We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike & Lyza Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike & Lyza, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
It all started as a quarantine activity – with schools being closed and distance learning in full effect, we needed to find ways to keep our son on an at-home school routine and off his electronic devices. We decided to purchase a DIY tie dye kit as one of his arts and crafts projects and after seeing the outcome of the shirts, we knew this was an activity we wanted to continue doing. Our son loved to show off his new shirts to our family and friends. We received compliments and even requests to dye them some shirts; from there a little light bulb went off in our heads and we took the leap to start Dyenasty Threads.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Lyza – At the age of 15, I applied for my first summer job working in the food and beverage industry for a private club. I instantly fell in love with the fast-paced, high volume work environment and I knew I wanted to continue learning and growing with the company. Fast forward to more than a decade of working with the company from snack shop attendant, to hostess, to managing my own department. I’m thankful to have obtained so much business/marketing knowledge and customer service experience.
Mike – As an adolescent, I had no idea what to do with my life coming out of high school. I decided to enlist in the US Air Force where I worked as a C-130 engine mechanic. After serving four years in the military, I decided it was time to make the transition back into the civilian world. Without a clear cut plan, it resulted in working different jobs throughout the years, from warehouse work to retail and eventually finding myself in the fitness industry. I had to start every job at the bottom of the totem pole, but with hard work and dedication, I was able to grow into more defined roles, like shipping supervisor and studio manager.
We thrive on challenges and growth and during this pandemic, we began to discuss our dreams of owning our own business. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is too short to live in fear or with regret; take care of your mental health and just do what makes you happy. So, with our years of experiences combined we have decided to build a brand and dedicate our time to Dyenasty Threads by give it our whole heart.
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?
Both of us were born and raised in San Diego, so our list of things to do and eat here are endless! A couple of our favorite picture perfect spots in the city would have to be Balboa Park, Sunset Cliffs, and of course any of our beaches. As for a food spot, you can’t come to San Diego without stopping by the taco shop for a Cali burrito or carne asada fries. Our favorite taco shop growing up in Southeast SD, until now, would have to be El Nuevo Milenio, IYKYK!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to all of our small business owner friends who inspired us to go out and pursue our dreams. To our friends and family for the continued support. And last but not least, in the words of Snoop Dogg, “I wanna thank me, for believing in me. I wanna thank me, for doing all this hard-work. I wanna thank me, for having no days off. I wanna thank me, for never quitting.” =)
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