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

Hi Veronica, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
We started our small business to spread our love of organic and natural products that can be accessible to anyone. We were inspired to make our products after realizing how many chemicals we were exposing to our children and ourselves.

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?

We started with organic soaps and soy candles made with essential and natural oils. With our continued success we have expanded our products to include organic and natural bath bombs, reed diffusers, raw shea body butters, clay masks, shower steamers and much more.

We take great pride and joy in our handcrafted products that are made in small batches with the highest quality ingredients we can find. We also strive for sustainability as well all the way down to our packaging which are reusable, recyclable and can be repurposed. We keep true to ourselves and we provide the best customer services we possibly can.

We new we had great products we just needed to break through. We invested a lot of time creating our products, planning and budgeting before we launched. At first our initial events didn’t go as well as we hoped. However, we kept at it by trying different markets, launching on different platforms, until we found what worked for us. Patience and determination paid off.

We learned lessons in how to reinvest our revenue, shipping logistics, sales and running promotions. The best lesson we learned is that you are going to make mistakes along the way and how you choose to address them will determine how successful you will be.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

Since most of our friends have young children we would likely direct them to family oriented destinations.

For places to visit we would start them off by encouraging them to visit Balboa Park. Not just the museums, but the shows, events, walking trails and playgrounds. Then they could stroll around Little Italy during the day where they can visit specialty shops. If on a Sunday I would recommend the Hillcrest Farmers marker to find all of the craft food and art.

For food I would recommend Los Chilaquiles for breakfast, the Great Maple for brunch and Top of the Market restaurant for great food and the best view of San Diego harbor.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shout out to my husband for helping me throughout this journey from helping me register our business, helping me at events, and spending many late nights fulfilling large orders with me all while still working a full time job. Also a shoutout to my teen son Xavier who accompanies me to my events all over Southern California. With the help and support of my family being my test subjects, advisors, critics and best of all cheering squad I was able to have a great start and expand my business. It has been a thrilling and rewarding journey.

Website: https://www.quietcreekco.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quietcreekco/

Other: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuietCreekCo

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