We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Paige Flowers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Both of my businesses were straight impulse. LOL. It was literally “see a need, fill a need”. For my meal prep biz, a lot of my entertainment industry friends and I worked out at a park daily. We’d see each other’s physical progress and then BAM! They’d book some great job and begin losing the progress they’d made from eating crap food on set. And they didn’t have time to meal prep for themselves. I made a comment like “if I cooked for you, that wouldn’t be an issue”. “If you do it I’ll be your first customer”, one of my friends said— and PREPPED.by Chloe came into existence the next week!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Let’s just say being a Type A creative is only “not easy” because of you. My meal prep business definitely gave me anxiety at first because I couldn’t simplify. Offering custom meal prep, I wanted to give my clients all the options in the world. But once I realized that they were just as overwhelmed as I was, I learned to be more concise, take feedback, and edit as needed.
One of my greatest joys, like acting, is learning more about people and how we are truly all so different in how we process things. For PREPPED.by Chloe, I’ve learned (and constantly do research on) how every diet is not for everyone— education and listening to our bodies is imperative.
So when it came to starting my interior decorating business, The Oasis Collaboration, amidst a pandemic, it came with great ease! At that point I’d learned to focus on my mission: to provide people a space of peace amidst chaos. My favorite line to use for myself and my clients is “Does it spark joy?”. This leads all decision making: If something sparks joy, follow it. If something doesn’t truly spark joy, stop wasting your time on it.
Getting over my own natural level of perfectionism was key— in everything in my life really. Things don’t have to be hard to obtain: set your intention on it, and simply move in that space… my best friend, Sasha taught me that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
For starters, my favorite way to get the touristy BS out of the way is taking a drive. We’d grab coffee and a donut (or 2) from Trejo’s Coffee and then start our tour near Hollywood and Vine. Taking the stars down the Blvd, then up into the hills so they can see some dope houses and the view at Studio City overlook. We’d head back down, drive through Beverly Hills and head to Venice to see the pier and then grab tacos and margaritas for lunch at Chulita. Dinner later at Yamashiro and if it’s Monday and the world is back open, then Da Juice Joint is a must stop for night life: if you’ve been, then you know it’s a vibe.
Other must go’s are Point Dume, you get a mini hike and a tourist-free beach in Malibu! Speaking of Malibu, Malibu Wine & Safaris also does a movie night— wine tasting, food trucks and nostalgic films are always a yes for me.
Role through Leimert Park on Saturday, for food and a PREPPED.by Chloe juice at Swift cafe, then hop over 1 block for a dope farmers market and drum circle and my favorite tea and herbal spot, Nappily Naturals.
Other super yummy food? Harold & Belle’s for some NOLA goodness, and My 2 Cents for some feel good soul food.
And your trip wouldn’t be complete without visit to a Echo Park. Sitting out there and eating lunch, drinking, reading a book, napping or even hopping in the swan boats is most definitely the move.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Besides my mom who is often my inspiration and has set the bar for running bomb ass businesses that not only bring you joy, but your clients as well… I’ve got to shoutout my tribe! My tribe is my chosen family in LA, and without them sharing word of mouth, becoming clients themselves, giving seed money and lending a hand when business is booming, my business wouldn’t be quite as successful as it is today. So thank you— you know who you are.
Instagram: @prepped.bychloe & @theoasiscollab
Sheldon Botler, @sheldonbotler