Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Quinessa “Q” Solomon of Always on Q
Meet Quinessa “Q” Solomon, Cabi Rep and Local Fashionista behind Always on Q
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Current Residence: Berwyn, IL
All About Q: I was born Quinessa T. Solomon, but once you know me, you’ll just call me “Q.” I’m a mother of two—a 10-year-old daughter, Kaydence and an 8-month-old son, Kadé. My lifetime partner and my children’s father, Kris, and I will wed on July 1! We are a music and fashion loving family. I was born and raised on the west side of Chicago before making my way to Berwyn. I turn to anything fashion related for solace. I can hardly tell a story without referring to a song lyric or movie line. When I’m not working or writing, I’m laughing, eating or watching anything crime related on TV. I admire originality, am attracted to authenticity and I’m always looking for what’s next in life.
The Business Side: I offer a myriad of style and fashion services as part of my business, Always on Q. I am also an independent Fashion Stylist for a designer women’s clothing brand called Cabi. I have loved fashion as long as I can remember. I never wanted to follow trends, I just wanted to be myself. I found that one can express themselves through their clothes and I wanted to show other women how to do just what I did: be comfortable with who you are, express themselves through their clothes and feel great when they look in the mirror. I’ve always been a person of service. I took my love of fashion, empowering women and service and rolled it up into the business now known as “Always on Q.”
Describe yourself using three words and explain why you chose those words.
Banana: Yes, banana. I’m good for you and can bring you many benefits, but you won’t know it just by looking on the outside. You’ll realize it once you peel back the layer and get to know what’s inside.
Unpredictable: You never know what you’ll get with me! I’m always growing and evolving. From my outer appearance to my inner thoughts, I can surprise you.
Non-Traditional: There are many things that I’ve changed or altered as an adult that differs from my upbringing. That’s the beautiful thing about being an adult—you can make the decisions you want. It’s OK to have your own mind and not just “go with the flow.”
What inspires you?
I am mostly inspired by anyone that is comfortable being themselves and excels in life because of it. If you think of anyone you love, you admire, chances are they did something admirable, pushed through some type of adversity and came out on the other side a better person because of it. I am always inspired by those types of stories and I’m reminded that if they can do it, I can do it too.
Tell us something that people might not know about you.
As much as I love music, I don’t know how to dance…and I’m so ashamed. I love all types of music and the best I can do is bob my head and throw my hands in the air.
Why do you work in Berwyn?
I love the diversity in Berwyn and all of the different types of people. My business caters to all people, so it’s a great place to do business.
Where is one of the most interesting places you’ve been?
Africa. I went as a teenager as part of my high school’s Summer Opportunity of a Lifetime. I learned so much about the culture, the people, the traditions. It was an amazing experience. As a teenager, I only knew what I saw on television, which was mostly starved and poor children and people. I was so glad I was able to go see for myself that this continent was rich and offered way more than what was shown on infomercials. I’ll always remember being shocked when I saw a BMW upon arrival!
Which person from history would you most like to meet?
Tupac Shakur. As a lover of rap music, I have always loved Tupac. While he may have been portrayed as a thug or a rebel, he was very influential, wise and had so many leadership qualities. I’d love to hear some of his deepest thoughts—the ones that may not have been expressed in the music. I’d love to get his perspective on many things going on in the world today.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?
Ironically, the movie of my life would be all of the above. I’ve encountered so many things in life and have already had so many experiences which would reflect all of these genres…and I still have so much living to do!
What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?
Icon by Jaden Smith. I mean, this is Will Smith’s son. It just seems weird to like this song because I’ve never had any interest in even hearing his music. But music is music and if it sounds good…but shhhh don’t tell anyone, OK?
What do you bring with you everywhere you go?
Business cards. When in business, you never know who you’re going to encounter. You never know when a business opportunity will present itself. I once met a woman and did not have a business card and she told me, “Never leave home without your business cards.” Since then, I never have.