We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Goble and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Samantha, what do you attribute your success to?
I think one of the most important factors was curating a really unique, one of a kind rental collection. Hostess Haven was known for artisan pieces, curated collections and tabletop rentals that weren’t your ordinary run of the mill, from the big box companies. Farra, the previous owner, did an amazing job of sourcing pieces that not only were aesthetically beautiful but also helped tell the story of the table. The second most important factor was exposure, taking on styled shoots, free events, etc. and getting our name out there that Hostess Haven was under new ownership. We did sooo many free event and shoots I honestly couldn’t tell you how many we did in our first year but it worked. We have built up our clientele base as well as have been working our way up in California as well as across the US working with the best and most creative planners and designers. Doing this has kept us in everyone’s line of sight and provided this great momentum of growth.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I touched on this a bit earlier but what sets Hostess Haven a part from other rental companies is our unique, curated collection of inventory. We have pieces that no one else carries or just a huge collection of pieces, especially our vintage collections. We try to be very intentional with what we buy and keep with the integrity of the brand and really select pieces that will not only look great on the tables but help curate the couple or client’s story and vision. I think I’m most proud of just how far we’ve come in our 2 years of ownership. We have done over 600 paid events and countless shoots and free events. It’s just my family and I who run it; we do everything from the dish washing, order pulling, delivery and pick-ups and launder and press all the linens. It’s a huge endeavor and most people think we have a huge team but nope it’s just the 4 of us. So to do almost 350 events in our first full year was something I am so incredibly proud of. Business wise I’m lucky that Farra had set it up pretty well. We had a great existing clientele base and just kept expanding and growing it. Both my parents have small business and finance background so they’ve been able to run the ‘back end’ of everything which has been a huge help. I think it’s their insight that’s kept us on track and growing. Coming into this we didn’t really know what to expect. We thought it wouldn’t be too hard, I mean washing plates isn’t that bad. We were sooo wrong. We learned very quickly washing hundreds upon hundreds of plates isn’t easy. We had a huge learning curve to overcome and really had to learn super quickly since we started in the middle of busy season. Thankfully we all learned pretty quickly and have come so far since our early days! What I’d want the world to know is that we want to create beautiful tables for friends and family to gather around and create memories and celebrate with, from one family to another.

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?
That is one of the best things I love about San Diego is that there is SO much to do. You have the city and downtown and all the quirky neighborhoods, you can go further north to the beaches, inland to the desert and mountains and then there’s the off the beaten path places. My go-to places that I always take people are La Jolla for the cove and ocean views, Coronado to see the famous Hotel Del and walk along the beach, Balboa Park cause it’s just so pretty! I also love going and walking Liberty Station, wine tasting in Temecula Wine Country and Torrey Pines. For restaurants and bars I love Little Italy (specifically Nolita Hall, Morning Glory, Little Italy Food Hall and Bencotto’s), Buena Forchetta, Polite Provisions, Park and Rec, Raised By Wolves and 1909 in Temecula. Honestly there is so much to do here you really can’t go wrong anywhere!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh man there are so many people that have helped me get to where I am today. My parents who have encouraged and supported me 1000% in this crazy venture and have spent countless hours and long nights sewing napkins, washing dishes, loading in/out hundreds of events. All of our amazing planners and vendors who’ve supported us from the beginning and have trusted us with their vision and design. Lastly, our clients who’ve invited us to be a part of their special day and truly make it memorable and beautiful.

Website: www.hostesshaven.com
Instagram: @hostesshaven

Image Credits
Carrie McGuire Photography, Haley James Photography, Sposto Photography, Mandy Ford Photography, Natalie Bray Photography, Sposto Photography, Sourced Co., Alexes Lauren Photography, Katie Pritchard Photography

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