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Life & Work with Alexzandrea Jaimes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexzandrea Jaimes. 

Hi Alexzandrea, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My family and I are from Baltimore, Maryland. My fiancé and I have two boys, and a lab pup! I love going to the beach, playing with my kids, and Chick-Fil-A!!! 

I grew up in a very tight-knit and artistic family. Growing up, I faced a lot of hardships. My family was very poor and had a shared living space with numerous people in Baltimore. When I was 17, I had enlisted in the United States Army. After serving two and half years, I became severely injured and was no longer fit for duty. The military taught me how to persevere most of all. Being a new business owner, I have found that perseverance is essential. Before opening Busy Bee Boutique, I was a dental assistant at a pediatric dental office. I loved being a dental assistant and bonding with my patients, however, with COVID-19 we, unfortunately, had to shut our office down. Due to schools and daycares being closed, my children were home without their normal structured environment. It was a disaster trying to navigate through so many changes at once, as I’m sure it was for everyone at the beginning of this. Crafting was just a weekend hobby that I used to raise money for our oldest son’s school. My fiancé and I decided that being able to stay home with the kids was more important during this crazy time, so I decided to start my own small business. Support from the community, family, and friends are what helped me become successful. I am so grateful for the love and support I have received in my past, present, and future. 

Since getting into art, I have gained a whole new level of respect for all artists. Being an artist can be so hard. Having amazing customers makes it all worthwhile. My ultimate goal is to ensure my customers receive high-quality items and personable service. My family and I are so thankful for the support from my amazing customers. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Being an artist is not always smooth sailing. I have to constantly worry about if I am using FDA-approved products, making sure my epoxy ratio and oven temperatures are correct, and if my customer is going to like the final design. Knowing when to step back and collect my thoughts is tough too. There’re so many things that go into it. I feel like the hardest thing about being an artist is critiquing myself. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in customized home decor, tumblers, and accessories. My biggest selling items are tumblers though. What sets me apart from other small businesses is that I take custom orders. Memorial and pet tumblers are my most popular custom requests. I provide 2 different types of tumblers and multiple size options with different turnaround times. I love doing collabs with other artists and small businesses in my area. 

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Reaching out to other small businesses, doing vendor events, and promoting your business through free and paid advertisements are all great tools to gain more insight to your products and new customers. 

Pricing:

  • Tumblers start at $29 and goes up based on design and size
  • T-Shirts are $30-$40
  • Phone Grippies are $10
  • Shower steamers are $8
  • Refillable pens (comes with 1 refill) are $9

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