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When I came to Maui I never thought continuing the business I started in Washington would be so hard. In Washington I had a wonderful clientele, several wholesale accounts, a brisk retail biz and the full blessings of my health department. It was bliss.

Then I moved to Maui to marry my husband.

My costs for supplies tripled. My selection for supplies and ingredients was cut in half at best. Confectionery boxes and packaging supplies don’t exist here. I have to pay shipping for everything I need. In Washington, the temperature wasn’t an issue. It never got over about 75 degrees. In Hawaii an air conditioner was a necessity in both my storage area and my work area.

Oh, the work area. Finding a proper kitchen to work in has been a real exercise in patience. One kitchen was in the middle of a busy restaurant with onions frying and dish washers belching steam. One kitchen was so filthy I contemplated calling the health department and reporting them. One kitchen was the right temperature and not far from my house but I noticed the bowls of cat food lined up under the work counter. They allowed the stray cats in the neighborhood to come in for food and shelter. EEEEWWWWWWW.

This week I found a kitchen that was JUST RIGHT.  I went and signed the lease today. It’s a wonderful bakery, spacious and spotlessly clean owned by a woman who does the most gorgeous specialty wedding cakes. She’s been in business for a long time and needed to share her kitchen because of all her wholesale accounts that have gone out of business. She has also offered to connect me to all of her wedding coordinators. This could really make my business grow to what I had and then some. Now I can take back the business I had to turn away because my working kitchen wasn’t certified.

I know I’m going on and on but I’m sooooo excited. One disappointment after another caused me to stop altogether making chocolate about a year ago. It just crushed my spirit. And even though we have a shaky economy, I can build everything back up slowly and steadily. I feel like I’ve been given a wonderful gift!


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