We had the good fortune of connecting with Nitzia Arias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nitzia, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea behind my business came from my love and passion for home decor. I wanted to share that passion with others and thought that just how I looked for a certain aesthetic for my home others did as well. I wanted to provide customers with that aesthetic and one of a kind decor but also make it and experience when shopping from A One Way Stop. I have always believed that the space you live in should give you joy and fullfillness when you enter it. I wanted to share and provide pieces that would brighten and give that joy when entering any room in a home or office. Outsourcing from other countries was my top priority because I wanted to share handmade items, each item has a story behind it. Coming up with A One Way Stop wasn’t hard at all because as hard working women I knew that I wanted to own something of my own, but just not anything I wanted something that I was going to enjoy and have fun with. This is when I created my master plan! I told myself I would start with a small inventory, if I could sell this inventory and make my goal of sales after all costs then it was something I would pursue and well here we are! It worked and now my goals are bigger!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I truly believe that what sets my home décor store from others it the managing behind it. My business a small business that is mainly operated by myself and the help of my sisters. It is a family oriented business, not only do we supply our customers with top quality and unique pieces but we really cater to them one on one. What I mean by this is that when we package orders to go out we really package them with love and care. We want the customer to enjoy opening their order, with all detailing we put into the process. A one Way Stop is catered to helping other communities and to do so I outsource my items from other small business owners and from other countries were I know our wholesale purchase will help suffice their dreams and feed their family.
A One Way Stop also helps by giving back, as a daughter from immigrants it has my priority to help other in need. 10% percent of sales is used to purchase school supplies, clothes, toys and medicines for Fundación Salvacion which is children’s home in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
Some of the lessons that I have learned, is that it is not easy. There will be days were we have over 20 orders to process there are others day were he have 0 orders to process, but I keep telling myself it is okay, this is just the beginning. It only pushes me harder to make sure I bring new inventory; inventory that customers will say WOW I can’t find that anywhere else. It pushes me to work better on my marketing and take it up a notch without loosing the connection with customers. It is very rewarding when customers always come back!
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?
The day would start by stopping by Verto’s Kitchen, they have the most delicious grand ceremonial matcha and baked donuts (To die for!!!)
We would continue to a hike at the Grotto trailhead in Malibu, on of the best views and amazing waterfalls.
It is LA! So, you know we would have to stop by rooftop bar/restaurant for brunch! One my favorite places is La Casita located in Hotel Figueroa, the food and drinks are amazing. The aesthetic is beautiful you feel you have been transported somewhere coastal! Another place that would be added to list of to do is Mama Shelter, the true definition of what a LA rooftop bar. The views are amazing during the day and night.
If we are trying to be more “chill” we would head out to the Grand central Market. They have so many food vendors it will not let you down. We would go check out some museums like the LACAM, The Getty and of course one of my favorite ones; The Broad!
We would end the night with some In-N-Out!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I think who has helped me and my business get to were we are now I have to say my family and fiancé! They have been my support system and always encouraging me to aim higher. Family is one the strongest glue, to making anything achievable.
The military has also had a huge influence, my values as a Soldier have thought me that anything is possible and adapting to my civilian lifestyle has been of the best things I could do.