We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Haber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, let’s start with a hypothetical. What advice would you give to someone facing insurmountable odds?
Never give up! As a woman with a disability, I am often faced with various obstacles. The most important lesson I have learned is that when you have a goal, it’s important to follow through. You may have to find new and creative ways to achieve your ultimate objective, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. There are bound to be hurdles but discovering alternative paths and new ways around them will help you grow and ultimately add value to your success. Building your own business or bringing your vision to life is never an easy task but it is definitely worth it in the end. Continue to follow your dreams with the confidence that if you truly believe in yourself, you can make it happen.
What should our readers know about your business?
Making natural soaps and skin care is not something I ever saw myself doing. I spent most of my adult life working in the restaurant business and then in the nutrition field as a health coach. My husband and I owned and operated a restaurant and then gourmet deli for many years. When we moved to Arizona in 2014, one of the first things I did was find the local farmers market. As a long time entrepreneur and small business owner, I love to support small local businesses. I am also a huge believer in the importance of the quality of what we put into and onto our bodies and long term user of handmade soaps skin products. It was at the Gilbert Farmers Market where I discovered Scentsible Suds and immediately became a regular consumer. Fate brought me the chance to take over the long time, local favorite when the owner had to move out of the country. He mentored me and I learned to make the amazing hot process soaps from the most natural and non toxic ingredients. It was an easy transition from working in food and nutrition as many of the ingredients and processes are the same. My husband, an incredibly talented chef, joined me in expanding our product line into skin, hair, and beard care and creating some of the most extraordinary scents. We have been able to stay true to our belief of using only natural ingredients like essential oils, herbs, and botanicals and steering clear of perfumes and synthetics.
Owning your own business is never easy but I had the advantage of taking over an existing local business. I was fortunate to maintain the local following the former owner had built over several years. I was also able to create my own new look while preserving the quality of the products as well as building it into something that really fit my style and our new creations.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Being transplants from New York, we often have visitors from back east. We love showing them around and have so many fun things to do right in our own backyard! Downtown Gilbert is always entertaining with plenty of places to eat or hangout or have some drinks. Even better is that we can take the bike path and enjoy some scenery along the way. Of course we love to take everyone to the Gilbert Farmers Market because it never disappoints; We love breakfast from local market fave, Morning Kick. Picking up the most incredible French pastries and breads from La Belle Vie to pair with fresh jams from Carolyn’s Classics, and of course hand made tortillas from Benny Blanco and fresh produce from the local farmers on site.
Outside the Gilbert Farmer’s Market, we love enjoying coffee in the garden at Bergie’s Coffee Roast House and getting ice cream from 212 ice cream studio.
We also love taking visitors out to Goldfield Ghosttown, hiking or picnicking at Saguaro and Canyon Lakes, or riding the trails on some ATVs. We always plan a dinner at Rustler’s Roost for a great view of the city and the authentic Southwestern feel. As foodies, we also enjoy discovering hidden little gems – mom and pop places and getting off the beaten path.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family has always been my biggest support network. When I was disabled in a car accident in my early teens, my parents taught me not to let anything stand in my way. They gave me strength and confidence to grow into the woman I am today. Without that I don’t know if I would’ve met my husband of twenty years who has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and supported me along the way. He, and now our two sons, never look at me any differently than anyone else and always expect me to give one hundred percent. Through the eyes of those around me, I am capable of anything. I use their vision to help achieve my goals every day.
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