Mia has been featured on CNN’s Headline News, Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta, NPR's A Closer Look and The Morning Edition, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Champion Newspaper and Wal-Mart World. Her awe inspiring creations can be seen in scenes in Universal Picture’s American Made, STARZ Network’s Survivor’s Remorse, USA’s Satisfaction, Bravo’s Housewives of Atlanta and WETV’s Preachers of Atlanta and Disney Freeform’s Wrap Battle.
Mia’s expertise has earned her a position as an industry leader. In 2019, in response to national demand, she founded WrapTaxi™ app, the market’s first mobile gift wrapping app. In 2020, she cofounded the International Professional Gift Wrapper Association, certifying body for the Certified Master Wrapper designation. She has been known to design, wrap and present gifts so beautifully, the recipient has waited hours even days to unveil its contents!
Mia Canada has an eye for style that goes well beyond tying the perfect bow. Once upon a time, Mia coordinated events and designed social stationery. Eventually her passion for fashion and interior design inspired her to channel her talents into an avenue for stylistic flair that had been overlooked: gift design. Affectionately known as Thee Gift Wrap Goddess, Mia’s approach to design is the sophisticated fusion of the giver's affection with the funky expression of the recipient's personality or as she calls it, ‘Sophistifunk’
In 2006, she founded That's a Wrap! Atlanta, LLC, which grew from seasonal kiosks in affluent Atlanta area malls to a thriving chain of gift wrapping boutiques.
Meet the Instructors
Meloni is the Creative Director at The Velvet Knot with over three decades of diverse experience in strategic business development, marketing and design. After studying at San Francisco State University and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Meloni began a career in the fashion industry. She transitioned from clothing to paper early in her career and opened her first solo venture Silver Lining, an invitation and event planning boutique. In addition to launching and growing several businesses of her own over the years, Meloni has also had successes in the corporate world lending her sales, branding and development expertise to Tiffany & Co., Mattel, Sephora and Tesla.
The Velvet Knot marks Meloni’s return to entrepreneurship where she has assembled a team of creative gift design experts, offers small business branding and mentoring and has launched a line of gifting stationery branded I Do Tags™ .
Rana O. Hall has been a passionate product & lifestyle photographer, sketch and digital artist for over 15 years. She is known nationally and internationally as she is a published graphic designer for world renown Ambassador Erieka Bennett of Ghana West Africa. She received multiple 5-Star ratings from customers who are more than satisfied with her products. Rana has a complete education in graphic and web design as she has received certification from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Rana’s work includes, published book cover designs Erieka’s Magical Realism and Just Be, website design for several African cultural organizations, event photographer, professional product photographer, graphic design, and sketch artist.
Founded and operated by Kalea Sanders-Wright, KSW Social Media Management, a boutique social marketing company, is the product of a true social media lover and online community builder. Kalea thrives on collaboration, organization, and good relationship building by providing a wide range of creative and professional experiences to the table with every client. Kalea is passionate about helping small businesses achieve their growth goals with marketing solutions that are effective and affordable. Social media marketing continues to evolve, and Kalea is passionate about helping small businesses navigate how they can benefit from these networks.
Keji is the Founder and Creative Director of Sequins and Petals. Her passion for creative expression began over a decade ago and her journey into the world of creating paper flowers began initially with a request for decorative and unconventional gift toppers. Her creativity blossomed as she expanded the use of paper flowers to home decor, backdrops and selfie frames.
A strong believer in empowering and helping others find and develop their creativity, Keji developed the Sequins and Petals online school, which officially launched in 2020, to make training easy and accessible to those who desire to develop their artistic talents in craft making.
Keji is an ardent motivator and encourager and of young people, to discover and embrace their talents.