Jan 07, 2013 04:58AM
● By Style
Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
Since our children were born, I’ve found creative ways to shape my career around the seasons of our family. I ran an in-home childcare when my children were babies and then worked as a freelance writer for local newspapers and magazines as they grew. Later, I taught a variety of subjects from home, including art to children and adults. Now our two youngest are working at becoming wedding singers, so I combined my 20 years of experience as a professional visual artist and blended that with a response to the gloomy economy to offer beautiful yet affordable silk floral arrangements for weddings, events and home décor…and voila, Affordable Ambiance – event florals and décor rentals – was born.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I’m actively involved with Santa’s Open House, which benefits local foster children; as well, I volunteer with Honor our Troops, where special care packages are sent three times a year to all troops from El Dorado County that are deployed in war zones. To contribute to the next packing, contact Affordable Ambiance at [email protected] or 530-306-2379.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would meet Katherine Hepburn. She had a way of living that was bigger than life itself, was always true to herself, and had a dream childhood where backyard plays and daredevil stunts filled her days. She wrote her own plays and directed them with passion, and was truly an authentic, self-made woman whose character and strength projected off the screen and into my very soul.
And finally, customer service is…?
Customer service is listening carefully and then fashioning a perfect product to meet your client’s needs.
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