AviRo Baby Boutique: Sweet Black Bean (Habichuelas Con Dulce) - What make this my favourite food... It's a traditional Dominican Republic desert that my Grandmother makes once a year at Christmas. Reminds me of my roots and the love that my grandmother has us.
CS: What's your favourite vacation spot? Why?
ABB: Iceland!! When I was a kid I was obsessed with National Geographic and they had this amazing episode of Iceland & the 3 Golden Circle. It just took my breath away with all it's beautiful waterfalls, geysers & history. One day I'll pack up the kids & partner and make it a month long vacation!
CS: Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.
ABB: I am a MOM BOSS that specializes in baby teething accessories. I have two beautiful girls Aurora 3 & Avianna 15 months. A sweet cockapoo Rocky who is 1 years old & my partner who Hammers Down in the concrete forming world.
CS: Describe your creative style.
ABB: I love all things wood with lots of bold, soft colours !
CS: How did you get into crafting?
ABB: When my second daughter was born... I was feeling lots and disconnected from myself. I found creating rattles & clips as a way to have me time and de-stress.
CS: What was the first thing you ever made?
ABB: A pacifier clip with random bead sizes. I was so lost but determine to find my style.
CS: What project/product are you most proud of?
ABB: My two original rattle designs!!! Element Rattle & The Frida inspired Rattle.
CS: What does your current work space look like?
ABB: Extra bedroom where I have created an Ikea inspired office space
CS: What does your dream work space look like?
ABB: A floor in my home dedicated to my shop. Where I will be able to store millions of silicone beads, wood area, Fabric area and of course a sewing area...
CS: How do you balance work and home life?
ABB: I set work time slots in my day.. every 2 hours I do 30 minutes of e-mails. I don't fully start working until 7:00 p.m after the girls go to bed. This is when I ship, create, and do inventory.
CS: Where do you see your business going in the next five years?
ABB: 100% succeeding and becoming it's own respectable brand!!
CS: What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own small business?
ABB: No one will ever open a door for you unless you are willing to make some noise! You will get regret and some will not take you seriously, but stay determine and be kind - it will pay off!!
CS: What do you love most about Chomp?
ABB: OMG are you kidding me! Savanna! She's truly a rock star, one of the only suppliers to not just read my messages but she took the time to create a relationship with me. I truly believe a good business is one who creates relationships beyond a sale ;)
CS: What would you like to see Chomp carry in the future?
ABB: A service where you could get holes in your wood rings ;)
Thank you so much, Derlin, for taking the time to allow us to learn about the personality behind AviRo Baby Boutique! Don't forget to check out Derlin's shop and social media to see the beautiful pieces she creates!