We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandra Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandra, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
It all started with the desire to make a personalized gift for my Mom and siblings to commemorate our Dad. My Dad passed away of Colon Cancer in June of 2016. We celebrate his birthday every year and March 2020 was no different. I wanted to make something that we could all wear in his honor.
I set out to make some hand stamped bracelets for all of us to wear. I made each of us a bracelet with a different message. I loved how personal and unique the bracelets looked. The process was fun too! I already had the tools, so I made more bracelets for friends and I made some Dog tags as well.
The Dog tags were especially fun to make and I kept making them for all of our friend’s pets. I am a huge animal lover and I’ve always bought cute things for all of our Dogs. So then I thought, why not make Dog tags and other fun stuff for Pets?
Dog bandanas were the obvious way to go. However, I wanted to add something special to the website. I already had a sewing machine at home and the sewing skills…so I started making Dog ties as well!
I thoroughly enjoy the process of making something from start to finish. I get a sense of accomplishment when I see the finished product. The best feeling is when I see people’s reaction to my products. When someone requests a personalized bracelet or Dog tag and they see their vision come to life, it is truly special.
My products are made with love and I appreciate each person who has trusted me to make something special for them or their pet.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a first responder in the City of Los Angeles. My profession has allowed me to meet many people from all different walks of life and has taught me how to connect with them.
My love for Dogs and meeting new people had helped me network and build a relationships. I’ve built some lifelong relationships along the way.
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?
I would definitely take them to check out a concert at the Hollywood Bowl! We would grab some food and drinks at Birds before venturing up the hill to the bowl. After the concert, we would drive down to West Hollywood for a night cap.
The next day, we would get some brunch at the Grove and spend the day walking Farmer’s Market and Melrose Blvd. We would eat dinner at Canter’s.
On Sunday morning, we would head over to the Hollywood Artisan’s Market for some small business shopping. We would get some lunch at City Walk and maybe check out Universal Studios theme park.
The next day, we would visit the Peterson Automotive museum and the LA Brea Tar pits. We would get some food and drinks at the local restaurants on LA Brea.
The following day, we would make the drive up PCH to Malibu Cafe and the Malibu wine safari!
There are so many places in LA! These are just a few of my favorite.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people have been amazing on this journey! I’ve received encouragement and support from friends and family (Cashmere & Gold Entertainment, Mema & Mama Jewelry and RedWhite&Blue line Apparel).
I am thankful for all the different Vendor Pop Up Market organizers that have taken a chance on me and allowed me to be a part of their events (The 714 Market, Howlin Summer Nights, Los Feliz Flea Market and Hollywood Artisans Market).