We had the good fortune of connecting with Jody Gonzalez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jody, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Like most people, I wanted to be my own boss. I found that I never worked as hard as I could have when working for other people. I just figured I’d rather work hard to build something for myself, rather than work hard and build something for someone else. As a new mother when I started my business, I also wanted to be able to make my own hours and be able to raise my kids myself.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business specializes in eyelash extensions. I am proud that our team of artists truly care about our clients and their lash health. We have turned away clients who want lash extensions that their natural lashes can’t handle, because we aren’t willing to ruin their lashes to make a buck. I believe this is one thing that sets us apart from others, and why we have so many loyal clients.
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?
Brea is a fairly small city, so entertainment is very limited. The Improv in downtown Brea is a great place for a night out. There are several restaurants that are open late in downtown to grab more drinks or quick bite after the show. One of my favorite restaurants in Brea is Tempo Urban Kitchen. There’s always such a fun upbeat vibe there, and their food and drinks are amazing. For a week of entertainment, we’d definitely need to travel outside of the city. I love being in Orange County because the beaches are so close as well as the crazy nightlife in Hollywood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband. When I started my business we had been dating for almost a year. He knew I always jumped around from job to job and was never really happy with my work. He told me he would give me 3 months to go figure out what I wanted to do, and would support me financially during that time. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I ever would have taken the leap and started my own business. He has always been my biggest supporter and has never doubted my ability to bring my ideas to life.