BUSINESS NAME: Mystic Water Gardens BUSINESS ADDRESS: 18062 Rosita St., Encino PHONE: (818) 424-6836 WEB SITE: www.mysticwatergardens.com OWNER: Steve Sandalis ESTABLISHED: 2000 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Eight DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Mystic Water Gardens designs, builds and maintains custom-crafted waterfalls, ponds and streams. These water features are low maintenance with high enjoyment. We do both residential and large scale/commercial properties. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No. WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? It began as a hobby. I built a water feature for my own home, then friends began asking for ones for their yards, and the referrals kept growing. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? I grew up around contracting, and this was a great way to combine my passion and my business skills. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? One year. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I took classes to improve my skills and became a licensed contractor. And lots of networking to gather referrals. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Just a wheel barrel, a shovel, work boots and a pickup truck. All from personal savings. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Other local contractors in my area. I admire Greg Wittenstock of Aquascape Design. He’s built an empire for himself and I plan to do the same with Mystic Water Gardens. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? All the paperwork that goes with running a business like this. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $800,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? In the long term, I want to create a product line that sells products that develop a garden and water features, to develop a TV program that inspires people to “create romance in their own backyards” and to host my own seminars. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!