With little money in her pocket and three children to raise, one non-English speaker found a way to make ends meet in Houston. Using some jewelry as collateral, Lebanese-born Sue Habib turned a small operation, which she started in 1985, into a $500,000 business 10 years later to more than a $2 million enterprise today known as Lexis Florist.
Habib wasn't intending to immigrate to the United States when she visited more than 25 years ago, but lured by Houston's hospitality she made the most of the beauty of flowers, a métier that ran in her family back home, to provide for her loved ones.
The journey wasn't all rosy for this award-winning entrepreneur. Mistakes along the way, some under the pretext of good intentions, almost cost her everything she had worked for. Sometimes family and business just don't mix.
In this Hidden Houston video profile, meet Habib and hear the story of the trials and tribulations of building her business, and how a lapse in judgment added up to $500,000 and one foul familial court battle.
Editor's note: Hidden Houston, an interactive multimedia series, aims to reveal the many things that are unique about the Bayou City and its surrounding areas.