We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Zamanian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, what do you attribute your success to?
Customer service is definitely one of the most important factors that led to my success. I’ve become friends with so many people I’ve never met in person through my business. Also, I have been doing embroidery for over 10 years now so I am confident & feel comfortable taking risks with designs and new ideas. The best compliment is when customers say “Do whatever you want-I love everything you do!”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I do custom machine embroidery, which is a lot of purchasing designs or fonts from designers to embroider. There are so many talented designers, but it all starts looking the same to me. I am able to set myself apart when customers let me choose designs & make them my own. I love designing birthday shirts and changing or mixing purchased designs so they aren’t exactly the same as anyone else. Baby gifts & kid shirts are some of my favorite items, but I really love when I can use embroidery to make a statement, such as my political items and items that can bring awareness for social issues that mean a lot to me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a huge fan of Dallas & love showing people our city! While my favorite spots have changed now that I have a 6 and 8 year old, it is just getting better! We love Play Street Museum, Perot Museum & playing at Klyde Warren Park after visiting the Dallas Museum of Art. No one would be able to visit long without eating at Cafe Izmir on Greenville Ave. Cafe Momentum is another amazing restaurant with a great cause in Dallas. And of course, a visit to StitchHouse in Plano to look at embroidery stuff would be on my list!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
All of my friends and family (especially my husband, Reza) have been so supportive over the years! And my customers are just the best! But I have to give this shoutout to my dear friend, Abigail Mogote! She has grown my business so much with her referrals, encouraged me, talked business with me endlessly, and even keeps a bin for pickups on HER porch for my customers who live closer to her!! She has shown me how incredibly meaningful an extra level of support (& friendship) is when you have a small business.
Website: www.monogram-everything.com (in progress)