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Exploring Life & Business with Kayla Civil, Ashley Deronville, and Ricki Pierre Canel of ARK Creations

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Civil, Ashley Deronville, and Ricki Pierre Canel.

Hi Kayla Civil, Ashley Deronville, Ricki Pierre Canel, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Ever since we were young, we worked under our youth leader in the church we grew up in, who other than devoted her time to her multiple roles in the church, was a full-time nurse, mother to 3 children, and co-chair of a non-profit.

As a service of her non-profit, she would spend money out of her own pocket to provide event decoration services to people in the Haitian community for any event you could think of, free of charge. Every event she threw, you would always find us there helping her plan and decorate, even sometimes into the wee hours of the night.

We were all teenagers, but we knew how to make balloon arks and fold napkins into wine glasses the right way. For years, we tried convincing her that her talents were too good to not charge, but she was persistent with her goal of never charging anyone in her community.

Once the pandemic hit, she began to be overwhelmed with all of her responsibilities, and as a result, decided to retire from decorating, essentially entrusting us with all of her supplies and her business.

Since then, we have worked hard on keeping the quality of service and professionalism that she instilled in us, all while attempting to break out into servicing the entire Kansas City Metro Area.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There has been. We’re freshly in/out of college, with no prior business experiences, so we have trouble finding out the right routes to take to go about being a full-blown business. But all three of us know that as long as we stay focused, we’re closer than we think we are.

As you know, we’re big fans of ARK Creations. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
ARK Creations is an event planning/coordination business that specializes in providing event decoration and coordination services for people in Kansas City. As a brand, we are proud to be able to provide affordable services to our consumers.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
We love the culture and the resources this city gives us to start a business, but some of the downfalls of the city is that there aren’t many opportunities for very unique experiences like there would be in a bigger city.

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