We had the good fortune of connecting with Deisy Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deisy, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It actually wasn’t intentional in the beginning. I started making pom pom earrings as a creative outlet to destress from my 9-5 design job. Sitting in front of the computer was becoming so draining and I needed something that would continue to fuel my creativity but in a tangible way. I created my first pair of pom pom earrings as part of my halloween costume and since then the pom pom craze began! However, the notion of starting a business didn’t come until a few months later when I had the opportunity to become a vendor. I made so many connections from that event and left feeling so emotionally happy seeing the joy and appreciation that so many had towards my craft. From that point on I decided to take it to the next step and start my own business – I haven’t looked back since!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It definitely has not been a smooth path. I have had a few challenges with the business side of my shop. Learning how to create a budget, develop marketing strategies, determine pricing, and maintain a great organization system were skills I’ve developed along the way. I’ve had to do a lot of research to learn how to run a product based business. It’s taken a lot of work, trial and error, and late nights to keep my small shop running all while trying to balance a full time job.
I’ve learned tremendously from this journey and I am grateful for all the hardships that have come with it. Some months are better than others but the perseverance and growth I’ve experienced keep me motivated. Even more so when I see others share the happiness that a little piece of my creativity can bring to them – it’s the BEST feeling! I take great pride and pour so much love into every pair of earrings that I make. Every set has their own unique personal touch and are meticulously handcrafted.
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?
There are WAYYY too many places to visit in just one week but one of my favorite spots that I have in mind would be to visit Local Fixture in Whittier. It’s a super cute family owned shop that sells everything from stationery, to plants, novelty gifts, accessories, and they even have a coffee shop inside!
While in Whittier a pit stop at Pots & Woks is a MUST! Its a Chinese restaurant that offers vegan options – the best I’ve had by far!
Next would be a trip to York boulevard in Highland Park to explore all of the unique shops such as Crush&Touch and Shorthand which sell the most amazing greeting cards, art, & office supplies.
Last but not least we’d make our way to Grand Central Market to have dinner at Ramen Hood where they serve delicious vegan ramen!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a dedication to my husband for always being my #1 supporter and helping me in every aspect of the business from photography to concept execution. Another dedication is to my parents and family for their unwavering support and allowing me to express my creativity from such a young age. And I can’t forget about my friends who have always motivated me to continue on this creative journey, thank you so much!