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It’s Been A Year!

15 Sep

Today is a very special day for me and I’m excited to share it with you all. One year ago today I opened up Stay Calm Cupcake Shop. It’s cliché to say, but I honestly can’t believe how fast the time has gone by.
In the past year I have learned so much about myself, my passion for cupcakes, the importance of a great customer, and the best way to be successful in an industry that’s always changing. I want to share a few key things that helped me succeed over the past year. I think these are important things to remember when running your own shop.

Stay Calm Cupcake

1. Do what makes you happy, even if you think it’s impossible! I thought that running a successful online shop and having a full time day job would be impossible. It’s not impossible; it just takes a bit of hard work and alot of dedication.

2. Promote your shop like it’s your job – because it is! I never let a day go by when I don’t post, comment, or interact on social media sites. Make Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram your best friends! They are free tools to help you network and promote your shop.

3. Give people more than they expect. I can’t tell you the many times I’ve given people free cupcakes, surprise samples in the mail, or extra goodies in an order. A little thoughtfulness goes such a long way with your customer.

4. Blog! I love blogging, and don’t post as often as I should. But I can tell you that my inspiration comes from all of the amazing bloggers I interact with on a daily basis. Blogs are great for getting inspiration, support, and even publicity. I would not have been so successful this year had it not been for blogs like: The Cupcake Blog, Sock It To Me, Mrs. Stephanie T, Delightful Designs, It’s Simple Love, and so so so many others who supported and promoted my shop!

5. Trust your customer. Feedback is key. Listen to what your customers are telling you and react accordingly. Without a solid customer base, I would have nothing. It’s important to keep that in mind!

6. Lastly – Make friends with other shops. Don’t be afraid of competition. Sometimes a little healthy competition is good :) I have met so many incredible etsy shop owners that have more than inspired me to improve my shop.

So, what’s next for Stay Calm Cupcake?

Right now I am developing some very yummy fall flavors including Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas treats. I am working with a designer to launch my own website, and am continuing to look for a cupcake truck to purchase. I’m happy to report that my dream of owning and operating the StayCalmCupcake Truck is closer now than ever. I can’t share too much right now, but I’ll keep you posted :) I also continue to cater parties and deliver to locals in the Volusia County, Florida area. Things are moving along nicely! I couldn’t feel more blessed.

Again, thank you for all the support and cupcake purchases over the past year! I cherish all of you and look forward to many more years of successful cupcake baking!

Use code “SweetYear” for a 25% off discount on any single item in my shop. Offer good Until October 1, 2011

Stay Sweet Friends! xoxo

Gourmet Marshmallows

25 Feb

Sweetly Softly Marshmallows!

Thank God it is Friday!!! I need the weekend like you wouldn’t believe.

Today I want to introduce you to one of my new Sponsors, Softly Sweetly: Gourmet Marshmallows. I was so excited that Rachael from Sweetly Softly wanted to sponsor my blog that I headed right over to her adorable Etsy shop and purchased some marshmallows to try. I chose the Peanut Butter Swirl marshmallows. Here’s what I thought:

So excited to see these in my mailbox!!

  • Unbelievably fast delivery

 

  • Adorable packaging – My 6 marshmallows were packages neatly together with a ribbon tied around them. Perfect for gift giving, except I didn’t plan on giving them away :)

 

  • Huge portions! I got 6 Marshmallows and each square was at least an inch thick and an in wide. It was massive – perfect size for a quick little sweet treat!

 

  • Delicious! I had never tried homemade flavored marshmallows before. Let me tell you – it was a bite of heaven on earth! So fluffy, and the swirls of peanut butter made it so much more than a regular marshmallow. These are not Jet-Puffs, I’ll tell you that.

My boyfriend had one, or two, and absolutely loved them too. I have a couple left in my fridge because I plan on dicing them up and using them as toppers on my chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. Don’t you think that will be so cute and yummy!!

Who wouldn't love caramel filled w/ Marshmallow?

I am so happy to announce that Softly Sweetly is offering you guys an awesome coupon code! Use code CUPPYCAKE10 for 10% off her already incredible prices!

Here’s just a few of her incredibly delicious sounding treats:

Toasted Coconut

Triple Chocolate

Bacon Chipotle

Rocky Road

Orange

Caramel Covered!!

Stop over at Softly Sweetly and get your sweet fix for the weekend. Stay Sweet!

xoxo,

Jill

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