We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Moss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The first thing I did was gain as much knowledge as I could about owning a coffee shop. I had already worked at a coffee shop, so I knew how to work in a coffee shop. I found a school in Portland, OR where I could learn and build relationships with people in the coffee industry. I knew that gaining more knowledge about the field was a must.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I own a coffee shop on the east side of Fort Worth, in a neighborhood that has been overlooked for a very long time. I am happy to be in this area because I live here, and I see value in the people and the land. Opening a shop was not easy. I had to do so much work. It was up to me to make sure my business was registered, make sure I had my tax numbers for (State and Federal), I had to make sure I knew exactly what was needed when renovating the building, and I had to make sure the contractors were keeping up with city codes. Also, the books….that is so important to keep up with. I learned that you have to seek out experts for specific areas you are not well versed in. I am not an accountant, so I knew that I needed an accountant. I learned to not be afraid to ask questions. I want the world to know that this was not my plan, but it became my passion. I had a seizure and brain surgery in 2018, and opened the coffee shop in 2019. Obstacles can hinder progress, but it doesn’t mean it is the end of your dreams.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take my best friend to Magnolia Street. We could walk the streets and grab some great food at a nice Thai restaurant called Spice. I would also take her to Sundance Square to rent bikes and ride around the downtown area. We would then visit a few coffee shops, including Black Coffee. Trinity Park would be the lasts stop to continue walking around and enjoying the beautiful scenery in Fort Worth.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Franklin Moss. He is an entrepreneur, and he encouraged me to open a coffee shop in our neighborhood. He helped to keep me sane and gave me sound advice throughout the process of opening.
Nick Cordray (for the Picture of Mia Moss only)