We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Tucker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, how do you think about risk?
I knew that starting my own business would be one the greatest risks of my life. One of the things I’ve learned is it’s better to take a risk than live with regret. I have found that since I started taking risks I’ve succeeded more times than failed. Just recently I started my second business, To the Altar, specializing in custom wedding invitations. It’s a risk because it’s not an ideal time to start a business in the wedding industry during a pandemic, but this allows me to take my time to create and build my branding, marketing and audience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Having over 20 years’ experience in the print and graphic design industry, you learn a lot of things along the way. Having a highly creative outlet allows me to produce new marketing pieces every day. If a client comes to me with a vision, I can almost always produce amazing results. I create modern, unique, fancy and abstract designs, but I feel most proud of my elegant designs because they require more effort and skill than some of my other styles. I also have found my niche in real estate marketing, because of my extensive knowledge and background experience that gives me a fundamental edge to my business. Starting you own business is no easy task, for myself it all started 8 years ago. Back then I felt like I was on a boat with no oars, that feeling as if the world was passing me by. Then I thought to myself why couldn’t I become part of the America dream of owning a business? But first I had to figure out a budget, a game plan and a marketing strategy to build a solid clientele base. I still remember the struggle, the patience and perseverance I had in the beginning years. I realized being your own boss has its advantages and that kept me pushing and moving forward. Starting my own business has been a dream come true, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for Class Act Designs. I want the world to know that Class Act Designs is a company that produces highly creative and eye catching marketing materials. My company thrives on helping other small businesses and entrepreneurs with their marketing, because advertising is an essential key to building business. I take great pride in my graphic designing because I know thousands of people will see my artwork consistently. At Class Act Designs, you can rest assure you’ll receive nothing less than the best in marketing and advertising.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would first recommend Old Town Temecula, visiting the local shops and restaurants. I love the coffee (and food) at Havana’s Kitchen, it’s a perfect little coffee house. For dining I recommend The Gambling Cowboy restaurant, it’s located on the upper level with a nice view and the food is fantastic. Saturday mornings Old Town Temecula has a Farmer’s Market filled with lots of food, crafts, jewelry, art and flowers. The Temecula wineries are also a great experience. I love the food and ambiance of South Coast Winery. Ponte winery also has amazing food and wine. Maurice Carrie winery sometimes offers craft shows on the weekends where you can buy crafts and goods from local vendors. Another fun activity in the spring is strawberry picking at the Temecula Berry Co. (which begins in May). After that I like to take a road trip to Carlsbad beach. They have nearby seafood buffets and shopping. You can easily spend a whole afternoon enjoying Carlsbad.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my success to my mom, Sherry who taught me independence, my husband, James who was patient during my new business transition, my friends who always encouraged me and my past employers who taught me the skills I needed to be where I’m at today.