We had the good fortune of connecting with Joan-Maureen Rojas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Joan-Maureen, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I’m Jo, from Jojo’s Garden and I am delighted to brighten your day with a little back story about my success. I began my garden with a small succulent given to me by my best friend of 10 years (and now business partner of Shop Shakti) about 5 years ago. I ended up naming her Sonny and well, a hobby turned into a passion and a passion turned into a business. Many factors are considered when starting and running a business, for me the ones that stand out the most are communication and great customer service. I love what I do, but my business wouldn’t be here today if not for my incredible customers. They are truly the energy behind my creations and my core value is to always respect and honor their time and business. I take pride and passion in processing orders quickly so the waiting period is short and consistently following up on orders. I also intuitively personalize every order based on the energy I receive while interacting with the customer making my arrangements that much more unique; no arrangement is alike! When you purchase from Jojo’s Garden, you are not just receiving another arrangement, you are receiving succulents grown with so much love and positive energy. I hope to see a little piece of my garden in your homes someday 🪴

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My paternal grandmother was a lover of flowers and gardening while my maternal grandmother had the power of intuition. Every time I sink myself into my garden and creations, I feel their grounding and creative energies flow throw me. I honor and dedicate my work to them. The love they had for me is the love you all feel when purchasing an arrangement from my garden.

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 love animals and nature, it’s no surprise I would extend an invitation to the beach, the zoo, aquarium and nature walks. I am a lover of tacos, seafood and Thai food but I can also take you to some amazing BBQ places. Let’s not leave out museums, bike riding around the city and picnics at parks. Zen days are a requirement when exploring with me! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am incredibly blessed and surrounded with a loving and encouraging group of people. My best friend deserves recognition for gifting me my first succulent. My boyfriend deserves recognition for giving me the idea to start Jojo’s Garden (fun fact: he also came up with name!). Last but not least, my mom deserves recognition for the support, late nights, and energy she contributes to my business while scoping out the coolest planters for my arrangements.

Website: ShopJojosGarden.com
Instagram: Jojos_Garden_
Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/joanmaureenrojas

Image Credits
Alli Schlumbrecht

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