie Hudspeth’s who operated numerous businesses. She says she embraced her ability to design and create based on her own imagination and views of the cultural world. A graduate of Point Park University she also is a certified planner and member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is also a certified Minority and Women Business Enterprise small business.
Throughout her career she has helped with projects throughout the community assisting in the design, drawing and painting of two interior full-wall murals on Pittsburgh public buildings and in the communities of Duquesne and Homestead. She also has worked with the Hosanna House, Big Day Entertainment, the Hill House Association, The Goal Project, SBA of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Professional Woman, Ujamaa’s Woman’s Collective and the Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine.
“Enhanced Creativity is unique,” said Coleman. “No other event planning business offers the cultural amenities that we provide. We supply fresh ideas and reasonably priced services, we pay close attention to every detail of the event or wedding. We strive on providing time-saving and money-saving ideas, and aim to reduce the stress of planning any event.”
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