Amy Chantra is an architect and designer by trade. A graduate of the University of Houston, Chantra decided to open her eponymous store online in 2018 while still working her 9-to-5 job. In April 2023, her brick-and-mortar store AALVO came to life that focuses on laser-cutting and interior design. But Chantra had more in mind for her store than just laser-cut goods.
AALVO also provides event space for photographers, bakers and other creative to rent out for various classes and events.
The M Report spoke to Chantra for Asian-American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Month (AANHPI) to get her words of advice on entrepreneurship, how being a first-generation child of immigrants affected her drive to success and more.
|Amy Chantra, owner of AALVO
M: How has being a first-generation, child of immigrants, affected your drive to succeed?
M: What as your biggest challenge during the time leading up to AALVO becoming a brick-and-mortar?
M: What are your hopes for AALVO?
M: What advice would you give other women of color when it comes to navigating the 9-5 but also interested in more?
M: Let's talk about your interests. What podcasts/books/TV shows/music are in heavy rotation.
- The Huberman Lab - a scientific podcast that discusses how our brains and its connections to our body affects our behaviors and perceptions
- We can do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
- Anything with BRENE BROWN, she's a goddess and discusses courage, shame, vulnerability and empathy
- How We Built This - Always a nice confidence boost to listen to entrepreneurs talk about how they built their empires from the ground up!