We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruth Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Ever since my parents moved to Houston from Monterrey, Mexico, they’ve had multiple businesses for as long as I can remember – some failed and some very successful. I have a full time job with the City of Houston and recently obtained my Master’s degree. I love my career and love what I do, but I’ve had an itch to start my own business for a while now and I blame my parents for it! My husband is starting a Radiology Tech Program soon which will require him to leave his full-time job for clinical training. I knew this would impact our finances severely and this pushed me to start The Fizzy Cart.
I had the idea of starting this luxury champagne cart rental business when I was scrolling through Facebook Marketplace. I was looking at moonwalks, mechanical bulls, and all types of party rentals and it hit me that people have parties and occasions all of the time. I really wanted to create something with a beautiful “wedding” or “bridal shower” feel to it but could also be versatile for any occasion. Houston has a huge brunch scene and my initial thought was creating a mimosa bar rental service. This idea then turned into a champagne bar where I could offer a mimosa bar as a package option. This is how The Fizzy Cart was born!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think what I’m most excited about is having the opportunity to take the brand, the marketing, and the representation completely into my own hands. My undergrad degree and my career thus far has been in communications. I’ve worked all angles of communications for local government agencies including social media, marketing, outreach, crisis communications, media interviews and much more. I now have the opportunity to take all that I’ve learned and see how far I can go with The Fizzy Cart. My biggest challenge has been time management and setting a strict schedule to answer messages, work on marketing, social media, and outreach for The Fizzy Cart outside of my 8-5 job hours. I was very overwhelmed at first but I’ve gotten into the groove of it and I love having the opportunity to do something like this. I want people to know that this is a Hispanic Owned Business and we couldn’t be happier to provide this for all different occasions in Houston’s diverse population. The Fizzy Cart has a lot more add-ons to come soon!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Going to NASA is a must for first-time Space City visitors!
I would also take them to Chinatown. It’s one of my favorite places in Houston. They have a lot of cute shops and great food. I think a great way to get to know the city is taking a bike ride along Buffalo Bayou during the day and through downtown Houston at night. For nightlife I would take them to a few bars in Midtown or Washington street. Axelrad is actually one of my favorite bars to visit as well.
For summer activities, I would take them for a stroll through Galveston. There’s lots to visit in Galveston including Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk, and Moody Gardens. Moody Gardens has an incredible butterfly exhibit that I think is very underrated. They have neat events year-round. Something that I have yet to try that I would love to experience is the Texas shaped lazy river pool at the Marriott.
Alright, so let’s jump right in! 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 a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
There’s so many people to thank for the successes in my life. First and foremost, my husband, William Diaz, who has always been very supportive of my career and ideas. He loved the idea of The Fizzy Cart and helps me tremendously. My parents are the reason I am who I am today. I owe them everything. And as business owners themselves, I go to them for advice and help all of the time.
Lastly, my siblings, who I don’t know where I’d be without! They’re the foundation of my support system and I can always count on them for help.
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