The mother-daughter team: Takara, 50, and Tamiya, 30, Beathea
Their venture: TAKARA
Founded: 2002; their new location opened in April
Location: Oak Park, Illinois
Projected 2007 sales: $1 million
What they do: Takara first entered the world of fashion when she saw a need for clothing that flattered curvier women. The duo originally opened their store Willow in 2002, followed by their TAKARA boutique in 2006. Takara and Tamiya decided to combine the two businesses and reopen under the name TAKARA because of her name recognition, vast customer base and 25-plus years in the fashion industry.
Takara on working with Tamiya: "I find that working with Miya keeps me on the pulse of fashion. She keeps me current with trends for the younger, distinctive shopper."
Their advice to other mother-daughter teams: Takara advises working on your mother-daughter relationship before even contemplating starting a business together. "If you haven't worked on your mother-daughter relationship, as Miya and I have, your working relationship can be bound for failure," says Takara.
Tamiya's Mother's Day message to Takara: "Mum, thank you for teaching me to realize my goals and ambitions through the power of faith in myself and tenacity. Thank you for welcoming me as your daughter. I admire you more than anyone I have ever read about or met, for your unconditional love is my virtue. Thank you for being you."
The Animal Lovers
The mother-daughter team: Anita, fiftysomething, Cathy, thirtysomething, and Kelly, twentysomething, Ledtje
Their venture: For Other Living Things
Location: Sunnyvale, California
Projected 2007 sales: About $500,000
What they do: Specialize in creating holistic pet supply products for dogs, cats, small animals and birds. The shop has been Anita's dream since grade school. What sets them apart from other pet supply stores is the thorough research they do on their products.
Kelly on working with Anita: "I like the comfort of working with my mom. I don't have a boss that I'm nervous around or uncomfortable around. The only bad part is that all of your embarrassing childhood stories get brought up and told to customers."
Their advice to other mother-daughter teams: Though it works for them, the team at For Other Living Things says they can see it being a difficult situation for some mothers and daughters. "When we get on each other's nerves, we just work in different parts of the store for a while until we cool down," Anita says. "We talk about it when it matters, get over it and continue. If you can handle that, go for it."
Cathy and Kelly's Mother's Day message to Anita: "If the rest of the world put one-tenth the dedication, energy, love and respect into their relationships and endeavors, there would be peace on earth. I know how much of yourself you give to everything you do, and I appreciate it," says Cathy. Kelly adds, "I love you Mom; you're the best."