Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Simply Homemade Is Right!!!!

This a great little shop for sweets lovers.  The shop's owner sets her goals and start putting here plans into action.

What is the name of your shop and how did you come with the name?

My Shop Name is Kays Simply Homemade. I came up with this name when my kids were little, they would always ask me for treats at the store and I would tell them homemade is best and simply homemade is how it’s done in my family.

What is your product line?
Baked goods such as cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, brownies, and specialty treats are currently my product line.

How did you decide what items to put in your shop?
I spent several months going over recipes I have used for years and a few new one I have come up with. I started baking for friends and family and I asked them to help me decide what they liked and these are their choices and mine.

What challenges did you encounter when you opened your shop and how did you overcome them?
Well, I have never had a shop online before so I had to learn how to set it up with shipping and pricing. The Etsy was pretty easy.

What advice would you give to someone trying to get started?
Just don’t get discouraged and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.

What would you say makes you passionate about what you do?
I would say the joy and happiness that surrounds the foods I make, the smiles and expression on people’s faces when they bite into treats I have made makes it all worth it.

Do you feel the social networking is helpful in making your business a success?
Definitely, the more people you know the more people know your business. Getting your name out there is key to the success of your business.

What are some of the local venues where you have had success with your edibles?
Farmers Markets, Trade Fairs, County Fair, Church Bake Sales

Where does your inspiration come from?
Well I would have to say from my family and friends and life

How long have you been baking, who taught you and what was the first thing you baked?
I have been Baking for over 30 years. I learned young from being in the kitchen with my mother and grandma they taught me how to cook from scratch from old family recipes.
My first thing I baked was a cake at age 6 for my sisters birthday

What equipment do you use while baking and what kind of kitchen?
I have a commercial kitchen with all standard baking equipment, I use both Convection and regular ovens and I have a stand mixer which is a must have.

If you had to pick a favorite from your shop, what would it be and why?
It would be the Lemon Blueberry Bread. It reminds me of Summer time and picking berries when I was a kid. Every summer we would go to visit my grandparents, they had a huge garden and we would go sneak blueberries and blackberries and eat them straight off the bushes. Yummy!

What is kayssimplyhomemade’s bestseller?
Lemon Blueberry Bread

Do you have special names for your edibles and how did you come up with them?
Yes, I do it’s A Little Bite of Heaven. I believe that biting into a rich and decadent treat is and can be a heavenly experience.

What are some of the unique items you sell?
I would say most of my items are unique in the sense that they are my Signature Recipes but if I had to narrow it down to a few items Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Spumoni Cookies, Peanut Butter Tuxedo Cookies.

What does it take to get your edibles delivered freshly?
I bake fresh in the morning, package well and ship same day USPS Priority Mail 2-day

What has been the overall reception your shop?
It’s been very good I opened my shop and I had 4 orders within an hour and it has been good ever since.

What do you have special for the holidays?
It’s a secret for now. I have special goodies I only bake during the Holidays; I will incorporate them into my shop with special packaging and pricing.

What would you like our readers, potential customers, to know about you and your store?
My products are made from only freshest and best ingredients, I use organic when I can and I use absolutely no preservatives. All goodies are made by me, by my hands with love. All items are made from my signature recipes and I guarantee all my sweets.

Is there anything I haven’t covered in this interview that you would like to add?
I have been baking and making people smile for over 30 years. It’s my passion and its part of my life to bring joy to others through my food. Love has a lot to do with the outcome of everything in life including baking. It is a key ingredient in making life sweet!

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  1. Those chocolate muffins look so yummy! Actually ,everything looks so yummy!

  2. chocolate zucchini bread! i need to try that!
    great interview!

  3. Oh boy what deliciously delicious stuff and so unique. Great interview!