Ashley Futris of Kaktos rose

Photo: Will van Overbeek

“Boho and a dash of sass”—that’s how sisters Ashley and Katie Futris describe their metal art designs. Inspired by their mother’s initiative to start her own business making displays for marathon medals, the sisters launched Kaktos Rose in 2016. Based in Waco, they fabricate wall hangings and garden stakes with thoughtful or clever sayings. Among their popular designs are metal signs in the shape of the Lone Star State proclaiming “True Texan.”

What motivated you to start Kaktos Rose?
Katie and I had countless conversations about so many different products that she and I loved, and we kept saying, “We can totally do that!” and “Why aren’t we just doing this?” I guess you could say we get our entrepreneur spirit from our mama. Low and behold, the stars aligned; our mom, Marcey Futris, paved the way; and we decided to go for it. Cue Kaktos Rose.

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What was your day job before Kaktos Rose?
Katie was an assistant buyer for the JC Penney headquarters in Dallas, and Ashley was vice president of sports and special events for the Waco Chamber.

What makes your product unique?
There is something for every individual, and if there isn’t a product yet for you, we will create your original design. Our products make the perfect gift for anyone. Shoot, treat yo self!

Out of all of your products, which is your favorite to make?
Our custom signs have to be our favorite. People have really awesome stories behind their designs, and we are so happy to make them come to life.

What’s your favorite Texas destination?
My favorite Texas getaway is the Texas Hill Country or any lake.

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