Spotlighting 51 Locally Owned Businesses In West Broward

The Project

We know people prefer to buy local. In fact, national companies are now branding themselves to look and feel like local businesses. Our mission is to help small locally owned businesses in the West Broward community expand their reach and grow their online presence.

One of the biggest challenges for locally owned businesses is establishing a strong community network, so that potential customers can find and choose local. This challenge is intensified by the ability of nationally owned businesses to invest large sums of money into branding, advertising and online networking.

We believe in supporting and investing in our local community. That’s why we started the Fifty One In project. Over the next year, our goal is to spotlight 51 locally owned businesses in our West Broward community. This will bring targeted information about them to the web, where the majority of people turn today to find what they are looking for. We also will promote local events and “live local” ideas, so you can easily follow what’s happening in your neighborhood to get out & get to know your neighbors.

These spotlights are just the beginning. We aim to build a quality comprehensive network for our community, so our neighbors can choose to support each other. If you are a local business owner, please contact us for more information about receiving a free spotlight.

Grateful Threads Studio by Leanna Echeverri

clothing rack Grateful Threads StudioI was lucky enough to be invited to a behind-the-scenes look at the amazingly talented designer, Leanna Echeverri.


Inspired by the natural beauty of South Florida, Leanna is a native of Miami Beach and a long time creative spirit. Drawing from a variety of artistic mediums, from mosaics & interior design to paint & collage, Leanna expresses her love for sustainable living and art through her colorful clothing designs.


Leanna’s hand-crafted, high quality organic garments are made right here in our West Broward community. Her designs are available to order online from her studio, Grateful Threads, and each item is hand-made to order by Leanna in her home studio in Sunrise, FL.


Leanna crafts her garments with organic hemp fabric, made to last and to grow more soft and comfortable with each use.  As the clothing is hand dyed and custom made to order, production time takes about three weeks. The clothing is beautiful, affordable and sustainable. Feel good knowing your clothes from Leanna’s Grateful Threads Studio are not being mass produced at the exploitation of cheap labor or at the expense of the environment. 


Leanna is self taught and simply a joy to be around. Abounding with talent, Leanna is also responsible for the photography on her site, including the first line of photos below featuring the Summer of Love Strapless Dress, the Polynesian Pantalones and the Gray Linen Upcycled Dress.  Emoting a feeling of comfort, excitement and wearability through her photography, Leanna draws out the experiences of what it is like to wear her Grateful Threads clothing line.


Can’t get enough of Leanna’s work? Inspired by her long time love of upcycling garments and fabrics, she’s developed a second line of refashioned clothing completely from discarded & reclaimed textiles and leftover hemp scraps.  It seems nothing goes to waste in her eco-friendly, green studio. Check out the shop on Etsy, The New Bohemian.


Summer of Love Strapless photograph by Leanna EcheverriPolynesian Pantalones Photograph by Leanna EcheverriGray Linen Upcycled Dress The New BohemianLeanna Echeverri SewingScrap Skirt The New BohemianGrateful Threads StudioTime to Dye the Fabric Grateful Threads Studiobasket of scraps Grateful Threads Studiothreads Grateful Threads Studio


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