We had the good fortune of connecting with Cee Bogarin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cee, what matters most to you?
The value or principle that has always mattered most to me is “the Golden Rule” and treating others how you would like to be treated. I worked retail and customer service when I was much younger and i always said that I did not want to make a career out of it because it can be upsetting to encounter people who do not also follow “the Golden Rule”. Yet, here I am with my own business now, that is built on customer service. Funny enough, it has been very fulfilling because I feel that every day I am renewing people’s belief that good customer service still exists and that small businesses truly value their patrons. The more positive experiences that I give out, the more positive experiences I receive back and I hope that people carry that compassion with them when they encounter others, even if it is just for one day. At least for one day, I have created this positive wave that reaches people far beyond me just because I chose to treat others the way I would like to be treated, with respect and understanding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I curate and custom source vintage Turkish rugs and textiles, as well as craft unique home furnishings from these textiles such as wall art, headboards, and upholstered benches just to name a few things. What sets me apart from others in the same realm of work is that as far as I am aware, I am the only Latina small business owner curating items such as this, as well as the only person making by hand the unique furnishings that I do. This makes me feel incredibly proud to offer something to people that I am not seeing in a mainstream manner at all and to also create these items myself from my own two hands.
I am proud of my business progression because it certainly was not easy starting from nothing, just being a stay at home mom who one day, randomly took the little savings she had and decided to purchase 7 vintage Turkish rugs and build a whole business out of it. I persevered though and continued to believe in myself and my abilities. I embraced failure from time to time and used them as learning opportunities and stepping stones to improve my vision for my business and my future.
I’ve learned over and over again that success does not appear overnight, but if it is something you never lose sight of it will inevitably reach you.
I want the world to know that I was a mom who wanted more than what was placed in front of her, so I decided to build it all myself from scratch. Much like the rugs I sell, my success will be woven piece by piece over time through my own hard work and the overall design/outcome might not be apparent right away, but it will be a one-of-a-kind, beautiful process, and finished product in the end.
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?
I really don’t spend time in the city, I usually like to head outdoors and see unique things. I would certainly take them to Page, AZ to see Horseshoe Bend, upper and lower Antelope Canyons, and Lake Powell. Then we would visit the Grand Canyon to catch a sunrise and stop in Sedona to eat at Sedona Pizza Co. and do some hiking.
We would do some off-roading at Schnebly Hill Road for some awesome views. I would also take them to Canyon Lake or Saguaro Lake to do some boating and paddle boarding. We would definitely eat at Tom’s BBQ in Mesa and go on as many adventures as we could.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
@desertgalstudio Yani Guerra-Flores & Neidy Mendoza
These 3 women are amazing businesswomen and are incredibly supportive of others. They are truly people who believe in lifting up others or that “a rising tide lifts all boats”.
Other: Pinterest: @ourcozycasita
All photos are my own and were photographed by me