From Trailer to Brick-and-Mortar: Marina Flores’ Journey of Resilience and Success

Transition from Layoffs to a New Career: A Mesa Business Owner’s Journey

After losing her corporate job due to the pandemic, Marina Flores had to get creative to make ends meet. She turned her side hustle of making shave ice into a full-time job and operated from a trailer for four years. During this time, she partnered with local schools to support their students and programs. This partnership allowed her to give back to the community while building her dream.

Now, after years of hard work and determination, Flores is finally opening her own brick-and-mortar shave ice store in Mesa. Located near where she grew up, this new venture is a symbol of resilience and perseverance. Flores wants to inspire entrepreneurs of all ages to take a chance on themselves, emphasizing that it is never too late to start over and pursue a new career.

Marina’s Fresh Fruit Shave Ice will offer not only delicious treats but also a story of determination and success. By sharing her experience of overcoming adversity and pursuing her passion, Flores hopes to empower others to follow their dreams, no matter their circumstances.

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