We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat and Brad Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat and Brad, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Living a balanced life when being a small business owner always seemed impossible to us. No matter how hard we tried we could never get that life /work balance. You are always on when trying to keep up with things. If its not an employee issue its inventory or social media you need to create. Always something. When you do events for a living you are always working when your friends and family are going out. We have missed birthdays, weddings, funerals. When Covid hit we thought, well we will sleep for a little while and then get back to it. But what actually happened is it made us see how unbalanced we have been and how much we have been missing. It literally took us having to close down in order to see how unbalanced we have been. We are committed now to finding more free time and keeping this forced schedule change in place. To take time and be with friends and family and go camping and get out of our own head. I think overall this has changed us for the better and made us better business owners. We are finally feeling that balance in free time and more inspired when working.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We simply love what we do. I think what sets us apart is our relationship with eachother. We love working together and love serving people. We are not doing anything complicated or remarkable but we have fun with it. Our backgrounds are Soccer and Banking (Brad) and Art and Design (Kat). This was not at all in our plans, it just sort of happened. Brad loves my cooking and I love his baking and we just were having fun, starting a hobby when the housing crisis hit. We thought it would just be a fun something to make a little extra money. The editor for food and lifestyle section of he AZ republic was third in line on our opening day and did a story on us and before you knew it we had to dedicate more and more time to it. The challenges have been just navigating the unknown, being too trusting maybe and taking some bad risks. No regrets, just lost money, but you pick yourself back up again and keep going. Anytime we have had a struggle we remember who we are together, that’s what keeps us going and excited and we push each other or support each other whichever the other might need.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We have a lot of outdoorsy friends so we would most likely go camping in our beautiful state. So much to choose from, we just went to Lynx lake near Prescott and it was amazing. Maybe camp and then go to some of the great brewery’s we have in this state, or Page Springs winery. In town we always go to the MIM and The art museums. We love the Phoenix Art Museum. Local dining, so many great choices, we typically go to Durrants and Richardsons, two of our favorites.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have helped us and believed in us the last 10 years. If it were not for our friends in this business we would have been so lost along the way. The people who have been the most influential are our close friends that are also small business owners. Diann Pert and Denis Leclerc who own Truce, Trisha Haws and Bryn Martin who own Movement Restoration and other customers who have become good friends, Olga and Stephonos Tsoudis, Heather and Andy Dunn, Pam and Willie Pawlowski, Emily and Brian Miracle, Heather and Keary Howley. What I realize while writing this is these are all strong couples as well. which has been a source of inspiration and encouragement along the way. We simply could not do it without having people who respect and treat us well in our lives.
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