Ayotide "Tide" Bello, Owner & CEO
Hello! My name is Tide Bello, a 22-year old content creator & entrepreneur based in Prince George's County, Maryland.
Funny enough, I've always known I wanted to own a business. After realizing that I didn't need a business degree to become an entrepreneur, my creativity sparked as I started Ayo Arrangements during my freshman year out of my dorm room. Simply as just a quick way to earn some more money as a college student, it has blossomed into something bigger than just gift baskets and myself.
I've grown to learn that my passion in life is to help people, and through creating, I've found that putting smiles on people's faces fulfills my passion for my work and my why.
"more than just gift baskets"
After creating goodie bags for one of my cousin’s birthday parties in 2015, the vision came to life. Formally known as Ayo Arrangements, I officially started in November of 2017.
Growing up, I was passionately connected to my Yoruba culture. "Ayo" in the Yoruba language means "joy", and I can say that the joy I'm able to bring with the gifts I was given has been nothing short of a blessing. Inspired by the traditions of wedding celebrations, creating gift baskets for all occasions was birthed into AA&Co. today! With a knack for graphic design and visual aesthetics, my talents and craft expanded as I began creating flyers, custom collages, and more.
My future aspirations are to become an event/wedding planner as my full-time career alongside AA&co., and the joy of celebrating life's special occasions is what my brand truly represents.