We had the good fortune of connecting with Philomene Simon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Philomene, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As an entrepreneur, you have to take risks. You must think of risk as something that will produce a positive outcome. Risk is what makes businesses successful and grow. Before opening our store we were only doing farmer’s markets and festivals but once we took that risk of opening the store the outcome was better than we imagined. The key is being patient and always thinking of new ideas.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We are a mother-daughter team that specializes in natural handmade skincare products that are affordable. We use a unique blend of oils and herbs that nourish and moisturize your skin. We are most proud of all we have accomplished considering we are a 2 women operation. We are most excited about all the amazing feedback we have received from customers who have tried our product. When we started our business we didn’t have a budget or a plan. We just knew we wanted to make soaps no one has ever used before. The beginning profit was little but that is the price you pay when you are just starting out. However, when we began to make a name for ourselves we got better at managing our finances and logging our expenses. The best thing to have is a plan and ambitions for how you want your business to grow. So write everything down keeping a journal is best. We want the world to know that we never were discouraged along the way and we always looked for ways to get our name out there. We wouldn’t be here today without working hard on our products, getting our name out there, and support from people in the community.
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?
Day 1 : Breakfast at Humble Bee Cafe
Spend the day getting our nails done at T&T Nail Spa in Encino
Day 2: Spend the day at Six Flags
Day 3: Brunch at Mimi’s Cafe in Northridge
Day 4: Pack a nice picnic and spend the day at Will Rodgers State Beach
Day 5: Go thrift shopping and visit Benes tacos for lunch
Day 6:Spend the day at LACMA and have dinner at Mogumogu in Santa Monica
Day 7: Relax most of the day watch movies we grew up on, Cook lunch together, and have dinner and wine at Maria’s Italian Kitchen
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would love to thank Carol from the Encino Farmers Market who gave us a chance in setting up our first booth and all our amazing customers who supported us from the beginning without all of you there wouldn’t be a Simon’s All Natural Soap.