We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Mintz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
To be honest, there wasn’t a major plan or methodical thought process behind staring this business. I was 27 years old and still felt like a baby. My father, a nearly life long small business owner, thought it was time but I wasn’t sure. It wasn’t until I had worked for an event company as a subcontractor under my imagined business name, Organic Elements, and then received a payment check under said business name, that I really took the plunge to get my fictitious business name, business license and bank account to go with it, in order to be able to cash that check. And well, the rest is history.
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.
Truly, I just wanted to be a floral designer. Being a small business owner has me wearing several hats a day and though I truly savour the moments of getting to design, my job above all others, is to sit and listen to each client and get a feel of what beauty is to them. There is no detail too small, no word unheard, my goal with every single event is to hear from the client “it was even better than I envisioned”. It’s not easy, it’s not a path of balance, I work every single day, a minimum of 8 hours per day. But, that’s what it takes, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Assuming there’s no 100 year global pandemic? My weekend itinerary for a visiting friend? Well, I hope they brought a wet suit! First on the list is visiting some old friends, perhaps a sea lion I’ve dubbed Jerry down at the cove, or maybe we’d hit Marine Room to seek out a turtle. Either way, we’re going snorkeling in La Jolla. Food is always on the agenda, some favorites are a Himalayan restaurant in La Mesa, eating our way through the Liberty Station Public Market, or our favorite hole in the wall sushi joint in Clairemont, Fish Attack. If it’s a Saturday, then we’re hitting up the Tuna Dockside Market so I can make them fresh poke scratch. Then maybe a walk through Little Italy or Downtown La Jolla, or a relaxing backyard projected movie.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Every step in my life has lead me here. From my painting teacher that took me in at age 6 with my older brother, officially too young for the class but took pity on my mother in giving her two hours of child free silence… To my high school that named me prop mistress for a production of Guys and Dolls, forcing me to get creative with prop construction and set painting… To my dad who instilled small business ownership in all three of his children equally, two girls and a boy, and later installed the cooler he saved for me for over a decade, knowing this would be my path… To the shop owner that took me in at 18 with zero floral
experience and lead me through the cooler to teach me the names of all the flowers inside. I would not be me, without them.