Vendor Spotlight: Meet the Talented Creator Behind Grillier Willis Designs
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Every inch of New Orleans is crawling with culture.  The impeccable cuisine will make you quit any diet you were doing your best to stick to before, the weather will make you forget you own a coat and the people will make you feel so welcomed that you may never want to leave.  For these reasons and more, the ESSENCE Festival has returned to the Big Easy to expose the magic of the city for over 20 years.

Other than the unforgettable performances and great food, ESSENCE Fest’s Marketplace called ‘The Shops at ESSENCE,’ feature some of the most talented creators in the world.  As the Festival draws near, we want to do our best to introduce to a few of our favorites.

This week, meet Ragan Grillier Willis– the talented owner, designer and creator of Grillier Willis Designs. 

What makes your art or craft unique?  

We have one of a kind items that are unique and make bold statements.

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These handcrafted designs will be on hand at the Shops at ESSENCE Marketplace.

How many times have you been to Essence Fest?

2015 will be my 2nd year.

What’s your fondest memory while on the Festival grounds?

The Art/Vendors

Describe ESSENCE Fest in one word.


Why is it important for your business to be represented at one of America’s largest festivals?

We’re premier Vendors in New Orleans and the Essence Festival should have top quality artists like us.

What quote or mantra do you live by?

John 3 : 16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

How should our readers keep up with you until July? 

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To make sure you don’t miss out on these amazing vendors and many more, buy your tickets to ESSENCE Fest 2015.  Single Night Tickets are available now.