We had the good fortune of connecting with Rudi & Dan Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rudi & Dan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
That’s easy! We love to travel! It started over 35 years ago. We were independent people and we needed to earn money, so we developed a business that allowed us to travel. But it wasn’t just traveling – it was about many things … world cultures, working in third world countries, interacting with indigenous people, buying handcrafted goods, ethnic food, giving back by developing co-ops …. there is so much! But ultimately, it’s about loving and feeling good about what we are doing, and enjoying our lives.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Description: Happy Mango Beads is an internet-based business located near the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in a small town called Berthoud. It all started about 35 years ago when Dan and Rudi Taylor began collecting African Trade Beads as a hobby. As the collection grew they tried selling some of the beads, and after a lot of nurturing, Happy Mango Beads was born. Because of Dan and Rudi’s love of travel (and history in the import/export field), it was the perfect business for them. Now they travel all over the world to countries such as Peru, Nepal, Indonesia, China, Ghana, and Italy (to name a few) in search of special beads, pendants, and amulets. Dan and Rudi LOVE their work and they love beads! What sets us apart: Our great selection of ethnic beads and pendants – the kinds of things you just can’t call and order from overseas. You have to walk through the hidden alleyways and wander into dirt floor tents in search of the most unique items. In the beginning, the business was very slow, and many people might have shut down, but we loved what we were doing so we persevered. Before we knew it, we were successful – personally and financially. Someone once said, “Do something you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” Well, that isn’t really true. It takes a lot of hard work to become successful – but you can enjoy that work!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Berthoud, Colorado: We’d go Rise for a breakfast bun and coffee – then we’d visit the Berthoud Historical Museum – then shopping at Wishful Living for HOURS – and then off to City Star Brewing (and we would order a pizza from Berthoud Pizza Co while we drank a beer or two)
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband Dan Taylor