Teen entrepreneur to host pop-up shop in downtown Americus Saturday

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Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 7:08 PM EDT
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AMERICUS, Ga. (WALB) -Many young people are taking non-traditional paths these days, but a young Americus entrepreneur is doing it on her own.

Haylie Dunford paints and makes jewelry. She’s hosting a pop-up show Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Downtown Plaza in Americus.

Haylie Dunford is the owner of HD Original. She is a self-taught artist and continues to do...
Haylie Dunford is the owner of HD Original. She is a self-taught artist and continues to do pop-up shows.(Source: WALB)

She says her grandfather inspired her to do artwork when she was little and at the age of 16, she started doing it for a living.

“I would say maybe about two years ago. I just started doing it for fun because it like gave me an escape. But I’d say about two years ago when I really realized I want to do it as a career,” said Dunford.

HD Original offers a variety of artwork from paintings, jewelry, and even custom orders.
HD Original offers a variety of artwork from paintings, jewelry, and even custom orders.(Source: WALB)

Haylie didn’t go to a college and recognized her passion for art early on. She started an online business called HD Original and she says her pop-up business is growing.

“Last year, I did 15. But I’ve like well exceeded that this year, like way over 15 already,” said Dunford.

Haylie says she hopes to one day get a business degree.

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