We had the good fortune of connecting with Debbie Jackobs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debbie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was a hairdresser / booth renter for many years in different salons in the Cypress area. I wanted something of my own where I could use the many things I had learned in the different salons I worked. I tried many things in my space since 2009 when I opened. Started the salon as a hair and art salon, where I could feature local artist. The artist part never really took off so I Rented to as many as nine stylist (it’s a pretty small space), then changed to less renters and started adding jewelry and other retail items. During Covid things changed again, with being open and closed several times, I decided to try adding more retail such as Plants, pots, more jewelry, clothes and household items. Retail was allowed to be open when salons were closed, this shift gave me something to do to keep busy. With several stylist’s moving on from my salon, after the salon closure from Covid, I decided to try to make a go at retail and turned 3/4 of the salon into A Place Of Our Own plants & boutique. My salon / boutique is located in a unique area of 5 older homes turned retail space. The stores and restaurant are connected in a beautiful garden with a koi pond. My store has a beautiful view of the garden so the plants fit right in. I knew I had a green thumb and that I enjoyed gardening, but through covid I realized that I really have a passion for it. I was ready to retire out of doing hair, but for now it’s not possible, I work 2 days a week still doing hair, I’m very grateful for the chance Covid gave me to try something new. When I finally decide to lay my scissors down for good, I have the plants and boutique to keep me fulfilled. It truly has “grown” to be a real joy for me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I really enjoy making pretty things with plants, pottery and arranging my space in a esthetically pleasing way. The time flies when I’m gardening and creating. Starting out with the retail and not having a lot of business, I could sell one plant for the whole work day and be excited to come back the next day. This is when I knew I was on to something. I think what could set me apart is, I love to share how I make things, how people can make some of the things I have for sale and I also love to offer any planting tips I have and just make people feel welcome and appreciated. Another thing I love to do is make people a cup of coffee to browse with.
Professionally has been a challenge for me to manage people, I’m just not good at it. But, all and all I’d say being an owner hasn’t been too difficult.
The lessons I’ve learned along the way is you can’t change people, the only thing you can change is yourself. Mind my own business, have faith that God has my best interest even when it doesn’t seem that way.
I want people to come to my place and feel love, support, encouragement. Experience to beauty of God’s creation in the gardens and see pretty things that have been created in the shop.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Close by is the Eldorado Nature Center and park, Long Beach. Walk, hikes, dog park, tennis. My favorite restaurants are
*Shenendoah (located in the same area as my shop, called Arbor Village) Los Alamitos
*Fish Company Los Alamitos
*El Zarape Cypress
Plenty of shops down the street as The Shops At Roosmoor
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband has been supportive of me in my 12 years business. He is my handyman, maintenance man, and now recently has filled in for me running the boutique, all while working his full time job. I couldn’t have lasted this long without him, and the support of many friends. What has kept me grounded through all the ups and downs of life is my faith. What has been a big game changer for me this last year which was the craziest, as it was for many. Myself and 2 of my friends decided in the beginning of 2020 to read the Bible straight through in a year. We did it through an app called You Versoin where we were able to read and talk with each other. It’s taken us a little longer then a year, but we nearing the end within a few weeks. This has been to best thing I’ve ever done. There is nothing happening today that hasn’t already happened. I have found much wisdom and truth in dealing with todays problems through this.