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Conversations with Alexander Iglesias and Juan Carlos Quintanilla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Iglesias and Juan Carlos Quintanilla.

Hi Alexander and Juan Carlos, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
We opened Samsara Home seven years ago on May 31st, 2014, after Alex left the corporate world. Juan Carlos’ furniture refurbishing hobby was expanding quickly out of our home, and clients started asking, “where is your store?” This was the beginning of our storefront in downtown Parkville MO.

When deciding on what to call our store, we discovered the Sanskrit ‘Samsara,’ which means the continuation of things in life – in other words, the circle of life. So, with the old furniture Juan Carlos brought back to life, we knew Samsara was the perfect name and concept. After seven years, the store has evolved to include new, vintage, antiques and transformed items to give customers more interesting choices.

Our products include home decor, lighting, artwork, local hand-crafted candles, pottery, area rugs, etc. We also offer interior design services, home remodeling and seasonal decorating services.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Of course not, nothing about retail stores or small businesses is easy but the beauty is about how we overcame the problems and continue to grow. Parkville/Kansas City has been a supportive community, especially during difficult economic times.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We offer personalized home design services and home remodeling together with a store where you can find one of kind or design pieces to accessorize your home.

We specialize in merging nostalgic pieces from the past with current trends. We bring you traditional, modern, transitional, mid-century, chinoiserie and more. We are proud to have met so many people that have come through our store as customers and now are lifetime friends. What sets us apart is the personalized services that we offer to make sure our clients are satisfied with the final product.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
We love the friendship that the midwest natives have offered to us and as immigrants, we felt so welcome. The least thing we liked was the city felt abandoned when we arrived 20 years ago, nothing exciting was going on. But, now the city is going through a renaissance period where the locals are supporting both large-scale projects and small businesses.

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