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Meet Sahar and Mariam Mahmoud of Crown Your Occasions in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sahar and Mariam Mahmoud.

Sahar and Mariam, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
We started off by using our creative and artistic background to add special touches to our own children and family’s celebrations, milestones and cultural occasions. We wanted our children to feel that their holidays were recognized and growing up as Muslims in the US, we wanted them to be proud of their roots, religion and heritage. As we created memorable pieces to signify our different religious celebrations, because they were not readily available in mainstream retail stores, we received a huge positive response from friends and family. Eventually, through word-of-mouth, people started placing orders and asking us expand. We initiated Crown your occasions a year later and expanded our products to include customized party items along with seasonal products. Using our social media to expand our reach and sell our products was helpful in getting us where we are today. In addition, we attended several events and conventions which allowed us to connect with our customers at a more personal level while also giving them insight on our creative journey.

Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, there has been a huge learning curve through it all. One of the biggest lessons learned is through trial and error, we gained a better understanding of the needs of our target market and are able to better serve them by creating products that connect them to their roots. Some challenges we faced along the way are having our designs imitated in other parts of the world which is always a disappointment but we have learned to look at the positive side of any issues that arise and make our ultimate goal to create products that speak to our clients and provide them with something that is authentic and cant be purchased off the shelf.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Crown Your Occasions – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Crown your occasions is known for customized products, seasonal items, party favors and home decor. With every product that we create, a part of our culture and regional influence is being told. Our vision is to create items that establish a lasting connection between clients and their roots. We love to integrate Arabic calligraphic letters with rich color palettes to introduce products that appeal to modern day families. Our customized product line is one that we are proud of, we offer products such as straw totes, zipper pouches, pajamas, t-shirts and wreaths that can be personalized with customer’s names in Arabic/English or messages specific to individual families. We take the time to hear customer’s stories and bring their vision to life as we customize their products allowing them to feel a unique connection to the items.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We love the diversity in the city we live in; having our children exposed to many backgrounds allows them to have a better understanding of people, their cultures, traditions, food..etc. We believe this helps in them developing an acceptance to everyone and gives everyone opportunity to have a positive mindset that is focused on being kind. One of the drawbacks is that the city is becoming over-populated and to keep up with the growing population, builders are having to keep up construction and add more homes. This in turn is adding more pollution to the environment and making roads more congested.

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@salemefayad_photography, @studioreem

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