We had the good fortune of connecting with Breanna Mora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Breanna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Starting my soap business was simultaneously exciting and a bit intimidating. Initially, making soap was only for friends and family in hopes that their support would help me with school costs. Not in my wildest dreams did I think to sell in the community, purchase a website, or sell to strangers across the country. To this day receiving comments, feedback, new followers, and orders through social media platforms makes me proud to be part of the soap making industry.
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.
What sets me apart from others? Nothing really. I’m an ordinary person just trying to make ends meet. What I am most proud about is learning how to balance school and life through a creative outlet like soap making. School can be tough and if we don’t find something that brings us happiness, it can get pretty bad. This is a lesson I’ve learned throughout this soap making journey. That if one is happy doing something that supports our mental health it’s not work, but joy. That is what I want the world to know about SoapsbyB. That one can find joy in the small things- like handmade soaps.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Arizona, first we would grab horchata coffee and a concha at my favorite coffee shop- Tres Leches Café. Second, we would take a peaceful, zen-like walk at the Japanese Friendship Garden where we would spend some time having long conversations while feeding the koi fish. They are hungry little creatures! After our walk, we would grab pizza at Ziggy’s magic pizza shop! It’s a hidden gem next to the Van Buren, and they have the coolest bar where you enter through their freezer, which is dope! Lastly, we would hang out at the Cobra Arcade Bar and play a game or two of Galaga. This is just a few of my favorite spots. Downtown Phoenix holds many cool places, but our next visit would have to be Sedona where we would stop for pie at Rock Springs Café before a nice hike, a little shopping, a pink jeep tour through the desert, or an afternoon at slide rock! The possibilities are endless!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people, mentorship, groups, and organizations in our community that I would like to thank, but my number one supporter has always been my mom- Griselda Rivera. From my very first attempt at making soap in our kitchen, errors and all, she has always encouraged me to keep at it. Every little bar of soap that I’ve created, has had mom’s touch. Without mom, SoapsbyB wouldn’t be where we are today. Thanks mom! <3
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