Two Cousins in Odessa Turn Idea into Brick and Mortar Reality
It was a thought between two cousins that made an idea and family unity into owning a store into reality!
Brevi's Decor is the brainchild of Brenda Chavez and Vivi Sandoval. Their home decor and furniture store at 801 W. 2nd Street has grown into a regional wide decorating service, being featured in several magazines and has clients across the Permian Basin and country.
We got to sit down with the duo and ask them about how this American Dream come true came to be.
What inspired you to open up your own store?
While working in the medical field 14 years ago, physicians started hiring to decorate their offices and homes and referrals started coming in. Although we were working full time and attending UTPB, where we received an undergraduate degree in Pyschology with a minor in Art, we decided to take a leap of faith and open our own home store. We saw the need for home accessories. We also discovered working with silk florals is an easy transition with fresh flowers.
What do most people not know about owning a business or store?
It truly does take a lot of dedication, communication, marketing and great customer service. You must have a vision and a business plan
What is an interesting story about Brevi's?
We found an old mechanic shop in an industrial area where our store is now located. Like it's said in the movie, "Field of Dreams", "Build it and they will come." We have been very fortunate and as our shop states, "Enter a stranger and leave as a friend." This is very true.
What is your favorite part of the job?
There are so many favorites. Satisfying our customers is at the top. Knowing they were happy with their home decor or their funeral flowers. Especially making floral sculptures.. this is the last tribute we can give someone who recently passed away.
What is it like owning a business in Midland/Odessa?
We both love traveling, but there is no place like home. We have some of the warmest, friendliest people in the world in this area. We definitely encourage everyone to shop local and offer support to one another so we all can continue to thrive.
How did you find the money to open Brevi's?
We had a dream and a vision for our business even before we were open. While working full time, we started setting money aside. We feared having big loans and decided to sacrifice and start small.
What is next for you and Brevi's Decor?
We continue to evolve and grow. Our ultimate dream would be for Brevi's to be recognized as a franchise. I believe with perseverance and God's help, we'll get there.
801 W. 2nd Street, Odessa, TX 79763 | (432) 653-0052
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