Client Spotlight For Cake Decoration E-Commerce Shop Owner. Amy Chantra
Amy, letʼs start with your story. Weʼd love to hear how you got
started and how the journey has been so far.
My background in architecture led me to start AALVO. In architecture school, we
used laser cutters to cut pieces of our model. I loved the precision of the machine
and its ability to go from sketches to reality in minutes. I saw one online one day,
purchased it, and the rest is history! Iʼve received so much love and support from
friends and family and honestly would not be able to be where I am today without
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some
of the struggles along the way?
The road would be far less interesting if it werenʼt bumpy! You never really stop
learning! I am a mom of two young children, a wife, and a full-time architectural
designer. Juggling mom life, work life, and AALVO can be quite a challenge, but I
am very thankful for a supportive husband who helps out whenever he can and is
always pushing me to do better. I am a one-woman show so juggling all the hats
that come with a small business is another challenge. Accounting, customer
service, procurement, sourcing, I do all those things and more!
Alright – so letʼs talk business. Tell us about AALVO – what
should we know?
AALVO is a boutique laser cut shop that specializes in custom signage for
businesses, decor, and cake toppers. We are dedicated to creating unique
products and experiences to celebrate the special moments in life. We also love
celebrating amazing small businesses! We offer custom signage for small
businesses and love making them stand out from the crowd.
We are known for creating designs of anything and everything under the sun! You
want a cake topper with a llama riding a bicycle? You got it! The crazier, the
better! But we also love simple designs that speak for themselves! We design
everything in house and hand finish all of our products. Using quality wood and
acrylics to make sure our products last a lifetime is very important to us. Our
cake toppers are of made of laser grade acrylic and are made to be keepsakes for
your special celebration. Our wood signs are finished to the best quality using
quality paints and stains.
We pride ourselves in understanding the clientʼs wants and needs and making
their vision come to life!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who
has played a meaningful role?
First and foremost, my family. My children are my inspiration. My husband is my
number one supporter. He does help out a lot with the kids and home when Iʼm
busy laser cutting! He is also the manager of post office runs! My sisters, brother,
mom, and dad, are always pushing me to do better! I get my entrepreneurial
spirit from my mom! Sheʼs always thinking of ideas for me to grow my business!
All of my friends who shared/liked my posts, attended my pop-ups, told their
friends about me, purchased products from me, brainstormed with me for hours
over coffee, who believe in my passion, they are the best supporters a gal could
All the small businesses who supported me invited me to do collaborations and
pop-ups also helped immensely. The small business community is such a
beautiful group of people that are full of ideas and inspiration. I love being part
of this community!
Cake Toppers – $15 – $24
Name Signs starting at $50