The first word that came to Linda Houpt's mind when describing her daughter was "driven."
The word pops up numerous times as Ashten talks about growing her business, Get Flasky. Of course, Ashten must be pretty driven to stick with promoting her business after losing her suitcase on a Greyhound bus to Tijuana while traveling California to sell her custom flasks.
"I never did get my suitcase back," she said. "Someone in Tijuana is enjoying my clothes at least."
Houpt grew up in Zionsville, graduated from Zionsville Community High School in 2007 and attended Herron School of Art and Design to study book arts and printmaking.
After going through a pretty bad divorce, Houpt wasn't sure what she wanted to do.
"I started going out with friends to the bars," she said. "To save some money, I went to the liquor store and bought a stainless steel flask and put some scrapbooking paper on it with some Mod Podge."
After posting a picture of the stylish flask on her Facebook page, Houpt's business was born.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.