Last summer I wrote a story about a creative and courageous neighbor, Gina Cotroneo, who after struggling through a very tough experience, founded a unique line of happiness-infused gifts under the brand, “Soul’s Calling” (for some odd reason I can’t find that story on our web site to add a link, but it’s in the June 2008 issue if you happen to be my mom, who keeps all of her Advocates in a basket by the computer).

Anyway, Cotroneo is slated to appear on ABC’s new reality show “Shark Tank” Sunday, August 30, to pitch her product line (this show is intense). Meet the local star at a show-watching party Sunday from 7-9:30 p.m. at Kenny’s Wood Fire Grill in Far North Dallas. Cotroneo — whose inspired umbrellas, footwear and jewelry sell at Talulah Belle in the Lakewood Shopping Center — won’t reveal what happened at the show taping, but I think the fact that she’s hosting a party hints that it went well.

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