Today we’d like to introduce you to Leticia Arocha and Adriana Torres.
Hi Leticia and Adriana, 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.
Mother and daughters’ business! Growing up we always watched our mother create parties, decorate church events, and plan trips. And of course, she was our inspiration. Whether we could only afford to shop at dollar tree and thrift stores to shopping brand names. She would always create the best events because every event she would fill with love. I personally never thought I was creative enough to do anything like this, but with she always pushed me to believe I was creative, and one day I started believing her. With all the items we gathered over the years from the parties my mom used to do. when I had my son, I was going through a tough postpartum time and the lord touched my heart one day that I was feeling pretty lost in what to do with my life to try something out! What would happen if I just started a party business? Without thinking too much, I signed my mom and I up with an LLC and quickly started our journey (before we could doubt ourselves haha) . Could we make this a business? We fell in love with balloons within the process of learning the industry and started selling on Facebook. With only 1 ad released in the past 3 years things quickly exploded within 6 months. Of starting. And boy we knew it was only the lord to have aided in this! We have been in awe of this journey. We have been able to build an amazing team who are now family! My dad and sister have been my mom and my biggest supporters! From last-minute orders to emergency picks or delivery’s gone wrong! Could have done it without them! We have also meet some amazing vendors who quickly have become family to us too. It’s crazy because we failed, learned, loved, and grew. Even with the pandemic, we grew. People loved our balloon bouquets that could be delivered safely to the door and helped families celebrate through the virus. Then quickly after we started corporate jobs, having worked for some awesome people! Graduations, communions, birthdays! We love our parties, but we have never been more in love than when we throw teens-kids parties. We have the chance to always create something knew. Bring some luxury Cali events to Michigan! Bring joy to families! We know that we will always be learning and growing and we are excited for that! We are excited to grow with the other local businesses that have become our family! My son now being my little biggest helper. We have all have a lot of fun. We hope to continue growing and sharing God’s love through our balloons and celebrations.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. The first 2 years of the business my sister was away for school in Australia and then about 6 months into the business my mom got Covid which then turned into pneumonia then cold after cold… Which basically put her out of the game for about 8 months- a year. But she encouraged me to carry on and with the help of Luana- a team member who went above and beyond during that time we continued. We met our other current amazing team members along the way and it with ups and downs we were able to continue.
One of my personal biggest struggles is saying no. I am a people pleaser through and through so realizing how much time I was away from family and how hard I was working I have been in the process of being selective and saying NO… I’m sure a lot of us in the industry can relate.
We’ve been impressed with Agape Decor and Events LLC, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Agape in Christianity is the Highest form of love. Love of God for man and. Man for God
That’s we would like to portray in our work. Love. Joy, celebrating regardless of the current circumstances. Because being with those you love is cause for celebration.
As a business, we have basically 2 parts. Our balloon/backdrops and Event planning. Balloons are definitely a crowd favorite. Whether you want a balloon arrangement/garland or you want a Magical insta-worthy display.
We got you.
We more recently this year have started event planning more and have brought that as an option! We do not plan weddings over 50, but we plan all your other events! Baby showers, communions, birthday. And most of alllll First birthdays. We love our first birthdays. There are different options you can choose from – full planning or coordinating/decorating your event.
What we do we do with love and Instagram in mind! We want you to feel like a celebrity too!
In our busy world, we kiss a lot of celebrations because of lack of time and resources but we know you have dreams so let us take care of your event and you can show up and live your dream!
If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
My mother is definitely super creative, always has a million ideas and plans! I have become pretty creative because of my mama. But I believe one of our best qualities together is that we love people. We love talking to people!
I am personally super ambitious maybe too much sometimes haha, but I come up with some ideas and I do whatever it takes to make it work!
My mom is a night owl and amazing at everything details. Which I struggle with.
I’m a big picture person but can often overlook details. She and other team members complete me in this area!
But I think our biggest characteristic to our success is how personable we are. We would be nothing without the relationships we’ve built!
- This year we have a $500 balloon minimum
- Custom displays backdrop and balloon start at $1500
- Hopefully once we open our space we will bring back our balloon arrangements! And be open for rentals!
- Website: agapedecorandevents.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/agape_decorandevents?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
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