Juan Mendez | Co-owner
Q: Why did you start your business?
A: Three years ago my business partner and I had the opportunity to purchase the business from a friend. I have some background in woodworking and I’ve always been inclined towards craftsmanship. Although the store had already been in existence before we took over, we have been focusing on building up the custom furniture program and restoring rare antiques with our own unique style since taking the project on.
Q: What are some key factors or decisions that contributed to the success of your business?
A: Awesome prices, very good quality and unique, cheerful pieces.
Q: What are some challenging aspects of your business?
A: The challenges that any small business faces. Our customer base tends to fluctuate with the season and we always have to be sure not to sacrifice quality for the growth of the business.
Q: Do you feel you made any serious mistakes as you were starting or growing your business? Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?
A: We made a lot of mistakes but I think they are necessary in a process of learning and figuring out a system that works for you.
Q: What other advice or words of inspiration would you like to share?
A: Focus on what your natural inclinations are, not what the trends dictate. Make a business in your own style that you are passionate about. This will set you apart as a business and help to avoid a lot of stress.
About Sunshine's Furniture
Sunshine's Furniture creates custom furniture and carpentry jobs.
"Although the store had already been in existence before we took over, we have been focusing on building up the custom furniture program and restoring rare antiques with our own unique style since taking the project on."—Juan Mendez