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

Hi Edgar, how do you think about risk?
What I think about risk/risks in my life is I go back to where I started. The start process is pretty easy if you come from Nothing, you’re more willing to risk it all since we know what it is to have nothing. For me it’s kind of like I don’t have much to lose. The thing is now, we just have to really plan it out. We have responsibilities nowadays that don’t let us risk it all how when we first started but always going to continue try to improve and grow, with that comes growing pains.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We buy, sell and trade fashion. We have two stores next to each other on central and camelback. One specializes in vintage from sports, music, movies and ETC. we also carry streetwear some of the more popular brands we carry are like supreme and BAPE. Next door is strictly sneakers. There you’ll find shoes from $50-$4,000 and everything in between.

What I’m most excited about honestly is having ownership and doing it my way. It’s not the prettiest, the most organized the most perfect but it’s mine and we continue to improve from day in and day out. So right now I don’t really worry about much I know over time we’ll be fine.

Where I am today is based off risk I took when we first started. We use to have $5k after a good week. Come Monday and something was dropping we would invest it all that day. Sometimes we wouldn’t sell not one piece of that drop but over time it did and it paid off.

I honestly feel if you really love it, you sacrifice and have passion for it eventually you’ll figure it out. Just don’t quit. Things over time get brought to light and you just have to be ready for 50 customers coming in all at once sometimes !

I want people to know that if you say you can do it. You can do it. My whole life I didn’t have the status to be able to work. My whole family but my little brother we’re undocumented for 90% of our lives. Just have to put the time in and get better.

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 would first take him over to AZ Taco Boys over on 7th st and Roosevelt. They have the best tacos in town. We would start there, then take him to Desert Sky Mall where I grew up. They have a section where it’s a market place and I love it there. You see all the small businesses operating and some where they first begin. Then we would go to fashion square to check out some of designer stores. Then we would probably end up at dessert drinks on 18st and McDowell where my friend has a shop where he sells exotic drinks and snacks. I’m super laid back nothing to exciting for me.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Man, where do I begin? I’m not here without my parents, my older brother. To start off with. Those are my hero’s. Then you got my older sister and younger brother. I have a family where when we got to the United States that’s all we had and that’s from the beginning. Since I’ve started business my wife is someone who really pushed me to be better and stay in line. She has a power that automatically makes me want to be come better. So honestly pretty much my whole family and it’s not as big.

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