Jessie and Mo ILeiwat always dreamed of opening their own business. After moving to Arlington, Texas from New Jersey, the couple made a home for themselves by grinding out jobs like the rest of the working class of DFW. When times got tough the couple decided not to give up on life, but to try things differently. They put their heads together and decided a recent investment opportunity was right up there alley.
The opportunity was to buy the long-time smoke shop Joe Pipes near lake Arlington.
“We had both lost our jobs and so we decided to open our own business,” said Jessie, owner, and operator of MJ’s Smoke Shop. “We decided to buy a head-shop because it suited our lifestyle. Our friends were very supportive.”
Mo ILeiwat, owner, and operator of MJ’s smoke shop loves his new job. He works seven days a week and shares the responsibility equally with his wife, Jessie.
“If she works during the day, then I’ll work at night and vice-versa,” said Mo. “The hours are long, but the work is amazing because all day cool people come in and we get to talk and get to know each other and I go out of my way to make every customer feel like they got a great deal.”