Who are you?

We are a gourmet sweet shop located in Cleveland, Ohio, which specializes in handmade from-scratch sweets.

Why Did you start your business?

I was a unemployed Engineer, when I decided to try my hand at baking. I launched an online business in 2010 and continued online and at home for 3.5 years. In August of 2013, I opened my first storefront.

What makes your business unique?

I am not your "typical" sweet shop. I pride myself on being unique in that I offer your typical chocolates, but then add a twist. Some of my more "signature products" range from my hot pepper brownie to my chocolate caskets and Doctor Who figures (Star Wars line coming soon)

What's the biggest mistake you've made with your business and what did you learn from it??

I partnered with another sweet shop who's owner walked out on me in the middle of the night, just before Christmas, with no notice, taking all the equipment with her. I know now if I want to succeed in what I do best, I need to do it alone, my way!

what big goal do you have for your company and how do you plan to achieve it?

I plan to relocate and downsize my shop in the coming months. I am currently working on my business plan so I can get the capitol I need to start fresh in my new space. My dream is to open downtown, and I hop that with my vast support system, I can make that a reality.

what advice or tips do you have for people wanting to start their own business or follow their dreams?

Everyone around you may thing it's easy, and that being your own boss is the best thing around, but I can guarantee it is harder than anything you have ever done. And totally worth it.

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