In those first 10 years, Figueroa-Vera had become a mother of two and gone through a divorce. She wanted to leave upholstery in her rearview. “Upholstery wasn’t something I chose,” she says. The more she thought about it, though, the more she found to love the professional life she’d built. “I realized I had the power to create something beautiful from nothing.”
Today, it’s not just the new storefront of Aby’s Upholstery that’s beautiful, it’s the relationships Figueroa-Vera cultivates with her clients.
“I love to connect with people. This job definitely gives me the opportunity to do that,” she says.