We had the good fortune of connecting with Bre Harris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bre, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in Houston and raised in Kansas City. Kansas City is a very rough place. The inner city is filled with lots of crime and poverty. I grew up not many blocks from the projects and a few crack houses on the block that I lived on. I grew up in a two parent household up until the age of 16/17. During my senior year while my parents were divorcing, it was my senior year of high school; we lived 6 months without electricity. I knew that I had to go to college and leave my surrounding or I would be just like the people I saw in my neighborhood growing up. My upbringing has impacted my life today in good ways and some bad ways. I wasn’t taught good money habits growing up and knew that working pay check to pay check is something that I did not want to do. Because of that. I learned that I need to make my money work for me. I knew that slaving at a job everyday is not for me and I want to be able to leave my kids assets when I am no longer here. My parents allowed up to pursue whatever field we would like to and because of that we were taught great work ethics. My drive and determination has taught me to work hard for the things that I want out of life.

What should our readers know about your business?
I have a custom doormat line called Hand-Crafted Mats and we offer an extension of the business called Hand-Crafted mats presents Mats & Mimosas. Mats & Mimosas is a paint and sip with a twist. We offer paint and sip events; instead of painting canvases we paint custom doormats. I am most proud of myself and excited about how I put my mind to creating this business and never gave up. I set goals for the business and kill every goal that I set forth for the business. I am most excited about what we will be bringing to 2021 for Mats & Mimosas. Stay tuned! I feel that I have gotten to where I am with the business off of hard work and dedication no hand-oust. I knew that punching a clock everyday until 60 was not the road that I wanted to take. It was not easy and it is still not easy; entrepreneurship is hard work daily. I am still overcoming the challenges of starting a business and believe that the challenges will not stop; the goal is to keep working on my vision and dream and never giving up on that. The lesson that I’ve learned and are still learning is that there are no specific work hours, we are working all around the clock. I’ve also learned that you have to put everything you got into your business even when you don’t feel like getting up and doing anything. There is no one there pushing you to be at work at a certain time, so if you don’t get up and get to it, the business will not run and you will failed. You must be self motivated to be a business owner. I want the world to know that we pride our self on great customer service we are here to meet and exceed our customers expectations. We will continue to set ourselves apart by our customer service and the twist we’ve put on Sip and Paint events and studios. You will always have a great time at our events and you will be meet with the best customer service even better than Chic-Fli- A. LOL!

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.
If I had a friend visiting Houston we would of course eat good. Taste bar and kitchen, LA crawfish, Turkey leg hut, Phil & Derek’s, and the breakfast club. We would for sure go to the Galleria and enjoy some shopping. We would hang out at Prospect park, 5015, and five central. I would take them all around to see the beautiful artwork and mural that we have here in Houston. Especially the Houston sign off of i-10everyone always wants to go and take pictures there. We would enjoy some comedy at the Houston Improv. The best days in Houston are Sunday we would go to brunch sip mimosas, and swag surf until our feet hurt.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout T. Harv Eker and his book called Secrets of the millionaire mind. That book really changed the way I spend money and also taught me that we have to learn to make our money work for us and not work for the money. I also want to dedicate my shoutout to anyone that helped me in any way from a listening hear, helping me with starting my business, and just all out supporting anything that I do. You are truly appreciated.

Website: www.handcraftedmats.com
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Facebook: Handcraftedmats

Image Credits
Da Dot Visuals Mack did that Obadan Photography

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