We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Murphy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Since I was a child, I have been an entrepreneur, so starting my own business came naturally to me. I wanted to work for myself because I wanted to have the flexibility to set my own schedule and grow the business in whatever direction I chose. After being a stay-at-home mom for eight years, I had begun thinking about starting my own business. I made a list of things that interested me and waited for the right time and the right opportunity.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
305 Hive is in advertising/marketing. We run a newsletter sent to 15,000 locals. We pride ourselves on feel-good stories and ways to stay connected to our community. We are known for our Private School Guides and Summer Camp guides. We are also an excellent resource for local businesses, a place to find household help, and person-to-person referrals. Our Newsletter is a perfect place for people new to Miami to find quality businesses among our advertisers and wonderful recommendations from our subscribers. What sets us apart from other newsletters are our subscribers. Our readers are a discerning group. We have such a wonderful, kind, and supportive group of readers and they give trusted and valuable recommendations and advice to each other. When you get a referral from someone, it feels like it is coming from a trusted friend. We also recently created The Local Business Buzz program, whereby we feature a local business every month at no charge. We invite people to submit businesses that are either doing good things in the community or businesses that can use a leg up. Our team selects one a month, and we highlight them in our Newsletter and social media. When people think of 305 Hive, I want them to feel like it is a trusted resource. I want them to know that we truly wish for every client’s business to thrive and every subscriber to get something meaningful out of it. Perhaps it is finding a new housekeeper, a roofer, or getting great personal advice. Perhaps they will find their new doctor among our advertisers, or an amazing school for their children. Maybe they will be touched by one of our personal stories about homelessness, epilepsy, or blindness. They might find a charity to support or something fun like a new show to watch on tv, wine reviews, or entertaining tips.
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.
One of the things that I love most about Miami is that it offers so many opportunities. We have some of the best restaurants, and there is always something to do. I would have first to find out what they are interested in, because they could spend a month here and still continue to find new and exciting things to do. I would pick my friend up at the airport and head to Red Fish by Chef Adrianne. It is the perfect spot to sit by the water and have a lovely welcome cocktail and a delicious meal; the beach and the palm trees would have them unwinding in no time. We would head to Fiola for dinner because for delicious food with impeccable service, they can’t be beat. You can’t come to Miami without heading to the beach, so at least one day would definitely include a trip to South Beach. I would love to do something cultural with them, and my two favorite things to do are to take in a play at the Arsht Center or to see a breathtaking performance by Miami City Ballet. Next, we would have to head to 8th street; this area is rich in culture. I would take them for a delicious Cuban meal and then a stroll down 8th street, where we would visit Domino Park and watch a few games of dominoes before heading to Azucar for a scoop of Abuela Maria ice cream. If they are in the mood for a fun evening, I would take them to Ball and Chain for cocktails and dancing. A trip to Wynwood can’t be missed, lots of photo ops there, great restaurants, and plenty to do. I would also take them for a drive to the Keys for the day. We would have to stop in Homestead on the way for a cinnamon bun at Knaus Berry Farm, or a strawberry shake at Robert is Here or The Berry Farm. Once in the Keys, there are some really great places to visit, and if they have kids, we would feed the tarpon at Robbie’s. Speaking of kids, Frost Science Museum is a must, as well as Miami Children’s Museum, and Jungle Island. Other favorite dining spots are Zuma in Brickell and Mr. Chow on the beach. Barton G on the beach is another really fun place to take people as they are known for their over the top food and drink presentations. In the Grove, we would have lunch at Glass & Vine, and dinner at Tigertail + Mary, or Bellini at Mr. C’s. I would also like to take them on a sunset cruise with Happy Cruises; there is no better way to see Miami than from the water. After all of that, I would tell my friend that there was still more to do, so they would have to come back again soon! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This is a tough one because there are so many people that have supported me. The number one person I would say is my grandfather, who sadly passed away in 2020. He was the consummate businessman, but beyond that, he was my biggest champion. He took a genuine interest in anything that I did. When I was in my early twenties, I started my own business called Samantha’s Gourmet Pepper Jelly. He invested $1,000, which seemed like so much money at the time, and I gave him a certificate of shares. He always checked in on me, offering advice, and telling me how great I was doing. You can do anything when someone believes in you. When I started 305 Hive in late 2019, he was already in the late stages of dementia, so he didn’t always know what I was talking about, but I could still feel his love, support, and encouragement.
Aubrie Andrea (only some of the images)