Hello. I’m Tonise Gardner a native of Savannah, GA and a mother of one daughter Nailyah Gardner. I spent countless years surrounded around beauty and art.
At age 19, I co-owned my first salon Too Groovy Hair Productions and at age 25 I experienced a traumatizing relationship of domestic abuse; something I stated I would never experience. The seed was implanted and I attracted a man who said he loved me in 3 weeks and soon after emotionally, mentally and physically abused me for 3 and half years. Once I awakened from that sleep I was two weeks pregnant embarrassed and depressed. Along with my cousins and mother, I was rescued from a situation that could have ended my life.
Shortly after my daughter's birth, I relocated to Charlotte, NC and attracted a clientele of 300 repeating customers, Serenity Image Consulting Salon was born after 4 years. A business designed to enhance a women’s self-esteem, self-worth and her entire image. Now, SIC is holistic consulting salon where the client can feel safe to share their stories and are inspired and motivated to step into their true authentic selves.
My motto is “True Life, True Image, True Image” something I choose to continuously evolve in my life. In 2006 I join Charlotte NC Fashion Week to help coordinate and run the backstage production along with coaching the runway models. I’m a lover of creative writing, singing, acting and have performed in countless festivals, churches, weddings and plays like “Walk In My Shoes” and “The First Lady”. I decided that more artist regardless of their expression should have a platform to showcase their talent so I created N'RICH THE SOUL, a production infused with the arts such as poetry, acting, singing, dancing, and motivational speaking.
The event was showcased in 2011 and 2012 at the Little Rock Community Center (the old Afro American culture center) during Domestic Violence month. N’RICH THE SOUL has morphed into blogs, meetups, and performing arts. My purpose is to motivate and inspire people through my own life experiences.
“My prayer is for me to decrease the ego and allow the essence of my spirit to inspire your life”